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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.

Reconciliation Lectionary: Deuteronomy 9:7-19

The ninth chapter of Deuteronomy presents us with a turning-point moment in the history of Israel, and in the whole history of Judeo-Christian faith. Would God have replaced Abraham as the father of a nation, and put Moses in his … Continue reading

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DPPL 255: Mass and Office for the Dead

Let’s discuss “Other Suffrage,” and what falls under that heading in DPPL 255: 255. The Church offers the sacrifice of the Holy Eucharist for the dead not only on the occasion of their funerals, but also on the third, seventh, … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflection: God’s Voice

Eavesdropping on a divine conversation in Sunday’s gospel reading: Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it and will glorify it again.” The crowd there heard it and said it was thunder; but others said, “An angel has … Continue reading

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DPPL 254: Burial and Cremation

Cremation is now permitted, but the Church reminds us of the imagery involved with the burial of a body: 254. Christian piety has always regarded burial as the model for the faithful to follow since it clearly displays how death … Continue reading

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Talking Past

While I no longer comment on other sites, I do follow the occasional thread of interest. dotCommonweal has close to forty comments following Grant Gallicho’s piece on Cardinal O’Brien. I was struck by this exchange today between Bernard Dauenhauer and … Continue reading

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How Much Use for the 1998 Missal?

I noticed on PrayTell some discussion about the 1998 Sacramentary centering on how much it gets used. I think some churchfolk would be surprised at how much it is utilized. As a resource containing prayers, I will freely admit I’ve … Continue reading

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Swans Soar Late

I caught a full Swansea Saturday match in real time for the few times–often I’ll have church duties on a Saturday. I thought losing to Aston Villa was a real prospect, given the way that team has played under new … Continue reading

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