The Galley: Food for Thought


Happy New Liturgical Year 2021!

As we embark on our eighth year, we recall why we continue in this effort:

We persist because the Catholic faith is beautiful, because it is true, and because it is good. We persist because the Church is Christ here-present, and, like a ship, protects and advances us toward Jesus Christ until He comes again. We persist because we have been charged with passing on our faith (see Deuteronomy 4:4-7; 11:19).

And, we persist because, to shamelessly co-opt a line from the movie, Chariots of Fire, ‘when we write, we feel His pleasure.’

We want to pass this on to you in this new liturgical year, and we’d very much appreciate any comments and suggestions you have about our efforts. Contact Us.

Presently, weekly copies of our four Faith Supplements are available for free downloading and printing.

Prayer of the Week:

“O Come, O Come, Emanuel,
And ransom captive Israel.”

 Quotes of the Week:

“It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope.”  Pope Benedict XVI

“It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you.” Mother Teresa

“At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart?”  Mother Teresa, Love: A Fruit Always in Season

Liturgy of the Word, Second Sunday of Advent; BEST LINE: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths… I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Mark 3b, 8

Second Sunday of Advent – B

The Catholic Navigator – Second Sunday of Advent

The Catholic Clipper – Second Sunday of Advent

The Catholic Schooner – Second Sunday of Advent

The Catholic Tugboat – Second Sunday of Advent

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Voices from Catholic Land

Robert R. Reilley, who formerly lectured at the National Defense University, offers this essay in defense of our Sacred Liturgy:

Prof. Randall B. Smith offers a two-part essay, Pt. 1 on the relationship of humans to the world:

And (Pt. 2) on  our relationship to God:

For the Attention of Catholic Youth and Parents:
Advent is an appropriate time to reflect on and offer thanks for the precious gift of Our Lord in the Eucharist and for the privilege of Liturgical Worship.

 In addition to the sources posted weekly, there are many Catholic websites that should be visited for regular reference. Some suggested sites are listed in this PDF file:

Some Reliable Catholic Websites

All are encouraged to peruse the source materials to add to the understanding gained in each issue. Happy reading!

A Note to Parents about resources to assist in faith formation at home.

There is much information on the Internet to help you in teaching the Faith to your children. Some helpful suggestions in navigating the Web are available in this downloadable PDF file:

Finding Catholic teaching Sites

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