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

Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 25: Dialogue, Part 3, Commitment To Ecumenism

Pope John Paul II gives his statement on ecumenism: In the light of the council and of the magisterium of my predecessors, whose precious inheritance I have received and am making every effort to preserve and put into effect, I … Continue reading

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My Life With Saint Nicholas

My sister posted this on social media this weekend. It was a handful of years before we three were baptized, but I suppose it’s our first verified encounter with a saint. My sister wished for a family reunion at Christmas, … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 25: Dialogue, Part 2, Ecumenism

Having a conversation with those who are different is an essential part of life whenever there is more than one person. With seven billion-plus it is as important as ever. When it comes to religion … The church in the … Continue reading

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A Path of Littleness

I wasn’t aware the Holy Father was travelling in the Eastern Mediterranean. Being a minority – and do not forget that the Church throughout the world is a minority – does not mean being insignificant, but closer to the path … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 25: Dialogue, Part 1, The 1960s

Pope John Paul II asserts the importance of Dialogue. He cites three conciliar documents, seeing the importance of this discipline as rooted in the Church’s teaching in the 1960s. 25. For the church, dialogue is in a certain sense a means … Continue reading

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Tool of the Trade

This appliance, used and battered as it is, is one of the most convenient additions to a sacristy. I don’t remember the first parish where my head sacristan had one ready for candle trimming, but whenever out-sized candles are part … Continue reading

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Orienting Prayers of the Faithful

In a sidebar discussion here, a back-and-forth about the wording of prayers of the faithful/general intercessions/universal prayer/petitions (however you name them): … the intercessions in the baptismal rite are also directed to God, not the assembly … I responded: I … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 24: Ways and Means of Promotion

A reminder that when Pope John Paul lists this as Chapter One it’s the first chapter of part three, in which he discusses The Promotion Of Penance And Reconciliation. In the brief section 24, Ways And Means, he writes: 24. In order to … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 23: Promoting Penance and Reconciliation, Part 3: Two Points

We continue with Promoting Penance and Reconciliation. I’ll be honest. I don’t think “promotion” is the best idea to utilize. I get what JPS’s hopes were for some kind of a return to a sense of the past with higher … Continue reading

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Beatitudes for Bishops VII

The last of the Beatitudes for Bishops:  Blessed is the bishop who is not afraid to go against the tide for the sake of the Gospel, making his face “stern” like that of Christ on his way to Jerusalem, without … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 23: Promoting Penance and Reconciliation, Part 2: Christ As Redeemer

Let’s talk a bit more about Promoting Penance and Reconciliation: The church thus finds herself face to face with (people)-with the whole human world-wounded by sin and affected by sin in the innermost depths of (our) being. But at the same … Continue reading

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Beatitudes for Bishops VI

Archbishop Domenico Battaglia’s Beatitudes for Bishops were adopted by the Holy Father, who shared them last month in a homily at an episcopal ordination. The original text is here, in Italian.  I think they have applications outside of the office … Continue reading

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A Season of Hope

I had heard the election results reported on NPR on my drive home this afternoon. I was curious to see what my friend John had to say, and it’s here. Once I had a plan for a cultural exchange, suggested … Continue reading

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Catholics In Exodus

I had avoided commenting on Archbishop Gomez’s speech from earlier this month. I find the talks and comments of bishops not my own to be far less interesting these days. But this chat got a lot of attention, even here … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 23: Promoting Penance and Reconciliation, Part 1: More Than Church Documents and Ethics

The remainder of this document will find us with John Paul II and taking a close look at “The “Pastoral Ministry of Penance and Reconciliation.” This third of three main parts begins with the section numbered 23 and will take … Continue reading

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