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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.

Swans Soar Late

I caught a full Swansea Saturday match in real time for the few times–often I’ll have church duties on a Saturday. I thought losing to Aston Villa was a real prospect, given the way that team has played under new … Continue reading

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Reflecting on the Liturgy

New reader Karen DiNoto made a query I’d like to draw out and offer some extended commentary. I am a new catechist and going to be doing the dismissal and lesson this week and need some thought provoking questions on … Continue reading

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DPPL 253: Great Dignity and Religious Sensibility

The Church gives us three important cautions, lest all you-know-what should break loose. 253. Every stage of the rite of obsequies should be conducted with the greatest dignity and religious sensibility. Hence, it is necessary for: the body of the … Continue reading

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Svalbard Gets Totality

If I remember my geography right, Svalbard has a few thousand people living on its islands. Those inhabitants, plus some astronomical thrill-seekers got to see the year’s main total solar eclipse earlier today. For Americans, the big one is still … Continue reading

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How Long Does Discernment Take?

Liam broke the news here a little while ago. The major Catholic internet news outlets are already on it. The Holy Father has accepted the resignation of the rights and privileges of a cardinal … presented by His Eminence Cardinal … Continue reading

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DPPL 252c: Committal

After the funeral, a particularly difficult moment: that last farewell of the beloved’s earthly body. • the Rite of committal, the funeral cortege, and burial; at the committal, the deceased is commended to God, “the final commendation by which the … Continue reading

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Sprinkler System

The non-Onion internet has picked up the story of sprinklers dousing the homeless at St Mary’s Cathedral, San Francisco. I’m sure you can find the full story almost anywhere. From the archdiocesan apology: This sprinkler system in alcoves near our back … Continue reading

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