Category Archives: Ministry

The Synod Fathers Speak 10: Looking Ahead With Prayer

For reference, the so-called “short” document is online is here, in English. Today, I’ll reproduce the bishops’ final request of us, that we journey with them on this pilgrimage: We Synod Fathers ask you walk with us towards the next Synod. … Continue reading

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The Synod Fathers Speak 9: The Eucharist

The Sunday Eucharist has a pull for many believers. We would do well to consider what a grace that is. The high point which sums up all the threads of communion with God and neighbor is the Sunday Eucharist when … 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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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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The Synod Fathers Speak 6: Generativity

We continue with the so-called “short” document from the synod. It is online is here, in English. In today’s paragraph, the bishops get it, and don’t buy in totally to the meme of Catholic laity as breeding stock: This love spreads through … Continue reading

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The Synod Fathers Speak 5: Path and Miracle

For reference, the so-called “short” document is online is here, in English. As of early this morning, the full document is still unavailable in English. Some more lovely language; whoever is responsible should be writing more official stuff for the Vatican: … Continue reading

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The Synod Fathers Speak 4: “Light of a Wedding Story”

For reference, the so-called “short” document is online is here, in English. *** There is also the evening light behind the windowpanes in the houses of the cities, in modest residences of suburbs and villages, and even in mere shacks, which … Continue reading

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