Enchantment as the Path

I saw the Holy City, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready like a bride adorned for her husband. — Revelation 21:2, NEB

“…a Great Multitude, Which No One Could Count.”

I, John, had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation… Then one of the Elders said to me, “These are the ones who have … washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. … God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” […]

Revelation — A Diagnostic Manual

At Mass during this Easter season we hear the highlight passages of the Book of Revelation. If you’ve ever tried to read the whole thing, you know that a lot of the good stuff gets left out.

The Book of Revelation (no “s”)

The second Scripture reading through the Easter Season this year is from the most puzzling book of the New Testament, Revelation. So here’s some background.

Practicing Catholic X: Easter Faith

First, a welcome to all who gather with us to celebrate the Lord’s resurrection but who are not part of our regular congregation from Sunday to Sunday! You are welcome!

Practicing Catholic IX: How to Go to Confession

Especially as we approach Holy Week and Easter, some people make it a practice to seek forgiveness for their sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (also called “Penance” or “Confession.”) Here’s a refresher course:

Practicing Catholic VIII: How to Go to Mass

I’m going to wrap up this “practicing Catholic” series with some tips on two central practices of Catholic worship fitting for Holy Week: Mass, and Confession. Here are a few suggestions for getting the most out of Mass:

Silence Before Mass: A Reminder

I’m faced with a pull from two sides: I regularly hear from one group of parishioners that they find the noise of chatter before Mass distracting and even damaging to their spiritual growth.

Two Visions

We’ve got to get ourselves back to the Garden. — Joni Mitchell, “Woodstock” (‘60’s folk song)