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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.

Outclassed Clarets

If game one of their season was any indication, Burnley FC looks to be in for a very long season. Chelsea turned on the juice for about twenty minutes, and the home side was lucky to escape to halftime down … Continue reading

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Timid and Turpid

Fr Myron Pereira at UCA News offers a devastating commentary on bishops, starting with a tidbit of history that invites some reflection: For a long time, for centuries in fact, the Catholic Church was one of the few institutions where … Continue reading

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EG 286: Mary the Missionary, the Mother

Mary as missionary? How so? The biblical witness: 286. Mary was able to turn a stable into a home for Jesus, with poor swaddling clothes and an abundance of love. She is the handmaid of the Father who sings his … Continue reading

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Difficult Prayers

My parish has a long tradition of parishioners composing the intercessions for weekend Masses. I’m responsible for the final edit. I use that if we have a death of a parishioner and get word of it on Saturday. Otherwise I’m … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Wisdom 11:22-12:2

The book of Wisdom can be difficult. At least I have found it so. It is also rich with very lyrical passages. These are well-represented in the Lectionary, notably in the sacrament of Penance and for funerals. As I was … Continue reading

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DPPL 25: Sacred Time and Sacred Space

With Christianity out in the open, it adopted a sense of holy time. Some remark that in some cases, Christians took over pagan holidays not only for their own use but to overwhelm old observances. Likewise, with pagan architecture. Let’s … Continue reading

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EG 285: Jesus’ Gift To His People

In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis writes of Mary as “Jesus’ gift to his people.” We go to the foot of the Cross to receive that gift: 285. On the cross, when Jesus endured in his own flesh the dramatic encounter … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Radical Hospitality

Lonni Collins Pratt and Fr. Daniel Homan, a Benedictine monk collaborated on the fine book Radical Hospitality: Benedict’s Way of Love. One of my parishioners recommended it to me months ago, and it finally made it to my bookshelf last … Continue reading

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DPPL 24: The Fourth Century Brings Change

Continuing our look at piety in Christian antiquity, we come to the acceptance of the Church in the Roman Empire. Was this the beginning of inculturation? The CDWDS thinks so: 24. In the fourth century, given the new politico-social situation … Continue reading

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Theologian Pokes At Bishops

I haven’t been following the news bits on the LCWR assembly in Nashville. But I did notice that Professor Elizabeth Johnson’s two significant pokes at the US bishops. In one instance, reading comprehension isn’t even an issue. The guys simply … Continue reading

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Swans Soar

The young miss remained in bed today. Rough first week of school, if only two days. Rough match, too, for her number one overseas side. Wilfried Bony didn’t get either goal today, but he was huge–literally–in the figuring of each … Continue reading

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EG 284: The Mother of Evangelization

The Holy Father offers a final theme in Evangelii Gaudium, “Mary, Mother of Evangelization.” This section and the following four will bring us to a conclusion. What is Pope Francis’ idea here? Drawing traditional Marian-minded Catholics into the evangelization orbit? Expressing the … Continue reading

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On Missouri Camo

Ferguson, Missouri Police Chief Thomas Jackson: The whole picture is being painted a little bit sideways from what’s really happening. … We’re doing this in blue. Doesn’t look blue to me.

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On Retreat

Posting will continue to be light for another day or three. I’ve been on duty at the annual student leader retreat. Our diocesan retreat house has an image of us on its Facebook page. Our youngest member of our retreat … Continue reading

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EG 281-283: The Missionary Power of Intercessory Prayer

There are many types of prayer. Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, mentions intercessory prayer, a form with which worshipers are quite familiar. So where and how does “missionary power” enter into the equation? This matter is treated in three short sections, … Continue reading

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