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Bishop Athanasius Schneider: Holy Communion on the tongue

Dominus est - it is the Lord

The subject of receiving Holy Communion in the hand versus in the mouth remains divisive in the Catholic Church. The majority of our current bishops and priests do not want to address or redress the problem that originated in the mid-1960s. When the reception of the Holy Eucharist in the hand began to spread, Pope Paul VI focused on the abuse in Memoriale Domini. He said that "in view of the state of the Church as a whole today, this manner of distributing ... (Continue reading)

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross


We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus, in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered (Entrance Antiphon, Cf. Gal 6:14). Today’s Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, one of the Church’s oldest, celebrates the triumph of God’s humility over man’s pride "for the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men" (1 Cor 1:25). The first followers of our Lord evidently ... (Continue reading)

The Presence-Prayers of Children


There’s been quite a bit of media coverage lately about kiddies at Mass. One parish’s idea had made the Facebook rounds a while back: the pastor had put an insert into every pew asking parishioners to be patient and loving towards kids, instead of disdainful and angry. Terri wrote a beautiful post on it the other day, and the mommy-bloggers have been sharing their tricks and triumphs when it comes to keeping their kids under wraps for one hour a week. So ... (Continue reading)

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23rd Sunday: Sacred liturgy and Catholic culture


O come, let us worship God and bow down, before the God who made us, for He is the Lord our God (Ps 95:6-7). In what is known as the Divine Office or the Liturgy of the Hours, the official set of daily prayers prescribed by the Church, all those who recite these prayers, whether in monasteries or religious houses or alone in private recitation, begin with the recitation of Psalm 95, the Responsorial Psalm of our Mass. "Come, let us sing ... (Continue reading)

Dear young family at Sunday Mass


To the young family who sat in front of us at Sunday Mass, this is for you. You made me smile as I was reminded of what Mass with young children is all about. How old are your three beautiful children: six, three, two? Yes, you do have your hands full. You arrived promptly and everyone was so beautifully dressed as you piled into the pew in front of us. Mom, you had your bag of picture books and holy cards ... (Continue reading)

22nd Sunday: Embrace the Cross


If anyone wants to become my disciple, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. (Mt 16:24) As we continue our reading of St. Matthew’s Gospel and enter more fully into the Mystery of our Lord’s identity and mission as Messiah, we learn in today’s Gospel passage that if we wish to follow Jesus we must do so on His terms, not ours; no matter how well-intentioned we may consider ourselves to be. Surely, this is the case ... (Continue reading)

21st Sunday: You are the Christ


You are the Christ, the Son of the living God (Mt 16:16). St. Peter’s statement of faith is the foundation of the Christian faith, just as it is the foundation of the Church’s life and mission. Christians are so called because we believe in the divinity of Christ; namely, that Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial ... (Continue reading)

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Kissing Death on the Lips


My husband’s granny passed away last week—suddenly, from a brain aneurism. She had her bath (she would be mortified I told you that) and went to her room. We are told that she laid herself down on the bed and never got up again. She was such a feisty woman I don’t think she could have passed any other way—no shilly-shallying around, she just up and died, God rest her soul. I am happy for her but I am sad for myself ... (Continue reading)

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Islam, the Rosary, and the Battle of Lepanto


In Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Know, Diane Moczar traces the rise of Islamic terrorism and writes about the Battle of Lepanto, a decisive victory won by the power of the Rosary. Islamic terrorism began in the seventh century when Arabs began attacking Christian Europe. One of the most famous battles was the Battle of Tours in 732 AD when Charles "the Hammer" Martel took a stand and defeated the Islamic forces. In the East, the Byzantine Empire was also under siege. Pope Urban ... (Continue reading)

20th Sunday: The sacrament of unity


For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples (Is 56:7). The prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled in our hearing. The sacred assembly (synaxis) of the Church, universally and locally is always sacramental; that is to say, it is a sign of the Church as the sacrament of unity. Any assembly of the faithful, be it small or great, is always a participation in the unity and universality of the Church. The vision of the Prophet Isaiah alludes to ... (Continue reading)

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