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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.

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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Dies Domini 19: The Weekly Easter

If Sunday is the day of the Lord, it is also the day of Christ. Dies Christi, the topic of Chapter II, extends from this section to number 30. Subtitle: The Day of the Risen Lord and of the Gift of the … Continue reading

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Riot Aftermath

The university has cancelled the school’s festival. Some revelry continues. As our associate pastor was leaving the building shortly after this past midnight, an unconscious student was discovered in a closet. Unable to awaken the person, police were called and the … Continue reading

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Move To The Right (of 1 Kings)

From two states south of us, a potential 2016 presidential campaigner was in my state last night, according to CNN: Mike Huckabee told an Iowa crowd on Tuesday that he’s “not homophobic,” but believing marriage should be between one man … Continue reading

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EG 138: Giving Life Without Giving Entertainment

Even in the introduction to his section on preaching, Pope Francis gets specific with his advice. And there’s a lot of good advice here. 138. The homily cannot be a form of entertainment like those presented by the media, yet … Continue reading

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My Neighborhood

After last night’s liturgy commission meeting, I walked with one of our students up the street toward her dorm. It was about 150 minutes before this unfortunate and senseless event began. She went south to the university, I pedaled north through … Continue reading

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The Latest on English MR3

As of tonight the last four posts on PrayTell all deal with the English translation of Roman Missal 3. Anthony Ruff’s proposal for MR3.1, David Gibson’s musings about a Francis effect in English-speaking liturgy, the “constructive criticism” route, and the release … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 18: From the Sabbath to Sunday

Let’s wrap up Chapter I, Dies Domini, the day of the Lord. We began it in numbered section 8. A curious question for watchers of Judaism and Christianity: how did they come to celebrate the Sabbath on different days of … Continue reading

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