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A crisis that may be an opportunity

A crisis that may be an opportunity

| Greg Erlandson | March 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

“Never let a serious crisis go to waste,” said former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. His adage came to mind as I surveyed the human and economic wreckage strewn in the wake of the coronavirus.

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Google map helps Catholics plan Holy Thursday Seven Churches Visitation

Google map helps Catholics plan Holy Thursday Seven Churches Visitation

| Debbie Musser | March 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, marking the beginning of the Paschal Triduum, concludes with a procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the altar of repose.

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Make a spiritual communion when Mass isn’t available

Make a spiritual communion when Mass isn’t available

| Susan Klemond | March 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

Although the threat of coronavirus is preventing many Catholics from attending Mass, they still can receive graces of the Eucharist by making a spiritual communion at home.  

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The coronavirus and sitting quietly in a room alone

The coronavirus and sitting quietly in a room alone

| Bishop Robert Barron | March 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Blaise Pascal said, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” The great seventeenth-century philosopher thought that most of us, most of the time, distract ourselves from what truly matters through a series of divertissements (diversions).

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Coronavirus restrictions prompt Lenten reflections

Coronavirus restrictions prompt Lenten reflections

| Susan Klemond | March 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

As Catholics face uncertainty and sacrifice in navigating a world dominated by COVID-19 this Lent, they can find opportunities to grow spiritually, connect with family and better understand the purpose of our lives, several archdiocesan priests said.

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Lent, ‘the least of these’ and our parents

Lent, ‘the least of these’ and our parents

| Jonathan Liedl | March 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Lent is marked by prayer and fasting, but also “almsgiving,” or works of mercy. Regarding this final category, Christ’s words in Matthew 25:40 are a clear foundation: “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.”

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Statues of Jesus and Mary guide pilgrims to peace at Iowa shrine

Statues of Jesus and Mary guide pilgrims to peace at Iowa shrine

| Susan Klemond | March 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

At Trinity Heights Queen of Peace Shrine, a 30-foot-tall stainless-steel statue of Mary, Queen of Peace, welcomes 80,000 visitors a year with an outstretched hand. With the other, she points across the shrine’s statues and gardens to the source of peace — a slightly taller statue of Jesus revealing his Sacred Heart.

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Pilgrimage to Iowa grotto: A spiritual and geological experience

Pilgrimage to Iowa grotto: A spiritual and geological experience

| Susan Klemond | March 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

John and Natalie Sonnen have seen many Catholic shrines, but when the St. Paul couple visited the Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption in northern Iowa on their way home from a convention last September, they were particularly impressed.

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Lenten regulations for fasting and abstinence

Lenten regulations for fasting and abstinence

| March 12, 2020 | 9 Comments

Here are the Church regulations for fasting and abstinence during Lent:

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Digital Edition – March 12, 2020

Digital Edition – March 12, 2020

| March 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Cultural immersion, Coronovirus, Smartphone art, Q&A with Father Paul Scalia, Voter privacy addressed, Tennessee tornadoes, Pilgrimage to Iowa? Retreats and Pilgrimages

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Is Christianity about relationship, not religion?

Is Christianity about relationship, not religion?

| Father Michael Schmitz | March 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Q) Some of my co-workers seem to think that I believe my religion saves me. They say that Christianity is about a relationship, not a religion.

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Learning how God sees us

Learning how God sees us

| Father Joseph Bambenek | March 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

One of the most helpful insights I gained in seminary was learned from therapist Paul Ruff during a talk he gave on the importance of friendship in the priesthood: the deepest desire of the human heart is to love and be loved, to know another and to be known by one whom we love.

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