Tag: Mass

The “Wow” Factor

The “Wow” Factor

[ 2 ] June 7, AD 2014 |

Before my wife and I canceled our cable, we were BIG fans of America’s Got Talent (AGT). Having watched every episode since its inception, I’d consider myself a pro when it comes to judging talent from my sofa. In fact, I’m one mouse click away from sending in my application to replace Howie Mandel, but […]

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Worshipping Together

Worshipping Together

[ 6 ] June 2, AD 2014 |

Last week, I joined a friend of mine and some teens from the Church he works at and attended a worship concert at a nearby Christian Church, an experience that was totally foreign to me. I have always been Catholic, which means that I’ve experience lots of Catholic parishes and not much else, so this […]

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‘Consuming the Word’ – Something to Chew On

‘Consuming the Word’ – Something to Chew On

[ 0 ] March 14, AD 2014 |

A Book Review on Scott Hahn’s “Consuming the Word” I have always enjoyed Scott Hahn’s writing style. He makes theology personal and relatable. Almost anyone can pick up one of his short books and get an awful lot out of them. Depending on where one is on his or her faith journey would determine the […]

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When Attending Mass is Tedious

When Attending Mass is Tedious

[ 9 ] February 27, AD 2014 |

Even the most devout Catholics have to drag themselves to mass on some days. What should we do when attending mass seems more like a chore than the spiritual delight it should be? The short answer: go anyway. The supernatural graces we receive from the mass have nothing to do with the euphoria (or lack […]

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Gatecrashing the Trinity: Don Miller and Why Catholics Go to Mass

Gatecrashing the Trinity: Don Miller and Why Catholics Go to Mass

[ 2 ] February 26, AD 2014 |

Don Miller is a prominent Evangelical Christian writer. And he doesn’t go to church much… at all. But wait, I hear you saying, don’t all Christians go to church? Isn’t that kind of a non-negotiable? I mean, how could he not!? Don says he doesn’t go to church because “it’s not how I learn.” He describes […]

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Charismatics in Context

Charismatics in Context

[ 21 ] January 30, AD 2014 |

“Certain signs point to a weakening in the sense of mystery in those very liturgical celebrations that should be fostering that sense. It is, therefore, urgent that the authentic sense of the liturgy be revived in the Church. The liturgy…is a means of sanctification; it is a celebration of the Church’s faith, and a means […]

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Simon Says & Christ’s Supper

Simon Says & Christ’s Supper

[ 1 ] January 6, AD 2014 |

“Eh, Bart, I’m glad you had fun, but I wouldn’t get too into that Catholic Church. With all the sitting and standing and kneeling, it’s like Simon Says without a winner.” – Marge “Mom, that’s blasphemy! I’ll say a rosary for you.” – Bart – The Simpsons, Season 16 Episode 21 (“The Father, the Son, […]

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Cross My Heart

Cross My Heart

[ 4 ] December 30, AD 2013 |

It was a debate, a debate that dominated my prayer the night before, my getting ready the day of, and the drive there on that day. Was I really in a state of being that was unworthy of receiving Jesus in the Eucharist? My desire for Him was and is so great…but not great enough, apparently, to […]

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Why I Don’t Pray the Rosary at Mass

Why I Don’t Pray the Rosary at Mass

[ 0 ] October 22, AD 2013 |

The other day I was at daily Mass when I saw a woman praying a rosary throughout the Liturgy. I was upset, but not just with her; I was upset that we don’t pay enough attention to the beauty of the heavenly liturgy.

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Rubricism, Juridicalism, and the Slavery of Preconciliar Catholicism

Rubricism, Juridicalism, and the Slavery of Preconciliar Catholicism

[ 17 ] September 24, AD 2013 |

I have been nerding out since I discovered that archive.org has digitized the 1912 edition of the Decreta Authentica Sacræ Congregationis Rituum, which contains all 4,284 decrees the dicastery had issued since its establishment by Pope Sixtus V in 1588 up to that time, answering countless practical questions about the proper celebration of Mass, the Sacraments, […]

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8 Great Christian Songs

8 Great Christian Songs

[ 4 ] August 18, AD 2013 |

Here are 8 great Christian songs. (The links lead to the corresponding audio via YouTube.) 1. Hail, Holy Queen. This is, by far, my favorite hymn. Hearing it during the closing procession at the evening Mass on the Solemnity of the Assumption this past week was one of the highlights of that day. And I’m […]

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Pew Isolation

Pew Isolation

[ 41 ] June 18, AD 2013 |

I recently had dinner with three fabulous girls. One is married, the other two are single. Our conversation turned towards the single life and we discussed how one of the most difficult things for a single girl is attending Sunday Mass. You walk into church  and find yourself in a pew surrounded by families on […]

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Why I Love Incense

Why I Love Incense

[ 0 ] March 24, AD 2013 |

I love incense. In fact, I love it a lot, and I think it should be used in far more parishes far more frequently. The use of incense has a long and interesting history, especially within Judaism. In the Old Testament, it is recorded that incense was included in thanksgiving offerings (Numbers 7:13-17). Also, Moses […]

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Thanks be to God

Thanks be to God

[ 4 ] October 8, AD 2012 |

This summer I was at Mass on my birthday and before the lector began reading the first reading Father got up and said, “I just want to warn you, this is not an easy reading. God is angry in this reading and you will see His anger towards His people. Don’t say I didn’t warn […]

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My Broken Rule

My Broken Rule

[ 5 ] October 4, AD 2012 |

I cried so hard on the drive home. I probably should have pulled over. Or figured out a way to hold back the tears. But I didn’t fight it, and I always fight it. This time, I gave myself permission to dwell in my tears a little. A little carried well into the afternoon, and […]

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Judging Church

Judging Church

[ 7 ] August 30, AD 2012 |

Earlier this month, my husband and I moved across state lines to start anew in North Carolina. Everything about the move was exciting – well, except for the packing and the driving. But otherwise, I love moving. I love being in new places, meeting new people, trying new things. That goes for finding a new church […]

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