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Why Sacramental Confession?

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

By Br Isaac Maria Wharton | A reflection on the importance of the sacrament of Reconciliation. Read more

Entering into the ‘Spirit of the the Liturgy' with Guardini.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Guardini described the liturgy as a ‘sphere which is in a special sense free from purpose’ and a type of ‘spiritual world in which the soul can live according to the requirements of its nature.’ It is a ‘playful thing’ in which those gathered for the liturgy can be said to be at play—homo ludens—in the presence of God; it is like children’s play—it is ‘not there to achieve an end’ but is an end in and of itself. But if liturgy is play, then how does one ‘play’? Read more

Sacraments Series - A Recap

Friday, June 08, 2012
Over Eastertide, the Godzdogz team presented a series of articles on the Sacraments of the Church, a series which we have supplemented over the last couple of weeks with a treatment of certain related topics. We have tried over the course of the series to give a sense of the place the Sacraments occupy in the life of the Church, and of individual Christians, as ways in which we touch upon the divine reality to which the Church points and draws us. As the series now draws to a close, we hope our readers have found it useful: we would, as ever, be grateful for your comments. For your reference, below is a list of all the posts in the series: Read more

Christian Funerals

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

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Friday, June 01, 2012
In our series so far, we have seen how the Sacraments give shape to our Christian lives, both as individuals and as the Church, the Body of Christ, by bestowing upon us God's grace, which enables us to live that life. Read more

Sacraments: Christ's Gift of the Spirit

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
One of the ways we can think about sacraments is as God reaching down through history to apply the power of the cross to the present moment. Since Christ handed on to us the gift of His Holy Spirit through the cross, the re-presentation of the sacrifice of the cross in our sacraments becomes the means by which Christ re-presents his offer of the Spirit. This is because, as has been discussed in previous posts, sacraments are signs that make real what they signify. Our sacramental signs, instituted by Christ himself, point to his Incarnation and thus perpetuate that Incarnation among and in the Christian community across all time and space. As the Spirit is received through Christ and therefore through the sacraments, we can also think of the sacraments as a kind of re-actualization of Pentecost. This points us to the complementary missions of the Son and the Spirit. The Holy Spirit, sent by Christ (who was himself conceived by the Holy Spirit), allows us to receive Christ in a new and deeper way.  Read more

The Sacraments as Liturgy

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sacraments: Holy Orders

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sacraments: Anointing of the Sick

Friday, May 18, 2012

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Sacraments: Penance

Sunday, May 13, 2012

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