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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.

EG 142: Words Which Set Hearts On Fire

Pope Francis refers to Luke 24:13-35, the experience of the disiples walking to Emmaus, and how the Lord spoke so movingly and gracefully so as to set their hearts on fire. Let’s explore in Evangelium Gaudium this notion over the next three sections. … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 22: Maintaining A Lord’s Day in Early Christianity

How did early Christians forge a Sunday, a Lord’s Day in a pagan culture? Somehow they maintained the rhythm of the week–and that may be no small feat, considering the week was a Jewish invention and not something followed in the … Continue reading

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Church Hospitality: A Two-Way Street?

Blogger Jerry Galipeau has been a man without a parish for some months. Two weeks ago, he wrote about his experience worshiping at different parishes in the Chicago area. And not being welcomed anywhere. Last week he wrote a bit … Continue reading

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Jesus Homeless in North Carolina

I’ve heard of Timothy Schmalz’s Jesus The Homeless in various forums. I did not know that the reproduction of his statue had not yet made it to the States. NPR has a feature today on Weekend Edition Sunday of the Lord on the … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist Starts That Procession … Or Stops It

Another first for me. Even after more than thirty years of liturgy and music, I continue to experience novel things. I tapped a young man to lead least night’s Palm Sunday procession (we walk around the church building). But he … Continue reading

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An Invitation Mirrored: Come and See

I noticed the line in last weekend’s Gospel, a repeat of an earlier invitation offered by the Lord. Earlier: The next day John was there again with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, … Continue reading

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EG 141: Looking Beyond Failings

Pope Francis offers a personal reflection on the Lord in this section of Evangelii Gaudium: 141. One cannot but admire the resources that the Lord used to dialogue with his people, to reveal his mystery to all and to attract ordinary … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 21: The First Day Of The Week

A straightforward section for your consideration today. After the Gospel narratives (but before they were written) we have the witness of St Paul: 21. It was for this reason that, from Apostolic times, “the first day after the Sabbath”, the … Continue reading

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Of Red Shoes, Non-Prada

Thirteen months on, it remains a vast amusement to see some conservative Catholics spinning Pope Francis to fit their worldview. Apparently, it’s not enough to read and consider the man’s words. William Oddie at Catholic Herald offers a take on “Should Pope … Continue reading

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EG 140: Four Qualities of Preaching

Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium offers some qualities to which the good preacher might attend: 140. This setting, both maternal and ecclesial, in which the dialogue between the Lord and his people takes place, should be encouraged by … the closeness of … Continue reading

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Looking Up At Two Crosses

Did you know there are two crosses in Earth’s sky? This image from Astronomy Picture of the Day today captures both of them. But you have to get as far south as Hawaii. We talked about one of the crosses … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 20: Witnessing to the Resurrection

Pope John Paul II relies heavily on the witness of the Gospels to flesh out his examination of the Resurrection. Naturally: 20. According to the common witness of the Gospels, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead took place … Continue reading

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EG 139: A Mother’s Conversation

Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium, speaks now of “A mother’s conversation.” Evangelizing itself–autoevangelization? No matter what you call it, Pope Francis asks up front how this notion should affect the Church’s preachers. 139. We said that the people of God, … Continue reading

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USCCB In Liturgy Damage Control

The CARA priest survey on MR3 has hit the Catholic News Service, at least in a small news bit today. The executive director for liturgy at the USCCB was in damage control mode. Msgr Richard Hilgartner concedes “divided opinion” among his brother … Continue reading

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Cosmos Episode 4: Telescope as Time Machine

I’m falling behind in regular viewing of the Cosmos reboot with Neil DeGrasse Tyson. My wife and I viewed the 4th episode earlier tonight. Telescope as time machine: very true and accurate premise, but not everybody thinks in this way. … Continue reading

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