In the face of so many critics of the Church hierarchy and calls to change it, by for example ordaining women, or removing the distinction between the priesthood of the laity and the ministerial priesthood of the clergy, I thought it would be good to share these intercessions, from the Office of Lauds of the Divine Office, for todays feast of St Andrew the Apostle.
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Surely one the biggest dangers we face as Christians today must be the mistaken belief that there is no absolute truth. We have become convinced, as our level of knowledge of our universe has increased, as our scientific capabilities have improved, that life is not as simple as it may always have seemed. We have fallen into the trap of believing that life is more complicated and that there are no longer simple and clear right or wrong answers. Truth is now negotiable and subjective.
Monday, 28 November 2011
In the UK, the Leveson Inquiry, named after the chairman of the inquiry, Lord Justice Leveson, is revealing just how unethical journalists can be in their pursuit of “news”. I say “news” because, frankly, in my opinion, some of the things that are reported by journalists cannot be classified as news. Malicious gossip is probably a more appropriate term.
Here are some comments extracted from a report by the Catholic News Association[i] on the new English translation of the Roman Missal. I am pleased to read that on the whole the official introduction of the new English translation of the Roman Missal appears to have gone quite well.
Sunday, 27 November 2011
Today is the first day of the season of Advent. The season is a fantastic opportunity to remind myself that I must be constantly preparing for the second coming of our Lord Jesus. “His (Christ’s) first coming was to fulfil his plan of love, to teach men by gentle persuasion. This time, whether men like it or not, they will be subjects of his kingdom by necessity.”
Saturday, 26 November 2011
The season of Advent begins the ecclesiastical year in the Western Churches. The season of Advent always starts on the Sunday of the year that is the closest Sunday to the feast day of St. Andrew, the Apostle. The feast day of St. Andrew is on 30 November.
Friday, 25 November 2011
Fr. Anthony Egan recently published an article in the Southern Cross about the “Priesthood of the Laity”. It was a good article but I could not help wonder why more was not made of the important role that the laity has to play in the ordinary everyday circumstances of their normal daily lives.
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
“Has research on embryonic stem cells come to the end of the line” is the first line in an article, by Alessandro Speciale, published earlier this week in the Vatican Insider. The article is titled “The end of the line for stem cells”. I obviously got really excited because we all know what the Catholic Church’s position is on the subject of embryonic stem cell research and this is therefore potentially really good news.
Monday, 21 November 2011
|Aoife Kavanagh | Fr. Kevin Reynolds|
I sometimes think that we must lead extremely boring lives. This appears evident from the haste with which we jump onto the bandwagon, when any news surfaces that detracts from or calumniates someone. Not to mention the glee with which we then continue to follow this news to its conclusion.
I often worry about the continual calls, sadly often by Catholics, for the Church to reconsider its teachings on a variety of subjects, like pre-marital sex, abortion, euthanasia, ordination of women, gay marriage, homosexuality, divorce and contraception, to mention just a few. All the arguments, which I hear in support of these topics, always seem to approach the matter as though these are just man made rules that are being enforced by an archaic man made institution, which is ruled by male chauvinist dictators.
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has classified “Jesus Christ” as offensive or pornographic, along with about 1000 other English words.[i] It issued a letter on 14 November 2011 giving cell phone companies until today, 21 November 2011, to implement the ban on the list of words in text messages.
Sunday, 20 November 2011
|Pope Benedict XVI in Benin|
Unlike his last visit to Africa in 2009, Pope Benedict XVI has this time steered clear of the word, which caused all the controversy last time. That word was of course “condom”. Pope Benedict XVI did not of course avoid the subject of HIV/AIDS. How could he during a visit to Africa? What the Pope did say on the matter was:
Thursday, 17 November 2011
“Beware the man of one book.”
St Thomas Aquinas
“The man who doesn't read good books
has no advantage over the man who can't read them.”
“There are worse crimes than burning books.
One of them is not reading them.”
Yesterday I made mention of Pope Benedict XVI’s call for all to pray the Divine Office. One of the challenges of the Liturgy of the Hours is that it does seem quite daunting to get to know how to pray the office. The Divine Office consists of either three or four volumes and it can become confusing, for those new to it, to know what prayers and readings apply on which day. Though I assure you that it really appears more daunting than it actually is.
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
|Communal Praying of the Liturgy of the Hours|
I was extremely happy today when Pope Benedict, during his Wednesday Audience, said “I would like to renew my call to everyone to pray the Psalms, to become accustomed to using the Liturgy of the Hours, Lauds, Vespers, and Compline.” I was pleased to hear this because I have often expressed my concerns that this tradition of prayer is being neglected. I even wrote a post, on my blog, explaining that it is a great loss that the Catholic laity is not being exposed to this wonderful gift of the Church. Here is the link to the post:
I thought I would share this amusing little column by David Brooks from the New York Times:
"Foreign tourists are coming up to me on the streets and asking, “David, you have so many different kinds of inequality in your country. How can I tell which are socially acceptable and which are not?” This is an excellent question. I will provide you with a guide to the American inequality map to help you avoid embarrassment."
Posted by Mark Nel at 18:42
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
I previously wrote a post about the new words of the Confiteor. I did so in response to the number of people who I had seen writing to complain about how ridiculous it is that, in the new English translation of the Mass, they will now have to say “through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault” instead of saying it just once. Here is an extract from the book by Edward Sri titled “A Biblical Walk Through the Mass”, wherein he writes about this prayer. I thought it would be good to share it again.
Monday, 14 November 2011
Saturday, 12 November 2011
|The Basilica of St Josaphat|
Today is the memorial of St Josaphat Kuncevyc. He was born around 1580 in Lithuania. He died a martyr, on 12 November 1623, in Russia, when leaders of a schismatic group in the Church had him killed, with the stroke of an axe and a bullet. They had him killed precisely because of his tireless and faithful work towards bringing about unity to the Church.
Thursday, 10 November 2011
|Calling of Peter and Andrew|
The second reading, in the Office of Matins for today, is a homily by St Leo the Great titled “The Special Obligations Of Our Ministry”. In it St Leo says, “Although the universal Church of God is constituted of distinct orders of members, still, in spite of the many parts of its holy body, the Church subsists as an integral whole, just as the Apostle says: We are all one in Christ. No difference in office is so great that anyone can be separated, through lowliness, from the head. In the unity of faith and baptism, therefore, our community is undivided.”
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Monday, 7 November 2011
Sunday, 6 November 2011
A friend suggested I write a post to explain what Lay Eucharistic Ministers may do. He felt it might be helpful for some. I have often heard these lay people being referred to as “Lay Eucharistic Ministers” or “Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist” or even just “Eucharistic Ministers”. I agreed, so here I go. Question: What may “Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist” or “Lay Eucharistic Ministers” do? Answer: Nothing. (I am done with the post!)
Friday, 4 November 2011
The Doctrinal Committee of the U.S. Catholic Church has censored the book, "In search of the living God", written by Sr. Elizabeth Johnson. Under the guidance of Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl the U.S. Episcopate referred to her work as “seriously deficient in terms of the Catholic conception of God” and stated that, “the theology of Sr. Elizabeth separates itself from the doctrine of the Church in many aspects.”