The Bible’s message is both ‘divine’ and ‘human’

Unique among all the world’s literature, the Bible is really God’s word in human language  Jan. 17, 2014, edition By Father Michael Kwatera Q. Recently I heard a homilist describe the Scripture readings at Sunday Mass as “inspired,” whether they be from the Old Testament historical accounts, the prophets, Israelite poetry or the New Testament…

Why do we have Nativity scenes?

Because they remind us why we celebrate Christmas December 20, 2013, edition By Father Michael Kwatera Q. Your November column on Advent got me thinking of how important my family’s Nativity scene is to me, and also the one used in my parish church for decades. I think they help us remember what is at…

Maybe Advent is God’s special season of surprises

Nov. 22, 2013, edition By Father Michael Kwatera Q. Every year when Advent comes around, I don’t seem to feel ready for it. Am I alone in feeling this way? A. How do you know that Christmas is coming? Not by the calendar, but in your heart? When I was a child, my mother’s bringing out the large cardboard…

Comfort for the bereaved

The Order of Christian Funerals offers wide-ranging guides for texts, prayers, Eucharist planning Oct. 25, 2013, edition By Father Michael Kwatera The time after death — as the church presents it in the Order of Christian Funerals — is a sacred procession from deathbed to the grave, a time of farewell and grief, a time…

Gifts from other cultures can enrich our traditions

Q. In your June column you wrote about some of your ideas about liturgy “in the spirit of Vatican II.” I would particularly like to hear your thoughts on being “open to cultural adaptation.” A. It’s important — and not just in places like Africa or Asia, but right here in the United States. The…

Door of faith opened as teachers ready young for Mass

August 30, 2013, edition Q. Some months ago you wrote about how the assembly’s worship expresses and strengthens faith. For many years I taught 6th grade in my parish religious education program, and I have thought that such classes help prepare children to do what you wrote about. Am I correct? A. Yes! You get an A+ for your observation! The theme of…

Mass: It’s where the New Evangelization starts

July 5, 2013, edition  Q. As I hear about the “New Evangelization” efforts taking place in the church today, I wonder what role the liturgy might play in them. What do you think about this?  A. The “New Evangelization” seeks to rekindle the flame of faith in parts of the world where it has dwindled…

Saints’ titles: a challenge to consider how

August 2, 2013 edition By Father Michael Kwatera Q.  I go to daily Mass and enjoy hearing about the saints on their feast days.  I have noticed that their titles have changed in recent years, and I have wondered which month has the most saints’ days.  Can you say something about this?  Thank you. A. …

Mass: It’s where the New Evangelization starts

July 5, 2013 edition By Father Michael Kwatera Q. As I hear about the “New Evangelization” efforts taking place in the church today, I wonder what role the liturgy might play in them. What do you think about this? A. The “New Evangelization” seeks to rekindle the flame of faith in parts of the world…

Defining terms: ‘In the spirit of Vatican II’

June 7, 2013, edition By Father Michael Kwatera Q. Vatican II’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Dec. 4, 1963) is 50 years old this year. It seems that everyone has a different idea of what liturgy “in the spirit of Vatican II” is. What are some of your ideas about what “liturgy in the spirit…