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Growing in gratitude for last summer days

Growing in gratitude for last summer days

| Kate Soucheray | August 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

No one in Minnesota wants to think about back-to-school sales, less sunlight each day, or the sumac beginning to turn red. With last winter still fresh in our minds, we want to hold on to every vestige of summer we can, tucking it away to retrieve in the coming season of snow, cold and ice that awaits us. And then when we hear we must enjoy every moment, we can feel more anxious than energized. But how else can we approach these waning, delightful days of summer?

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A priest, SPO missionary and their parents reflect on vocation and effective evangelization

A priest, SPO missionary and their parents reflect on vocation and effective evangelization

| Anne Fredrickson | August 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Evangelization” is a word that still makes some Catholics shrink back in their pews and bury their heads in their missals. But rather than hide from the call to spread the truth of Christ, the Ellis family has embraced it.

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Trust: Only give it to those who earn it

Trust: Only give it to those who earn it

| Father Michael Schmitz | August 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. I sometimes feel like I trust the wrong people. I have been burned so many times that I just think that I shouldn’t ever trust anyone again. On top of that, there are people I know that I should respect, but I just don’t. What do I do?

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God has a plan — even for the homeless

God has a plan — even for the homeless

| Father J. Michael Byron | August 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

I will never forget the first time I visited Toronto on a summer vacation. It has all the sights, beauty and points of interest that you can imagine, but what struck me most was a sight that I observed repeatedly on normal city streets.

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Archbishop McCarrick and accountability

Archbishop McCarrick and accountability

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | August 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Every time Mass is celebrated, the priest prays that Jesus will “look not on our sins but on the faith of [his] Church… .” That’s been an important prayer for me in the time that I have been serving this archdiocese, well aware of our sins but equally aware of the strong and vibrant faith of this local Church.

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Arzobispo McCarrick y responsabilidad

Arzobispo McCarrick y responsabilidad

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | August 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Cada vez que se celebra la Misa, el sacerdote ora para que Jesús “no observe nuestros pecados sino la fe de [su] Iglesia …”. Esa ha sido una oración importante para mí en el tiempo que he estado prestando servicio a esta arquidiócesis, muy consciente de nuestros pecados, pero igualmente conscientes de la fuerte y vibrante fe de esta Iglesia local.

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Weight-lifting priest builds muscle and relationships

Weight-lifting priest builds muscle and relationships

| Jessica Weinberger | August 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the pristine University of St. Thomas weight room in St. Paul, Father John Floeder, 36, walks purposefully among the students fitting in circuits over summer break to a set of tall, metal power racks to start a routine he repeats up to four times per week.

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Congratulations to The Catholic Spirit’s 2018 Leading With Faith winners

Congratulations to The Catholic Spirit’s 2018 Leading With Faith winners

| July 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

We will honor the winners at the Leading With Faith Award luncheon Friday, Aug. 10 at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul

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Digital Edition – July 26, 2018

Digital Edition – July 26, 2018

| July 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Seminary names new rector, Migrants pulled from the Mediterranean, “Humanae Vitae” at 50, Celebrating Solanus, CCF president’s takeaways from Vatican conference, Philly foster care, The nun and NFP

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Appointments – July 26, 2018

Appointments – July 26, 2018

| July 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Bernard Hebda has announced the following appointments in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

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Trusting in God’s providence in all aspects of our lives

Trusting in God’s providence in all aspects of our lives

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | July 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Shortly after I was named Bishop of Gaylord, a small diocese in Michigan where I served from 2009 to 2013, I was part of an ongoing discussion concerning the challenges faced by newly ordained priests. The evidence suggested that far too many young priests across the country were, at times, feeling overwhelmed by loneliness and isolation in their first assignments, even though they had been happy and vibrant seminarians just a few years before.

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Confiando en la providencia de Dios en todos los aspectos de nuestras vidas

Confiando en la providencia de Dios en todos los aspectos de nuestras vidas

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | July 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Poco después de que me nombraron Obispo de Gaylord, una pequeña diócesis en Michigan donde serví de 2009 a 2013, formé parte de una discusión en curso sobre los desafíos que enfrentan los sacerdotes recién ordenados. La evidencia sugería que demasiados jóvenes sacerdotes en todo el país se sentían, a veces, abrumados por la soledad y el aislamiento en sus primeras asignaciones, a pesar de que habían sido seminaristas felices y vibrantes solo unos pocos años antes. Como un obispo recién acuñado tratando de aprender las cuerdas en una diócesis que era totalmente ajeno a mí, la experiencia de esos sacerdotes novatos resonó en mí.

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