Archive for December, 2014

Markets in Vienna offer taste of Old World Christmas

Markets in Vienna offer taste of Old World Christmas

| Cristina Muller | December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tucked behind the Austrian capital’s well known Museumsquartier — a complex of art, natural history and cultural museums — is a little side street Christmas market called Spittelberg.

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Digital Edition – December 11, 2014

Digital Edition – December 11, 2014

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bishop Cozzens: Reflections on his first year in leadership, Pro-life Paleos, Holy hallways, Nun on the gridiron, Masculine genius, Advent – Week 3, Why beliefs matter

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Preparing for Christmas one papal homily at a time

Preparing for Christmas one papal homily at a time

| Cindy Wooden | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

As Advent got under way, Pope Francis included in his morning Mass homilies specific graces Catholics should pray for as they prepare for Christmas.

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Advent Week 3 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

Advent Week 3 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

The following Advent wreath prayer is intended to help busy households make Advent a prayerful time during the rush of Christmas preparations. The language is fairly simple, intended to be used for personal prayer and reflection or by groups of adults or adults with children. Options are noted to allow for participation by a variety of members of a household.

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A spirit of rejoicing, a spirit of gratitude

A spirit of rejoicing, a spirit of gratitude

| Deacon Adam Laski | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Each year we celebrate Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete means “to rejoice.” In the second reading, we are given the simple command by Christ through his servant St. Paul, “Rejoice always.” These words are part of St. Paul’s final advice to the Thessalonian church in his first letter. He leaves them with a simple theme, which forms the context for the third Sunday of Advent.

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Give the gift of love

Give the gift of love

| Father Michael Van Sloun for The Catholic Spirit | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

As we shift into Christmas preparation mode, we start to think about what gifts we’ll give our family and friends. But where did the practice of giving gifts at Christmastime come from? What are the spiritual foundations to this long-standing Christmas tradition?

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Paleos restaurant: healthy dining, dollars for moms and babies

Paleos restaurant: healthy dining, dollars for moms and babies

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Looking for a place that serves good hamburgers, steaks and seafood? And allows you to make a difference in the lives of babies and mothers while you’re dining? These seemingly incongruent acts converge nicely at Paleos, a new restaurant in Lino Lakes owned by Catholic couple John and Elizabeth Pavlick.

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Circumstances of donor and recipient crucial in discerning ethical appropriateness

Circumstances of donor and recipient crucial in discerning ethical appropriateness

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Could a transplanted womb from a post-menopausal woman be “triggered” back into action once it had been introduced into the body of a younger woman? Could a transplanted uterus effectively provide nourishment to a growing baby? Are such transplants ultimately ethical?

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Mary’s quiet faithfulness, Joseph’s quiet devotion

Mary’s quiet faithfulness, Joseph’s quiet devotion

| Tony Rossi | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Author and theologian Edward Sri knows we’re all familiar with the Christmas story. But he also thinks we can be so familiar with it that we miss a lot of its important points. That’s why he wrote “The Advent of Christ: Scripture Reflections to Prepare for Christmas.”

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Holy hallways

Holy hallways

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

When it was time to update the basement in his Lakeville home, Will Schafer found inspiration in the cross. The basement, with more than 200 crosses on the walls and ceiling, has been labeled by Schafer as the “Chapel of 200 Crosses and Hail Marys.”

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Watching, waiting and wonder: the virtue of patience

Watching, waiting and wonder: the virtue of patience

| December 11, 2014

When I was a pastor of a large suburban parish outside Detroit, I preached one Advent Sunday on the Advent virtue of courage as exemplified by the life of St. John the Baptist. I encouraged my parishioners to be fearless in speaking about their faith before others and not to be afraid of defending the truths of their Catholic faith. After Mass, a mother came up to me to thank me for the homily but added, “Father, next week could you preach on the virtue of patience? That’s the virtue I really need!”

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La virtud de la paciencia en Adviento

La virtud de la paciencia en Adviento

| December 11, 2014

Cuando yo era pastor de una parroquia suburbana a las afueras de Detroit, prediqué un domingo de Adviento de la virtud de la valentía ilustrada en la vida de San Juan Bautista. Animé a mis feligreses a no tener miedo de hablar de su fe ante los demás y a no tener miedo de defender las verdades de la fe Católica. Después de la Misa, una madre se acercó a mí para darme las gracias por la homilía, pero añadió, “¿Padre, la próxima semana podría usted predicar sobre la virtud de la paciencia? Esa es la virtud que ¡realmente necesito!”

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