15 April 2010

Order your HancAquam post!

Here's your chance to order up a HancAquam post!

When  I started the blog five years ago, my only purpose was to post the texts of my homilies.  With the encouragement of my boss at U.D.'s campus ministry, Denise Phillips, I moved to podcasting.  My natural soap-boxing tendencies compelled me to comment (sometimes crankily) on all things liturgical, theological, and political.  Then, I started getting questions from readers about doctrine, history, pastoral problems.  Eventually, HancAquam turned into an all-purpose Catholic blog with a daily average of about 450 hits.

Since my public preaching has been reduced to a once a week thing with the promise of an un-preached Sunday homily in there somewhere, the original focus of HancAquam has shifted rather dramatically. 

I want this blog to be user-friendly.  As a Dominican preacher and teacher, I want readers to go away knowing more about their faith then when they arrived.  

So, if you could order up a HancAquam post. . .on most any subject. . .what would you order?  I can't promise to fulfill your order, but there's a good chance you'll get your wish!

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19 comments:

  1. Your take on the ID movement.

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  2. Would like your take on "how does faith overcome doubt?" and "how does belief overcome disbelief?"
    Also, (as a Digital Dominican yourself), how can we use the internet more effectively in ministry?

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  3. how do I get 450 hits on MY blog???!!!!

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  4. Anonymous9:06 AM

    Expose the dissent of the LCWR-type nuns relentlessly and at every turn. These vapid golden-agers are doing the greatest damage all of damage to the Church today.

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  5. As an almost-newbie Lay Dominican, I'd love to hear anything you have to say about the Dominican charism, especially as it applies to laymen.

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  6. Anonymous9:21 AM

    It would be really nice to learn more about the lives of Dominican Saints and Blesseds. :D

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  7. templariidvm11:50 AM

    Simple easy question (hehehe):

    How is the liturgy TRULY supposed to be celebrated? I know that post Vatican II there have been many liberties taken. I'm not talking about whether or not liturgical dance is appropriate (oh, if I could only erase such pictures from my brain!), but the more "mundane variety. One example - my parishes new pastor doesn't want a single unscripted word from cantors, lectors, etc. Thus, rather than saying, "Good morning and welcome to St (name withheld) parish, our opening song this morning is St Louis Jesuits Favorite, number 259. Please stand," father wants the cantor to simply say "Our opening song is #259." No preamble, nothing. On the other hand, sometimes the eucharist prayers seem to stray a bit. Can you discuss how the liturgy is truly supposed to be celebrated?
    Thanks

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  8. Gregg the Obscure12:44 PM

    How to forgive and how to repent of those sins to which I remain attached.

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  9. Anonymous12:59 PM

    Encouragement and advice for Catholic school teachers who are trying to be faithfully Catholic in institutional and diocesan environments that are dissident. I feel abandoned by God out here in California, like I've done my part but have gotten a raw deal and am wasting my life.

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  10. Something on Jesus’ Self-Understanding would be useful.

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  11. Hypothetically, given one moment's opportunity to "wrap it up" - to summarize whatyou'd want most for everyone to know - what would it be?

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  12. What is/has been the most helpful to me is the weekly homilies that you post. I think that the way you develop the readings for Sunday Mass is almost elegant. Due to time constraints, I have had to drastically cut down on the Catholic blogs I usually follow. Honestly, it was easy to see which ones were not as worthwhile. But your blog was not, and will not, be dropped, as I would feel almost deprived without the homilies which are stated succinctly, but at the same time are adequately worked through.

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  13. Is there a vocation to the single life, and if so, of what does it consist? (Yes, I admit it: I want this post so I can either win or lose a particular argument, at last.)

    What is spiritual direction, and how does one find a spiritual director?

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  14. I have a protestant friend who is heavily involved in reformed theology. There seems to be a resurgence of this brand of theology amongst younger folks. This is not something I'm terribly familiar with, but it actually seems to be moving closer to Catholicism than mainline and evangelical protestant though in regards to proper biblical exegesis,etc. Do you know anything about this movement; what is good and bad about it?

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  15. I do like posts that inspire or motivate me to live a holy, virtuous life. I enjoyed the one on Dei Verbum and your commentary on it. Also related to Scripture, lectio divina posts would be appreciated.

    Things I can live without: political statement of any kind, negative remarks about imperfect Catholics. Focus on the positive, please.

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  16. How to charitably defend the church and its teachings in a pluralist, secular society.

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  17. How to have a personal, intimate, relationship with God.

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  18. Things I can live without: political statement of any kind, negative remarks about imperfect Catholics. Focus on the positive, please.

    Both/and, not either/or

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  19. Anonymous2:58 AM

    Insight into the how and why of the Vatican - specifically how the Fr. Pfeglers and progressive nun types continue to cause scandal.

    And I second the request of the commenter who teaches for a Catholic school - advice for those of us who work for dioceses that seem anything but authentically Catholic. I honestly don't know if working for our diocese has been a blessing or a curse. My faith in God has not diminished but my faith in those who lead the Church most certainly has.

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