Monthly Archives: January 2017

Amoris Laetitia 304: Rules and Discernment

Shall we look at “Rules and Discernment”? In the previous paragraph, Pope Francis described as “dynamic” the nature of discernment in difficult situations. He is certainly correct. He calls upon the angelic doctor again to help us sort between essential … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 303: The Best We Can Do

Finishing up this discussion on “mitigating factors,” Pope Francis offers his own commentary here. As I’ve found throughout the document, it strikes me as typically Ignatian: 303. Recognizing the influence of such concrete factors, we can add that individual conscience … Continue reading

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Easter Vigil Litany of Saints

My first exposure to John Becker’s setting was at an RCIA conference in 1993. Other musicians there were going ga-ga over it. And I admit my first impression was that it was a big improvement over the chant version* I … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 302: Particular Mitigating Factors

In the last paragraph, Pope Francis called on the witness of saints and modern bishops to assist in making the case for factors that mitigate against a blanket approach to all instances of objective sin. He gets specific here, starting … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 22:34-40

A similar passage may be found in Mark, at 12:28-34. We covered that one on this post. The Lucan parallel is in verses 25-28 of that Gospel’s tenth chapter. That brief passage is not given as an option in the … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Hamilton and Sondheim

For now, I live at least a half a┬ácontinent away from the performances. As a consolation, the soundtrack is greatly enjoyable. And nearly so is this book, which arrived from Amazon last summer. Having a readable libretto is nice; some … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 301: Mitigating Factors In Pastoral Discernment

The third of five Chapter Eight themes examines “Mitigating factors in pastoral discernment.” In this paragraph and the two that follow we’ll wrestle with factors that mitigate against a single approach to all instances of divorce and remarriage. To begin … Continue reading

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