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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.

Sacramentum Caritatis 19: First Eucharist

In discussing Initiation, the ecclesial community and the family, Pope Benedict highlights the importance of First Eucharist for children. That importance is of concern and impact to the family as well as the parish community. 19. It should be kept in … Continue reading

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On Inclusivity and Love

Bishop Barron is a good guy who, I think, wants to be a better guy. He seems to struggle with the basics of synodality here.  Earlier today I posted a commentary on a friend’s social media stream along the following … Continue reading

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Sacramentum Caritatis 18: Ordering the Initiation Sacraments

As hinted in section 17, The order of the sacraments of initiation remains a contested piece for contemporary Roman Catholicism. The theology is important, and the draining away of baptized persons from active faith suggest some flaws in our approach. Don’t get … Continue reading

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The Latest on FP

The piling on of Frank Pavone continues: sexual misconduct added to blasphemy and disobedience, and one of the best summations I’ve read: Thus Pavone was a priest meant for the age of Trump. He became a Republican political hack who … Continue reading

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Sacramentum Caritatis 17: The Eucharist and Christian Initiation

Three numbered sections treat briefly the links between Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist, how they relate, how they are arranged in the life of the believer, and other concerns for children, youth, adults, and people arriving from other religious traditions. … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Candlemas

Over the years occasional comments on the last outpost of the Christmas season. It’s only every five, six, or eleven years it lands on a Sunday to replace green with white. This year, it’s a mid-week observance. Sit in the … Continue reading

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Sacramentum Caritatis 16: Sacramentality

With this section, we begin an extended look at The Eucharist and the Sacraments. Pope Benedict devoted fourteen numbered sections to the Eucharist and the other six sacraments: how they relate and connect and support the life of faith in concert. … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Isaiah 40:1-11

As I continue to experience new readings at funeral Masses, be they for popes or parishioners, I’m struck by the quality of some of the passages presented for consideration by people. Most recently, the family of one of our founding … Continue reading

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Sacramentum Caritatis 15: The Eucharist and Ecclesial Communion

15. The Eucharist is thus constitutive of the Church’s being and activity. This is why Christian antiquity used the same words, Corpus Christi, to designate Christ’s body born of the Virgin Mary, his eucharistic body and his ecclesial body. (Cf. Propositio 5) … Continue reading

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My Second Bishop

My sister told me the news Sunday night on my drive home that one of my favorite bishops has passed away. I overheard a few voices at the Newman Center the year he came to town. He was replacing a … Continue reading

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Sacramentum Caritatis 14: The Eucharist Makes the Church

In paragraphs 14 and 15, Pope Benedict treated this topic: The Eucharist and the Church. So naturally, when I saw this heading for SC 14, The Eucharist, causal principle of the Church, I was reminded of one of the first proclamations … Continue reading

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The Teeth of Winter

My wife says they look like teeth. Interesting melt pattern on the snowy deck. The “dentition” is from the second-last snowfall. The new stuff is from yesterday. 49 inches so far in the Twin Cities this winter. That’s a lot … Continue reading

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Sacramentum Caritatis 13: Epiclesis

After the biblical testimony to the Holy Spirit, we come to the topic of The Holy Spirit and the eucharistic celebration. Pope Benedict XVI begins here with the topic of transubstantiation. I confess a little disappointment with the Church that the … Continue reading

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M12: The Gumball Globular

Messier object number twelve. Also in the constellation of Ophiuchus, which has been written up here before, as long ago as fifteen years. M12 is another of those globular clusters, a grouping of stars so dense that members may fall … Continue reading

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Progress

This little one has been diagnosed with a thyroid condition. He’s lost some weight over the past few months. Our vet was encouraging, though. He’s had no side effects, and in fact, seems to be tolerating food a good bit … Continue reading

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