In All Things
A group blog by the editors, columnists and frequent contributors to America.
Dec 4 2013 - 11:51am0 comments
Dec 4 2013 - 9:28am0 comments
Two weeks ago, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy took us back to Dallas. We remember where we were when we heard of the shooting. Today, Dec. 4, we recall another 50th anniversary, that of the approval of the first decree passed at the Second Vatican Council, Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. It was approved by the assembled bishops by a vote of 2,147 to 4 and promulgated by Pope Paul VI on this day in 1963.
Dec 3 2013 - 4:34pm0 comments
This Advent I am beginning (again) the practice of Centering Prayer. This time I am inspired by David Frenette’s fine book, The Path of Centering Prayer: Deepening Your Experience of God. In his work, Frenette develops the teaching of his mentor, Fr. Thomas Keating, the founding father of the contemplative prayer movement. Centering prayer is, in essence, a simplified, structured...
Dec 3 2013 - 10:03am2 comments
Cape Cod, MA. Almost since the time I started blogging here at In All Things, I’ve been working on a book, which I’ve mentioned to you on and off over the years.
Dec 3 2013 - 9:12am0 comments
Your Spirit changes our hearts, enemies begin to speak together, those who are estranged join hands in friendship, and nations seek the way of peace together. (Preface, 2nd Eucharistic Prayer for Reconciliation)
The storm of protest against the agreement between the Permanent Members of the UN Security Conference plus Germany with Iran over uranium enrichment is to be expected, but it is also very sad. For it demonstrates the strength of ill-will in international affairs and...
Dec 2 2013 - 9:41am0 comments
“Evangelii Gaudium,” the “Joy of the Gospel,” is officially designated an “apostolic exhortation.” As such it joins the company of other such important papal pronouncements as Benedict XVI’s “Verbum Domini” (2010), John Paul II’s “Pastores Dabo Vobis” (1992) and “Christifideles Laici” (1988) and Paul VI’s “Evangelii Nuntiandi” (1975).
Dec 2 2013 - 9:14am72 comments
Oh brother. More lazy stereotypes about celibates. Bill Keller’s op-ed today in The New York Times “Sex and the Single Priest” (ha ha) says that pretty much all celibate priests are lonely and that celibacy “surely played some role” in the sexual abuse crisis. By his own admission, Mr. Keller hasn’t been an active member of the church since around high school. But that’s not the problem with his...