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

Amoris Laetitia 324: Hospitality

The Holy Father touts the virtue and act of hospitality: 324. Led by the Spirit, the family circle is not only open to life by generating it within itself, but also by going forth and spreading life by caring for others … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 323: Tenderness

Today, a follow-up to the notion of relationship being a worship-of-God experience: 323. It is a profound spiritual experience to contemplate our loved ones with the eyes of God and to see Christ in them. This demands a freedom and … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 322: Mercy In Family Life

Let’s read in full: 322. All family life is a “shepherding” in mercy. Each of us, by our love and care, leaves a mark on the life of others; with Paul, we can say: “You are our letter of recommendation, … Continue reading

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Music of the Trees 3: The Five Sacred Trees

John Williams is massively known for his massive body of film music. But one of my favorite modern works is his concerto The Five Sacred Trees. I have the disk of the London Symphony performance with Judith LeClair. It is … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 321: Spiritiality of Care, Consolation, and Incentivety of

Today, we look at a spirituality of care, consolation and incentive, starting with Vatican II: 321. “Christian couples are, for each other, for their children and for their relatives, cooperators of grace and witnesses of the faith”.(Apostolicam Actuositatem 11) God … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 319: Spirituality of Married Love

Today, a discussion starter on the topic of a spirituality of exclusive and free love. Pope John Paul II assists us: 319. Marriage is also the experience of belonging completely to another person. Spouses accept the challenge and aspiration of … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 318: Family Prayer

For many families, my own included, prayer is often rote. The facility to pray spontaneously, as if one were speaking in real time to an actual friend, is not well-cultivated. Do we think to “come together” and include God in … Continue reading

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