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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Passing on the faith

As you can see I do not post very regularly. There are obvious reasons for that - family, pastoral ministry, part-time teaching, Advent, Christ-mass. Yesterday was a "snow day" as many of us in the midwest experienced. This meant shoveling the wet heavy snow before it froze. (Now we have the frigid temperatures to deal with.)

Of course, the church calendar does not slow down either. The Second Sunday of Advent was also the Feast of St. Nicholas of Bari, Bishop and Confessor. On that day I had the honor to be involved with a house blessing at Deacon Gaba's new apartment and attend a St. Nicholas party there afterward (my first). Monday was the Feast of St. Ambrose, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of the Church. We heard an excerpt from the good doctor on the topic of faith in the daily liturgy (Low Mass) in which he discussed the Holy Trinity and the two natures in Christ, referring to the Christ Child in the cradle.

The church calendar is a blessing in so many ways. First and foremost, it helps direct the prayer life of the Church. Also it helps to teach us Christian history, the great leaders of the faith and their examples for us today. The church calendar is an ongoing means of catechesis. Some favor faith and some favor reason. The church calendar, I think and believe, is one of those places where faith and reason can interact and work together.

Speaking of Christian history here is an interesting article on the general audience of Pope Benedict XVI where he discusses the medieval theologian, Rupert of Deutz and his teaching on the Real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

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