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About catholicsensibility

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

The Armchair Liturgist: Veil Or Not

Veiling statues, images, and crosses was once commonplace in Catholicism for Holy Week and the week before. For the US, it is not mandated. But a few places do it, as a nod to traditional practice. Render judgment from the purple armchair … Continue reading

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DPPL 260: Various Popular Devotions to the Dead

Four forms of popular devotions are briefly discussed: 260. In accordance with time, place and tradition, popular devotions to the dead take on a multitude of forms: • the novena for the dead in preparation for the 2 November, and the … Continue reading

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Recruiting

As some of you know, priest and/or seminary recruitment videos have been getting attention at dotCommonweal (here and here) among other places this week. Last month, I posted this video with no comments following. The Fr Barron critique got 163 … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Cuing Passion Responses

PrayTell is discussing the theoretical role for the assembly in the Passion narratives of Palm Sunday and Good Friday. That’s explored territory on this blog. Liam offered a significant contribution, though: What happens when the assembly is given a “part” … Continue reading

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DPPL 259: Modern Aversion to Death

Modern society fears and avoids death–we all know it. 259. “Hiding death and its signs” is widespread in contemporary society and prone to the difficulties arising from doctrinal and pastoral error. My sense is that human emotion overrules what religion … Continue reading

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Contrition and Delay

A number of years ago I was on retreat, and the monastery provided Penance form II–not for retreatants (there were only 2 or 3 of us on site), but as a matter of course for the monastic community. We lay … Continue reading

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DPPL 258: Matters to Avoid Concerning Death

Five aspects to avoid: 258. In matters relating to doctrine, the following are to be avoided: • the invocation of the dead in practices involving divination; • the interpretation or attribution of imaginary effects to dreams relating to the dead, … Continue reading

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