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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.

Upper Plains Travelogue

As expected, our excitement was high for the drive out of Iowa yesterday. About an hour out from Sioux City, we hit the edge of a vicious thunderstorm. Amazing, but as we crossed the Missouri River into South Dakota, skies … Continue reading

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Dives in Misericordiae VII: An Incarnate Mercy

St John Paul has an unnumbered heading to Chapter VII. Here we move to the topic of “The Mercy of God in the Mission of the Church.” This constitutes the penultimate theme as we approach two of the final three … Continue reading

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Indifference and Desire

Indifference is not the same as apathy. Not at all. Section 23 of the Spiritual Exercises on the Principle and Foundation: (O)ne must use other created things in so far as they help towards one’s end, and free oneself from … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 44: Cities Criticized

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Here, Pope Francis criticizes cities, not as entities, but as unplanned and unhealthy locations for any person: 44. Nowadays, for example, we are conscious of the disproportionate and … Continue reading

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Dives in Misericordiae 12d: Moral Permissiveness

This last paragraph of section 12 sums up much of what we have discussed recently: The Church, having before her eyes the picture of the generation to which we belong, shares the uneasiness of so many of the people of … Continue reading

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Hope and the Examen

As you read this, I will be motoring through Iowa and South Dakota today. But thanks to the technology offered by WordPress, I write this several days ago as part of my observance of a month of Ignatian spirituality, in … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 43: Decline in the Quality of Human Life and the Breakdown of Society

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. In Section IV of Chapter One, Pope Francis turns his attention to the “Decline in the Quality of Human Life and the Breakdown of Society.” After all, we … Continue reading

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