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Music at a Time of Penitence

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 05:45am on 18th February 2017
Promote prayer, fasting, and charity in your choice and presentation of Lenten music Be restrained musically during Lent to reflect the penitential nature of the season Where possible, introduce during Lent pieces to repeat during the Triduum During Lent, carefully chosen music helps Catholics deepen their experience of this transformative season.  Hymns such...

The helper and the helped, the blessing and the blessed

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 01:10am on 1st June 2016
Many human encounters clearly delineate between one who helps and another being helped.  The ‘helping professions’ insist that helpers shouldn’t reveal any personal information to those they help, thus maintaining an image of themselves as strong and capable, so those in need of help receive adequate and appropriate care.  But...

Who shows mercy?

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 11:17am on 28th May 2016
How have you heard about the Year of Mercy?  Who has told you about it?  Where have you experienced it?  I wouldn’t be surprised if your answer was: mainly from priests and in Confession, since many parishes have observed the Year of Mercy by providing more access to the Sacrament...

Set in stone

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 04:00am on 29th June 2015
Stone features in most of our churches, but its significance as a symbol in worship is sometimes overlooked.  It’s there in the foundations, walls, and furniture, but it seems primarily functional.  It forms the permanent fixtures symbolising what abides for ever, unchanging.  Of course, this can be comforting or obstructive.  The...

Forgive and Remember

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 11:42am on 1st June 2013
Before celebrating the sacred mysteries, we seek forgiveness, sharing the reality of lives lived as sinners called to be saints – forgiven but not forgetting, since liturgy calls for both repentance and remembrance.  As Timothy Radcliffe writes:   Forgiveness is not the scrubbing out of our sins, pretending that they never happened....
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