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Couple’s purity in dating becomes fruitfulness in marriage

Couple’s purity in dating becomes fruitfulness in marriage

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dan and Sarah Driver come from polar opposite backgrounds: She grew up in a strong Catholic family in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and never left the faith, while he received less Catholic formation in Reading, England, and then adopted a hedonistic lifestyle until his conversion.

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The meaning of human sexuality

The meaning of human sexuality

| Betsy Kneepkens for The Catholic Spirit | May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Jesus’ incarnation proclaimed that matter matters. If we could step out of creation and let go of our inclinations, I believe we could easily see the mastery of our created universe — a harmony ordered by our Creator, with a diversity that tickles our intellect and a purpose that points us to him.

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To be Catholic is to take care of the vulnerable

To be Catholic is to take care of the vulnerable

| Father Michael Byron | May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

The first time I became smitten with cemeteries was while I was an undergraduate at St. John’s University in Collegeville. There on a gorgeous sloped hill to the west of the lake was the cemetery where the monks had been buried for generations, marked with simple gray granite stones. I found it a marvelous place of bringing life back to earth.

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In politics, make appeals, not demands

In politics, make appeals, not demands

| Jason Adkins | May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

In a 2012 retreat to Caritas aid workers, then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (Pope Francis) told those present that truth is like a precious stone: Offer it in your hand, and it draws others to you; hurl it at someone, and it causes injury.

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Living closer to God; divorced woman wants to become Catholic

Living closer to God; divorced woman wants to become Catholic

| Father Kenneth Doyle | May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. I am a freshman in high school. I believe in God and in the Christian way of life, but I do have a question. How does God influence our lives, and how can one have a closer relationship with him? I want to depend on God for the decisions I make in my life, but many people say that they can live independently, without God. I only want to know the truth.

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Share gifts, share the joy

Share gifts, share the joy

| Sharon Perkins | May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

About 15 years ago, my dad traveled to Brazil on business and, while there, he purchased a beautiful gold and aquamarine necklace for my mother. It was stunning. We all admired it when she opened the gift on Christmas morning, after which my sister and I began the usual good-natured jokes about which one of us would inherit the piece.

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Faith is expressed in charity, unity, pope says at four religious sisters’ canonization Mass

Faith is expressed in charity, unity, pope says at four religious sisters’ canonization Mass

Declaring four 19th-century women religious saints, Pope Francis said they are models for all Christians of how faith, nourished in prayer, is expressed concretely in acts of charity and the promotion of unity.

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Appointments – May 21, 2015

Appointments – May 21, 2015

| May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

His Excellency, the Most Rev. John C. Nienstedt, has announced the following appointments in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

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Richfield priest on leave from ministry

Richfield priest on leave from ministry

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis released the following statement May 19

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