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Love Jesus, not politics

Love Jesus, not politics

| Rachel Herbeck | June 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

In my work as the policy and outreach coordinator for the Minnesota Catholic Conference, I meet many Catholics who have a deep aversion to politics. In their experience, politics are so steeped in special interests and dominated by power games that they don’t see why a Catholic should wade into such an imperfect arena.

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Recommitting: the Church’s new marriage rite

Recommitting: the Church’s new marriage rite

| Father John Paul Erickson | June 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

I’ve been very fortunate in my young priestly life to witness many Catholic weddings. They are celebrations of great beauty, hope and joy, liturgies that remind all attendees of the power of Christian love and the great dignity of the sacrament of marriage.

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‘Let your yes mean yes’

‘Let your yes mean yes’

| Christina Capecchi | June 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Rachel Gardner has a bad habit: She says yes when she ought to say no.

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Breaking the state’s monopoly on hearts, minds

Breaking the state’s monopoly on hearts, minds

| Jason Adkins | June 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

The well-being of Minnesota students took a hit during this year’s legislative session, as the Opportunity Scholarship Program was left by the wayside during final negotiations. Despite the fact that similar programs have been successful in several others states and could have played an important role in closing Minnesota’s unacceptable achievement gap, it was scrapped after an all-out revolt from the public school establishment.

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Pride, humility and social media

Pride, humility and social media

| Bishop Robert Barron | June 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

On a recent trip to Sacramento, from my home base in the LA area, I flew Southwest Airlines. In an idle moment, I reached for the magazine in the seatback pocket and commenced to leaf through it. I came across an article by a woman named Sarah Menkedick entitled “Unfiltered: How Motherhood Interrupted My Relationship with Social Media.” The piece was not only wittily and engagingly written, it also spoke to some pretty profound truths about our cultural situation today and the generation that has come of age under the influence of the Internet.

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Immigration and an Easter people

Immigration and an Easter people

| Jason Adkins | May 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Easter season is a time to confidently celebrate the victory of Christ over death, once and for all. But the confidence of the resurrection is too often missing from our lives as Christians — in our commission to proclaim the good news, yes, but also in our call to faithful citizenship.

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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

| Vincenzo Randazzo | May 17, 2017 | 1 Comment

You know the feeling: You are being greeted by a lot of familiar people, they all know your name and you’ve forgotten theirs.

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A big win for the little guy

A big win for the little guy

| Christina Capecchi | May 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Art Cullen has his gripes about Catholicism, but he cannot deny its influence on the work that last month won him a Pulitzer Prize.

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Novak and the moral foundations  of a free society

Novak and the moral foundations of a free society

| Jason Adkins | May 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Catholic world lost one of its most illuminating thinkers when Michael Novak recently passed away at age 83. Novak can be credited with articulating a vision of the moral foundations necessary to maintain a system of democratic capitalism (political freedom and free enterprise).

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‘The Case for Christ’ and a stubbornly historical religion

‘The Case for Christ’ and a stubbornly historical religion

| Bishop Robert Barron | May 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

“The Case for Christ” is a film adaptation of Lee Strobel’s best-selling book of the same name, one that has made an enormous splash in Evangelical circles and beyond.

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Feeling Christ’s pain through others

Feeling Christ’s pain through others

| Lynda McDonnell | May 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

This Easter season, I’ve been thinking a good deal about the nature of Christian faith and the wildly different varieties on display these days — Coptic Christians persecuted in Egypt; Pope Francis’ call to mercy; and some American groups’ campaigns to expel immigrants, expand gun rights, shrink government and tilt the economic system even more in favor of the rich. An alien from another planet would be understandably confused by the message and meaning of that Judean man from 2,000 years ago.

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Walking at their pace

Walking at their pace

| Laura Fanucci | May 1, 2017 | 1 Comment

I balance the laundry basket on my hip while coaxing a sleepy preschooler downstairs. He wants me to carry him. I explain that my hands are full. He crosses his arms and pouts. I ask him to come with me. He takes one stubborn step down the first stair and glares.

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