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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.

DPPL 242: Images Larger Than Life

What if our Christian images have become entwined with culture? 242. In the light of the foregoing, the faithful should be careful not to fall into the error of raising sacred images to the level of paragons. The fact that … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Isaiah 58:1-11

We associate the prophet Isaiah with Advent, and with just cause. The fifty-eighth chapter of the book is rather a blast of reality-check in the middle of an otherwise-comforting section (chapters 40 through 66). The prophet begins not with a confession, but … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes 51: Overabundance of New Institutes

Remember you can check the full document Mutuae Relationes here. In this longer section, the Church concludes Chapter VII by offering some cautions on new communities arising without sufficient prudence. Do you think we have too many new communities? The Church … Continue reading

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Unity Without Uniformity

What do the NCReg, NCRep, America, and OSV have in common today? A unified statement against the death penalty. We, the editors of four Catholic journals — America, National Catholic Register, National Catholic Reporter and Our Sunday Visitor — urge … Continue reading

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New Vestment

One of our parishioners did a marvelous job on our new Lent vestment. Draped in the sacristy is one thing–the look is better in the church with it hanging on a clerical body. My pastor put in a request a … Continue reading

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A Little Votive Prevention

In my parish, the shrine of the Blessed Mother icon is framed by many receptacles for small candles. The wick’d wax of choice is tea lights our volunteer team (a mother and daughter) acquires from Hobby Lobby for us. A … Continue reading

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Conflict of Charitable Interest

CNS reported in a brief that Catholic Relief Services defended itself against accusations that it cooperated in providing contraceptives in Kenya. The concerted campaigns against charity and justice arms of the USCCB continue. I find them disconcerting, and frankly, not … Continue reading

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