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The gap year: High school grads embrace real-world experiences before college

The gap year: High school grads embrace real-world experiences before college

| Jessica Weinberger | May 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

As a high school senior, Hannah Wolney knew she needed a break. Attending Chesterton Academy in Edina, she was recovering from multiple concussions on the soccer field and had other mental health concerns. While she loved learning, Wolney realized she needed time after graduation to heal and rejuvenate.

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Former St. Bridget pastor sentenced to probation in Pennsylvania

Former St. Bridget pastor sentenced to probation in Pennsylvania

Father Anthony Criscitelli, a Franciscan Friar of the Third Order Regular who served in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis from 1982 to 2016, was sentenced May 4 along with another friar to five years probation after each pleaded no contest to child endangerment charges.

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How can we avoid a ‘greenhouse faith’?

How can we avoid a ‘greenhouse faith’?

| Father Michael Schmitz | May 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. It used to be easy to believe in Jesus when I was younger, but with all the suffering in the world and in my life, I just don’t know. Why is it harder for me now than when I was younger?

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The empire that never fades

The empire that never fades

| Father Nathaniel Meyers | May 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

It matters not whether the empire is in athletics, business or politics. All worldly kingdoms will come to an end.

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Catholic high schools to celebrate Baccalaureate Masses, commencements

Catholic high schools to celebrate Baccalaureate Masses, commencements

List of ceremonies for the archdiocese’s 14 Catholic high schools

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Catholic school leaders share best life advice with graduates

Catholic school leaders share best life advice with graduates

The Catholic Spirit asked leaders from each Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to share their best life advice with this year’s graduating seniors.

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The politics of language

The politics of language

Those defending the indefensible continue to use vague words, abstraction and misleading terms to impose their will. And it can be alarmingly effective because corrupt language obscures the truth and dulls the intellect. As Orwell himself put it, “every such phrase anaesthetizes a portion of one’s brain.”

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Telling our stories, knowing for sure

Telling our stories, knowing for sure

| Christina Capecchi | May 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

When Oprah Winfrey was first asked the question, the talk-show queen was left tongue-tied.

She was doing a live television interview with the late film critic Gene Siskel to promote her film “Beloved,” and he concluded by asking, “Tell me, what do you know for sure?”

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Twin Cities Neocatechumenal Way delegation hears pope’s evangelization lessons

Twin Cities Neocatechumenal Way delegation hears pope’s evangelization lessons

| Cindy Wooden | May 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Some 100,000 members ­— including a delegation from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis — from more than 130 countries gathered in a field on the edge of Rome May 5 to welcome Pope Francis and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the movement.

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Mary, a model of holiness

Mary, a model of holiness

| Kate Soucheray | May 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

May is the month of Mary, a woman revered and respected by Catholics and Christians around the world for her sacredness and leadership. Throughout the year, but especially during this month, we are reminded of Mary’s strength of character, her devotion to family, her unshakable faith in God’s promises and her simple, humble holiness.

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Michelle Wolf and the throwaway culture

Michelle Wolf and the throwaway culture

| Bishop Robert Barron | May 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

The other night at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Michelle Wolf, who I’m told is a comedian, regaled the black-tie and sequin-gowned crowd with her “jokes.” Almost all were in extremely bad taste and/or wildly offensive, but one has become accustomed to that sort of coarseness in the comedy clubs and even on mainstream television. However, she crossed over into the territory of the morally appalling when she indulged in this bit of witticism regarding Vice President Mike Pence: “He thinks abortion is murder, which, first of all, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. And when you do try it, really knock it, you know. You gotta get that baby out of there.” One is just at a loss for words. I mean, even some in the severely left-leaning crowd in Washington groaned a bit at that remark.

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Spring Formation Day to spotlight evangelization, community

Spring Formation Day to spotlight evangelization, community

| Melenie Soucheray | May 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Two years ago, Father Joseph Williams directed all staff members at St. Stephen in Minneapolis to stop what they were doing for a time in the summer and during Lent. In the spirit of the Gospel of St. Matthew in which Jesus commissions his apostles to go out and make disciples, St. Stephen staff members were to leave their desks and go to the streets.

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