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

Amoris Laetitia 74: Physical Union

Let’s talk about sex … with Pope Leo the Great: 74. Sexual union, lovingly experienced and sanctified by the sacrament, is in turn a path of growth in the life of grace for the couple. It is the “nuptial mystery”.* … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Slowing Prayers

The Benedictine monks at St Martin’s Abbey have a careful pace to the psalms and certain texts, like the Lord’s Prayer. I was caught a few times, but even in a smallish community of twenty-something, it’s easy to get back … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 73: Mutual Self-Giving

Here, a paragraph full of citations, starting with the first synod document where the bishops cite baptism as a foundational touchstone for the promises of the sacrament of marriage: 73. “Mutual self-giving in the sacrament of matrimony is grounded in … Continue reading

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Worship, Third, Points of View I

A number of years ago, we looked at contemporary hymnals, mainly Glory & Praise. My premise was that one positive innovation offered by contemporary genres was a deeper connection to Scripture. Another was a recovery of the antiphon-verse format of traditional Gregorian … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 72: The Salvific Dimension of Marriage

Pope Francis gives us a reminder from Pope John Paul II:: 72. The sacrament of marriage is not a social convention, an empty ritual or merely the outward sign of a commitment. The sacrament is a gift given for the … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 71: The Sacrament of Matrimony

This paragraph and the four that follow look at “The Sacrament of Matrimony.” There is a scriptural basis, beginning with what we can glean about the Holy Trinity: 71. “Scripture and Tradition give us access to a knowledge of the … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 70: Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI had important contributions to the theology of marriage and family. A few of his emphases are given below in a citation from the synod bishops: 70. “Pope Benedict XVI, in his Encyclical Deus Caritas Est, returned to … Continue reading

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