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

Amoris Laetitia 102: Thomas Aquinas and Generosity

Thomas Aquinas launches this paragraph into three citations of Jesus that describe the extravagance of a generous love: 102. Saint Thomas Aquinas explains that “it is more proper to charity to desire to love than to desire to be loved”;(Thomas … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 101: Love Is Generous

Saint Paul says love is generous. The “same idea” cited in this passage is a prelude to the Kensosis Canticle of Philippians 2:6-11. If you want a sidebar, check Saint John Paul’s catechesis on it here. Then come back and … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 100: A Kind Look

Jesuits get a rep for being intellectual, but the truth is that the Ignatian tradition is quite balanced, including this plea for a gentle gaze, a “kind look,” as the Holy Father puts it: 100. To be open to a … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 99: Love Is Not Rude

Pope Francis refers to a “school of sensitivity.” 99. To love is also to be gentle and thoughtful, and this is conveyed by the next word, aschemonéi. It indicates that love is not rude or impolite; it is not harsh. … Continue reading

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Culture of Complaint Surfaces

Anonymity is the best policy. Edward Pentin at NCReg: Such is the climate in much of today’s Church, one of the appeal’s chief organizers told the Register that most of the signatories prefer to remain publicly anonymous because they “fear … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 98: Avoiding Arrogance

Pope Francis seems to have a handle on our Catholic misbehavior: 98. It is important for Christians to show their love by the way they treat family members who are less knowledgeable about the faith, weak or less sure in … Continue reading

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Clarification, and Reform2 Too

Some clarification from the Vatican on Cardinal Sarah. Translation from the Italian is here. From the press release: There are not, therefore, any new liturgical directives beginning next Advent as some have wrongly inferred from the words of Cardinal Sarah, … Continue reading

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