• Beatitudes,  Guest Contributors

    Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit Pt. II

    I want us to remember that the Beatitudes, including poverty of spirit, are not some special sort of Christian ethic or a list of rules that we must keep in order to “go to heaven.”  Instead, they are supernatural attributes that flow from the people of God because they are being transformed by the grace of God. 

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    A Proverb

    Written by R.A. Loyd   A young monk spoke to an elder after the liturgy service. “Why such formality? Why do we not merely worship as we will, in the Spirit?”

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    Liturgical Theology Part II

    Written by Dr. Tim Brophy   ORTHODOXY LEADS TO ORTHOPRAXIS According to Pope Benedict XVI, “theories, in the area of Liturgy, are transformed very rapidly into practice, and practice, in turn, creates…ways of behaving and thinking.”  The last portion of this paper will give several examples of the practices that logically flow from the various elements of Benedict’s liturgical theology.  First, and perhaps most obviously, kneeling during certain parts of the liturgy fits well with its being an act of corporate prayer and worship.[1]  Benedict points out that this is not only fitting for the liturgy but is also biblical.  He points to Stephen (Acts 7:60), Peter (Acts 9:40), Paul…

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    Liturgical Theology Part I

    Written by Dr. Tim Brophy   INTRODUCTION In October of 1962, Father Joseph Ratzinger, a 35 year-old priest and professor from Bonn, Germany, was brought to Rome to serve as a peritus (i.e. scholarly expert) for the recently convened Second Vatican Council.[1]  As their first order of business, the Council tackled the issue of liturgical reform and produced its first document, Sacrosanctum Concilium (i.e. “Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy”), on December 4, 1963.[2]  Ratzinger, as part of the Council’s progressive wing, whole-heartedly embraced the liturgical reforms called for by the Constitution.[3]  Looking back some 35 years later, he was still able to conclude that “the Constitution on the Liturgy, which…

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    Don’t Objectify Me!

    A Theology of Adornment in the Age of Porneia   Written by Marcia Smith   “Don’t objectify me!” is the loud rallying cry for human dignity heard all across our individual rights obsessed culture today. Speakers addressing the evils of objectification at college campuses can usually expect to find a sympathetic audience of clucking tongues and angrily wagging fingers, most often among the women, as they rain hail fire and brimstone down on the men.1 Society has perhaps never before in history been so characterized by mass disorientation over the human body and the place of freedom. In the current battle over sexual identity and sexual license, and even in…

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    A Theology of Nakedness In Art

    Written by Marcia Smith   Curved and tense looms the colossal marble statue of Michelangelo’s David over the public square of Florence’s seat of civic government. Originally commissioned for the rooftop of the Florence Cathedral, he stands just blocks away from it in a wide open space, fully disrobed in a classic Renaissance celebration of the beauty and splendor of pure youth. In allusion to the veiled travesty taking place, his foremother stands outside the Florence Cathedral, clutching an animal skin at her waist in shame, while his promised seed and divine descendent overlooks the interior, resplendent and half-robed on the judgment seat. No explanation is given by the church…

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    Swimming The Tiber

    Written by Jeff Benson   INTRODUCTION In the history of Christendom there has always been a struggle for unity within local congregations in order that they might be able to form something greater than they could accomplish by themselves. Jesus in one of his final prayers asks that all believers “may be one”[1] and additionally notes that this is how “the world may believe that you have sent me”[2]. Historically the Catholic Church has sought to fulfill this prayer, by providing a single, unified body that is designed to work together as Christ intended.

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    What Then Shall We Do?

    Written by Jeff Benson “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 10:39   I am writing this on the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. Earlier today I was scrolling through my Facebook feed idly looking for the latest video and seeing how my friends were doing, when I came across a most interesting trend occurring within my social circle. The majority of posts I was seeing were somehow tied to a quote spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It was then that I realized that I was in complete ignorance of the significance of the day,…