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

Coherence And Dispensation

My wife and I were discussing the feeling of absence from Sunday Mass. I wouldn’t share my wife’s specific feelings of loss.  Because of her medical condition, she hasn’t always been able to get out for Mass. (Though I will … Continue reading

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Populorum Progressio 35: Basic Education

Education, gathering information, learning to think and analyze, and appreciating knowledge–this is one important factor. 35. We can even say that economic growth is dependent on social progress, the goal to which it aspires; and that basic education is the … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 199: Social Dialogue For A New Culture

Chapter 6, topic 1: Social Dialogue for a New Culture. 199. Some people attempt to flee from reality, taking refuge in their own little world; others react to it with destructive violence. To some extent, this happens across ideological boundaries, … Continue reading

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Populorum Progressio 34: The Ultimate Purpose

Material wealth really must be accompanied by progress of people in their cultures. 34. Organized programs designed to increase productivity should have but one aim: to serve human nature. They should reduce inequities, eliminate discrimination, free (people) from the bonds … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 198: Dialogue And Friendship In Society

Today, we commence Chapter Six, “DIALOGUE AND FRIENDSHIP IN SOCIETY.” It’s a short chapter, only 27 sections. In it, Pope Francis writes of cooperation, consensus, and people working together. We begin with a good word, not a scary one: dialogue. … Continue reading

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Getting the Hand of Paint 3D

I confess I haven’t liked paint 3D for years. Now, maybe that’s different. I think of this as something a super-Earth might look like. Not super-hot, but more temperate. No life, but a lot of rock and a little water.

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Populorum Progressio 33: Programs and Planning

33. Individual initiative alone and the interplay of competition will not ensure satisfactory development. No, it won’t. We cannot proceed to increase the wealth and power of the rich while we entrench the needy in their poverty and add to … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 197: Questions For Better Politics

Chapter Five, A Better Kind Of Politics, wraps up here: 197. Viewed in this way, politics is something more noble than posturing, marketing and media spin. These sow nothing but division, conflict and a bleak cynicism incapable of mobilizing people … Continue reading

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Populorum Progressio 32: A Task for Everyone

Don’t think that Pope Paul VI was totally for peaceable movement, no matter how long it took. He does use strong adverbs in stating that correcting wrongs simply must occur: 32. We want to be clearly understood on this point: … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 196: Sowing Seeds

More looking at the long game, or preparing future generations for good things: 196. For this reason, it is truly noble to place our hope in the hidden power of the seeds of goodness we sow, and thus to initiate … Continue reading

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Imaginary Planet

I hesitate to list this under “astronomy.” Pictures of dirt, really, run through various tweaks and dropped into paint 3d. After a few dozen planets, I’m getting more the hang of this.

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Populorum Progressio 31: More On Reform

31. Everyone knows, however, that revolutionary uprisings—except where there is manifest, longstanding tyranny which would do great damage to fundamental personal rights and dangerous harm to the common good of the country—engender new injustices, introduce new inequities and bring new … Continue reading

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That Phone Number, Please?

Honestly, the lack of knowledge demonstrated by some Republicans these days (not to mention finesse) makes me wonder. Governor Noem from twitter: A little geography lesson, recalling that we often cite Columbus or Leif Eriksen as discoverers of “America,” despite … Continue reading

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Steps

Some weeks ago, my health insurance provider suggested I might like to save money on my parish’s twice-monthly premiums. So I signed on to the app that tracks my sleep. (Slightly creepy, and not really accurate–it doesn’t count naps. Plus, … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 195: Great Goals and Small Acts

Is it possible to temper high expectations? 195. All this can help us realize that what is important is not constantly achieving great results, since these are not always possible. Big results, well-publicized, get votes and possibly resources. The contrast … Continue reading

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