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Purgatory: The Antechamber of Heaven

November 2, AD 2016 9 Comments
Purgatory: The Antechamber of Heaven

“Our souls demand Purgatory, don’t they? Would it not break the heart if God said to us, ‘It is true, my son, that your breath smells and your rags drip with mud and slime, but we are charitable here and no one will upbraid you with these things, nor draw away from you. Enter into […]

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Read the Bible By Going To Mass

October 26, AD 2016 0 Comments
Read the Bible By Going To Mass

I remember an impactful talk given by Dr. Scott Hahn in an Atlanta home a little less then a year ago. In it he compared Catholics’ knowledge of the Bible to children’s knowledge of the streets in their hometown, not so much by knowing the street names, but from the memory of walking through them […]

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Neither Worthy nor Worthless

September 30, AD 2016 1 Comment
Neither Worthy nor Worthless

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. —Exodus 14:14 And Jesus went with them, but when he was only a short distance from the house, the centurion sent friends to tell him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof. Therefore, […]

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Learning to Love the Liturgy of the Word

June 13, AD 2016 0 Comments
Learning to Love the Liturgy of the Word

For much of my life, I did not think that the Liturgy of the Word was that important. The Scripture readings felt like a warm-up, a time to mentally prepare myself for the rest of Mass. Since the Gospel speaks about Jesus, and was always far more interesting—and easy to understand—than any exhortation from Deuteronomy […]

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What’s the Best Way to View Reality?

May 31, AD 2016 1 Comment
What’s the Best Way to View Reality?

One’s perception of reality has an immense effect on one’s life. It is through this lens that one finds his or her identity, interacts with others, and, overall, comes into contact with the reality that one perceives. We could accurately diagnose many of the worlds problems today as stemming from incorrect notions or perceptions of […]

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Redeeming Lent this Holy Week

March 23, AD 2016 0 Comments
Redeeming Lent this Holy Week

The celebration of Holy Week can do amazing things to prepare our souls for the grace and celebration of Easter Sunday.

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Choral Music in the Churches: Part I, Inculturation

January 26, AD 2016 0 Comments
Choral Music in the Churches: Part I, Inculturation

When I imagine liturgists, this is what comes to mind: Inculturation, the adaptation of liturgical texts, languages, rites, and, most especially, of music, to respect or reflect the sensibilities of various peoples, while certainly a watchword in the postconciliar Church, has been a reality from the very beginning of Christian history. At some point in the […]

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Feasting on Advent

November 25, AD 2015 1 Comment
Feasting on Advent

In his stunning work, the Spirit of the Liturgy, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI states that worship requires that God “give back” and reveal Himself to us, otherwise we are simply “clutching empty space” when we try to worship God. Despite attempting to move toward God in our mind or will, we will never find God […]

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Noisy Children and Age Discrimination

November 15, AD 2015 0 Comments
Noisy Children and Age Discrimination

We recently took our 1½-year-old daughter to Mass in a nearby convent and were asked… to leave. Of course, the kind sister asked in a polite way. She walked to the back of the chapel, where I was struggling to entertain our active toddler and said, “Julie, would you mind stepping out with her for […]

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Dante’s and Boccaccio’s Contrasting Worldviews Expressed though Song

November 13, AD 2015 1 Comment
Dante’s and Boccaccio’s Contrasting Worldviews Expressed though Song

Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy and Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron are two monumental works of the late Middle Ages. The Purgatorio from the Divine Comedy explores the proper relationship between God and man and how this can be perverted by sin. The Decameron on the other hand is a work that explores the human relationships among people […]

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What are the Church’s Teachings on Sacred Music?

October 19, AD 2015 1 Comment
What are the Church’s Teachings on Sacred Music?

Sacred music is “that which, being created for the celebration of divine worship, is endowed with a certain holy sincerity of form,” according to the Sacred Congregation of Rites in its Instruction on Music and the Liturgy, Musicam Sacram (1967, ¶4). As defined by the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy,Sacrosanctum Concilium (1963), sacred music surpasses […]

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Be Welcoming—An Old Trick for the New Evangelization

October 17, AD 2015 3 Comments
Be Welcoming—An Old Trick for the New Evangelization

Every week my wife and I bring our two young children to Mass. We typically go to Mass at the same time each week. We sit in the same general area. We are typically surrounded by the same people. Yet the one thing that is never “the same” is our children’s behavior. Yes, we have […]

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Pope Francis is Coming! Are We Ready?

September 7, AD 2015 0 Comments
Pope Francis is Coming! Are We Ready?

I gripped my cell phone harder as I listened to my aunt speak about Pope Francis. Stunned, questions ran through my head. As she talked on and on about his visit, all I could do was wonder: Why have I not been jumping up and down for months? After all, Pope Francis is arriving in […]

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Have You Been Missing Out on a Centuries-Old Catholic Musical Tradition?

September 1, AD 2015 21 Comments
Have You Been Missing Out on a Centuries-Old Catholic Musical Tradition?

Some of the most divisive conversations amongst Catholics today arise over music at Mass. Most arguments revolve around the style of music or the instrumentation. However, these arguments generally don’t focus much on the texts of the music. The majority of us have grown up in parishes that are unaware of or lacking an essential part of […]

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Living the Liturgical Year Without Mass

August 10, AD 2015 0 Comments
Living the Liturgical Year Without Mass

When I started attending daily Mass, I became more involved with the liturgical year. The seasons, feast days, and celebrations were all at the forefront of my mind. With the Masses I attended, and the saints I celebrated, I was learning what the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: that different aspects of the Paschal […]

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