Tweaking a 1,700-year-old Creed?

When Stephen Colbert weighed in on the changes in the Mass on last night’s Colbert Report, he almost gave the infamous Colbert bump to our best-selling Catholic Update Guide to Changes in the Mass. I shrieked when he started waving around the pew card, because I recognized it as one of ours. He hit on...

Changing It Up

I’m doing something different—starting today. I’m right-handed but have switched my mouse buttons so that I can use the mouse with my left hand. No, this wasn’t my idea—my massage therapist has been suggesting it for some time—but I’m game. Change, change, go away! Change can...

Psalm 17

No doubt the covenant looms large behind this plea of the psalmist. The word is not mentioned, but the psalmist is obviously motivated by his conviction that God will always be faithful to his promises. That is why the psalmist begs for “justice.” God manifests his justice when he lives up to the...

Welcoming the New Translation

With the posting of this blog entry on the First Sunday of Advent 2011, the new translation of the Roman Missal is now being used across the United States. Like many pastors, I’ve been busy in the last few weeks talking with people about this big change in the Mass. On Facebook, in workshops, in...

Foolish Virgin Poster Child

If anyone should be nominated for the Foolish Virgins Society poster child, I’m your woman. I have run out of oil so many times, it’s not funny. It comes from convincing myself that I have more oil than I really do. As the story goes: Half the girls waiting for the bridegroom to arrive at the wedding...

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