worship

Why do we call it Mass?

“The dismissal of Mass marks the beginning of our mission.” Have you ever wondered why we call what we do on Sunday “Mass”? We aren’t referring to a large amount of something nor to a scientific measure. It doesn’t matter how massive the crowd is, either. We get the word “Mass” from the very end of the liturgy, when the […]

Are You Living Well?

"Moses Breaking the Tablets" (detail) by Rembrandt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Liberation from Slavery Are you living well? Are you living in Christ? Or perhaps you have lost your way… become enslaved to sin. We must never take life in Christ for granted. The Book of Exodus, from which today’s first reading is taken, is the story of how God liberated the people of Israel from Egypt. In a deeper, more […]

On Worship and Veneration

"Mary with Child, Angels and Saints" (detail) by Duccio di Buoninsegna

In the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes are its heart and soul. They give us the characteristic marks along the path to holiness. We are to choose the dispositions that characterize the first seven but the eighth, in Mathew 5:10-12, is done to us in consequence of our faithfulness. We are assured: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ […]

Five Attitudes We Have Toward Football that We Should Have Toward Church

Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, San Francisco North Beach Photography © by Andy Coan

In my days as an evangelical Christian (and even occasionally in my decade as a Catholic), I have heard many a pastor suggest that we would get a lot more out of our attendance at Church if we treated it with the same enthusiasm we display toward sporting events. Some of these pastors, no doubt, would like to see the […]

Encountering the Word — Psalm 95:6

Photography © by Andy Coan

“O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!” (Psalm 95:6) If you liked this scripture verse, please share it with your friends and family using both the Recommend and Social Media buttons below and via email. We value your comments and encourage you to leave your thoughts below. Thank you! – The […]

Encountering the Word — Psalm 95:6

Photography © by Andy Coan

“O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!” (Psalm 95:6) If you liked this scripture verse, please share it with your friends and family using both the Recommend and Social Media buttons below and via email. We value your comments and encourage you to leave your thoughts below. Thank you! – The […]