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True productivity and embracing the void

True productivity and embracing the void

| Jonathan Liedl | May 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

What new language are you learning? Have you planted a victory garden? How many books a week are you reading?

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Easter victory in a time of pandemic

Easter victory in a time of pandemic

| Jonathan Liedl | April 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

O death, where is thy victory?

O death, where is thy sting?

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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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Papal advice: Hail Marys and humor

Papal advice: Hail Marys and humor

| Jonathan Liedl | February 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Last month, the seminarians from Region 8 (Minnesota and the Dakotas) had the privilege of joining Archbishop Hebda, Bishop Cozzens, and the region’s other bishops for the beginning of their meeting with Pope Francis in the Apostolic Palace. After greeting each of us individually, the Holy Father shared some spiritual guidance with the gathered seminarians. “Keep your sense of humor, pray your rosary, and stay close to the Madonna,” he told us, before giving us his blessing.

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Epiphany’s universal call continues

Epiphany’s universal call continues

| Jonathan Liedl | January 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Every year, by the grace of God, the gift of Christmas takes hold of me more completely. As my understanding of the Incarnation deepens and my gratitude for all God has done in my life grows, it becomes increasingly impossible to make sense of my life, who I am and what I am doing here, apart from the great love revealed and given in Christ’s incarnation. My life is a question that is incoherent and meaningless apart from the answer that is Jesus.

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Viewing the gift of Christmas with fresh eyes

Viewing the gift of Christmas with fresh eyes

| Jonathan Liedl | December 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

A few summers ago, Andy Grammer’s “Fresh Eyes” was a popular hit on Twin Cities radio stations. With lyrics like “It’s human nature / to miss what’s under your nose,” the catchy pop tune was an ode to looking at what one already has with “fresh eyes,” transforming the routine and mundane into a gift to be cherished and appreciated.

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(Twin) Cities of saints

(Twin) Cities of saints

| Jonathan Liedl | November 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Did you remember All Saints Day earlier this November? In Italy, it’d be hard not to. Here, in this peculiarly Catholic country (case in point: the rate of Sunday Mass attendance is lower in Italy than in the U.S., but two soccer players were just suspended by an Italian national league for using the Lord’s name in vain during a game), All Saints Day is a national holiday. Schools, government services and most businesses are closed every year when the Nov. 1 solemnity rolls around.

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Everyday Emmanuel

Everyday Emmanuel

| Jonathan Liedl | October 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

You’re probably familiar with Narnia, C.S. Lewis’ setting for “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” where it’s “always winter, but never Christmas.”

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Catching the pope in prayer

Catching the pope in prayer

| Jonathan Liedl | September 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

It was my first full day in Rome. My fellow Twin Cities seminarian Ryan Glaser and I made our way to St. Peter’s Basilica, a short walk from the North American College, to catch an early Mass.

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