Ritual, Consistency, and Participation
When the Mass is changed to try to create more relevant, more engaging liturgical experiences, the reverse happens: people stop outwardly participating.
Mass Attendance Down Over the Past 10 Years
A recent Gallup poll indicates that Mass attendance is down in the United States over the past ten years. The most significant drop is found in the demographic of those 60+ years old, which declined from 59% to 49% in just a ten-year span.
Divine Mercy, The Eighth Day, and the “Combat Stupendous”
The octave day of the Lord’s Resurrection opens a pathway for the Church to appropriate more deeply and take into herself the Mystery of the Lord’s victory over death.
Hearing the Passion in Holy Week
“But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it” (Mt 13:16–17).
Book Review: Find God Where He Lives
The House of the Lord: A Catholic Biblical Theology of God’s Temple Presence in the Old and New Testaments, by Steven Smith. Review by Jeremy Priest.
The Many Strands of Sanctity Found in Mary, Undoer of Knots
Your servant, Lord, your servant am I, the son of your handmaid; you have loosened my bonds. A thanksgiving sacrifice…
The Power of Symbol and Ritual Reconsidered: A Review of Uwe Michael Lang’s Signs of the Holy One
By Jeremy Priest Signs of the Holy One, by Uwe Michael Lang. Ignatius Press (San Francisco 2015), 180 pp., $17.95….