Online Edition – February 2006
Vol. XI, No. 10
Table of Contents
Saint Matthew, after the Book of Kells – watercolor, Burke Meese 2004 for a closer view click here
News & Views — Archbishop Sambi Is New US Papal Nuncio | CDW, Pope, Correct Neocatechumenal Novelties | New Secretary at CDW
Bad Habits: Can we correct liturgical abuse in religious communities?
by The Rev. Vincent Capuano, SJ
How to Form a Choir: In Ten Easy and Not-so-easy Lessons
by Lucy Carroll
“Youth Bible” Problems Persist
by Helen Hull Hitchcock
Church Buildings — Monuments with Mixed Messages
by The Rev. John A. Valencheck
Readers Forum — Mangling the Gloria “an abomination” | Translation Matters | Good Vibes on Mass Translation | Why Do We Use Incense? | Why the RSV? | Dies Irae | Hail Mary at Mass | Changing Terms | Music during Communion | Adding “Acclamations”
Pope Benedict’s First Encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, published January 25
God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (I Jn 4:16). These words from the First Letter of John express with remarkable clarity the heart of the Christian faith: the Christian image of God and the resulting image of mankind and its destiny. In the same verse, Saint John also offers a kind of summary of the Christian life: “We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us”.
We have come to believe in God’s love: in these words the Christian can express the fundamental decision of his life. Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction. Saint John’s Gospel describes that event in these words: “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should … have eternal life” (3:16).
Pope Benedict XVI
Deus Caritas Est
(December 25, 2005, published January 25, 2006)
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