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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.

Humanae Vitae 13: Faithfulness to God’s Design

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. I think Pope Paul’s example here is awkward: 13. (People) rightly observe that a conjugal act imposed on one’s partner … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 10: The Foundation of the Church’s Life

The very credibility of Christianity is at stake. It is a credibility not based on a more logical set of truths than someone else, or on a lineage of leadership. It is about the imitation of Christ. 10. Mercy is … Continue reading

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DPPL 286c: The Penitential Dimension of Pilgrimage

God offers us mercy on the journey.  If we are wise, we will accept the offer. Penitential dimension. Pilgrimage is also a journey of conversion: in journeying towards a shrine the pilgrim moves from a realization of (her or) his own … Continue reading

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Diagnosing the Wrong

Msgr Francis Mannion, frequenter contributor at PrayTell via his syndicated essays with CNA, sounds off on what’s wrong with Catholic liturgy: (N)ot everything is as it should be in the Church’s liturgical life. There is much unease in some quarters, … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 9d: Summarizing the Gospel of Mercy

Let’s summarize the parables of the past two days. This last paragraph deserves careful attention: As we can see in Sacred Scripture, mercy is a key word that indicates God’s action towards us. He does not limit himself merely to … Continue reading

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DPPL 286b: Pilgrimage and Exodus

The Exodus event defined a people of God. God continues to lead us on, despite our resistance and revolt: The exodus event, Israel’s journey towards the promised land, is also reflected in the spirituality of pilgrimage: the pilgrim is well … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 12: Union and Procreation

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. For skeptics on HV 11, Pope Paul offers the argument in favor of marital sexual intercourse being both unitive and … Continue reading

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