August 7, 2020

Frequently during the liturgical year, we hear this reading to “take up our cross” and follow the LORD. Each day we embrace our cross and see where it takes us. Perhaps this is a stark reminder that each day we are also called to “let it go.” “Let It Go” is one of the most […]


July 3, 2020

Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle Another first Friday and another apostle to reflect on: one who began with one reputation and ended with another. This apostle chose to take a doubting moment in his life and transform it into an evangelization lifetime, going to the ends of the earth (well, India), to spread his faith […]


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The Revised Order of Baptism of Children

On February 2, 2020 the revised Order of Baptism of Children, Second Edition (OBC) began and was fully implemented on Easter Sunday, April 12. Unfortunately, no preview copies were available before we received the ritual texts in late January. For the rest of the year this column will share some insights about the updated text […]

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June 5, 2020

Memorial of Saint Boniface We use the word “apostle” to describe the primary disciples of Jesus. Primary, and yet since the early church we attribute others this title, too, because of their charism to share the mission of Christ. Today we celebrate the “Apostle to the Germans,” Saint Boniface. His heart and soul were filled […]


Kevin Irwin’s Pope Francis and the Liturgy

April 20, 2020 Patrick Riley, our Emmanuel book review editor, gave me two books to read and review this Lent, both highlighting the importance Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’. I am still working my way through Full of Your Glory: Liturgy, Cosmos, Creation edited by Teresa Berger with papers from the 5th Yale ISM Liturgy […]


May 1, 2020

Saint Joseph, the Worker When I read Acts and how Saul was “a chosen instrument” by God and that his eyes had “scales on them” that fell off, I could not help but think of a musical meaning to these verses. Musicians always look for that grand instrument to be their “chosen one” to make […]


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How to Pray the Liturgy of the Hours – Part 3

The Liturgy of the Hours can seem daunting at times. In the last column I offered answers to common questions about the Liturgy of the Hours (LH). In this column I share some questions from LH prayer leaders whom I have trained. I’ve included some quotes from the General Instructions of the Liturgy of the […]

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April 3, 2020

Ever play dodgeball? Dodge some stones lately? Doing God’s work can be quite satisfying and joyful. It’s also about dodging evil stones that come flying our way. Sadly, we recall that many still are persecuted for the faith and for doing God’s will across the globe. And, with the reminders in today’s scriptures of Jeremiah […]



March 6, 2020

We are now in the heart of our Lenten mission to renew our lives. With the prophet Ezekiel today, we are called to live a more virtuous life and to turn from those things that lead us into temptation and sin. This Friday’s reading hearkens to the words of Ash Wednesday: “Turn away from sin […]