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from Father Kevin Laughery, Troy St. Jerome and St. Jacob St. James Parishes, Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Note: Comments from this page do not reach me; instead, email:

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I have just started reading a five-volume history of the Second Vatican Council.  These days, many people assert that Vatican II was an aberration.  They are utterly wrong.  Vatican II changed us forever with its orientation toward the world as it is.  It changed our understanding of ourselves as members of a pilgrim people, each individual enjoying a radical equality with all others.  It changed our worship with its admission that praying in our mother tongues might be better than trying to do this in Latin.  It acknowledged the brokenness of Christianity and set us on an irrevocable journey toward unity.  It affirmed that Christians must do much rethinking in relating toward non-Christians and especially toward the Jewish people. 

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The readings in Year B focus greatly on the blood of Christ.  Let us acknowledge the differences between the ancient mentality and our own, and appreciate their understanding of blood as a sign of atonement for sin.
Direct download: KML_2006-06-18.mp3
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