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Pride of Place: Gregorian Chant

Sacrosanctum Conicilium, the Vatican II constitution on the Sacred Liturgy has this to say about Gregorian chant:

“The Church acknowledges Gregorian chant as specially suited to the Roman liturgy: therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services.”

In this article I am setting out 7 of the 1000+ (kidding) reasons for the Gregorian chant. Well, these are just some things I am thinking of at the moment and are not necessarily linked to the theological, historical and musical reasons Sacrosanctum Concilium makes the above statement. Continue reading

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The Holes in Holiness

Lust of the Flesh
What is the meaning of the Lust of the Flesh?
The lust of the flesh refers to all disorderly…
Sexual (pornography, masturbation, deviant sexual behaviour, premarital sex, extramarital sex, etc.),
Sensual (craving for food, alcohol, excess sleep, basically anything that satisfies any or all of the cravings of any or all of our five senses)…desires & appetites experienced by man. Continue reading

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Living a Life Contrary to our Calling

If we carefully look at our lives, we may observe that we fail to succeed in living faithfully to our Christian calling.

Now, to be fair, most of us are genuinely interested in living out our call from Christ. Most of us are genuinely (at least, in the best way that we know of doing it) striving to live lives true to our Christian calling. We struggle & we come up short. We try to avoid sin, but we end up being sucked into the swamp of sin. Continue reading

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Introducing the Propers

I recently had the golden opportunity of visiting the Holy Land with my family. One of the most profound moments during the trip was when we visited the pit in which Jesus was supposed to have spent the night as a criminal before his trial the next morning. At this holy place, was kept for meditation, the text (as I remember) of Psalm 88. As the speaker began to read this text loudly to our group, I was struck deeply. The resonance between the psalmist’s words and Jesus’ own spiritual and physical condition brought me to an unexplainable state of wonder. I am still in awe as I confront myself with the reality that in his trial, Jesus might have actually used and “borrowed” these words…words once prayed by the psalmist but nevertheless inspired by the Holy Spirit. Continue reading