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

Aparecida 335: Christ, Foundation of Catholic Schools

If only this were true: 335. Thus we are in a position to affirm that in the educational project of the Catholic school, Christ, Perfect Man, is the foundation in whom all human values encounter their full realization, and accordingly … Continue reading

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Job In Anguish

I read the book of Job when I was in 8th grade. I have few memories of it. Perhaps my assessment as an adolescent was one chapter of ills, one of patience, and forty at a pity-party. These days, I … Continue reading

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Aparecida 334: Christian Humanism

Humanism gets a bad name in some Christian circles, but looking to the very basics of who we are isn’t a bad thing at all:   334. In its schools the Church is called to promote an education centered on … Continue reading

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VNO 30: For the Preservation of Peace and Justice

There has never been a greater need for peace and justice. Many of you of my generation might remember the former New Year’s Day option of celebrating the World Day of Peace. That disappeared long ago, but the third edition … Continue reading

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Aparecida 332-333: A Constellation of Complete Values

An educator is tasked with high ideals: 332. When we speak of a Christian education, therefore, we understand that the teacher is educating toward a project of a human being in whom Jesus Christ dwells with the transforming power of … Continue reading

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VNO 29: For the Progress of Peoples

When the Church speaks of the “progress of peoples,” what does it mean? This Mass does not appear in the 1998/2002 edition of the Lectionary. Pope Paul VI promulgated an encyclical letter on this topic (and title) in 1967. (Interesting … Continue reading

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Aparecida 331: Catholic Educational Institutions

This brief paragraph kicks off a subsection that deals with Catholic educational institutions.┬áThe Aparecida bishops begin here with a succinct statement on the mission of the Church: 331. The primary mission of the Church is to announce the Gospel in … Continue reading

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