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

Rabbis on Christianity

One of my facebook friends posted this news on a statement from Orthodox Jewish rabbis on Christianity. Catholicism got a special shout-out: We recognize that since the Second Vatican Council the official teachings of the Catholic Church about Judaism have … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 135: Love Is Never A Finished Product

The bishops of Chile criticize what they see as consumerism. I think their assessment is spot on: 135. It is not helpful to dream of an idyllic and perfect love needing no stimulus to grow. A celestial notion of earthly … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 134: Constant Growth

In Church circles, one sometimes hears phrases like “lifelong catechesis” or “continuing conversion” The implication is that we are never a finished product. In marriage, this is also likely to apply. Pope Francis calls on Thomas Aquinas to present the … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 133: A Love That Reveals Itself and Increases

Love isn’t defined by outward acts and by spoken words, but the virtue is assisted when people practice the outward signs of that interior reality. Pope Francis are cites some recent words: 133. The love of friendship unifies all aspects … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 132: Judging When To Commit

A priest with whom I once worked often commented on a significant flaw in our culture: the unwillingness or inability to commit. He wasn’t just talking about sex and marriage. Jobs, friendships, volunteer work, college majors. And he’s right. When … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 131: Marrying For Love

Today, the role of love. Not a hindrance or obstacle to our discussion of commitment and sacrament. Commitment ensures the flowering of love: 131. I would like to say to young people that none of this is jeopardized when their … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 130: Growth From Adversity

Battle imagery from one of the Western Fathers, but not inappropriate, I’d say: 130. On the other hand, joy also grows through pain and sorrow. In the words of Saint Augustine, “the greater the danger in battle the greater is … Continue reading

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