Archive for September, 2016

El derecho a la vida: la auténtica enseñanza social Católica

El derecho a la vida: la auténtica enseñanza social Católica

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | September 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Cosas extrañas suceden en los años de elecciones. Eso fue claro para mí el pasado lunes por la mañana cuando abrí el periódico a un anuncio de página completa de una organización llamada “Catholics for Choice,” en referencia al “Aborto en buena fe” y que tergiversan la enseñanza social católica al afirmar que “los fondos públicos para el aborto son un valor católico de justicia social.” Este anuncio, con ligeras variaciones regionales, apareció en los periódicos de todo el país, y representó el último de una serie de esfuerzos de relaciones públicas por esta organización para promover una agenda pro-aborto, tratando de contrarrestar la proclamación consistente y convincente de la Iglesia, del Evangelio de la vida.

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Former parish employee arrested after abuse allegation

Former parish employee arrested after abuse allegation

| September 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Mitchell Bolkcom, a former employee and volunteer at St. Michael in Prior Lake, was arrested Sept. 15 by Bloomington Police and charged in Hennepin County with criminal sexual conduct after an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor. He was released from jail with conditions Sept. 20 on $50,000 bail.

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Why you should read C.S. Lewis’ ‘The Great Divorce’

Why you should read C.S. Lewis’ ‘The Great Divorce’

| Bishop Robert Barron | September 21, 2016 | 1 Comment

In my capacity as regional bishop of the Santa Barbara pastoral region, which covers two entire counties north of Los Angeles, I am obliged to spend a good deal of time in the car. To make the trips easier, I have gotten back into the habit of listening to audio books. Just recently, I followed, with rapt attention, a book that I had read many years ago but which I had, I confess, largely forgotten: C.S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce.”

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Mother Teresa and conscience formation

Mother Teresa and conscience formation

| Mary Jane O'Brien | September 21, 2016 | 2 Comments

During election season, we hear a great deal about “following our consciences” and the need for conscience formation. The U.S. bishops offer their guide to faithful citizenship so that the principles of Catholic social teaching might inform our Election Day decisions, and a number of organizations similarly produce a range of voting guides.

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Champions for Life award winners announced

Champions for Life award winners announced

| September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Three individuals and one group will receive pro-life awards at the St. John Paul II Champions for Life award luncheon Oct. 13.

Hannah Hoekman of Epiphany in Coon Rapids, Viviana Sotro of St. Stephen in Minneapolis and Agnes Dynes of Holy Childhood in St. Paul will all receive individual category awards. The Youth Social Ministry Team from St. Pius X in White Bear Lake won the Catholic affiliated group category.

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St. Bernard committed to keep iconic bell towers

St. Bernard committed to keep iconic bell towers

| September 21, 2016 | 1 Comment

In spite of St. Bernard’s losses over the past six years, the St. Paul parish will invest in the one thing people can’t miss.

“The bells are important for the Church life,” St. Bernard pastor Father Ivan Sant said. “It is an image of the voice of God calling us, and it is a tradition of the Church.”

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Delving into lectio divina

Delving into lectio divina

| Father Scott Carl | September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

How vital it is to pray with Scripture. It is God’s word to us given at a particular time, but alive in us through the same Spirit that inspired it.

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Supplied for school, supplied for life

Supplied for school, supplied for life

| Alyssa Bormes | September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

School supplies in the aisle at the grocery store bring on such nostalgia. Upon seeing them, I usually want to scoop up some notebooks, pencils, erasers and, of course, a new pack of crayons. And, I’m not exactly school-aged.

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Man and wife in heaven? Is Old Testament God violent?

Man and wife in heaven? Is Old Testament God violent?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. My wife passed away three years ago, and I miss her very much. We were married for 63 years. What are the Church’s thoughts on the hereafter? Will we still be man and wife?

Q. In the Bible, I have just finished the story of David and Saul, and it strikes me that throughout the Old Testament (at least so far), God has been a bit of a warrior, delivering enemies into the hands of those who are faithful. Yet, when I come to the New Testament, Jesus seems to speak against violence. Why the change?

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Generosity not optional for Christians

Generosity not optional for Christians

| September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

If you were to ask 100 random people on the street what Catholics are known for, what do you think they would say? Of all those people, how many do you think would say “generosity”? Unfortunately, my suspicion is that the number would be very few.

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Admonish the sinner

Admonish the sinner

| Father Michael Van Sloun | September 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

To admonish the sinner is one of the seven spiritual works of mercy, and like the other six, it is concerned with the spiritual well-being of another.

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UST psychology professor helps others grow in virtue

UST psychology professor helps others grow in virtue

| September 20, 2016 | 1 Comment

More than 100 quotes typewritten on yellow sheets of paper are taped to the walls of John Buri’s cramped basement office at the University of St. Thomas.

They contain a wealth of information that has guided him over decades as a psychology professor at the St. Paul school. One of the quotes stands out. It is from the New Testament. It is the only one made into a plaque, done so as a gift from a group of longtime friends who know how ardently and passionately he works to encourage others in their spiritual lives.

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