I have a pretty full day today and will not be able to make a full post. However, tomorrow (Tuesday) will be our first reflection of the new Church Year as well is our introduction to the Gospel of Matthew, the Scripture of choice for the A Cycle. Our primary resource for Tuesdays will be the commentary on St. Matthew by R.T. France; the link is on the home page.
My cousin from out Idaho way posted a very interesting piece from the blogsite of Monsignor Charles Pope, "Community in Mission." The entry is "Funeral Foibles: Problems in the Celebration of Catholic Funerals." As November is traditionally a month dedicated to intensive prayers for the dead, I thought this might be an interesting and perhaps controversial piece for reflection and discussion. I have to admit that many of Monsignor's concerns have been mine for years, including my time in the active ministry.