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

Laudato Si 236: The Eucharist

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. 236. It is in the Eucharist that all that has been created finds its greatest exaltation. Grace, which tends to manifest itself tangibly, found unsurpassable expression when God … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 235: Sacraments, “A Privileged Way”

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Pope  Francis makes the case for sacraments utilizing the substances of nature. 235. The Sacraments are a privileged way in which nature is taken up by God to … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 234: Finding Goodness in the World

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Another saint guides us to a wide encounter of God outside of the “S” sacraments. Note here we are talking about the goodness of life experiences, not the … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Groundhogs, Candles, or Crêpes?

How do you observe the turning point of winter, the Feast of the Presentation, or Pancake Day? It’s a holy enough day to bump an ordinary Sunday, but not to compel midweek Mass attendance. To me that suggests just another … Continue reading

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Looking At Misericordia: Idoneity

This past December, Pope Francis offered a reflection on the word “misericordia,” or mercy. The reflection was an acrostic, a device in which each letter in the word is given its own word. The Holy Father gives us “I” for idoneity. … Continue reading

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Laudato Si 233: Sacramental Signs and the Celebration of Rest

The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Sections 233-237 treat the topic of “Sacramental Signs and the Celebration of Rest.” As you might guess, I feel an affinity for these passages, and gladness that Pope Francis … Continue reading

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Alleluia Stories

A week from this coming Wednesday, we’ll “bury” the singing of “Alleluia” for forty-five days. (Don’t get me started on the counting of Lent!) Over the years,  I’ve encountered some interesting misconceptions and ideas about the Latinized Hebrew Gospel Acclamation … Continue reading

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