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

Medjugorje Fade

The Catholic Herald thinks pilgrimages to the Herzegovinian town have fallen off by half in recent months. A Vatican investigation has been completed, and the word will soon be out, so we hear. Has Pope Francis tipped his hand in … Continue reading

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Cinquant’anni Dopo 15: Priests At Liturgy

Cardinal Robert Sarah offers a few words for priests in his June 2015 essay for L’Osservatore Romano. If the liturgy is Christ’s work, is it necessary for the celebrant to interject his own comments? We should remember that, when the missal … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 74: Trials and Persecution

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Pope Francis links the experience of the Babylonian Exile and the Roman persecution. Each was a time for believers to reflect more deeply when the world offered antagonism. … Continue reading

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Cinquant’anni Dopo 14: Listening to the Council

In Cardinal Robert Sarah’s June 2015 essay for L’Osservatore Romano. we read of a plea for silence less because of the objective spiritual value of listening for God, but because of respect. It is time to start listening to the … Continue reading

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Survey Says

I found the CMAA forum’s questionnaire equal parts amusing and interesting: Would you regularly like to attend: 1. The TLM (with Gregorian Chant & polyphony, and an occasional hymn) 2. The NO (with Gregorian Chant & polyphony, and an occasional … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 73: Prophets

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. We’ve been looking at the Old Testament the past few days, and today we turn our attention with Pope Francis to the prophets. 73. The writings of the … Continue reading

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Human Spaceflight, 1950

Fascinating story on how Britain might have launched a space explorer ten years before Alan Shepard arced over the western Atlantic. Postwar UK had a lot of other things to deal with. If my recollection of history is right, I … Continue reading

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