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

Grumble

My wife noted the third verse of John Foley’s song rather apt this Advent. He channels James 5:9: Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. One of our retired priests made an offhand … Continue reading

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Scramble For Christmas Programming

I don’t usually gossip about current parishes. But it’s going to be an interesting one this year, halfway through construction with lots of distractions on the side. It’s hard to believe that tomorrow night will be the second-last full rehearsal … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 227: Areas Needing To Be Developed, Sports

Athletics? Does this really need development? If so, what kind? 227. “Equally significant is the emphasis that young people place on sports; the Church should not underestimate the potential of sports for education and formation, but instead maintain a strong … Continue reading

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Disbelief

I see the Sheen Beatification Adventure has taken a new twist or two. Nosy people have outed the Diocese of Rochester and its bishop as the source of concern heard and noted at Rome for the sainthood cause of their … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Isaiah 35:6b-10

We continue an examination of the thirty-fifth chapter of Isaiah. In this third and last installment, we return to the image of a desert land redeemed. If God can do such for a wasteland, he certainly can work his glory … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 226: Areas Needing To Be Developed, The Arts

Pope Francis’s Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, which can be found on this link at the Vatican site, looks briefly at the arts as a setting for engaging young people. First the post-synod document’s mention: 226. Nor can we overlook the importance … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Isaiah 35:3-6a

I think Isaiah 35 is far too rich for a single post you might read in a minute or two. In the middle of this text, the prophet turns our attention from the glory of nature and its occasional surprise … Continue reading

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