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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.

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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PS 104: Easter Communion, Especially for the Sick

Remember, you can check the full document Paschal Solemnitatis on this site, among many on the internet. 104. During Easter time, pastors should instruct the faithful who have been already initiated into the Eucharist on the meaning of the Church’s precept … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 16: Eight Themes

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. In this section, Pope Francis offers eight themes which he will address throughout this document. 16. Although each chapter will have its own subject and specific approach, it … Continue reading

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Swans Top Arsenal, Man City

Friend and frequent football commentator David sent me this link. Swans fans take note: It is probably with some surprise that viewing figures in the USA showed the Swans as the 4th most watched Premier League team out there ahead … Continue reading

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Fantastic Composition of Place

I think a priest friend and I once shocked a staff colleague about our experiences in composition of place. You know, right? Placing oneself, with full senses, into the scene with Jesus or a saint. Reflecting on the call of Zacchaeus, … Continue reading

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