John Grondelski

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Tenebrae is a Treasure Hidden in Shadow

Tenebrae, or a Service of Shadows, was once part of the Church’s Divine Office during Holy Week. It is a service of psalms and readings, primarily from the Book of Lamentations. As the service progressed, the 15 candles on a special candelabrum...

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It’s Time to Get Ready for Divine Mercy Sunday

Ash Wednesday is just around the corner, on Feb. 26. Lent is less than a month away, which means it’s also time to plan for Divine Mercy Sunday. Divine Mercy Sunday this year is April 19, the Sunday after Easter (the Second Sunday of Easter). If...

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Yes, This is the Pro-Life Generation

The vibrant, voluminous, and vigorous presence of young people in the annual March for Life in Washington gets a lot of notice. “I am the pro-life generation” proclaim many signs, and it’s true: the demographic at the March skews young, and the...

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The Presentation: An Offertory of ‘The Light of the Nations’

Feb. 2 falls on a Sunday this year, and so the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord preempts the Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time. Known unofficially as the Feast of Candlemas (because it was the day candles were blessed in church), it remains —...

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Modern Methods of United Methodists Bring Disunity

The Jan. 3 announcement that a panel had come up with terms for a divorce of the United Methodist Church (UMC) into a “traditionalist” spinoff from presumably mainstream Methodists who endorse homosexual “marriage” and clergy. What most struck me...

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Auschwitz Began With the Murder of a Single Innocent Man

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration camp. Located on the territory of occupied Poland, Auschwitz started as a camp for Polish political prisoners but has become the symbolic epitome of the...

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Thoughts on the Methodist Split

News emerged Jan. 3 that the United Methodist Church (UMC) would be united no more: the denomination was going to disunite into two smaller sects, one called “traditionalist.” The split comes because Methodists last February voted at their St....

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Virginia’s ERA Push Could End in Disaster for All of Us

The Virginia General Assembly convenes for its new session Wednesday. Democrats are feeling their oats: for the first time in a generation, they control the governorship and both chambers of the legislature. Governor Ralph Northam rode out the...

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Jerusalem’s Priorities — And Ours

The readings for Epiphany, especially Matthew’s Gospel, pose a paradox. We have two sets of protagonists. One is “Magi from the east,” essentially astronomer-astrologers who, guided by their observations of the Book of Nature and their assorted...

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An Apologia Pro Vita Mea — and an Invitation to Readers

As 2019 has come to an end, I want to begin 2020 with a few words of why I write these blogs, and to invite readers to tell me what concerns them. I write mostly in the field of moral theology, largely because it implicates what most people do...