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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.

Free Speech Is The Earthquake

David Gibson on the synod: Amid all the lobbying and armchair analysis, it’s important to step back and realize that in the three decades before Francis was elected pope, bishops, priests and theologians could have been investigated, censured, silenced or … Continue reading

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DPPL 101: The Blessed Virgin Mary and Advent

The mother of Jesus features prominently in the liturgies of Advent. Also in the popular imagination. 101. The Liturgy frequently celebrates the Blessed Virgin Mary in an exemplary way during the season of Advent(Cf. Paul VI, Marialis Cultus 4). It recalls … Continue reading

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The Synod Fathers Speak 3: Burdens and Difficulties

I applaud the bishops for addressing that many of the challenges to the modern family are not obstacles of their own making. Paragraphs six through nine of the “short” document address these problems, if not in all particulars, with a hopeful … Continue reading

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DPPL 100: The Winter Interstice

Maybe there’s a European understanding of “interstice” with which I’m unfamiliar. Pretty sure the CDWDS means “solstice.” But that may be a troublesome term. An interstice is an in-between period, as used here, and suggestive of all of winter. But I … Continue reading

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The Synod Fathers Speak 2: Christ Enters

The “short” document is online is here, in English. We’re taking a few paragraphs a day from it. The fourth sets the stage for a series of challenges that follow: We offer you the words of Christ: “Behold, I stand at … Continue reading

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DPPL 99: Advent Processions

The procession that comes to mind is Las Posadas, which I believe originated in Mexico. 99. In many regions, various kinds of processions are held in Advent, publicly to announce the imminent birth of the Saviour (the “day star” in … Continue reading

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A Match In Three Acts

I viewed the Man City match versus Spurs today before heading to the office. Blogging will be light, as I have duty at four Masses plus the student retreat. The announcers were talking about missing the Premier League after a … Continue reading

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