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Con la esperanza del pueblo de resurrección, apoyemos el Dorothy Day Place

Con la esperanza del pueblo de resurrección, apoyemos el Dorothy Day Place

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | April 20, 2017

A las seis de la mañana de un sábado húmedo y caluroso en el mes de julio el año pasado, fue cuando visité el Dorothy Day Center, apenas desde la empinada de nuestra Catedral de Saint Paul, donde habían 250 desamparados — hombres, mujeres, ancianos, discapacitados y enfermos — que se levantaron con las luces brillantes y con una voz penetrante diciendo: “buenos días damas y caballeros, es hora de levantarse. Cerraremos pronto.” Los sonidos y las caras de desconsuelo de estos siervos de Dios, nuestros hermanos y hermanas, haciendo el esfuerzo para levantarse del suelo repleto de colchonetas, apenas unas pulgadas aparte, me hizo estremecerme a la vez que ellos se armaban de valor para iniciar otro día en las calles, la mayoría de ellos sin esperanza ni oportunidad.

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Letters – April 20, 2017

Letters – April 20, 2017

| April 20, 2017 | 3 Comments

– Problems from ‘pelvic issues’ emphasis
– Kudos for Catholics at the Capitol

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St. Catherine Choral Society to bring Bach’s ‘St. John Passion’ to St. Olaf

St. Catherine Choral Society to bring Bach’s ‘St. John Passion’ to St. Olaf

| Melenie Soucheray | April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

The rehearsal hall in the basement of the music building at St. Catherine University in St. Paul isn’t a mid-18th century cathedral in Leipzig, Germany. But it is where “St. John Passion,” a jewel in Johann Sebastian Bach’s baroque musical crown, is coming to life.

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Evangelizing through the good

Evangelizing through the good

| Bishop Robert Barron | April 19, 2017 | 1 Comment

Anyone even vaguely acquainted with my work knows that I advocate vigorous argument on behalf of religious truth. I have long called for a revival in what is classically known as apologetics, the defense of the claims of faith against skeptical opponents. And I have repeatedly weighed in against a dumbed-down Catholicism. Also, I have, for many years, emphasized the importance of beauty in service of evangelization. The Sistine Chapel Ceiling, the Sainte-Chapelle, Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion,” T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets” and the Cathedral of Chartres all have an extraordinary convincing power, in many ways surpassing that of formal arguments. So, I affirm the path of truth and the path of beauty. But I also recommend, as a means of propagating the faith, the third of the transcendentals, namely, “the good.”

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Making sure our water works

Making sure our water works

| Shawn Peterson | April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, it can be easy to take water for granted — it is literally all around us, even more so in the rainy month of April.

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Caring for creation an act of mercy

Caring for creation an act of mercy

| James Ennis | April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

As we approach Divine Mercy Sunday, I have been thinking a lot about the mercy of God and the Church’s more recent efforts to teach us about — and remind us of — this most beautiful attribute of God. April 22, the day before Divine Mercy Sunday, also happens to be Earth Day, when many around the world promote the need to protect the earth’s precious resources.

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Men who turn heads — to Christ

Men who turn heads — to Christ

| Vincenzo Randazzo | April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Our two cars pulled into the church lot right next to each other. We all stepped out, 10 men, suited up and looking sharp. Dressing to the nines and going to Sunday Mass is normal for my friends and me, but our normal was interrupted this particular Sunday.

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The scriptural basis for baptism

The scriptural basis for baptism

| Father Michael Van Sloun | April 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Baptism is the first of the seven sacraments. It was established by Jesus and has a strong biblical basis. The Gospels report that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. Jesus modeled the reception of baptism. Jesus saw the spiritual value of baptism for himself and, in doing so, showed that those who believe in him should also be baptized.

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Wounds a reminder of Christ’s sacrifice

Wounds a reminder of Christ’s sacrifice

| April 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Gospel for April 23 gives us another encounter with the risen Lord Jesus: “He showed them his hands and his side” (Jn 20:20). The risen Jesus doesn’t leave his wounds behind when he shows himself to the disciples. Rather, he shows evidence of his Passion.

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Silent retreats can help form daily prayer habits

Silent retreats can help form daily prayer habits

| Sarah Moon | April 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

In 2013, Jim Reinhardt built a cabin in western Wisconsin to have an office space near southeast Minnesota, where he often works with clients who’ve been injured on a job. But Reinhardt, who attends Holy Family in St. Louis Park, also shares the cabin with family and friends, and uses it to spend quiet time with God.

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From the stage to the ambo: Catholic actor balances faith with the arts

From the stage to the ambo: Catholic actor balances faith with the arts

| Jessica Weinberger | April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Hey’s unconventional life-balancing work as an actor, cantor and his other role, a licensed professional counselor, is far from his original plan of becoming a physician.

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ACCW to honor four women for parish volunteerism

ACCW to honor four women for parish volunteerism

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

At the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women’s annual convention April 21-22 at St. Odilia in Shoreview, leaders will present Laywomen Volunteer Awards to four women.

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