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About catholicsensibility

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

On The Run Again

A cardinal’s investigation leads to suspension of ordinations for a Paraguayan diocese. Some non-Paraguayan protest at the UCANews site, which picked up the story from CatholicCulture. It must be a fascinating tale of grooming that a priest booted out from … Continue reading

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EG 266: A Richer Life in Christ

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, touts the importance of continuing and maintaining a personal relationship with Christ. How else can any individual hope to sustain credibility and energy? 266. But this conviction has to be sustained by our own constantly renewed … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on Creativity II

In his meeting last Saturday with priests from the diocese of Caserta, Pope Francis shared that he finds creativity in prayer. In fact, he describes it as essential. People who do not pray have shut themselves off. Most would complete … Continue reading

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DPPL 8: The Term “Devotions”

Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (DPPL). What about the term “devotions?” 8. In the present context, this term is used to describe various external practices (e.g. prayers, hymns, observances attached to particular times or places, insignia, medals, habits or … Continue reading

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EG 265: A Missionary’s Enthusiasm

How can we develop and maintain the enthusiasm Pope Francis sees as very necessary tot he missionary impulse? In typical Ignatian fashion, we are invited to encounter Jesus. In this Jesus, we find friendship and love not only with him, … Continue reading

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A Benedict Man?

The Twin Cities’ Star Tribune asks if Archbishop John Nienstedt will be a Benedict man: But we also hope Nienstedt takes to heart the example of Pope Benedict. Eighteen months ago, Benedict concluded that he was not up to the … Continue reading

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DPPL 7: Pious Exercise

Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (DPPL). First special term with which we familiarize ourselves: Pious Exercise. What on earth …? 7. The expression “pious exercise” in this Directory refers to those public or private expressions of Christian piety which, … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on Creativity I

In his Saturday meeting with priests from the diocese of Caserta, the Holy Father picked up on a priest’s use of the word “creativity” in his comment. Pope Francis’ response was long, and it meanders a good bit, but it … Continue reading

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Revolution?

It is interesting to see how various church people “market” their offerings to people within the Body and outside of it. A few posters have appeared in my parish promoting NFP. Full disclosure here: my wife and I practiced NFP … Continue reading

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EG 264: Personal Encounter With The Saving Love Of Jesus

Pope Francis turns our gaze to a “Personal encounter with the saving love of Jesus” in Evangelii Gaudium 264-267. He begins with a classically Ignatian stance. God has loved me and saved me, so how do I respond? Many people, when in … Continue reading

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DPPL 6: Terminology

Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (DPPL) gives a brief history: 6. The history of the Western Church is marked by the flowering among the Christian people of multiple and varied expressions of simple and fervent faith in God, of … Continue reading

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Wedding Extras

The wedding I served as a musician this past weekend had no unity candle, but a ceremony for washing feet. One of our recent graduates married in another state the same day. A few of my staff colleagues attended. They … Continue reading

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Examen for a Wedding Day

I played a wedding Saturday. I was at church early to get my usual Saturday duties out of the way. Looking for a few moments to practice a few classical pieces on my palette, the nave was largely bustling with … Continue reading

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Adventures in Second Marriages

dotCommonweal looks at some Cardinal Kasper detractors. Some of their own readers take them to task for giving a platform to one of the more conservative enclaves. Indeed, my friend Crystal offers the obvious question in the commentariat: Interesting how … Continue reading

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EG 263: Evangelization Today Not Harder But Different

Pope Francis is not too concerned with the modern environment for sharing and urging people to the faith. Saints of history, especially during the Roman Empire, might actually have had a tougher go of it: 263. We do well to … Continue reading

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