The Liturgy Is Fully Embodied

In stark contrast [to the "Internet of Things"], the liturgy remains a firmly embodied experience. Worship engages all the senses of our body. The liturgy employes symbols of the body and of things to invite us more deeply into the divine mystery. There is no Church, no Eucharist, without the Body of Christ - a … Continue reading The Liturgy Is Fully Embodied

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From Liturgy to Action in the World

Sacrosanctum Concilium's call for revisions in liturgical rites and texts made it easier for the Church to recognize and engage the public nature of liturgy. It also empowered the worshipping faithful to take part in efforts to reform social, economic, cultural, and political systems of society. The latter emphasis is what Gaudium et spes brought to our understanding … Continue reading From Liturgy to Action in the World

General Audience Catechesis – 30 May

Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the sacrament of confirmation... Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Continuing with the argument of Confirmation or Cresima, today I wish to shed light on the “profound connection of this Sacrament, with the whole of Christian Initiation (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 71). Before receiving the spiritual anointing, which confirms and reinforces the grace … Continue reading General Audience Catechesis – 30 May

General Audience Catechesis – 9 May

Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the sacrament of Baptism... Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! The catechesis on the Sacrament of Baptism leads us to speak today of the cleansing, accompanied by the invocation of the Most Holy Trinity, that is, the essential rite that properly “baptizes” – namely, immerses – in Christ’s Paschal … Continue reading General Audience Catechesis – 9 May

General Audience Catechesis – 25 April

Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the sacrament of baptism... Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! We continue our reflection on Baptism, ever in the light of the Word of God. It’s the Gospel that enlightens the candidates and arouses adherence to the faith:  “Baptism is ‘the sacrament of faith’ in a particular way, since … Continue reading General Audience Catechesis – 25 April

General Audience Catechesis – 4 April

Pope Francis concludes his catechesis on liturgical matters… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning and Happy Easter! You see that today there are flowers: flowers that speak of joy and gladness. In some places, Easter is also called “flowering Easter,” because the Risen Christ flowers: he is the new flower; our justification flowers, the holiness … Continue reading General Audience Catechesis – 4 April