Catholic World News : Vatican prods US bishops on liturgical translations

Catholic World News : Vatican prods US bishops on liturgical translations May. 22 (CWNews.com) – In a letter to the president of the US bishops' conference, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship has strongly underlined the importance of proper translations for liturgical texts. I sure hope Cardinal Arinze is doing a novena to… Continue reading Catholic World News : Vatican prods US bishops on liturgical translations

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Sixth Sunday of Easter: God’s Transforming Love

Today's readings. I realized this past week that this would be my last homily as a deacon.  Time has certainly flown by, and next week I’ll be attending the Ordination of a friend in Texas, and the week after that is my turn.  Since this is my last homily as a deacon, I am very… Continue reading Sixth Sunday of Easter: God’s Transforming Love

A Letter to Diognetus: We’re Not Home Yet

Today's Office of Readings has as its second reading an excerpt from a Letter to Diognetus.  This is one of my favorite readings.  I'm not sure why, because every year when I read it, it makes me feel uneasy, unworthy — yeah, all of that.  Listen to this portion of it: Christians love those who… Continue reading A Letter to Diognetus: We’re Not Home Yet

CNS STORY: ‘Da Vinci Code’ draws laughs from journalists at press screening

CNS STORY: 'Da Vinci Code' draws laughs from journalists at press screening CANNES, France (CNS) — Toward the end of the movie "The Da Vinci Code," the main character, Robert Langdon, tells his sleuthing partner, Sophie Neveu: "You are the last living descendent of Jesus Christ."   That line, meant to be the dramatic apex… Continue reading CNS STORY: ‘Da Vinci Code’ draws laughs from journalists at press screening

Our New Bishop: J. Peter Sartain

On Tuesday, May 16, 2006, the Apostolic Nuncio announced the appointment of Bishop J. Peter Sartain (pronounced Sar’-tin) as the Fourth Bishop of Joliet.   Bishop Sartain was born on June 6, 1952 in Memphis, Tennessee. On July 15, 1978 he was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Memphis. He was appointed as… Continue reading Our New Bishop: J. Peter Sartain

CNS STORY: Public schools add religion course to curriculum requirements

CNS STORY: Public schools add religion course to curriculum requirements WASHINGTON (CNS) — At a time when public schools are increasingly wary of any mention of religion, one California school district has found that requiring students to study world religions has been surprisingly uncontroversial and has helped smooth hostilities. For the last six years, the… Continue reading CNS STORY: Public schools add religion course to curriculum requirements

Fifth Sunday of Easter: All Creation Rightly Gives You Praise

Today's readings.  I remember back in my second year of seminary, I took my first moral theology class.  One of the first tests we took had a line from the third Eucharistic Prayer on it: “Father, you are holy indeed, and all creation rightly gives you praise.”  This line came along with the question: “Rocks… Continue reading Fifth Sunday of Easter: All Creation Rightly Gives You Praise

The light at the end of the tunnel?

Back when I was working in the print industry, we always used to joke that whenever we'd see the light at the end of the tunnel, it would turn out to be the headlights of an oncoming train.  That was a little cynical, of course, but a sense of humor is extremely important in the… Continue reading The light at the end of the tunnel?