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February 12, 2013

I learned about Pope Benedict's decision to renounce his office at around 4:30 in the morning, in a phone call from a friend on the East Coast.

He told me, "Prepare yourself for a shock."

"Okay," I said.

"Pope Benedict has resigned."

It actually wasn't a shock.

I hadn't expected the announcement, but I wasn't very surprised.

I accept and respect his decision, as disappointed as I am.

I'd been picking up on clues that, for Pope...

February 7, 2013

This is just a liturgical pet peeve of mine, but you know how, during certain times of the year, some parishes decide to get "creative" with the response that is used in the prayers of the faithful?

You know, instead of having the faithful say "Lord, hear our prayer" at the end of every petition, they'll want you to say something else, typically based on the liturgical day or season, like "Come, Lord Jesus" at Christmas or "Come, Holy Spirit" at Pentecost?

I really hate that....

January 29, 2013

Today's Gospel contains an incident that many people in Jesus' day would have found rather puzzling.

Jesus' mother and his "brethren" (male relatives who, we know from other sources, were not biological children of Mary) show up to see him.

They can't easily do so because Jesus is inside a crowded house, and so they are forced to stand outside and send him a message. 

And a crowd was sitting about him; and they said to him, “Your mother and...