Book Reviews, Liturgy

Review: Your Parish Is the Curriculum: RCIA in the Midst of the Community

Your Parish Is the Curriculum: RCIA in the Midst of Community by Diana Macalintal My rating: 5 of 5 stars I have long been a supporter of and passionate advocate for the proper celebration of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) in the parishes where I have been privileged to serve. I would… Continue reading Review: Your Parish Is the Curriculum: RCIA in the Midst of the Community

Liturgy, Reading Excerpts

Why Involve the Community?

Welcoming seekers into "the way of faith and conversion" is the most important thing we do. Think about it. If a family had a great sense of community but never welcomed new people into it, slowly, one-by-one, the family would die off. If a parish did the same, we'd have the same fate. But the… Continue reading Why Involve the Community?

Book Reviews

Review: The Priestly Blessing: Rediscovering the Gift

The Priestly Blessing: Rediscovering the Gift by Stephen J. Rossetti My rating: 4 of 5 stars The subtitle of this book from the well-known writer on Catholic priesthood is most appropriate. 'Rediscovering the Gift' of the priestly blessing is something that argued for strenuously by Stephen Rosetti as he examines this significant and powerful part… Continue reading Review: The Priestly Blessing: Rediscovering the Gift

Book Reviews

Review: Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now

Sabbath as Resistance, New Edition with Study Guide: Saying No to the Culture of Now by Walter Brueggemann My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a dangerous little book that challenges the status quo of contemporary society. The push to produce, to acquire, to consume and to dominate is directly challenged in Walter Brueggeman's… Continue reading Review: Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now

Book Reviews

Review: See I Am Making Something New: A Canonical and Pastoral Guide to Founding Religious Institutes, Diocesan Hermits, Consecrated Virgins and New Forms of Consecrated Life

See I Am Making Something New: New Institutes, Diocesan Hermits and Consecrated Virgins and New Forms of Consecrated Life by Amy Hereford My rating: 3 of 5 stars Could someone please ensure my bishop that he should read nothing into my reading of this book!This volume looks at the phenomenon of consecrated life within the… Continue reading Review: See I Am Making Something New: A Canonical and Pastoral Guide to Founding Religious Institutes, Diocesan Hermits, Consecrated Virgins and New Forms of Consecrated Life

Reading Excerpts

Religion and the Ecology of Freedom

In describing religion, Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregation of the Commonwealth and renown public intellectual, says religion is: part of the ecology of freedom because it supports families, communities, charities, voluntary associations, active citizenship and concern for the common good. It is a key contributor to civil society, which is… Continue reading Religion and the Ecology of Freedom