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

Aparecida 315: Promoting Vocations

An assumption that we are hearing all those who are responding: 315. In view of the shortage of people responding to the vocation to the priesthood and consecrated life in many places in Latin America and the Caribbean, special care … Continue reading

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Baptism Anniversaries

I’ve blogged on this topic a number of times, since before Pope Francis has been speaking of it–which has been from his first year as pope. (I suspect it was a notion for him when he was a bishop and … Continue reading

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Aparecida 314: Seminaries and Houses of Religious Formation

The Aparecida bishops devote seven paragraphs to the formation of missionary disciples in “seminaries and houses of religious formation.” The bishops include an active, evangelizing “lay state” with clergy and religious. They urge a focus of “vocations ministry” with young … Continue reading

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Aparecida 313: Ecclesial Movements and New Communities, Part 3

Regular communication is counselled, plus a dose of mutual respect: 313. In order to better benefit from the charisms and services of the ecclesial movements in the field of formation of lay people, we wish to respect their charisms and … Continue reading

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VNO 27: At Seedtime

Europe was a collection of agrarian cultures for most of its history. Farming was also important in the ancient Middle East. So we’ll have a large collection of Scripture and tradition from which to draw. In the Lectionary for Mass, … Continue reading

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Aparecida 312: Ecclesial Movements and New Communities, Part 2

New movements have been in ascendancy since the days of Pope John Paul II. The ones with ideological leanings to the re-writing of Vatican, especially. But many movements have burnished the spread of the Gospel through their charisms. Pope Benedict … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Wall Of Storms

The second book of Ken Liu’s fantasy epic has alternated between my bookshelf and my hands for the past week. It came out fourteen months ago, but since this isn’t a book blog as such, readers get my literary reviews … Continue reading

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