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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.

Dives in Misericordiae 8b: Fulfillment

Is the Cross difficult to behold? Do we question the why of it? St John Paul invites us to consider our worst moments. God invites us to compare these to the sacrifice of the Son on Calvary. The invitation is … Continue reading

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PS 105: Blessing Homes at Easter

Remember, you can check the full document Paschale  Solemnitatis on this site, among many on the internet. 105. Where there is the custom of blessing houses in celebration of the Resurrection, this blessing is to be imparted after the Solemnity … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 17-18: A Fresh Analysis

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Chapter One’s title asks the question, “What is happening to our common home?” Forty-five paragraphs lead off promising a fresh analysis: 17. Theological and philosophical reflections on the … Continue reading

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Blue Cathedral

Some American music for the holiday: Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral by the San Francisco Symphony.

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The Armchair Liturgist: Clergy Out Front?

At PrayTell, check out a discussion on holding doors for people on the outside of the church building. But here’s a question for you armchair liturgists: do you recommend your clergy–priests and deacons–greet people *before Mass* like Chuck Middendorf’s pastor? … Continue reading

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The title of the prayer is taken from Latin for “receive.” Saint Ignatius placed it in an appendix of sorts to his Spiritual Exercises. Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding and my entire will. All … Continue reading

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Dives in Misericordiae 8a: Love More Powerful Than Death, More Powerful Than Sin

Continuing our reflection on the Paschal Mystery, we begin section 8, “Love More Powerful Than Death, More Powerful Than Sin.” The cross of Christ on Calvary is also a witness to the strength of evil against the very Son of God, … Continue reading

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