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

Amoris Laetitia 112: On Slander

Pope Francis looks to the opposite, one possible opposite, of bearing all things, a common enough sin that dogs many believers, even those at the very center of service: 112. First, Paul says that love “bears all things” (panta stégei). … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 111: Love Bears All Things

A very brief section: 111. Paul’s list ends with four phrases containing the words “all things”. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Here we see clearly the countercultural power of a love that … Continue reading

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Moving On From Lot’s Wife

I’ve always loved the cheek of bargaining with God in Genesis 18. Abraham is well aware of his creaturely status, but comes back again and again to make his case for a few innocents in Sodom. He’s thinking of Lot, no … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 110: Looking Beyond Our Own Needs

Today, more on the thought that love “does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.” (1 Cor 13:6): 110. When a loving person can do good for others, or sees that others are happy, they themselves live happily … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 109: Love Rejoices With Others

Watching injustice, and celebrating it: like Catholics don’t know about that. 109. The expression chaírei epì te adikía has to do with a negativity lurking deep within a person’s heart. It is the toxic attitude of those who rejoice at … Continue reading

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The Heart of Our Lives

Pope Francis has dropped another document on the Church. Vultum Dei Quaerere, an apostolic constitution on women’s contemplative life. You might wonder about a long-ish post about it here, but I noticed a single section on the Eucharist, number 22. … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 108: God’s Forgiveness

Pope Francis’ theme of God’s grace and love: 108. All this assumes that we ourselves have had the experience of being forgiven by God, justified by his grace and not by our own merits. We have known a love that … Continue reading

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