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

Laudato Si 235: Sacraments, “A Privileged Way”

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Pope  Francis makes the case for sacraments utilizing the substances of nature. 235. The Sacraments are a privileged way in which nature is taken up by God to … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 234: Finding Goodness in the World

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Another saint guides us to a wide encounter of God outside of the “S” sacraments. Note here we are talking about the goodness of life experiences, not the … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Groundhogs, Candles, or Crêpes?

How do you observe the turning point of winter, the Feast of the Presentation, or Pancake Day? It’s a holy enough day to bump an ordinary Sunday, but not to compel midweek Mass attendance. To me that suggests just another … Continue reading

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Looking At Misericordia: Idoneity

This past December, Pope Francis offered a reflection on the word “misericordia,” or mercy. The reflection was an acrostic, a device in which each letter in the word is given its own word. The Holy Father gives us “I” for idoneity. … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 233: Sacramental Signs and the Celebration of Rest

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Sections 233-237 treat the topic of “Sacramental Signs and the Celebration of Rest.” As you might guess, I feel an affinity for these passages, and gladness that Pope Francis … Continue reading

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Alleluia Stories

A week from this coming Wednesday, we’ll “bury” the singing of “Alleluia” for forty-five days. (Don’t get me started on the counting of Lent!) Over the years,  I’ve encountered some interesting misconceptions and ideas about the Latinized Hebrew Gospel Acclamation … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 232: Community Organizing

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Government is not for everyone; some are called to community organizing. That is, by the way, a noble endeavor, not worthy of ridicule as we’ve seen in the … Continue reading

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