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On March 22, Kara Tippetts died of cancer. She was a 38-year-old mother of four, a pastor’s wife and a writer in Colorado Springs. She chronicled her illness at her blog, Mundane Faithfulness, where she presented to the world not only the ups and downs of living with cancer, but also the deep Christian faith that grounded her. Her final post, written by a loved one, was an obituary. Its title: “Homecoming.”
As an 8-year-old Martin Marklin was impressed by the candle’s intricate wax design. But years later he was surprised to see that the traditional paschal candle at his parish had been replaced by one far less artistic: one adorned with a mere decal. He learned that the woman who had been making them had died and no one else in the parish knew the craft.
Q. I am currently incarcerated in federal prison. My question may seem strange, but I am wondering whether it would ever be possible for an ex-convict, a felon, to be accepted into holy orders.
Q. I attended Catholic schools for 12 years and remember most of my catechism lessons. There is one thing, though, that bothers me. After receiving Communion, I often notice people returning to their pews while visibly chewing the host. I always thought — in fact, I think I was taught this — that you should either let the host dissolve in your mouth as a sign of reverence or swallow it quickly. Please explain.
Father Gerald Keefe, who died March 19 at the age of 93, is being remembered as a kind and humble priest, pastor and spiritual director.
Archbishop Emeritus Harry Flynn had a simple comment about the death of Dominican Sister Dominica Brennan, who formerly served in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as the chancellor for canonical affairs.
Bob Hindel’s piano pours over the empty pews at St. Casimir on a March Saturday morning as the Cantabile chamber singers begin to gather for the first rehearsal of “The King of Love: A Musical Passion Play,” which they will perform at the church at 3 p.m. March 29.
Funding for programs that address the urgent needs of Minnesota’s poor and low-income workers are among the items in Gov. Mark Dayton’s supplemental budget plan, and many are just what the state’s Catholic leaders have been advocating for.
Children are a blessing for humanity and for the church, bringing new life and energy to families and society, Pope Francis said.