Articles on Liturgy

““The celebration of Holy Mass has the same value as the Death of Jesus on the Cross.”  St. Thomas Aquinas.

Send My Roots Rain

February 28th, 2018|

When teaching my personal development course called ‘Ordinary Hero’ I show the students a picture of an ancient tree and explain how our lives have three levels: the branches and leaves represent our everyday

Must Catholicism be Patriarchal?

January 9th, 2018|

Someone was joking recently that the reason the Eastern Orthodox could not have women bishops is because you can’t call a woman “Patriarch.” Behind the wisecrack is some wisdom, and the existence of women

Holy Smoke!

October 25th, 2017|

Why do We Use Incense in Worship? Our altar boys practically fight for the honor of being the thurifer. That’s the name for the server who carries the thurible--the censer--in the procession at Mass.

The Passionate Preacher

October 19th, 2017|

My Dad was always critical of my choice of major in college. “Speech and English?!” he’d shake his head, “Why don’t you do something useful like business administration?” The Vatican has recently advised seminarians

Redeeming the Time

October 16th, 2017|

The Liturgical Year When is New Year’s Day? Everybody assumes it is January first, but for centuries Catholics observed March 25 as the start of the new year. March 25 is the beginning of

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