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Everyday Faith
Thursday, Jun. 15, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

Everyday Faith column by Julianne Nornberg

There is a crackle glass bowl in our living room, a decorative bowl we set out for special occasions. It's stunning, with hand-painted designs in bright colors.

Running through the entire piece are tiny cracks, hairline fissures in the clear glass that forms the bowl. When light shines through it, however, those cracks make the bowl shine more magnificently than before.

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Silence and the meaning of the Mass Print E-mail
Word on Fire
Thursday, Jun. 15, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

Robert Cardinal Sarah's recent book The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise explores a number of themes both theological and spiritual, all centering around the unhappy role that noise has come to play in our culture and more specifically in the Church.

His observations are most trenchant in regard to the liturgy, which should come as no great surprise, given his role as head of the Vatican Congregation devoted to liturgy and sacraments. As I read the sections of his book dealing with the importance of silence during Mass, I often found myself nodding vigorously.

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A message of love for the confirmandi Print E-mail
Word on Fire
Thursday, Jun. 01, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

One of the greatest privileges I have as a bishop is the opportunity to preside at the Sacrament of Confirmation. A drawback, however, is that I am obligated to conduct over 40 Confirmations in roughly a two month period -- which means that I become tired, rather quickly, of my own homily!

As a result, I'm frequently shifting gears, trying out new ideas, looking at the complex phenomenon of Confirmation from a variety of angles. I want to share with you in this article some of the key ideas in the latest iteration of my Confirmation sermon.

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