CNS STORY: No ‘Yahweh’ in songs, prayers at Catholic Masses, Vatican rules

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In the not-too-distant future, songs such as "You Are Near," "I Will Bless Yahweh" and "Rise, O Yahweh" will no longer be part of the Catholic worship experience in the United States. At the very least, the songs will be edited to remove the word "Yahweh" — a name of God that… Continue reading CNS STORY: No ‘Yahweh’ in songs, prayers at Catholic Masses, Vatican rules

Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Today's readings [display_podcast]   Sometimes we get an idea and it seems well, a little uncomfortable.  We may well have had a call or even a gentle moving from the Lord, and are afraid to act on it.  Today’s Scriptures speak to those of us who are sometimes hesitant to do what the Lord is… Continue reading Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Ash Wednesday

ash wednesday, originally uploaded by apol3. I didn’t post my homily for today, because I did the School Children’s Mass and preached extemporaneously. So, instead I’m posting this picture from flickr, which I really like. What grabs my attention in it is how we see the activity through the cross. We’re called to be a… Continue reading Ash Wednesday

Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Fall is one of those times when we really notice creation. Leaves are changing, the air is getting cooler, the hours of sunlight are rapidly diminishing. It makes us grateful for the bits of life that we still see, because we know that the winter is coming and we will be groaning in… Continue reading Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings You may often have heard me speak of one of my favorite spiritual principles, and that is: “it’s not about me.” Today, we have two wonderful Scriptural examples of that very principle. First we have Ruth, a foreigner, who came to the aid of her mother-in-law Naomi in her time of need. Naomi… Continue reading Saturday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

St. Pius X

Today’s readings | Today’s saint Yahweh-shalom is what Gideon called the altar he built to the LORD at Ophrah. “The Lord is our peace” is how we would translate that Hebrew name into English. It was certainly divine revelation that gave him that thought, because the oppression Gideon’s people were suffering under the Midianites was… Continue reading St. Pius X

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings There is no Scripture story telling us about the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast is based on a strong Tradition that developed in the early Church and has been venerated ever since. Remember that we Catholics believe that Tradition which has come from the early Church is as much a… Continue reading The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Thursday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The Israelites wandering in the desert would seem to have had the spiritual life easy. How could they possibly miss God’s presence? There was a cloud to lead them to the Lord by day, and fire by night. But just like the stuff that ended up in the net in today’s Gospel, some… Continue reading Thursday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Dedication of St. John Lateran

Today's readings | Today's feast The Church is a reality that is at the same time concrete and experiential and heavenly and eternal. The concrete structures of it are the nuts and bolts that make it work. The building itself, the parish staff, the rubrics of liturgy and the holy books, as well as teachings… Continue reading The Dedication of St. John Lateran

Friday of the 30th Week of Ordinary Time: Thank you!

Today’s readings Some days it may be harder to know this than others days, but every person in our lives is a gift to us from God. St. Paul knew both sides of that, to be sure. He had days where he had to lay down the law with some of the Churches he founded,… Continue reading Friday of the 30th Week of Ordinary Time: Thank you!