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About catholicsensibility

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

Blessed Feast of Easter

O splendor of the Father’s light that makes our daylight lucid, bright; O Light of light and sun of day, now shine on us your brightest ray. (St Ambrose, Gracia Grindal, trans., from the LBW, 1978)

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Holy Saturday Confessions

Some parishes offer a confessor’s time. Others do not. Sometimes the reasons for either are good. Or well-intentioned. For the record, a celebration of the Sacrament of Penance is not forbidden on Holy Saturday. I can’t honestly recall a parish … Continue reading

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Why do we profess Jesus descending to the dead in the Apostle’s Creed? When I was a boy, I confess this seemed a bit strange. I didn’t give it much thought, though. The Bible gives a few hints (1 Peter … Continue reading

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On Good Friday

Good Friday quote from the 6th century from Saint Romanos the Melodist: Let us lay aside all tiresome arguments and attach ourselves to the one on the cross. If it seems right, let us all go along with Peter to … Continue reading

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My one great sadness for today: we do not wash each other’s feet at Mass. We’ve fussed and fought about women and non-Catholics. We assume people won’t want to take off their socks and shoes. We use the Pilate gesture … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 14-15: Older People Interacting With The Young

According to Pope Francis, the relationship between generations is not only important, but we have biblical examples to inspire us. Or keep us appropriate, as it were: 14. Let us also keep in mind that Jesus had no use for … Continue reading

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OCM 48-50: Matrimony Within Mass, Second Form

Following up on one way to begin a wedding Mass, form 1, there is a second option, a simpler one: 48. At the appointed time, the Priest, wearing an alb and a stole and chasuble of the color of the … Continue reading

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