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How to widen our hearts on Mother’s Day

How to widen our hearts on Mother’s Day

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | May 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

As my husband and I are writing a book on miscarriage for Catholic couples, I’ve posed the question on social media: Has your parish’s blessing on Mother’s Day included prayers for women who long to have a child or women who have lost a child?

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Sports gambling: Leave the money on the table

Sports gambling: Leave the money on the table

| April 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the coming weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court might loosen federal restrictions on sports gambling. As a result, many states have proactively drafted bills that would create regulated sports gambling industries at the state level — Minnesota included. The changes could greatly expand legal gambling in Minnesota, for example, by making online gambling accessible 24 hours a day from any computer or smart phone.

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A little boy meets a pastor

A little boy meets a pastor

| Greg Erlandson | April 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

A remarkable video of Pope Francis answering a young boy’s deeply personal question was posted by Catholic News Service recently.

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A great lady who was the first lady

A great lady who was the first lady

| Richard Szczepanowski | April 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Along with many in this country and around the world, I mourn the loss of Barbara Bush, the former first lady who died April 17 at the age of 92. In my few and brief encounters with her, I always found her to be kind and gracious.

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NFP, my body and me

NFP, my body and me

| Anne Maloney | April 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Paul VI issued “Humanae Vitae” in 1968, but I didn’t hear about birth control until I entered high school in 1972. There I heard the whispered stories of how the Holy Father was supposed to “OK” artificial contraception but lost his nerve. Some of my teachers trembled with indignation over the silliness of Pope Paul VI’s arguments. Armed with this borrowed disdain, I began to argue with my mother about birth control.

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We are all responsible for helping the poor

We are all responsible for helping the poor

| Anne Krisnik | April 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Minnesota is ranked the second-best state in the nation overall (after Iowa). This is according to new overall state rankings by U.S. News and World Report, which are based on more than 75 metrics including economy, education, opportunities and quality of life.

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The art of slow living: When calligraphy becomes prayer

The art of slow living: When calligraphy becomes prayer

| April 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Erica Tighe was 26 when she made the leap: She would set out on her own to be a calligrapher. Full time. In order to pay her $800 rent and cellphone bill and $1,000 college-loan payment and also, hopefully, afford some food.

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A pro-life opportunity

A pro-life opportunity

| Greg Erlandson | April 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Pro-life includes sensible gun control.”

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A daydreaming believer

A daydreaming believer

| Greg Erlandson | April 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

I often follow along in my missalette the words of the entire Mass, not because I am pious but because I am a chronic daydreamer. Looking at the words on the page and thinking about them can keep me focused … for a while. But then something sends me off again.

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Sweet spots and sacrifices

Sweet spots and sacrifices

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | April 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

I try not to stop singing, even when my voice isn’t strong enough. We all have a sweet spot, but we don’t get to stay there. We’re singing the whole song together.

Same for our callings.

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On freezing embryos and consciences

On freezing embryos and consciences

| Richard Doerflinger | March 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Days apart, clinics offering in vitro fertilization in Cleveland and San Francisco had malfunctions in their storage tanks, endangering thousands of frozen eggs and embryos.

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Breaking the curvature

Breaking the curvature

| Vincenzo Randazzo | March 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

At the Archdiocesan Men’s Conference March 10, I knew our keynote speaker, Msgr. Thomas Richter, would be good.

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