catholic worship

Chaos or Cosmos, Liturgy and Light

2018-01-03T20:56:59-04:00January 3rd, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

There are a few details in today's Mass readings which come together in a remarkable way. The reading from I John says that those who engage in sin engage in lawlessness. This is because sin is something disordered. There is nothing original in sin. Sin is always the distortion or destruction of something beautiful, good and [...]

Relics in the Altar: Where is That in the Bible?

2017-11-28T10:28:57-04:00November 28th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

When they come across a Catholic custom they do not like or do not understand, Protestant Christians are likely to challenge Catholics with "Where is that in the Bible??" One of the Catholic customs most dislike is the veneration of relics. In every consecrated Catholic altar, for example, there are placed relics of the saints. Our [...]

Would Jesus Recognize Catholic Worship?

2017-11-24T15:38:26-04:00November 24th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Some time ago I posted a picture of  worship at St Peter’s. There was a crowd of altar servers, robed clergy in procession and clouds of incense. Someone criticized, “Would Jesus recognize this as worship?” It sounded like a common misunderstanding of the roots of Catholic worship and the nature of Jewish worship in Jesus’ time. [...]

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