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The path for a group of young adult pro-lifers this summer is about 10,000 miles long.
To serve and be served
Q. Long ago, as a child, I remember saying prayers aloud for “the conversion of Russia” after every Mass. Why, in our troubled world, are we not doing the same thing now for Islamic extremists, who are surely in need of our prayers? And where would such a directive come from?
As we commemorate the passing of one year since Pope Francis released his encyclical “Laudato Si’” (“On the Care for Our Common Home”), it is worth reminding ourselves how the pope’s representation of Catholic social doctrine through the lens of “integral ecology” can help us address some of the most challenging socio-political problems of our day, especially as we evaluate candidates in this election season.
In January, I was on a men’s retreat in the Boundary Waters and had to leave early for a family emergency. My 6-year-old son Isaiah, who had a congenital heart defect and other serious health issues, was admitted to the hospital for his 50th — and last — time. He died the following Friday while holding my hand.
Out on the East Coast for a family wedding, I found everyone asking about Frogtown and the incredibly rich cultural diversity of the Twin Cities. I had been speaking about this for a year but no one seemed to take note until the New York Times ran an article in last the July 10 edition’s travel section on St. Paul — go figure!
Visitando la costa este del país para una boda en la familia, muchos me preguntaban sobre la increíble y rica diversidad cultural de Frogtown y de las Ciudades Gemelas. He venido hablando sobre esto por un año, pero nadie parecía darse cuenta sino hasta que el periódico New York Times publicó el domingo pasado un artículo sobre Saint Paul en la sección de viajes, ¡imaginen eso!