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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.

Dives in Misericordiae 12c: When Justice Is Distorted

St John Paul suggests not everything that gets off to a good start realizes the true justice of the original intent. We are only human. And yet, it would be difficult not to notice that very often programs which start … Continue reading

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Jesuit Philately

After nearly a month with mostly daily posts on Ignatian spirituality, here’s something different: Jesuits on stamps. Right, Belgium honors one of their own, Georges Lemaitre, “Father of the Big Bang Theory.” Not the tv show, but the actual theory. … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 42: The Need for Ecological Research

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. 42. Greater investment needs to be made in research aimed at understanding more fully the functioning of ecosystems and adequately analyzing the different variables associated with any significant … Continue reading

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Dives in Misericordiae 12b: The Demands of Justice

I think it is right to expect justice in all aspects of our lives, as St John Paul presents here: The Church shares with the people of our time this profound and ardent desire for a life which is just … Continue reading

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Pedro Arrupe In Japan

I read a brief biography of Pedro Arrupe in Ronald Modras’ book Ignatian Humanism (reviewed here). His experiences in 1940’s Japan have always moved me when I’ve read, re-read, or pondered them. Father Arrupe was arrested under suspicion of espionage … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 41: Reef Environments

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. 41. In tropical and subtropical seas, we find coral reefs comparable to the great forests on dry land, for they shelter approximately a million species, including fish, crabs, … Continue reading

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Open Thread: My Way

I have a recollection of a meeting with friends who, while Catholic, were somewhat of the fundamentalist stripe. I was sharing a song from a new liturgical recording. They didn’t buy into my excitement, suggesting instead that my aim was somehow … Continue reading

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