Category Archives: Liturgy

What did Jesus write in the sand?

Today is St. Patrick’s day, and we have a new Pope named after St. Francis of Assisi, the first ever formally canonized saint in the Church. For those who know their Catholic faith, that means that there are multiple indulgences … Continue reading

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The Christmas Magi

There are quite a few myths about the Bible out there, such as that Eve ate an apple, or that the Magi came to Christ at the time of his birth. In this post, I thought, for Christmas, I’d just … Continue reading

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What does Manichean Iconography tell us about Manichean doctrine?

G.K. Chesterton, with his usual wit, candor and insight, said in Orthodoxy, which I read over this past summer, the following: Even when I thought, with most other well-informed, though unscholarly, people, that Buddhism and Christianity were alike, there was one thing … Continue reading

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Liturgy and the Gospels

Many scholars in the Jesus Seminar, such as Episcopalian Bishop John Shelby Spong, and the excommunicated Catholic priest John Dominic Crossan, have indicated that they read the Gospels in such a way that literalism is avoided, and this opens to … Continue reading

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Liturgical ramifications of colonizing other planets

Supposing the human race were to colonize Mars, as many sci-fi buffs often propose we should – what would the theological or religious ramifications be? Certainly it would be strange for Muslims, who might not know exactly how to face … Continue reading

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The Ending of Mark’s Gospel – an apologetic

I heard something today which inspired me to think up an apologetic response to some scholars who suggest that the ending of Mark (Mark 16:9-20) could neither have been authored by Mark nor by any person contemporary with the Apostles. … Continue reading

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A thought experiment about the Sacrament of Ordination

I found myself recently in a discussion where I defended the Catholic Church’s position that there must be (of necessity) a male only priesthood. I explained the logic of this using theology of the body, liturgy, cosmological implications for Christian … Continue reading

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Taking a look at the Direction of Prayer

This thought, or at least the thought to put the thought into writing, came to me recently while reading the following scripture: ‘But will God indeed reside with mortals on earth? Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, … Continue reading

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Epiklesis vs Anamnesis

One of the puzzles about the Mass or Eucharistic liturgy is when the confection actually occurs; that is to say, when precisely does the bread and wine cease to be bread or wine and become the body, blood, soul and … Continue reading

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The Monastic fascination with the Desert

It is well noted in the study of Hagiography, as well as general Patristic studies, that for earlier Christians the desert was recognized as the domain of the Devil; where demons reside. For instance, consider the conviction of the desert … Continue reading

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