about Todd FlowerdayA Roman Catholic lay person, married (since 1996), with one adopted child (since 2001). I serve in worship and spiritual life in a midwestern university parish.
about John Donaghy
John is a lay missionary since 2007 with a parish in western Honduras. Before that he served in campus ministry and social justice ministry in Iowa. His ministry blog is http://hermanojuancito.blogspot.com
He also blogs reflections on the lectionary and saints/heroes/events of the date at http://walktheway.wordpress.com
He'll be a long-term contributor here analyzing the Latin American bishops' document from their 2007 Aparecida Conference.
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Monthly Archives: October 2012
Too often westerners, especially Americans speak of rights. The flip side to this is the reality of duty and responsibility. Both are needed. The Holy Father speaks of the right of every person to hear the Gospel: 57. Like Christ … Continue reading
Falsification is the principle by which a person tests her or his ideas for possible flaws. In a nutshell, a person considers a plan and then reflects on the possibilities that might derail the effort. Good scientists engage in it. … Continue reading
People don’t consider it a big priority, but it is part of the Church’s tradition: § 115 § The Liturgy of the Hours is the public, daily prayer of the Church. Recognizing the importance of the Liturgy of the Hours … Continue reading
The “new evangelization” seems focused on this other “sphere.” What Pope Paul VI said about it almost four decades ago: 56. The second sphere is that of those who do not practice. Today there is a very large number of … Continue reading
I see David Gibson’s piece on Father Frank, freed. Entertaining, if not informative, are the comments. Including: Yes, we need Father Corapi back, and now Father (Groeschel) as well back on EWTN to be running full speed ahead!!!!!!!!! I guess … Continue reading
Some parishes celebrate dozens of funerals each year. It makes sense to ensure that the church building is well-designed for those liturgies. § 110 § The Order of Christian Funerals mark the final stage of the journey begun by the … Continue reading
I’m going to begin with what’s good about Kim Stanley Robinson’s new novel 2312. Ideas. Not all are original to the author, but that makes them no less awe-inspiring. On Mercury, close to a half million people live in a … Continue reading
Do you think the Church views unbelief as a problem new to this generation? Long before the cult of celebrity hit atheism, it was recognized as a challenge to the modern proclamation of the Gospel. 55. Also significant is the … Continue reading
I had not considered blogging on the college visits today, but I may offer a few words at this time. My family lived in Kansas City from 2002 to 2008, and we’ve gotten good care for our daughter’s heart condition … Continue reading
Posting will be light for the next thirty-six hours. Off for an out-of-town medical appointment for the young miss, plus her first two college visits. Spammers, may I please direct your attention to the numerous Catholic web sites that get more … Continue reading
Not much to say on anointing of the sick, other than the issue of accessibility: § 109 § The Rite of Anointing and Pastoral Care of the Sick provides for the communal celebration of the sacrament in a parish church … Continue reading
Did Pope Paul have anything to say about reclaiming Christians? 54. Nevertheless the Church does not feel dispensed from paving unflagging attention also to those who have received the faith and who have been in contact with the Gospel often … Continue reading
What the traditionalists really thought of Joseph Ratzinger: … worse than Teilhard de Chardin and the Modernists.
Three brief sections reflecting on the needs for the Rite of Marriage. First the essentials: § 106 § The Rite of Christian Marriage contains no directives about the spatial requirements for the celebration. Instead, the ritual focuses upon the consent … Continue reading
The real “deeps” of evangelization engage believers with the world’s billions of non-Christians. Sounds scary, but maybe it’s not. Hindus, Buddhists, and even pagans already seek God, pray, possess spiritual and religious traditions. What do you think of the saint’s … Continue reading