patron of priests

August 4, 2010

It is the feast day of St. John Vianney today.A couple of months ago, at the June close of the “Year of the Priest”, Pope Benedict pronounced the Cure of Ars (St. John Vianney) the patron of all priests…

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another new month

August 1, 2010

Today is the first day of August. A new month. A new beginning. I blogged about the gift of the new month as a new beginning on the first day of July. Today is not only a new month but…

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A.M.D.G.

July 31, 2010

Many of us remember beginning every new page of school work with the heading A.M.D.G. A good number of us also recall that the letters stood for Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, (For the Greater Glory of God…

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church architecture & Ignatius

July 31, 2010

This morning I was at the burial place of St Ignatius of Loyola for Mass to celebrate his feast day, 31 July, the anniversary of his death in 1556. The Church of the Gesu is a magnificent temple to the…

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Friday morning

July 30, 2010

I recall once before being in Rome in August – and I remember that the heat is pretty unbearable. When I arrived back here earlier in the week the heat was the first thing I noticed. It had been hot…

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Vatican gardens

July 28, 2010

It is only six weeks since I left Italy to begin the Chicago studies at the Liturgical Institute. A lot has happened in that time. To be honest I have found it difficult to re-adjust to life here with…

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back in Italy

July 25, 2010

Late this morning I arrived back in Rome after the ten hour flight from Chicago. It is good to be back with the de la Salle brothers. A lot has happened since I was here last. There is a lot…

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last day

July 23, 2010

Today is the last day of this session of the Liturgical Institute. I have been here for six weeks and completed four papers studying different aspects of liturgy: Liturgical sources and methods, The Liturgical Movement from the 19th century to…

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Monday morning

July 19, 2010

It is Monday morning, the last week of classes. Both papers are almost complete ( a couple of hours this afternoon will finish them. On Thursday I have the final exam and on Friday we depart.It is 6.30am and…

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NZ Bishop’s Letter

July 19, 2010

The letter below was read at all Masses in NZ this weekend.New Zealand Catholic BishopsBishops’ Pastoral Letter on introduction of Roman Missal18 July 2010Pastoral Letter from the Catholic Bishops of New Zealand written on the occasion of the introduction…

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piety & skepticism

July 19, 2010

learning with food and drinkAlmost every class here gives rise to much conversation and discussion. It is rare that the meal table and ‘holy hours’ (note these hours are still plural!) are not filled with talk of the reading or…

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essay writing

July 17, 2010

I am aware I have not written for a couple of days. Two more papers are due early next week – one on church architecture and art, the second on the inculturation of the Rites of the Church into particular…

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Mass for the community

July 14, 2010

Today it is my turn once again to lead Morning and Evening Prayer and to celebrate Mass for the community. It is the feast day of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha (1656 – 1680). Blessed Kateri is the first American Indian woman…

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architecture on Sunday night

July 12, 2010

It has been a good weekend. Every weekend here is a healthy balance of study and recreation. In two weeks I will finish the studies here at the Liturgical Institute and head back to Italy for the final month of…

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Chatham Islands

July 10, 2010

The challenge of much of what I am learning in these weeks directs me in thought back to parish life at Our Lady of Victories and Chatham Islands. The Chatham Islands has been especially in my thoughts this week. It…

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