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

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020, Day 1

Many years ago, and for several years, our one-time collaborator Neil graced us with a daily series during this week. I confess my laxity in not maintaining this important tradition. I was daydreaming during Mass tonight, and thought, why not … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 265-266: More On Marriage

Today, more on marriage: 265. Marriage requires preparation, and this calls for growing in self-knowledge, developing the greater virtues, particularly love, patience, openness to dialogue and helping others. It also involves maturing in your own sexuality, so that it can … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 264: Opting For Marriage

Thoughts on marriage: 264. Today, a culture of the ephemeral dominates, but it is an illusion. To think that nothing can be definitive is a deceptive lie. “Today, there are those who say that marriage is out of fashion… In … Continue reading

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Twelve Guns A Year

Arms dealers in Virginia are no doubt sad they can’t suck funding from white supremacists and other gun nuts to the tune of thirteen weapons-plus a year. News from the commonwealth: The (Virginia) Senate approved … a bill that limits … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 262-263: Family Difficulties

Having a family might be a “Vocation.” But a vocation doesn’t always mean smooth sailing. What happens when waters get rough? 262. The Synod insisted that “the family continues to be the principal point of reference for young people. Children … Continue reading

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Overestimating

The celibacy kerfuffle continues to burn in the hearts and computers of some Catholics. I wonder if it’s not much less of a concern than some make it out to be. John Allen muses on it here, and I wonder … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 261: Sexuality

261. Here, we need to remember that God created us as sexual beings. He himself “created sexuality, which is a marvelous gift to his creatures”.[Amoris Laetitia 150] Within the vocation to marriage we should acknowledge and appreciate that “sexuality, sex, … Continue reading

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