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Digital Edition: February 4, 2016

Digital Edition: February 4, 2016

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Archdiocese welcomes two new Catholic schools, Father Ubel named missionary of mercy, Turnpike Mass, Drink for the thirsty, Shakopee school burns mortgage, Addiction recovery Mass, Annulments addressed

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28 ways to be a better Valentine

28 ways to be a better Valentine

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Ahead of Valentine’s Day, The Catholic Spirit invited local marriage-focused organizations to share practical tips for Catholics seeking to build stronger marriages.

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Why do we receive ashes on Ash Wednesday?

Why do we receive ashes on Ash Wednesday?

| Father Michael Van Sloun | February 4, 2016 | 3 Comments

The imposition of ashes is a solemn ritual that signals the beginning of the holy season of Lent. The ceremony is distinctive; there is no liturgical action like it throughout the entire church year.

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The mystery of male-female complementarity

The mystery of male-female complementarity

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | February 4, 2016 | 2 Comments

James Parker came out at age 17 and later entered into a relationship with another man. He worked as a gay activist for a while, but his personal experiences of intimacy and human sexuality eventually led him to grasp that “same-sex marriage just doesn’t exist; even if you want to say that it does.” He concluded that trying to persuade those with homosexual inclinations that they can have marriage like heterosexual couples is basically to “hoodwink” them: “Deep down, there is no mystery between two men, ultimately.“

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Surrogacy and the throwaway culture

Surrogacy and the throwaway culture

| Kathryn Mollen | February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Throughout his pontificate, Pope Francis has waged a war on the “throwaway culture,” in which anything can be commodified and given a dollar value, and where life itself can be, in his words, “considered a consumer good to be used and then discarded.”

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Appointments: February 4, 2016

Appointments: February 4, 2016

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Bernard Hebda, has announced the following appointments in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis:

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Make confession, works of mercy heart of Lent this year

Make confession, works of mercy heart of Lent this year

| Bishop Andrew Cozzens | February 4, 2016

While it is good to give something up for Lent, and daily fasting is certainly a part of a good Lenten discipline, I encourage you and your family to go to confession and do some regular corporal and spiritual acts of mercy.

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El corazón de la Cuaresma en este año, confesarse y hacer obras de misericordia

El corazón de la Cuaresma en este año, confesarse y hacer obras de misericordia

| Bishop Andrew Cozzens | February 4, 2016

“No perdamos este tiempo de Cuaresma favorable para la conversión.” ¡El Papa Francisco declaró en su mensaje de cuaresma!

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Contemplating the last words of Jesus on the cross

Contemplating the last words of Jesus on the cross

| Elizabeth Kelly | February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

I don’t know if this story is true but it seems plausible, so I’ll repeat it here. The famous and mightily beloved singer/songwriter James Taylor was giving a concert when someone in the audience yelled out, “I love you, James!” Things fell very quiet for a moment and Taylor looked up from his guitar and said very simply, “Oh yeah? What makes me sad?”

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Oh what a tangled web: rising above Instagram envy

Oh what a tangled web: rising above Instagram envy

| Christina Capecchi | February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Melina Birchem has uploaded 777 images to her Instagram account over the past two years: sushi, Starbucks, her new tattoo, rosary beads, cowboy boots. Sometimes the juxtaposition is jarring. A glowing monstrance, a chilled margarita. A snapshot from waitressing, a prayer journal documenting her consecration to the Blessed Mother.

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Give drink to the thirsty

Give drink to the thirsty

| Father Michael Van Sloun | February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

To give a drink to the thirsty is the second corporal work of mercy. It was named by Jesus when he spoke to his disciples about the judgment of the nations (Mt 25:31-46) and he mentioned it four times. This physical need goes hand-in-hand with feeding the hungry.

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Giving drink to 60,000 — and counting

Giving drink to 60,000 — and counting

| Bridget Ryder | February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Local couple’s nonprofit provides clean water to Tanzanians

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