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Three-Mass limit?/ God present in prison

Posted January 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

Recently I visited my home parish in Ohio (Diocese of Toledo). I was there to attend the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Dec. 24. Before Mass, the regular priest announced that there would be a substitute priest for that Mass because of the limit of “three Masses a day.” (The regular priest was scheduled to do a different Mass that morning and then two Christmas Eve Masses later in the day.)  

My question is this: Is this “three-Mass rule” a strict law of the church or a guideline? (I had never heard of it before.) If it’s a law, could it be overturned in an emergency? For example, say a large parish with two priests had one get sick and no substitute could be found: Would a Mass

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    Cocktail party theology

    In December I received an invitation from my cousins to attend a cocktail party celebrating the engagement of their daughter to a very likeable young man whom I had met before. Since the couple had asked me to witness their marriage vows, I gladly accepted the party invitation. It turned out to be a large gathering with much food, which could be eaten while standing with a cocktail or wine glass in your hand. People were talking in small groups about up-coming Christmas events, politics, the schooling of their

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    My top 10 books for 2017

    Taste is subjective. Keep that in mind as I share with you the ten books that most touched me this past year. That isn’t necessarily a recommendation that you read them. They may leave you cold, or angry at me that I praised them. Be your own critic here and one who isn’t afraid to be critical of my taste. Nobody buys everything that’s advertised in a store.

    So, what ten books most touched me this year?

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    The ‘Catholic’ Ten Commandments/ Non-sacramental marriage

    Q Recently I read an article stating that the “Catholic” Ten Commandments are different from those given to Moses. According to this article, Catholics deleted the Second Commandment about no idols or graven images and then split the last one into two in order to make up for that deletion. 

    (It went on to say that the original Second Commandment was eliminated because of the statues in Catholic churches and the fact that Catholics offer prayers to Mary and to the other saints.)

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    Did you get what you wanted out of Christmas?

    Traditionally Christmas trees and creches come down shortly after Epiphany on Jan. 6. The Magi have come and warned in a dream. St. Joseph has taken the Christ child and his mother, Mary, into Egypt, escaping from the murderous King Herod. The holiday season is over. In our busy Western World, we quickly move into the new year wondering only how long we will keep at least one or two of our multiple resolutions. Did four weeks of Advent and eight days of Christmas change us at all? Or,

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    Fear of God as wisdom

    Why don’t we preach hellfire anymore? That’s a question asked frequently today by a lot of sincere religious people who worry that too many churches and too many priests and ministers have gone soft on sin and are over-generous in speaking about God’s mercy. The belief here is that more people would come to church and more people would obey the commandments, particularly the sixth one, if we preached the raw truth about mortal sin, God’s wrath and the danger of going to hell when we die. The truth

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    Why wait? How Advent changes us

    Wait, they said. Good news will come.

    So I stood by the window every afternoon that fall of my senior year, waiting for the mail truck to reach our street. I’d run down the driveway to see if any envelopes had arrived, thick with acceptance or thin with rejection. My parents asked for updates but never nagged. They were waiting, too.

    Finally came the one I had been hoping for. I tore it open,

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    Sunday Mass obligation/New luminous mystery?

    Q In the Bible, Jesus says: “Do this in memory of me.” But he doesn’t say that it has to be done every Sunday and holy day. So many young people are falling away from the church because of its rigidity.

    Please explain why we are obligated. (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

    A The responsibility to gather on Sundays for the Eucharist has been recognized by Christians since the earliest days of

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    Mourning our barrenness

    Several years ago, while teaching a summer course at Seattle University, I had as one of my students, a woman who, while happily married, was unable to conceive a child. She had no illusions about what this meant for her. It bothered her a great deal. She found Mother’s Day very difficult. Among other things, she wrote a well-researched thesis on the concept of barrenness in Scripture and developed a retreat on that same theme which she offered at various renewal centers.

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    Prayer as a spiritual work of mercy

    The seventh and final spiritual work of mercy is “Pray for the living and the dead.” St. Faustina, the patron saint of mercy, commented, “If I cannot show mercy by deeds, I can always do so by prayer. My prayer reaches out even there where I cannot reach out physically.” And prayer works. It is a spontaneous response when good things happen to those whom we love as well as when hardship or suffering strikes them. Prayer creates a solidarity between us who pray and those for whom

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