Tag: liturgy

Amusing the Church to Death

"When church music directors lead the congregation in singing some praise music, I often listen stoically with teeth clenched. But one Sunday morning, I cracked. We had been led through endless repetitions of a meaningless ditty called, ‘Draw Me Close to You.’ The song has zero theological content and could be sung in a nightclub, …

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Nationalism Trumps Catholicism

“Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.” – Albert Einstein Having been born and raised Catholic in India, a spiritual yet secular and pluralistic society, I am appalled at how often the Catholic Church in America tends to confound spirituality with nationalism. The latest case in point (reference our discussion about …

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True Worship

“True worship, whether vocal or silent, is offering one’s self to God = body, mind and soul – for the doing of His will. The fruit of worship is an increasing awareness of the Inward Light [i.e. the Holy Spirit], an experience of God’s love and a fresh understanding of the two great commandments: ‘You …

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Heaven Help Us

Purge Me With Hyssop

"Remember, man, that you are dust and to dust you shall return." On the first day of Lent, these are the words (adapted from Genesis 2:19) spoken as someone, usually a priest, dips his thumb in ash and makes the sign of the cross on your forehead. They serve as an outward sign of an …

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