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

Querida Amazonia 61: An Ecclesial Dream

Pope Francis turns to An Ecclesial Dream in his post-synodal exhortation. Chapter four addresses “church stuff.” It seems to me that this addresses the church situation for the particulars of the Amazon region. People outside of this river basin might … Continue reading

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Whose Sin?

Do you see these viruses carrying swords of judgment? Hope not. I’ve seen a few alarmists on social media wondering if the pandemic is God’s punishment for something. Same-sex attraction. Global warming. Something bad, and it usually seems stuff other … Continue reading

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Querida Amazonia 58-60: Ecological Education and Habits

Count me a skeptic on putting too much hope in “education.” Without internal motivation and curiosity, information often goes in one ear and out the other. Pope Francis’ post-synodal exhortation discusses “ecological education and habits” in the three paragraphs that … Continue reading

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Hint of Sun

Whoa! Hint of sunshine in the neighborhood today. I was up early, did some morning yoga–still a bit sore from yesterday’s workout which was mildly vigorous for an out-of-shape body. Continued with my morning routine of small breakfast, teeth, shower, … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

There is a popular saying that Jesus does not give us a cross that is beyond our ability to bear. Serious illness can certainly test that notion. We might be the sick person, or even a helpless caregiver or bystander. … Continue reading

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Querida Amazonia 53-57: The Prophecy of Contemplation

Pope Francis, in his post-synodal exhortation, devotes five paragraphs to “the prophecy of contemplation.” What does he mean by that? It is a Jesuit discipline to contemplate the world and our experiences. The Examen guides many people devoted to Ignatian … Continue reading

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Working In Exile

Here’s the view from my “home office” window. A gray day, but full of promise for Spring. I find it requires discipline to get church tasks done here. Just today, interruptions for receiving a grocery run, a package delivery, a … Continue reading

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