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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.

DPPL 276: The Shrine as Cultural Center

This section is one of my favorites, as you might guess: 276. Shrines are often of cultural or heritage significance in themselves. They synthesize numerous expressions of popular culture: historical and artistic monuments, particular linguistic and literary forms, or even … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 1: Face of the Father’s Mercy

Roman documents are known by the first few words of the Latin text. “Misericordiae vultus” refers to the “face of mercy.” Pope Francis means the face of Jesus which reveals to human beings what God thinks of us, loves in … Continue reading

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DPPL 275: Shrines as Charitable Centers

Charity and justice are part of the mission of special sites of faith. Let’s read of the importance of mercy: 275. The exemplary role of shrines is also expressed through charity. Every shrine in so far as it celebrates the … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 5: Special Studies

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. A bit of history in this section. The commission that was involved in these issues of the transmission of life … Continue reading

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DPPL 274: Shrines as Places of Evangelization

Evangelization is Big Ministry these days. The Church wasn’t just on top of this since Pope Francis. The bishops were talking the talk way back in ’02, comparing a shrine to a  modern secular institution: 274. Innumerable centers of social … Continue reading

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Face of Mercy

The introductory document for the Jubilee of Mercy is up here at the Vatican site. We will be devoting some time to this piece … eventually. I’m finding little time to write these days. Just in a cursory reading, a few … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 4: Interpreting the Moral Law

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Pope Paul acknowledges that church teaching prior to 1968 is now/was then insufficient to address the questions summarized in HV3. I … Continue reading

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