Do this in memory of me, but do it well

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Article Prayer and Sacraments
In an interview with U.S. Catholic, Bishop Kenneth Edward Untener shared his vision of a nourishing liturgy and united church.

You've written about the busyness in parishes these days. How is that a problem?


Faithful departures: How Catholics face the end of life

By Robert J. McClory| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Spirituality

In these latter years of the 20th century, matters related to "letting go" or not letting go have attained great prominence. The slogans can be as confusing as they are diverse: right to life; right to privacy; death with dignity; physician-assisted suicide; euthanasia; palliative care. Scarcely a week goes by without some development in the debate over what must be done or not done for the dying.


Five prayers Catholics can take to heart

By Bishop Robert F. Morneau| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments

The issue of prayer is not prayer; the issue of prayer is God. One cannot pray unless he has faith in his own ability to accost the infinite, merciful, eternal God.-Jewish Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Man's Quest for God (Hudson River, 1981)


Five prayers Catholics can take to heart

By Bishop Robert F. Morneau| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments

The issue of prayer is not prayer; the issue of prayer is God. One cannot pray unless he has faith in his own ability to accost the infinite, merciful, eternal God.-Jewish Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Man's Quest for God (Hudson River, 1981)


The rite way to welcome new Catholics

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The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is conceptually akin to the building of a church. Further, it reminds one of the miracle of the loaves and fishes.

Fueled largely by the personal experiences of faith of all involved, it multiplies graces and fills baskets with the leftovers of the experience of what it really means to be Catholic.


How did the Mass become BYOB?

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Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology

Wine possesses a multi-layered significance that brings Christians into communion with Christ but also with one another, with our Jewish heritage, and with cultures preceding our own. It serves as a flavor-enhancing, pleasure-giving element of the messianic banquet. Receiving it in faith, we are “enthused,” filled with the divine reality that is the source of all life. In a sacramental sense we know it as the Blood of the Lord. But how did wine get involved with religion in the first place?


How did the Mass become BYOB?

By John Switzer| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology

Wine possesses a multi-layered significance that brings Christians into communion with Christ but also with one another, with our Jewish heritage, and with cultures preceding our own. It serves as a flavor-enhancing, pleasure-giving element of the messianic banquet. Receiving it in faith, we are “enthused,” filled with the divine reality that is the source of all life. In a sacramental sense we know it as the Blood of the Lord. But how did wine get involved with religion in the first place?


Anglican idol

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Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue Prayer and Sacraments
  
Though the pop hits of U2 may not be coming to a Catholic church near you,the latest eucharistic fad still has a lesson to offer.


Anglican idol

By Bryan Cones| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue Prayer and Sacraments
  
Though the pop hits of U2 may not be coming to a Catholic church near you,the latest eucharistic fad still has a lesson to offer.


Semper ubi sub ubi

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Article Prayer and Sacraments
 If you don't understand that, you're gonna love the new, old Latin Mass.

The old German pastor of my first parish, Father Albert Henkel, was marked by both an endearing character-affectionately calling all us servers by our "real" name, George-and an almost indomitable resistance to change. When the liturgical reforms of Vatican II rolled around, the only new addition to the church was a plywood altar finished in family-room paneling, a reflection of Father Henkel's belief that the "old" liturgy would soon return.


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