Monthly Archives: April 2015

Humanae Vitae 12: Union and Procreation

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. For skeptics on HV 11, Pope Paul offers the argument in favor of marital sexual intercourse being both unitive and … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 9bc: Forgiveness in Matthew’s Gospel

Luke 15 does not exhaust the Lord’s imagination when it comes to preaching mercy. An apostle inquires about limits. It’s a very human question. We are confronted with people who continually disappoint us. What is our stance? From another parable, … Continue reading

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Polarization

Michael Peppard writes here on an upcoming conference on polarization. From his conclusion: (We) cannot fully escape these cultural forces (at least not without becoming sectarian, the so-called “Benedict Option”) … At its root, polarization is not necessarily bad. People … Continue reading

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DPPL 286a: Eschatology of Pilgrimage

286. Despite change, pilgrimage has maintained the essential traits of its spirituality throughout the ages, down to our own time. And so our tour of pilgrimage history brings us to the present age. DPPL is a significantly long section, which … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 11: Observing the Natural Law

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. This section will find the crux of the disappointment of many believers back in the 60’s. Still, it’s a good … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 9a: Luke 15

In addition to the live encounters between Jesus and the needy, the Lord also testifies to divine mercy through parables. These stories reveal a deeper truth, and we should attend to them carefully, looking to all levels of the narratives. … Continue reading

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DPPL 285: Pilgrimage in Decline and Revival

The DPPL blames Protestants and the Enlightenment. But maybe Trent and other things Catholic were also part of the problem: 285. Pilgrimage declined in the modern period because of changed cultural circumstances, the events surrounding the protestant movement and also … Continue reading

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Swans Swim in Sea of Green

On the Premier League site, a Twitter analysis of how twenty football teams are followed around the world. Not being active on Twitter, I did not register anything for Swansea City in the upper Midwest. I noted that slim piece … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 8: The Relationships of Jesus

The opening sentence of this section we imagine a face-to-face relationship with the Lord. 8. With our eyes fixed on Jesus and his merciful gaze, we experience the love of the Most Holy Trinity. The mission Jesus received from the … Continue reading

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DPPL 284: A Golden Age for Pilgrims

In order to travel, one must have some means. Perhaps personal wealth. Maybe a certain skill at begging. I know I can’t just run off to another continent, as much as I would like to. 284. The middles ages were … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 10: Responsible Parenthood

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. If HV 9 seemed sound, if somewhat incomplete, some Catholics might find this section a bit more problematic. Let’s read … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 7: Psalm 136

The Psalter’s grand litany of mercy is one of three common psalms for Easter. It should not surprise us that the Church surfaces an expression of gratitude and mercy as a song of praise in response to the Lord’s triumph … Continue reading

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DPPL 283: Pilgrimages in Late Antiquity

The West has much for which to thank Egeria, that 4th century pilgrim. Jerusalem became a Destination. 283. In the Constantinian era, following the rediscovery of the places associated with the Passion of Our Lord and the of the relics … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 9: Married Love

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Another section with common sense and insight, and that goes beyond what passes for common knowledge these days and back … Continue reading

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Kansas City Sunset

It was somewhat surreal today, as the family and I were driving on Broadway through downtown Kansas City on the way to the young miss’s cardiology check-up. I pointed out the shiny dome of the cathedral. A few seconds later I … Continue reading

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