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    Lex Orandi, Lex Legendi: A Correlation of the Roman Canon and the Fourfold Sense of Scripture

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    While the correlation between the liturgy and the Bible was vital in the patristic-medieval period, a dichotomy grew up between them in modern times. Starting with the assumption that a fuller retrieval of the correlation today requires forms of engaging texts which are not exclusively linear or historico-critical, the dissertation argues that the dichotomy between liturgy and Bible is overcome within a correlation of the Eucharist and spiritual exegesis that retrieves a typological reading of Scripture and that attends to the liturgical relationships memorial, presence, and anticipation. The structure of reading the Bible parallels the structure of praying within the liturgy. In order to make a theological correlation between Eucharist and spiritual exegesis, the study first seeks to establish the supra-linear nature of each. In regard to the Eucharist, this study presents an analysis of the text of the Roman Canon (Eucharistic Prayer I in the current Roman Missal), demonstrating that it has the structure of a chiasmus, requiring a helical reading. This anaphora\u27s chiasmus and its rhetorical helix convey a rich eucharistic theology of exchange and communion. With respect to spiritual exegesis, this study establishes a supra-linear approach to Scripture by developing insights of Henri de Lubac into the reciprocal interiority of the four senses of Scripture. An analysis of the fourfold sense reveals that spiritual exegesis is governed by the two ways figure and fulfillment are perichoretically related; this mutual indwelling is displayed in the figural trading of idioms. The final part of the study brings together eucharistic exchange and communion exemplified by the Roman Canon, on the one hand, and the communal immanence and exchange of idioms exhibited by the two cycles of spiritual exegesis in the fourfold sense of Scripture, on the other hand. It concludes that the admirabile commercium et connubium between head, body, and members in the earthly and heavenly dimensions of the totus Christus lies at the heart of the theological correlation between Eucharist and spiritual exegesis

    The Moon and the Mystery: Expanding Our Horizons

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    (Excerpt) Easter arrived early this year. Only rarely does the festival come on its earliest possible date, March 22. (It last did so in 1818 and will not do so again until 2285.) But not uncommonly Easter comes toward the end of March; it was March 26 this year as it was in 1978 and 1967. It fell on March 25 in 1951

    Review of William R. Farmer, The International Bible Commentary: A Catholic and Ecumenical Commentary for the Twenty-First Century

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    Baptismal Spirituality in the Early Church and Its Implications for the Church Today

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    (Excerpt) Let me begin with two quotes from a recent collection of essays by British Methodist liturgical theologian Geoffrey Wainwright, both of which, I believe, speak to the overall theme of this year\u27s liturgical institute. First, in an essay originally published in 1988, Wainwright says: Without the heartbeat of the sacraments at its center, a church will lack confidence about the gospel message and about its own ability to proclaim that message in evangelism, to live it out in its own internal fellowship, and to embody it in service to the needy. 1 And, second, in an essay appearing originally in 1993, he writes that a deeper replunging into its own tradition will, in my judgment, be necessary if the church is to survive in recognizable form, particularly in our western culture.

    The Sabbath Rest as Peace and Tranquillity

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    La Biblia en la liturgia y la homilía

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    La relaci√≥n entre Biblia y Liturgia consiste en algo m√°s que el simple uso que la liturgia hace de determinados textos para ser proclamados. Como ha dicho el papa Benedicto XVI en la exhortaci√≥n ‚ÄúVerbum Domini‚ÄĚ: ‚ÄúTodo acto lit√ļrgico est√° por su naturaleza empapado de la Sagrada Escritura‚ÄĚ, y la liturgia es ‚Äúel √°mbito privilegiado en que Dios nos habla en nuestra vida‚ÄĚ. Podr√≠a decirse incluso que la liturgia es la misma Biblia transformada en palabra proclamada, orada y actualizada, y rodeada de signos y acciones rituales. Adem√°s, la Escritura, junto con la misma liturgia, es la principal fuente de la predicaci√≥n. Este art√≠culo, partiendo de las anteriores afirmaciones, expone sint√©ticamente los diversos modos en que se relacionan Biblia y Liturgia, sobre todo en la misa, pero no s√≥lo en las lecturas de la liturgia de la palabra, sino tambi√©n en la homil√≠a, en los ritos, los cantos y las oraciones.The relationship between the Bible and the liturgy consists of something more than just the use the liturgy makes of selected texts to be proclaimed. As Pope Benedict XVI said in his exhortation ‚ÄúVerbum Domini‚ÄĚ, ‚Äúevery liturgical action is by its very nature steeped in sacred Scripture...‚ÄĚ, and the liturgy is ‚Äúthe privileged setting in which God speaks to us in the midst of our lives‚ÄĚ. It could even be said that the liturgy is the Bible itself transformed into words proclaimed, prayed and updated, and surrounded by signs and ritual actions. Furthermore, sacred Scripture, along with the liturgy itself, is the main source of preaching. This article, based on these statements, succinctly exposes the various ways in which Bible and liturgy are related, especially in the Mass, but not only in the readings of the liturgy of the word, but also in the homily, in the rites, songs and prayers

    Rome and the Origin of Sunday Observance

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    The Future of the Past

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    Telling the Catholic Story Today: the GDC and its Augustinian Narrational Imperative Augustine’s cor Issue: cor inquietum to cor requietum

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    Small portions of this article first appeared under the titles ‚ÄúAugustine‚Äôs Christcentered Catechetical Narration‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúThe Christ-centered Plan in the Catechism and the Modern Malady of Meaninglessness‚ÄĚ in The Sower, July 2011, Vol. 32, No. 1.General Directory for Catechesis (GDC) number 39 requires catechists to narrate the events of salvation history, in order ‚Äúto make clear the profound mysteries that they contain.‚ÄĚ A positive response to this commendation of the Augustinian catechetical form by the universal Church and the imperative it carries with it, requires that we understand the narratio described in his work De Catechizandis Rudibus. In that work Augustine makes use of the famous theme from his Confessions, the cor inquietum, a fundamental element of his anthropology and a methodological principle for his evangelization and catechesis. That anthropological and catechetical principle of the restless heart serves as the foundation for an intensely personal form of catechesis, one attuned to the particular needs of the heart of each inquirer, as well as a universal norm for presenting the Gospel to all men and women, as the GDC makes clear.SEAN INNERST holds a Bachelor of University Studies degree from the University of New Mexico, a Diploma in Philosophy and Liberal Arts from Our Lady of Grace Seminary in Boston (summa cum laude), and a Master of Arts in Theology from Franciscan University in Ohio (with honors). After completing doctoral course work in systematic theology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh he transferred to the University of South Africa in Pretoria to write an interdisciplinary thesis in the Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History, and Missiology on the topic of the catechetical narratio. The title of his doctoral thesis is ‚ÄúThe Ancient Narratio as an Ecclesial Participation in the Divine Pedagogy: A Study of its Sources & Proposal for its Current Application.‚ÄĚ Formerly Director of Religious Education for the Catholic Diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota, he went to Denver in 1998 as founding Provost of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary where he still teaches in the Theology Department. In addition to lecturing at the seminary, he is Professor of Theology and Catechetics at the Augustine Institute in Denver, a graduate program for lay and clerical students where he served as its founding Academic Dean.Augustine Institute in Denver, USABocxe W., ‚ÄúIntroduction to the Teaching of the Italian Augustinians of the 18th Century on the Nature of Actual Grace‚ÄĚ, Augustiniana, Vol. VIII (1958): 356-396.Danielou J., The Bible and the Liturgy (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1956).Harmless W., Augustine and the Catechumenate (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1995).Smither E., Augustine as Mentor: A Model for Preparing Spiritual Leaders (Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing, 2008).Wills G., St. Augustine‚Äôs Memory (New York: Viking Penguin, 2002).1812713
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