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About catholicsensibility

Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.

Secret Meetings … So?

I caught a few headlines (like this one) on those supposedly secret meetings in Rome among those seeking to advance/derail the synod agenda. I think I’m not invited to most meetings in the Church. So if some people want to … Continue reading

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Dives in Misericordiae 1b: The Revelation of Mercy

If Redemptor Hominis gave us an outline of the focus of John Paul II’s papacy, a reflection and elaboration of the relationship between people and their God, this encyclical will focus on a particular quality that Christ reveals to us: the mercy of … Continue reading

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PS 39: The Paschal Fast

Remember, you can check the full document Pashcale Solemnitatis on this site, among many on the internet. In this section, we are reminded that Friday and Saturday are both days of fasting and abstinence. Saturday, of course, is optional. This … Continue reading

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A Council, Full Greatness To Come

Interesting discussion at PrayTell about that conference at Georgetown on Vatican II. Naturally, the h-word makes an appearance. I think the importance of Vatican II has yet to be noted. If it proves to be the spark that brings a … Continue reading

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Dives in Misericordiae 1a: Mercy Revealed

With this post we leap into the second encyclical of Pope John Paul II. Following Redemptor Hominis (1979) the topic of mercy may have been something of a surprise. I don’t find Dives in Misericordiae (“Rich in mercy”) to be … Continue reading

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PS 38: Easter Triduum

Remember, you can check the full document on this site, among many on the internet. We now leave behind Lent, its penitential services, baptismal vector, and Chrism Mass, and arrive at the summit of the liturgical year. Over thirty posts … Continue reading

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Reality Check

“Reality check.” A buzz phrase that seems to be getting a lot of notice and traction in the Church this weekend. A bit more than a million people voted to expand rights, and possibly responsibilities, for LGBT people in their small … Continue reading

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