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Catholic Conference supports asking wealthy to pay more

Catholic Conference supports asking wealthy to pay more

| Susan Klemond For The Catholic Spirit | March 2, 2011 | 9 Comments

Minnesota needs to solve its current state budget crisis justly by asking those with higher incomes to pay more in taxes to prevent the poor — already hit hard by the economic downturn — from having to bear more of the burden, said Father David McCauley, interim executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference.

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Plan to make a good Lent this year

Plan to make a good Lent this year

| Father Michael Van Sloun For The Catholic Spirit | March 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Lent is a penitential season, a time to “turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). The season lasts for 40 days, the same amount of time Jesus spent in prayer and fasting in the desert.

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Debt should be prayerfully respected, not feared

Debt should be prayerfully respected, not feared

| Tom Bengtson | March 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

In Hamlet, William Shakespeare warns: “Neither a borrower nor a lender be.”

There are financial experts who advise as Shakespeare does, saying that debt should be avoided at all costs. But, practically, I don’t know how you get through life in early 21st-century America without using debt to some degree. My experience with debt is that it is somewhat like chocolate or alcohol — a little can be good but too much can destroy you.

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21st Century Stations of the Cross (multimedia meditation)

21st Century Stations of the Cross (multimedia meditation)

| February 23, 2011 | 3 Comments

There is something powerful about revisiting the final moments of Jesus’ life as a human being. That’s what draws many Catholics to meditate on the Stations of the Cross.

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Digital Edition – February 17, 2011

Digital Edition – February 17, 2011

| February 18, 2011

Digital Edition now online! Includes 2010 Archdiocesan annual report.

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Father Kenneth Ludescher celebrates 50th anniversary

Father Kenneth Ludescher celebrates 50th anniversary

| February 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

» Cathedral music director
» School gets paintings
» Spirit staffer returns
» Parishioners help feed poor

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Quotes from this week’s newsmakers – February 17, 2011

Quotes from this week’s newsmakers – February 17, 2011

| February 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

“I follow the principles of my conscience, and I am ready to die and sacrifice my life for the principles I believe.”
— Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s minister for minorities and a Catholic who refuses to stop speaking against his country’s blasphemy law even though he is a target for assassination by pro-Taliban religious extremists

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Age Wave

Age Wave

| February 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

As the coming “age wave” gains momentum, Cath­olic Senior Ser­v­ic­es is taking on a new role in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Min­nea­polis to help area Catholic seniors and their families navigate their way through the health care tsunami.

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Play explores clues about Shakespeare’s faith

Play explores clues about Shakespeare’s faith

| February 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Was William Shakespeare Catholic?

Many literary scholars have made the case that Shakespeare was Catholic during a time in England when to be Catholic was a serious crime. The evidence, they say, is hidden in Shakespeare’s own plays.

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Ministry Day set for March 31

Ministry Day set for March 31

| February 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

“Seeing Easter” is the theme of this year’s annual Ministry Day, sponsored by the Coalition of Min­is­try Associations and the Arch­dio­cese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Barbara Sutton, adjunct theology professor at St. John’s University in Collegeville, will lead participants through a prayer practice known as “visio divina,” using images from The Saint John’s Bible.

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Workshop to help prepare for use of new Roman Missal

Workshop to help prepare for use of new Roman Missal

| February 17, 2011 | 1 Comment

Learn more about the upcoming changes in the prayers of the Mass published in the third edition of the new Roman Missal, during a “Mys­ti­cal Body, Mystical Voice” workshop.

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Gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit

Gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit

| Father Michael Van Sloun | February 17, 2011 | 31 Comments

The Holy Spirit is associated with a number of sets of gifts and fruits. The sacrament of confirmation “increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit within us.”

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