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Homily for Pentecost Sunday, 2014

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This podcast speaks about two very useful, but often forgotten about tools of rhetoric. The first is anaphora and the second is antithesis.

Rhetoric is the art of discourse, an art that aims to improve the facility of speakers or writers who attempt to inform, persuade, or motivate particular audiences in specific situations. Homilies are rhetoric that breaks open the word of God.

I give these examples and use them in this weeks homily in the hopes that we might all become better at crafting a good homily - giving God's people the best we have.

Link to the readings

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Today's podcast is actually a recording of a practice run for a talk I gave at the Kearney Chapter of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. I haven't quite got the nerve to try a live recording yet. I have the equipment, just not the guts! The talk is on the silent prayers of the Mass.

Anyway, let me know what you think.

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This video on YouTube has had over 17,000,000 hits. That's huge!  Unfortunately, this young man has his facts all goofed up.  He claims that the reason Jesus came was to abolish religion. Hard to swallow, as Jesus Himself was an ardent follower of a religion.Clever rhyme? .... yes.   Well produced.... you bet.   All flash and no substance.     Here's one Deacon's take. Just a podcast... no slick production, just the facts.

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The readings for this Sunday can be found here

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Well, we are almost finished with the Understanding the Mass series. In this episode, we examine Eucharistic Prayer II in greater detail.

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SHOW NOTES:

In this episode, we take a look at a message about the Mass by Pope Benedict XVI, as well as the Preface to the Eucharistic Prayer, and a brief overview of the Eucharistic Prayers.

Link to Zenit News Service http://zenit.org

Link to the Pope's Message http://www.zenit.org/article-33279?l=english

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The premise of this series is that one can discern an entire theology from the Sacramental Rites themselves. Moving step-by-step through the rites we will extract our Catholic understanding. Though easily accessible to anyone, this series is produced with the Deacon and those in Diaconal formation in mind. With that in mind, the series will only cover those Sacraments and Rites that the Deacon may confer or lead.

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http://www.catholicmass.org/101_Questions_About%20_The%20_Mass.pdf

Found this link while doing some research and thought it would be worth sharing. Nothing profound, but well written.

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