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EWTN and the Cult of Personality

Posted: Wednesday, June 28th, 2006 @ 3:12 pm in Culture | Comments Off on EWTN and the Cult of Personality

When I was at the EWTN 25th anniversary celebration last Saturday, a friend of mine expressed his concern about events like that becoming “personality cults.” He comes from an Evangelical background and in his experience, that’s just what big Christian events turned into. While I agree that you do have to be on guard for […]

EWTN 25th Anniversary Celebration

Posted: Monday, June 26th, 2006 @ 12:36 pm in Personal | Comments Off on EWTN 25th Anniversary Celebration

This past weekend I was blessed with the opportunity to attend the EWTN 25th Anniversary Celebration in Philadelphia. They had quite a line up of speakers including Fr. Neuhaus, Dr. Scott Hahn, and Raymond Arroyo. Many of the religious who work at the network were there too including Fr. Francis Mary Stone (the main celebrant […]

The Feast Of Corpus Christi

Posted: Sunday, June 18th, 2006 @ 9:58 pm in Liturgical Calendar, Liturgy, Sacraments, Theology, Time After Pentecost | 1 Comment »

Here are a few thoughts from my old (circa 1932) missal on Corpus Christi. The missal indicates that the dogma of the incarnation is second in importance only to the dogma of the Trinity (which makes sense to me, but I never thought of it before). It says, “After the dogma of the Holy Trinity, […]

The Communal Meal and Church Architecture

Posted: Thursday, June 8th, 2006 @ 8:10 am in Liturgy | Comments Off on The Communal Meal and Church Architecture

There is some debate in the church today over which aspect of the Holy Mass should be emphasized more, the Mass as a communal meal or the mass as a sacrifice.  No one can deny that the Mass includes both aspects, but the orthodox and historic understanding of the Mass is that the sacrifice of […]

What happened to Ember Days?

Posted: Wednesday, June 7th, 2006 @ 12:03 pm in Advent, Culture, Easter, Lent, Liturgical Calendar, Time After Pentecost | 8 Comments »

This week is an Ember week on the old liturgical calendar. Specifically Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday are Ember Days. An Ember week proceeds the start of each new season (the name is a corruption of Quatuor Tempora or four times). Each Ember Day is a day of fast and abstinence to “thank God for the […]