Author Archives: catholicsensibility

About catholicsensibility

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

Too Many Readings?

Every so often, I encounter a person who finds themselves overwhelmed with the number of choices for a Bible reading. Especially for a wedding or a funeral. With a wedding, a couple has some weeks or months to decide. They … Continue reading

Posted in Liturgy, Scripture | 1 Comment

Aparecida 401: Institutional Mission

401. Bishops Conferences and local churches have the mission of promoting renewed efforts to strengthen a structured, organic, and comprehensive social ministry which with both direct aid and development efforts (Ecclesia in America 58) becomes present in the new realities … Continue reading

Posted in 2007 Aparecida document, bishops, evangelization | Tagged | Leave a comment

GeE 11: Examples Are For Inspiration, Not To Copy

11. “Each in his or her own way” the Council says. We should not grow discouraged before examples of holiness that appear unattainable. There are some testimonies that may prove helpful and inspiring, but that we are not meant to … Continue reading

Posted in Gaudete et Exsultate | Tagged | Leave a comment

Aparecida 400: “Nothing … Will Have Been In Vain”

Twenty years after Pope PAul VI issued his encyclical on the progress of peoples, his second successor issued another document in the same vein. Cited in paragraph #400: 400. Hence, from our condition as disciples and missionaries, we want to … Continue reading

Posted in 2007 Aparecida document, bishops, evangelization | Tagged | Leave a comment

GeE 10: The Lord Calls

Paragraphs 10 through 13 address, “The Lord Calls.” The premise is simple, but not quite as easy as it sounds: every soul is called to be holy. It is a tradition for both Jews and Christians: 10. All this is … Continue reading

Posted in Gaudete et Exsultate | Tagged | Leave a comment

Aparecida 399: A Renewed Pastoral Ministry For Integral Human Promotion

Today, the fourth part of Chapter Eight begins for us, “A Renewed Pastoral Ministry For Integral Human Promotion.” What does that mean? Let’s begin with the guidance of two popes and move from there: 399. Taking on this option for … Continue reading

Posted in 2007 Aparecida document, bishops, evangelization | Tagged | Leave a comment

Pope Francis And The Two Sons

So, this is a thing at least one place on facebook. Pope Francis offers an age-appropriate message to a weeping child about the death of his father. Some Catholics, being more Catholic than the pope, beg to differ. After receiving … Continue reading

Posted in Church News | Tagged | Leave a comment