What is the future of the liturgy?

By Father Anthony Ruff, O.S.B.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
Fifty years after the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the church faces new challenges. In this final installment of a three-part series, Father Anthony Ruff says the best way to defend the church’s liturgical renewal is to celebrate the reformed liturgy as well as possible.

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What is the future of the liturgy?

By Father Anthony Ruff, O.S.B.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
Fifty years after the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the church faces new challenges. In this final installment of a three-part series, Father Anthony Ruff says the best way to defend the church’s liturgical renewal is to celebrate the reformed liturgy as well as possible.

Read more scholars on today's signs of the times.


Now a word from our sponsor

By Beth Knobbe| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Spirituality
Mentoring newcomers can refresh the faith of a Catholic at any stage of the journey

Where is the hope in Lent? Isn’t Lent about dying?” I could feel the tension as our RCIA conversation shifted from Christmas to Easter. We were talking about the purple candles of Advent and the purple vestments of Lent, and how both are symbols of hope. The hope surrounding Christmas was obvious, but why do we celebrate hope during Lent?


Say it like you mean it

By Jim Dinn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Scripture and Theology
When a lector shares the Word of God passionately, even if not perfectly, it can inspire Catholics in the pews to explore scripture as well.

My introduction to being a lector came through the invitation of another parish minister—not the pastor or another lector but the choir director. She encouraged me to minister at the lectern rather than in the choir loft. People familiar with my singing suggested that her discernment spared the whole parish.


Say it like you mean it

By Jim Dinn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Scripture and Theology
When a lector shares the Word of God passionately, even if not perfectly, it can inspire Catholics in the pews to explore scripture as well.

My introduction to being a lector came through the invitation of another parish minister—not the pastor or another lector but the choir director. She encouraged me to minister at the lectern rather than in the choir loft. People familiar with my singing suggested that her discernment spared the whole parish.


Praying with your feet

By Jim Forest| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Spirituality
Getting in the pilgrim state of mind can be as easy as a walk in the park.

Few human activities are more basic than walking, and few more taken for granted. You need to watch an infant to be reminded that walking is a hard-won achievement. Learning to walk is one of the main projects of our first year of life. Somehow it dawns on us at a very early age that getting around on two legs might be better than crawling. Once this miracle is achieved and the parental applause dies down, it’s something we do daily, minus ovations, until accident or illness or old age stops us.


Why I walked out of Mass

By Victor Landa| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Spirituality

Editors’ note: Sounding Board is one person’s take on a many-sided subject and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.


Why I walked out of Mass

By Victor Landa| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Spirituality

Editors’ note: Sounding Board is one person’s take on a many-sided subject and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.


What is the history of marriage?

By Kathleen Manning| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Marriage and Family Parish Life Scripture and Theology

Before the obligatory “Ave Maria” and a crazy aunt leading “YMCA” at the reception, guests at a Catholic wedding witness “a covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life and which is ordered by its nature to the good of the spouses and the procreation of children.” But this was not always the case. For more than a thousand years of church history, this idea of marriage faced plenty of healthy competition.


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