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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.

DPPL 106-107: Christmastide

Two sections give an overview of the Christmas season. And friends, think season not day. The season contains two anchors: the nativity and the revelation to the world: 106. During Christmastide, the Church celebrates the mystery of the Lord’s manifestation: … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Handing Off The Gifts

Consider when people bring the bread and wine to or toward the altar for Mass. Where does the handoff take place between people and clergy? My parish doesn’t have servers, and the sacristan is usually busy with duties about the time … Continue reading

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DPPL 105: The Spirit of Advent

Wrapping up our discussion of Advent, we consider the acknowledgement that consumerism has invaded December. 105. Popular piety, because of its intuitive understanding of the Christian mystery, can contribute effectively to the conservation of many of the values of Advent, … Continue reading

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The Synod Fathers Speak 8: Charity

At weddings, my pastor often preaches of the ideal of the married couple expressing their love in an ever-wider circle: the children they will welcome into the world, and ultimately, the poor who will come knocking at their door and … Continue reading

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DPPL 104: The Crib

Saint Francis often gets credit for the crib or crèche, presumably inclusive of the cast of supporting characters. This is an element of popular piety that reaches well beyond Catholicism. 104. As is well known, in addition to the representations … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?

Our friend Max returns with a series of questions. Those, plus my responses, seemed to merit a separate post. What does it mean to be ‘Christian’? Being nice? Being a generally forgiving person? Handling people with care and love despite … Continue reading

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The Synod Fathers Speak 7: The Domestic Church

That term, domestic church, is thrown about quite a bit. What does that mean? A house in which a biological family prays? A subunit of the parish? A privilege of marriage, but what about baptism? This journey is sometimes a mountainous … Continue reading

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