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.
Vatican II pages
- What About Beatitudes?
- EG 257-258: The Social Message is Inescapable
- Interviewing Vatican Astronomers
- DPPL 2-3: Councils, Popes, and Bishops on Liturgy and Popular Piety
- Simulating Rosetta
- Reconciliation Lectionary: Isaiah 55, From The Heavens
- Aparecida 60 – Economics and Globalization
- Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
- EG 256: Challenges To Religion
- 3,655,043 hits
Monthly Archives: January 2014
Easter joy: 159. At the Paschal season, which commemorates the triumph of Christ, our souls are filled with deep interior joy: we, accordingly, should also consider that we must rise, in union with the Redeemer, from our cold and slothful … Continue reading
Strolling around the Catholic blogosphere today, I was seeing a lot of Rolling Stone commentary. I also noticed that a branch office of the Jesuit Post has set up shop there. That is sure to rankle a few souls over … Continue reading
Evangelii Gaudium addresses “Challenges to inculturating the faith” over the next three paragraphs (68-70). I was struck first by Pope Francis’ reference to “authentic Christian humanism,” a topic I stumbled across a few months ago. He also seems optimistic about … Continue reading
Looks like an end to ESCR. Hopefully. The “personalized” medicine is important. ESCR, if it ever got off the ground, would have to deal with the rejection of tissue, just like any transplant.
Prophets from Elijah to John the Baptist urged people to repentance. Such advice often went unheeded. They also remind us this has all happened before. The post-Exilic community, in joy at the return from Babylon, clearly needed a repeat of the … Continue reading
The seventeen-day period prior to Lent is referenced here, as is that prime penitential season: 157. During the days of Septuagesima and Lent, our Holy Mother the Church over and over again strives to make each of us seriously consider … Continue reading
The latest story of astronomy curiosity is the mapping of clouds on the nearest brown dwarf, Luhman 16B, only 40 trillion miles away*. Universe Today has an in-depth feature. The weather report of 1700-degree winds and iron rain is considered … Continue reading
Thomas Reese SJ thinks Pope Francis made his first mistake by dropping the red hat on four curia bureaucrats. I think probably not. From the NCR blogger: True reform must destroy the papal court and turn it into a civil … Continue reading
It’s been interesting to follow the reactions of both individuals and news outlets to Pope Francis’ Rolling Stone article and in its aftermath. Zenit reported on Federico Lombardi’s talk in Spain in which he described the strengths of the three … Continue reading
Pope Francis finishes this section (Evangelii Gaudium 60-67) with the assistance of Saint Paul: 67. The individualism of our postmodern and globalized era favors a lifestyle which weakens the development and stability of personal relationships and distorts family bonds. Pastoral activity … Continue reading
On the Chant Cafe I noticed an earnest and heartfelt essay from the viewpoint of the organ bench and choir loft. I really feel for people who seem to be in anguish about church music. I think one problem, a … Continue reading
The liturgical year begins with Advent–this was true prior to Vatican II, of course. The sense of Advent prior to the council was a bit more penitential, hence this witness of Pope Pius: 154. In the period of Advent, for … Continue reading
We replaced the credence table in our church last week. Here is the former piece: It seemed time to improve on the old brass and marble that didn’t seem to harmonize with the ash and iron of the current furnishings. … Continue reading
Pope Francis pulls out an insight from another national conference, that of France, to suggest that marriage is more than just the emotional commitment of two people: 66. The family is experiencing a profound cultural crisis, as are all communities … Continue reading