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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.

Desiderio Desideravi 63: A Further Indication

Every believer shares two aspects of liturgy: the year and the end or hinge of the week. High Church Christians might be more in touch with the details, but nearly every believer is in touch with the basics, even the … Continue reading

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Desiderio Desideravi 62: Rekindling Wonder

We’re getting closer to the finish here. Pope Francis is speaking in hopes. The Jesuits would encourage us to answer the question: what is our desire? For Pope Francis, the desire is broad and rather open to interpretation. He wants … Continue reading

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Desiderio Desideravi 61: The First Wellspring, and Unity

61. In this letter I have wanted simply to share some reflections which most certainly do not exhaust the immense treasure of the celebration of the holy mysteries. I ask all the bishops, priests, and deacons, the formators in seminaries, the … Continue reading

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Priests As Front Men

In a discussion on obedience, two things struck me. Unsurprisingly the new Missal was not a success as church and seminaries emptied. (A)ll of these bishops banning THE rite that nourished and produced Saints for centuries… sure seems like a … Continue reading

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Desiderio Desideravi 60b: Formation During the Mass

We continue with section 60 and how the clergy may be formed by the liturgy. Pope Francis concedes these are a few examples, and not the complete set of possibilities. But if one is confused about where to start, these … Continue reading

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Desiderio Desideravi 60a: The Education of the Priest, Preliminaries

Let’s split up section 60, because there’s a lot to digest here. Pope Francis, when he speaks of the education of the priest, seems to lean strongly to how the priest is formed by the liturgy itself. What are these … Continue reading

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M4 The Closest Cluster

M4 is one of the easiest globular clusters to locate. If you have a pair of binoculars, and your southern horizon is clear just after sunset, you can find the constellation of Scorpio and its brightest star, Antares. Tucked deep … Continue reading

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Desiderio Desideravi 59: The Action of the Spirit

Ordination, like baptism, imparts something permanent and eternal in the human being. Pope Francis suggests a similar attitude in the notion that ordination does not complete a personal achievement, but rather initiates them into an ongoing openness to the Holy … Continue reading

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Desiderio Desideravi 58: Under the Gaze of Mary

One thing the last three popes had in common was a devotion to and regard for the Blessed Virgin. Some would attach her to the Church’s life of popular piety. Pope Francis would no doubt accept that. But he also … Continue reading

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M3 Amongst the Hunting Dogs

Another lovely deep space, object, isn’t it? Such clusters of stars orbit beyond the plane of the Milky Way spiral. They are very old bodies, many with stars nearly as old as the universe. In some globular clusters, their blue … Continue reading

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Desiderio Desideravi 57: The Risen Lord

57. For this service to be well done — indeed, with art! — it is of fundamental importance that the priest have a keen awareness of being, through God’s mercy, a particular presence of the risen Lord. Perhaps we could … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two QBs

Seen a few times on social media the past day or two. Though I much prefer “real football,” as the young miss terms it, I can’t deny the NFL retains a certain drama. Not the least of which is seeing … Continue reading

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Desiderio Desideravi 55-56: Some Broad Considerations

Let’s take two today. Paragraphs, that is. 55. There would be much more to say about the importance of presiding and what care it requires. On different occasions I dwelt on the demanding duty of preaching the homily. [See Evangelii Gaudium 135-144.] Here … Continue reading

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Of Gluten and the Appearances of Bread

I take for granted the prescription about unleavened wheat in the recipes for Eucharistic bread. In my parishes over the years, others are more guarded about their health. The best parish practice I experienced was to put the people of … Continue reading

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Desiderio Desideravi 54: Ars Celebrandi for Presiders

Section 54 has been one of the most-cited bits in the whole document, which, by the way, is copyright © Dicastero per la Comunicazione – Libreria Editrice Vaticana, and is found here on the Vatican site. 54. If it is true … Continue reading

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