“Reform of the Reform”

With the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, it is appropriate to consider anew his contributions to the Liturgy, the so-called “reform of the reform” in particular. In this video, Fr. Joseph Fessio of Ignatius Press gives an in-depth presentation on liturgical reform in the context of his relationship with Cardinal Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI.

Can’t Live Without It

Beauty is a necessity, not a luxury. …without beauty, the duties prove too hard and, eventually, seem pointless. 

Charles Klamut

Why is it that we feel happier when we’re in the presence of beauty? And why do drab or utilitarian surroundings make us feel sort of listless or depressed, or even agitated? We instinctively respond to beauty, just as we keenly, if unconsciously, sense it’s absence. 

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That’s Just Your Opinion!

Understanding this difference between objective and subjective judgment is crucial to our understanding of beauty and indeed reality. 

Joseph Pearce

Is it possible to speak objectively about what’s beautiful and what isn’t? Joseph Pearce argues that we can, though we will first need to be open to the truth that there is such a thing as an objective standard for beauty. That’s a tough sell today, and requires a large dose of humility. 

“Angelus” Bells… ?

You may have noticed we started ringing the church bells in a particular way at noon and 6:00 pm. (Ok, we know they’re electronic—maybe someday!) What’s that all about? 

You may have heard Fr. Bierbaum mention last Sunday that we’ve begun to mark the traditional times of the Angelus. If you don’t know what that is, read the article linked below. Even if you DO know about the Angelus, still read the article—it’s worth a few minutes of your time. This Angelus is a great way to begin organizing your day around set times of prayer.