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

A How-To

Good manners sometimes seem to have been tossed out a high window. Toward the end of this essay, Catholic blogger Michelle Arnold offers five needed lessons in civilized behavior. The last struck me as especially apt: Be kind to those … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 81: Generosity

“It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35) The material and financial needs of the missions are many: not only to set up the Church with minimal structures (chapels, schools for catechists and seminarians, housing), but also … Continue reading

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Russian Venus

My wife mentioned to me that Russia has claimed Venus. The Soviets were at the forefront of exploration on that planet for the early decades of the Space Age. Sometimes international politics is more noise than substance. In space, there … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 80: Parents and Young People

As I think of this serious problem, I appeal with great confidence and affection to families and to young people. Families, especially parents, should be conscious that they ought to “offer a special contribution to the missionary cause of the … Continue reading

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Hildegard’s Dirty and Torn Church

Nearly ten years ago, Pope Benedict quoted a vision of Saint Hildegard. Saints do not revel in the sins of others. But they do not shy away from identifying grave evil when they see it. It is the prophetic office … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 79: Vocations

“Here I am, Lord! I am ready! Send me!” (cf. Is 6:8) The calling of the prophet is cited here. But not every disciple is called to a mission like Isaiah. This section is probably the most off-kilter Pope John … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 78: Prayer and Sacrifice For Missionaries

Let’s look at “Prayer and Sacrifice for Missionaries,” the heading for this section. Pope John Paul II begins with prayer, so a question I have for those who prepare liturgy: Do the Sunday intercessions regularly mention the mission apostolate? If … Continue reading

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Through The Trees, Clear

Three weeks ago, we had such a clear day approaching Washington’s highest mountain.

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Running Out of Names

As a self-professed science geek, I confess I was unaware of the tradition of naming Atlantic hurricanes after Greek letters once the 21 assigned names were exhausted. I guess we’ll know we’re in trouble if we get to Hurricane Omega. … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 77: Cooperation In Missionary Activity

With this post, we commence a look at Chapter VII, “Cooperation in Missionary Activity.” This topic covers numbered sections through the 86th. Mostly, Pope John Paul II was looking at ways in which non-missionaries can assist missionaries and their mission … Continue reading

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Life On Venus?

A handful of scientists are excited about the prospect of life in the upper atmosphere of Venus. Why? The detection of phosphine (below, left), a gas that, to the best of our knowledge, does not occur unless life as we … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 76: Conferences, Two

Pope John Paul II highlights two church groups, conferences of bishops and the parallel leadership among religious orders. Episcopal Conferences and their various groupings have great importance in directing and coordinating missionary activity on the national and regional levels. The … Continue reading

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Office for the Dead: Morning Prayer Psalms

Some weeks ago, we had a bit of a discussion around the Office of the Dead, otherwise known as the Liturgy of the Hours celebrated in the context of a death and Christian burial. Numbers 348 through 395 give some … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 75cd: The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples

To the congregation responsible for missionary activity it falls “to direct and coordinate throughout the world the work of evangelizing peoples and of missionary cooperation, with due regard for the competence of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.”(Apostolic Constitution Pastor … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 75ab: Curial Organization

Two numbered sections give treatment to “The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and Other Structures for Missionary Activity.” Leaders and agents of missionary pastoral activity should sense their unity within the communion which characterizes the Mystical Body. Christ prayed … Continue reading

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