Monthly Archives: October 2011

Quote for the Day

“To think of Jesus is like a breath of new life. His kindness fills one to the brim. His sweetness is in overflowing measure.” — St. Clare of Assisi

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Catholic Social Doctrine: The Commitment of the Laity

The essential nature of the laity is their secular identity, that is, their living of the faith in the world. This identity is born and nourished by the sacraments, especially Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist, and is renewed by the … Continue reading

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Church of the Week

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Leroy, Minnesota  

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A Re-Wording of the Spirit of Vatican II

I was listening this morning to a Catholic talk radio station. The host was interviewing someone who described the effect of Vatican II¬†with a term I have not heard before used in this context: Protestantism. At first, I thought I … Continue reading

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“Essence” Is It A Noun or a Verb?

I am attending a day long seminar today on Narrative Therapy which is a form of psychotherapy in which the¬†patient/client defines the problem which afflicts them in terms meaningful to them and separates themselves from the problem, thus making the … Continue reading

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Gadhaffi’s Death and War

I found myself aghast and sick to the stomach yesterday and the day before after learning of Gadhaffi’s death in Libya. I find no joy in his death and most especially the manner in which it seems he was killed. … Continue reading

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Church of the Week

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church Harmony, Minnesota  

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New Nuncio for the United States

The Holy Father recently named Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano nuncio to the United States. Archbishop Vigano, age 70, replaces Archbishop Pietro Sambi who recently died from complications from surgery. The nuncio is a Vatican representative to the American bishops and … Continue reading

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Thinking In Front of a Borrowed Computer

It is striking to me in these past years to read about old colleagues from my years in Rome. When I read of the challenges that they have been given in life I realize how little we really can prepare … Continue reading

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Check It Out

There is a great website dedicated to Pope John Paul I filled with pictures and information about Luciani. I encourage you to take a look at what it offers. Here is the link: www.fondazionepapaluciani.com Even though the address is in … Continue reading

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If Only We All Were So Aware

I was at daily Mass yesterday in a parish at which I had never previously been present. At the sign of peace, I turned to glance over my right shoulder and saw a disheveled man standing in the back with … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts About California

California is a wonderful state. Here in the valley west of San Francisco and south of Sacramento there are vineyards everywhere. In the county surrounding where I am staying, there are over 100,000 acres of grape vines. From what I … Continue reading

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On Vacation

I will probably be not posting much in the next week, as I am on vacation. If something of note pops in my mind, I will find a computer and write about it. By the way, northern California is beautiful … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day

“To think of Jesus is like a breath of new life. His kindness fills one to the brim. His sweetness is in overflowing measure.” — St. Clare of Assisi

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Funeral Homily for Papa Luciani

I said a while back that I would post on Papa Luciani’s funeral. I was there, in the cool rain. I have always found that confounding in a way, i.e., why the good Lord saw fit to have a cloudy … Continue reading

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