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About catholicsensibility

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

GeE 11: Examples Are For Inspiration, Not To Copy

11. “Each in his or her own way” the Council says. We should not grow discouraged before examples of holiness that appear unattainable. There are some testimonies that may prove helpful and inspiring, but that we are not meant to … Continue reading

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Aparecida 400: “Nothing … Will Have Been In Vain”

Twenty years after Pope PAul VI issued his encyclical on the progress of peoples, his second successor issued another document in the same vein. Cited in paragraph #400: 400. Hence, from our condition as disciples and missionaries, we want to … Continue reading

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GeE 10: The Lord Calls

Paragraphs 10 through 13 address, “The Lord Calls.” The premise is simple, but not quite as easy as it sounds: every soul is called to be holy. It is a tradition for both Jews and Christians: 10. All this is … Continue reading

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Aparecida 399: A Renewed Pastoral Ministry For Integral Human Promotion

Today, the fourth part of Chapter Eight begins for us, “A Renewed Pastoral Ministry For Integral Human Promotion.” What does that mean? Let’s begin with the guidance of two popes and move from there: 399. Taking on this option for … Continue reading

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Pope Francis And The Two Sons

So, this is a thing at least one place on facebook. Pope Francis offers an age-appropriate message to a weeping child about the death of his father. Some Catholics, being more Catholic than the pope, beg to differ. After receiving … Continue reading

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GeE 9: St John Paul On Holiness

Pope Francis turns to his second predecessor to give witness on the holiness of Christians: 9. Holiness is the most attractive face of the Church. But even outside the Catholic Church and in very different contexts, the Holy Spirit raises … Continue reading

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Psalm 4: Lord, Let Your Face

One of our parishioners captured one of my new compositions, a setting of Psalm 4, nicely led by one of our parish’s fine singers, Norie. The psalmists at my parish are very patient with new compositions, and in turn, I … Continue reading

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