The Integrity of Human Love (Part 2)

08-12-2018Liturgy CornerDavid S. Crawford

THE TWO MEANINGS OF THE MARITAL ACT

With this background, we can now better understand Humanae Vitae’s central teaching: that each and every conjugal act must be “open” to new life. This teaching does not mean that spouses must always have the express purpose of conceiving a child when they come together. Nor does it imply a lack of “openness” when, through no action of their own, conception cannot occur, such as during an infertile period of a woman’s cycle. Nor does it mean that spouses cannot, for serious reasons, consciously limit their marital acts to such times of infertility, as through natural family planning.

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The Integrity of Human Love (Part 1) by David S. Crawford

08-05-2018Liturgy CornerDavid S. Crawford

As a convert, I am sometimes asked what brought me into the Catholic faith. Conversion cannot be reduced to a simple formula, but the answer for me, at least in part, was being deeply struck and attracted by the truth and beauty of the Church’s understanding of marriage. We often hear that the Church’s teachings on marriage and sex drive people away, but this certainly not my own response as a husband and father.

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Entering into Holy Week

03-25-2018Liturgy CornerCheryl Manfredonia

These are the highest, holiest days celebrated each year by the Church beginning with the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday. It is called the "Easter Triduum" or Paschal Triduum". We celebrate the great Paschal mystery of Christ's crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

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Veils over sacred images keep our minds on the promise of Easter

03-18-2018Liturgy Corner

It seems strange that during the most sacred time of year we cover everything that is beautiful in our churches, even the crucifix. Shouldn't we be looking at the painful scene at Calvary while we listen to the Passion narrative on Palm Sunday?

While it may appear counter-intuitive to veil statues and images during the final weeks of Lent, the Church recommends this practice to heighten our senses and build within us a longing for Easter Sunday. It is a tradition that should not only be carried out in our local parish, but can also be a fruitful activity for the "domestic church" to practice.

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You Need These 7 Things to Make This Lent Your Holiest Lent Yet (Part 2)

02-25-2018Liturgy CornerChloe Langer

The beginning of Lent is almost upon us. And while it may seem that you just took down your Christmas tree, before you know it, it will be Ash Wednesday. Lent is time for prayer, fasting and alms-giving. It's time to take a look at how we're doing spiritually and make changes so that we can grow closer to God. But that can be a hard task to go at alone. Want to make this your holiest Lent ever? Father William Casey's latest book, Making a Holy Lent can help tackle areas in our life where we need to grow.

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You Need These 7 Things to Make This Lent Your Holiest Lent Yet (Part 1)

02-18-2018Liturgy CornerChloe Langer

The beginning of Lent is almost upon us. And while it may seem that you just took down your Christmas tree, before you know it, it will be Ash Wednesday. Lent is time for prayer, fasting and alms-giving. It's time to take a look at how we're doing spiritually and make changes so that we can grow closer to God. But that can be a hard task to go at alone. Want to make this your holiest Lent ever? Father William Casey's latest book, Making a Holy Lent can help tackle areas in our life where we need to grow.

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Why Church Teachings on Chasity are Undeniably True (Part 2)

02-11-2018Liturgy CornerAnthony Esolen

For virtue is like health. That is something Shakespeare understood quite well, and the feminist critic did not. The typical charge against Prospero is that he has used his magic art to cause Ferdinand to fall in love with Miranda, stealing her freedom from her — "freedom" understood as self-will, autonomy, the spoiled teenager's "I want it!" — but Miranda needs no art to make her wondrous, and when the young people meet, Prospero suggests that the magic is in them: "They are both in either's powers."

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Why Church Teachings on Chasity are Undeniably True (Part 1)

02-04-2018Liturgy CornerAnthony Esolen

Many years ago, in one of the standard editions of The Tempest that I had ordered for my students, I read an angry little essay whose proximate target was the mage Prospero, and whose ultimate target was anyone alive, particularly men, who would uphold a view of sexual morality one or two steps higher than, "I get to do what I want." The author inveighed against Prospero's supposed "control" over the sexuality of his daughter Miranda.

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These U.S. saints fought for the dignity of all people.

01-14-2018Liturgy Corner

Each year the feast of the Holy Innocents on December 28 reminds us of the fragility of life and the need to protect it at every stage. Besides treating everyone with dignity and fighting for legislation that reflects that fundamental truth, another powerful way to protect life is by invoking the intercession of the saints.

In particular, there are many saints who fought for the most vulnerable in society during their lifetime and retain that special love in heaven.

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Rosemary in the Life of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

01-07-2018Liturgy CornerMargaret Rose Realy

Joseph would have added sprigs of rosemary to the stable’s straw,to protect infant Jesus from bugs.

The purple of Advent and Lent is the color that bookends the life of Jesus. Both holy seasons are penitential, in preparation for the coming of the Christ: the Incarnation, Resurrection and Return. I like the continuity of a colorthat threads its symbolism through our religion. We know by altar linens and chasubles of priests what season weare in, and what prayers will be said. The purple of penitence and preparation, reds of sacrifice, whites of virtue and victory and the green of hope and freedom.

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