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About catholicsensibility

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

Amoris Laetitia 167: Large Families Are A Joy

Let’s read: 167. Large families are a joy for the Church. They are an expression of the fruitfulness of love. Wait. Isn’t this the same pope who annoyed some Catholics with his taken-out-of-context no-need-to-breed-like-rabbits line? Let’s look at what St … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 166: Welcoming a New Life

Welcoming a new life: a theme for 166-177. Pope Francis draws on his own teachings from the past few years to introduce the topic: 166. The family is the setting in which a new life is not only born but … Continue reading

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Grimm

My wife and I were surfing through various tv viewing options a few weeks ago. We ran across the first season of the NBC series Grimm and started watching. I don’t have confidence in major networks being able to do … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 165: Love Made Fruitful

Chapter Five, “Love Made Fruitful,” includes numbered sections 165 through 198, will focus our attention for the next month. Today, a brief introductory paragraph: 165. Love always gives life. Conjugal love “does not end with the couple… The couple, in giving … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 164: Inspiring New Forms of Marital Expression

Concluding Chapter Four, some more thoughts on the evolution of a relationship. First, from the pen of the Holy Father: 164. In the course of every marriage physical appearances change, but this hardly means that love and attraction need fade. … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Eleanor

Booksellers and libraries in my area seem to promote authors in our region. This is a good thing. Feeling somewhat dissatisfied with the science fiction I’ve been attempting to swallow the past year, I turned to a volume my local library … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 163: The Transformation of Love

We wrap up Chapter Four of Amoris Laetitia with a brief discussion (163-164) on how love is transformed. First, a helpful acknowledgement that many millions more couples today experience very long relationships. Marriages that once were cut short by death … Continue reading

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