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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.

Hamilton On The Stream

My wife thought it was going to be a film, but instead disney+ presents a streaming collage of a number of performances from the Hamilton original cast captured in mid-2016, when the excitement and hype over Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical was at … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 37(c): Cultural Sectors

You would think a philosopher, writer, actor, and a man connected to the cultural life of men and women would cast his gaze to the possibilities in what he terms, “the modern equivalents of the Areopagus.” The first reference to … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Under The Starry Night

This volume pictured here has been on my bookshelf for over two decades. As I’ve been indulging some old reads and discovering new things, I thought I’d share some recommendations, starting with this book. I’ve had a membership in the … Continue reading

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Disappointment

I was speaking with a liturgist colleague recently, sharing our experiences and perceptions of the return to worship. She has found the reopening with limits to be very much wanting. I shared the same. Certainly I understand intellectually the limits … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 37(b): New Worlds and New Social Phenomena

Time for section (b) of John Paul II’s “Parameters of the Church’s Mission Ad Gentes.” At some point, I might get these back on a schedule for early morning, but for now, let’s have an evening read on “New worlds … Continue reading

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Re-Closing

As my county looks to a delay in advancing through reopening phases, there’s not much of a liturgical difference between steps two and three. Still, we have an overall pause in progress west of the Puget Sound. Today’s parish wedding … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 37(a): Territorial Parameters of the Church’s Mission

After a pause in the discussion lately, we look to the first of three parameters, or as John Paul II wrote about it “Territorial limits.” When Catholics talk about the mission apostolate, traditionally we’ve thought of other countries not Christian, … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 37: Parameters of the Church’s Mission

In section 37, Pope John Paul II looks at three “Parameters of the Church’s Mission Ad Gentes.” By virtue of Christ’s universal mandate, the mission ad gentes knows no boundaries. Still, it is possible to determine certain parameters within which … Continue reading

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Liturgical Relevance

A brief commentary on PrayTell laments relevance, or more accurately, a particular clerical interpretation of it. I remember the associate pastor coming to our classroom in the period of 1970-72. I don’t know how school Masses were determined in terms … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 36: A Lack Of Fervor And Other Problems

Pope John Paul II laments internal challenges within the Body. Some of these can be attributed to the reality we are flawed mortal beings. Everybody has a bad day eventually. People also make errors that dishearten and damage others. Nor … Continue reading

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Another Bump In The Road

We’ve breached the halfway point of the Christian calendar year. The young miss quoted me some social media thingy about a person who went into a coma on Christmas Day, woke up yesterday and wanted to be caught up on … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 35: To All Peoples

Next topic: To All Peoples, In Spite of Difficulties. Pope John Paul II identifies an important reality. The number of non-Christians in the world has never been greater and it increases every day: The mission ad gentes faces an enormous … Continue reading

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Celebrity

I have hesitated to comment on one of this month’s Catholic news items. A read a second treatment in the NCRep a social media friend linked. I’m fine with women taking the lead on this discussion. #metoo impacts them and … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 34: Mission Ad Gentes

When we talk about classic missionary work, we are still talking about Christians speaking with, living with, and looking to non-Christians. How does this impact the so-called “new evangelization”? Do we refocus? Reallocate resources? Missionary activity proper, namely the mission … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 33d: New Evangelization

Here is where Pope John Paul II identified the need for a “new evangelization.” It’s probably a phenomenon the ancients considered in individuals, the situation of apostasy, where a believer renounces the faith. It was a shameful thing, denying Jesus … Continue reading

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