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Posted by on Dec 6, 2017

The Liturgy of Life – the Summit and Source of the Church’s Liturgy

The Liturgy of Life – the Summit and Source of the Church’s Liturgy

“The liturgy of life is the summit and source of the church’s liturgy and not the other way around.” – Peter Phan

Phan’s insight, as cited In the introduction to the Liturgy of Life by Fr. Manalo, builds on insights into Vatican II’s documents on the liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium and Gaudium et Spes, the Constitution on the Church in the Modern World and Joy and Hope. Although, Phan’s insight seems logical, it is startling because it presents a paradigm shift in our notion of divine worship. We are inclined to think of it as something that we do in the realm of the sacred, something divorced from the everyday or the profane. Phan suggests the opposite is true.

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Posted by on Mar 30, 2016

You will always have the poor

You will always have the poor

Jesus’ tells Judas that in this case it is better to save the fragrant oil for his burial. Jesus was not negating the value and necessity of alms giving. Jesus’ other statement to Judas of “The poor you always have with you”, on its surface, might seem cynical or uncaring. But, that would not fit with the rest of Jesus‘ manifest concern for the poor, the oppressed and those at the margins of society. Jesus is quoting from Deuteronomy and is reflecting a reality. Even if everyone started out even in life, sooner or later some will end up with more and others with less, much less. Chance, disaster, ill health, environmental changes, laziness, cheating, bad decisions- all will produce disparities.

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Posted by on Jan 29, 2016

Entering into the Mystery

Entering into the Mystery

As the Church’s New Year began in Advent, in communities around the world, men and women took a huge step into  a special journey: a journey that will take them...

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