Liturgy & Sacraments

"The Last Supper" (detail) - by Da Vinci"The Last Supper" (detail) - by Da Vinci

Dr. Peter Kreeft on the Need for Sacraments

Four elements stand out in the traditional Catholic doctrine of what a sacrament is. Fundamentalism is suspicious of all four. A sacrament is “a sign that effects what it signifies, instituted by Christ to give grace.” 1. Sacraments are signs and symbols. Fundamentalism is temperamentally wary of symbolism. It has a plain, “no-nonsense” mentality. Symbols are too poetic for its […]

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The Entire Good of Our Salvation Matters

Is it a big deal if a Catholic misses Mass?  And is it a problem for Catholics to attend Mass and receive Holy Communion but not believe Jesus is truly present? The Holy Eucharist is the outpouring of Jesus’s life on the cross for our eternal salvation, Cardinal Raymond Burke stated in a reflection on the Feast of Christ the […]

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Solemnity and Celebrations

Some months ago I was down to take a wedding on a Saturday. The couple had been prepared by the deacon. The groom was from a nominally Catholic family, the girl was unbaptized. So the wedding party turned up for the rehearsal on the Friday and, as usual, people were in high spirits, but in this case there was some […]

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Shhh… Be Still

Silence is not just golden, it’s essential. “Be still and know that I am God,” (Psalm 46:10) is a directive from on high. I am an unlikely candidate to deliver such a message as my former grade school and high school teachers can attest. They frequently moved me around on their seating charts in search of students who would not […]

Lessons from the Front Pew

I’m a convert to Catholicism, but I bring with me many of the traits that marked my life as an evangelical: a deep love of scripture, a desire to evangelize, and the tendency to sit toward the back of the Church.  Like many others, I hold that the paradoxical subconscious view that the best seats at any public gathering are […]

The New Mass Translations: “For All or Many” and “The Supper of the Lamb”

A Biblical Walk Through the Mass — Your Moment in the Mass: “For All or Many” and “The Supper of the Lamb” A continuing series on the Scriptural roots and inspiration of the Holy Mass by Dr. Edward Sri For All or for Many Of all the changes in the new Mass translation, two words which will be used by […]

Beyond I Do

The night before David’s and my wedding, there was a big storm. Winds ripped through the area and blew out the electricity. As my mom was scurrying around, trying to get my younger siblings dressed in the dark, considering whether the food in the refrigerator would spoil and worrying about whether the church lights would also be out for the […]

The New Mass Translations: “I Believe”, “Consubstantial” and “Incarnate”

A Biblical Walk Through the Mass — Your Moment in the Mass: “I Believe”, “Consubstantial” and “Incarnate” A continuing series on the Scriptural roots and inspiration of the Holy Mass by Dr. Edward Sri Can a one-letter word really make a great difference?  In the case of the new Mass translation of the Nicene Creed, the answer is emphatically, “Yes!” […]

The New Mass Translations: “I Confess…” and “Glory to God…”

A Biblical Walk Through the Mass — Your Moment in the Mass: “Through My Most Grievous Fault” and “Only-Begotten Son” A continuing series on the Scriptural roots and inspiration of the Holy Mass by Dr. Edward Sri “Through My Most Grievous Fault” In the prayer known as the Confiteor (which begins, “I confess to almighty God…”), the new translation of […]

Your Moment in the Mass: “And with your spirit”

A Biblical Walk Through the Mass — Your Moment in the Mass: “And with your spirit” A continuing series on the Scriptural roots and inspiration of the Holy Mass by Dr. Edward Sri Catholics are very familiar with the parts of the Mass — perhaps too familiar. Sunday after Sunday, we recite certain words such as, “Amen…Thanks be to God…Alleluia…Holy, […]