Monthly Archives: July 2015

Laudato Si 44: Cities Criticized

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Here, Pope Francis criticizes cities, not as entities, but as unplanned and unhealthy locations for any person: 44. Nowadays, for example, we are conscious of the disproportionate and … Continue reading

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Dives in Misericordiae 12d: Moral Permissiveness

This last paragraph of section 12 sums up much of what we have discussed recently: The Church, having before her eyes the picture of the generation to which we belong, shares the uneasiness of so many of the people of … Continue reading

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Hope and the Examen

As you read this, I will be motoring through Iowa and South Dakota today. But thanks to the technology offered by WordPress, I write this several days ago as part of my observance of a month of Ignatian spirituality, in … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 43: Decline in the Quality of Human Life and the Breakdown of Society

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. In Section IV of Chapter One, Pope Francis turns his attention to the “Decline in the Quality of Human Life and the Breakdown of Society.” After all, we … Continue reading

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Good-byes and Busy

Light live blogging ahead. The family’s westward expansion begins tomorrow. There are three daily posts in the active series: Laudato Si’, Dives in Misericordiae, and the month of Saint Ignatius–these are written and scheduled for the next five mornings. While … Continue reading

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Dives in Misericordiae 12c: When Justice Is Distorted

St John Paul suggests not everything that gets off to a good start realizes the true justice of the original intent. We are only human. And yet, it would be difficult not to notice that very often programs which start … Continue reading

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Jesuit Philately

After nearly a month with mostly daily posts on Ignatian spirituality, here’s something different: Jesuits on stamps. Right, Belgium honors one of their own, Georges Lemaitre, “Father of the Big Bang Theory.” Not the tv show, but the actual theory. … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 42: The Need for Ecological Research

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. 42. Greater investment needs to be made in research aimed at understanding more fully the functioning of ecosystems and adequately analyzing the different variables associated with any significant … Continue reading

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Dives in Misericordiae 12b: The Demands of Justice

I think it is right to expect justice in all aspects of our lives, as St John Paul presents here: The Church shares with the people of our time this profound and ardent desire for a life which is just … Continue reading

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Pedro Arrupe In Japan

I read a brief biography of Pedro Arrupe in Ronald Modras’ book Ignatian Humanism (reviewed here). His experiences in 1940’s Japan have always moved me when I’ve read, re-read, or pondered them. Father Arrupe was arrested under suspicion of espionage … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 41: Reef Environments

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. 41. In tropical and subtropical seas, we find coral reefs comparable to the great forests on dry land, for they shelter approximately a million species, including fish, crabs, … Continue reading

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Open Thread: My Way

I have a recollection of a meeting with friends who, while Catholic, were somewhat of the fundamentalist stripe. I was sharing a song from a new liturgical recording. They didn’t buy into my excitement, suggesting instead that my aim was somehow … Continue reading

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Dives in Misericordiae 12a: Is Justice Enough?

Section 12 opens with the question: Is Justice Enough? It is not difficult to see that in the modern world the sense of justice has been reawakening on a vast scale; and without doubt this emphasizes that which goes against justice … Continue reading

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You Have Given, O God …

While sorting through things on the parish computer, I found a responsorial prayer I wrote last summer for one of my classes at Creighton. I like the blending of different Scripture passages and after beginning with an idea suggested by … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 40: Considering Oceans

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. 40. Oceans not only contain the bulk of our planet’s water supply, but also most of the immense variety of living creatures, many of them still unknown to … Continue reading

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