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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.

Mass Mob

The Mass Mob movement seems to be spreading. Buffalo was where I noticed it first reported in the news. Philadelphia has a web site too. NCRep picked up the story in Detroit. If the movement is developing beyond expectations, I … Continue reading

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Can We Trust Natural Law?

FrMichael and Crystal have been going at it in the thread connected to “Another Fired Employee.” I don’t have a background in philosophy as such, so I don’t feel as qualified to talk about natural law and how it could … Continue reading

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DPPL 58: Two Expressions

As we near the end of the DPPL’s account of Vatican II, an endorsement of the both/and approach: 58. The Liturgy and popular piety, while not conterminous, remain two legitimate expressions of Christian worship. While not opposed to each other, … Continue reading

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Swans Grounded

My wife and I were away at a marriage workshop most of the day. We left the house even before the first EPL match kicked off this morning. So I caught the Swansea-Chelsea tussle on replay at NBC live extra. … Continue reading

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Nuptial Acclamation

I saw this link on Rocco’s Twitter feed about the use of the Sunday feast’s readings for Pope Francis’ “Nuptial” Mass. I don’t have a problem with that: a focus on Christ, the Cross, and his sacrifice is very apt … Continue reading

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DPPL 56-57: Cautions on Piety

A lack of trust in the liturgy has potential consequences: 56. Theoretical or practical contempt for the Liturgy inevitably leads to a clouding of the Christian understanding of the mystery of God, Who has mercifully deigned to look down on … Continue reading

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One Bishop’s Reflections, Pre-Synod

Rocco whispered this on his Twitter feed today. I appreciated Belgian bishop Johan Bonny’s long, but worthwhile essay containing his reflections and hopes for the upcoming synod. It struck me as balanced, pastoral, and thoughtful. Well worth reading. It gave … Continue reading

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