If you want to do good liturgy, listen to your mother. If your mother has passed into Jesus’ hands, run the tape of mom in your head during the Eucharist. Here’s what I mean, whenever I celebrate the Mass and start to get ahead of myself in words and/or gestures, mom speaks in my brain […]Read more "Ramblings on Liturgy (II)"
[author’s note: from my time of preparation and deployment to Iraq.] April 18, 2010 A lot of priests are helpless. That’s right and I’m glad it’s now out in the open; most priests have major trouble in doing the simple things of life without help. Let’s take for example the three priests who live […]Read more "A Rambling on Helpless Priests"
[author’s note: to be read only by depressed liturgists (sorry for the redundancy)] OK, let’s go over some rules of liturgy they don’t teach you in the seminary. Unfortunately you may have to unlearn some of the wonderful hints of holiness seminary liturgists are so fond of, for instance “never leave the sanctuary during […]Read more "Ramblings on the Liturgy (I)"
What’s more important to you, people or places? Before you answer recall the development of the neutron bomb some years ago that promised the advantage of exploding and killing all people in the area but sparing the buildings and other assorted infrastructure. There’s a pragmatic solution to population control and conservation of resources. In a […]Read more "Ramblings on People vs. Places"
In my defense it was hard to see into the back seat of the car; what my eyes thought I saw was a big dog with long floppy ears. Since I was passing by the vehicle anyway I commented to the man getting out what a good looking dog he had in the back […]Read more "Ramblings on Mistakes in Ministry"
“I’m a Vatican II priest,” a clerical colleague recently exclaimed. One assumes he was referring to his modern, progressive, up-to-date and correct way of believing and acting (depending on whom you ask). However all of us are Vatican II clergy and people if we subscribe to the Catholic Church in union with the Pope and […]Read more "Rambling on a Clerical Generation Gap"