Five ways to stay awake at Mass

By Kevin H. Axe| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments

The most important activity in the parish is Sunday Mass. Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles has written a lengthy pastoral letter on liturgical renewal to prepare the people of his archdiocese for the Jubilee Year 2000. He stresses in the letter that the Second Vatican Council held the renewal of the liturgy to be central to the life of the church, and the Sunday liturgy is, indeed, the "very center" of the church's life.


Five ways to stay awake at Mass

By Kevin H. Axe| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments

The most important activity in the parish is Sunday Mass. Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles has written a lengthy pastoral letter on liturgical renewal to prepare the people of his archdiocese for the Jubilee Year 2000. He stresses in the letter that the Second Vatican Council held the renewal of the liturgy to be central to the life of the church, and the Sunday liturgy is, indeed, the "very center" of the church's life.


Grave Responsibilities

By Thomas Lynch | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Spirituality

They always call in the middle of dinner. And they're always from places that sound folksy and green-Willow Park, Heritage Creek, Oakland Hills, Forest Lawn. And I'm never quite sure just what they're selling. Is it golf club memberships or time-share condos or New Age religion or nursing home care?

"Protection...inevitable... eventual reality..." There's a flurry of meaningful concept words.


Hail Mary -- The wisdom of a subversive devotion

By Rosemary Luling Haughton| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Spirituality

Coming in from the bright sunlight, a woman kneels before an altar in the dimness of the church; she has lit a small candle, and with many other small candles the light is reflected off glinting fabrics and jewels adorning the statue of the Mother of God. Crowned, lifted up, peaceful of gaze, she holds the Child on her lap, yet he is less noticeable. It is the great Mother to whom prayers are addressed, by women living in cultures-and a church-that gives little respect and less power to women. What does she think, the woman who lights the candle and prays to Mary?


How I almost missed Good Friday

By James Philipps| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons

It must have been about the time I was chopping up the melon for my one-and-a-half-year-old daughter's breakfast that the angst set in. Here it was Good Friday, and I hadn't done a single liturgical or sacramental thing during the entire expanse of Lent despite the best of intentions that I had at the beginning of the season.


Into the mystic with John: An interview with Demetrius Dumm, O.S.B.

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Article Scripture and Theology

You've taught scripture for virtually all of your adult life. What led you to devote your life to it?

When I was growing up, the Bible was not an honored book in our household. We kept it in the attic. My mother was convinced that reading the Bible had caused her uncle Gus to leave the church, so that was the end of that. Nothing in my early life moved me toward studying the Bible. I was chosen to study scripture when I made my vows in the monastery in 1943, and I was delighted.


Keep in touch with your faith

By Pamela Edwards| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Spirituality

Every Sunday after Mass, I pat Jesus big toe. Let me hasten to explain that Jesus is made of wood. Like the little boy who preferred his mother over prayer to shield him against things that go bump in the night, I too, prefer "God with the skin on."

Incarnation is all-important to Catholics. We, like the apostle Thomas, long to put our fingers in Christ's side; we want to feel the nail holes in his hands and feet.


Keep in touch with your faith

By Pamela Edwards| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Spirituality

Every Sunday after Mass, I pat Jesus big toe. Let me hasten to explain that Jesus is made of wood. Like the little boy who preferred his mother over prayer to shield him against things that go bump in the night, I too, prefer "God with the skin on."

Incarnation is all-important to Catholics. We, like the apostle Thomas, long to put our fingers in Christ's side; we want to feel the nail holes in his hands and feet.


Keeping up appearances

By Mary Catt| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Spirituality

Between the ages of 8 and 10, I spent considerable time hoping for a Marian apparition. In the mid-1960s, Lourdes and Fatima were still on the lips of Catholics. I had read the books, seen the movies, been dabbed with holy water from the sites. I was Catholic, a holy communicant. I wanted it all. I wanted an apparition of my own.


Keeping up appearances

By Mary Catt| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Spirituality

Between the ages of 8 and 10, I spent considerable time hoping for a Marian apparition. In the mid-1960s, Lourdes and Fatima were still on the lips of Catholics. I had read the books, seen the movies, been dabbed with holy water from the sites. I was Catholic, a holy communicant. I wanted it all. I wanted an apparition of my own.


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