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About catholicsensibility

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

GeE 47-48: Contemporary Pelagianism

Can people, by their own actions and will, effect their salvation? Jews and Christians would say no, but the tendency to earn one’s way into eternity remains with us. 47. Gnosticism gave way to another heresy, likewise present in our … Continue reading

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Royal Wedding Liturgy Bits

I can thank the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the busiest day on this site. More than four thousand searchers were sent here from the google to research the “royal” Scripture from Romans 12. No such bump today–only 16 … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Revelation 22:17, 20-21

Here is a short reading recommended for the end of a person’s life, and it comes from the end of the Christian Bible: The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let the hearer say, “Come.” Let the one who thirsts … Continue reading

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Aparecida 437a: Pastoral Proposals For Commitment To Families From Other Ministries

The Aparecida bishops give their people fourteen proposals for ministries to the family. Here is the first: a) Bring about comprehensive and organic commitment to families from other ministries, and from marriage and family ministries, movements, and associations. You could … Continue reading

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Communion But No Mass

Liam alerted me to a development in a diocese nearby to me. (I)n the absence of a priest to offer Mass, the distribution of Holy Communion on weekdays in the parish church during a “Communion service” will no longer be … Continue reading

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Phos Hilaron

Φῶς ἱλαρὸν ἁγίας δόξης ἀθανάτου Πατρός, οὐρανίου, ἁγίου, μάκαρος, Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, ἐλθόντες ἐπὶ τὴν ἡλίου δύσιν, ἰδόντες φῶς ἑσπερινόν, ὑμνοῦμεν Πατέρα, Υἱόν, καὶ ἅγιον Πνεῦμα, Θεόν. Ἄξιόν σε ἐν πᾶσι καιροῖς ὑμνεῖσθαι φωναῖς αἰσίαις, Υἱὲ Θεοῦ, ζωὴν ὁ διδούς· διὸ … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Acts 13:32-39

In the rites for Pastoral Care, the Church gives four options from the acts of the Apostles. Three treat Peter’s experience with healing a man born with deformity in the feet and lower legs. The fourth, from Saint Paul, doesn’t … Continue reading

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