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About catholicsensibility

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

Where Will It End?

A better place, hopefully. November has been a very bad month for men. I don’t take joy in seeing the high and mighty topple like Psalm 113 princes. The Project Veritas blunder probably underscores the truthfulness of the vast majority … Continue reading

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Aparecida 279: Continuing Formation

Let’s look at some general criteria for the formation of Christian disciples. The bishops describe their intent here as “Comprehensive, kerygmatic , and ongoing.” 279. The primary mission of formation is to help the members of the Church to always … Continue reading

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Here I Am, Lord

I missed this posting last month at America. Written for a friend’s diaconate ordination, the story of the song’s genesis makes sense to me now, given the parameters of the commission: His friend wanted the song to include the images … Continue reading

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Aparecida 278, Part 5: Forming for Mission

The last of five aspects: e) Mission: As they get to know and love their Lord, disciples experience the need to share with others their joy at being sent, at going to the world to proclaim Jesus Christ, dead and … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Moon And The Other

John Kessel has crafted an enjoyable, thought-provoking read here. The premise: thirteen decades into the future, the moon is peopled by a few dozen colonies. Two feature in this novel. One self-presents as a free Muslim society, but reads a … Continue reading

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Aparecida 278, Part 4: Life in Community

A good subtitle here might be: lone rangers need not apply. d) Communion: There can be no Christian life except in community: in families, parishes, communities of consecrated life, base communities, other small communities, and movements. Like the early Christians … Continue reading

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Aparecida 278, Part 3: Discipleship

At some point a progressing Christian takes action in her or his life as a result of that encounter with Jesus and knowing the grace of conversion. Most Catholic communities and their leaders are woefully equipped to work with people … Continue reading

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