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Catholic schools must matter

Catholic schools must matter

| Father J. Michael Byron and Anne Weyandt | January 25, 2018 | 3 Comments

Why should we care? Why should anybody care about anyone else? And why does this matter?

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To be a watchman

To be a watchman

| Ben Tlougan | January 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s about 2345 hours, and there is only a little light from the moon to help us see. My partner and I are on tour duty. Along with about four other two-man teams, we’re keeping watch over our base in northeast Afghanistan.

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Caucusing for human dignity

Caucusing for human dignity

| Katherine Cross | January 25, 2018 | 2 Comments

It might not be a presidential election year, but in November, Minnesotans will still vote for a governor and all 10 of its representatives in Congress, including two U.S. Senate seats. These decisions can potentially shift balances of power on both state and national levels.

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On cracked knuckles and self-care: a New Year’s resolution

On cracked knuckles and self-care: a New Year’s resolution

| Christina Capecchi | January 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

The themes emerge predictably. When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, we gravitate toward the biggies: get healthy, get organized, get a life. We vow to travel more, read more, save more and volunteer more. We conjure visions of the expansive, to live life to the fullest.

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To be or not to be — parsing the implications of suicide

To be or not to be — parsing the implications of suicide

| January 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

In recent years we have witnessed a growing tendency to promote suicide as a way of resolving end-stage suffering. Physician-assisted suicide is now legal in a handful of states and a number of other jurisdictions are considering laws to legalize the practice. A few years ago on Nightline, Barbara Walters interviewed an assisted suicide advocate who summed it up this way: “We’re talking about what people want. There are people who, even suffering horribly, want to live out every second of their lives, and that’s their right, of course, and they should do it. Others don’t want that. Others want out!”

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The sacrifice at your hands

The sacrifice at your hands

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

“Pray, brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father.”

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Resolutions for 2018

Resolutions for 2018

| Greg Erlandson | January 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Now as we contemplate when to take down the tree and who will take down the lights, it is time to focus on the year ahead, which of course means another to-do list: creating New Year’s resolutions.

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Back-to-back Masses reminder of liturgy’s ‘sublime work’

Back-to-back Masses reminder of liturgy’s ‘sublime work’

| Father John Paul Erickson | December 15, 2017 | 5 Comments

Unlike the sacred triduum the date of Christmas is quite set. Because of this, parishes and pastors find themselves this year in the unenviable position of celebrating the Solemnity of Christmas only hours after lighting the final candle on the Advent wreath.

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Taking battle notes from Star Wars

Taking battle notes from Star Wars

| Sarah Spangenberg | December 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” bring this dynamic to life on the silver screen and provide a profound image of our duty as Catholics in today’s culture and public arena: to be workers, ministers and prophets of a future not our own.

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Our marriages support our priests

Our marriages support our priests

| Brad Parent | December 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

As soon as I hung up the phone, questions began swirling in my head. When the dust settled a bit, I realized that in addition to all the questions I had about my brother, I also couldn’t help but ask myself, “What does this mean for me?”

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The ‘bitter pill’ of false liberation

The ‘bitter pill’ of false liberation

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | December 11, 2017 | 10 Comments

A major study published on December 7 in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes that hormonal contraception increases the risk of breast cancer for women. The research used all of Denmark as its sample, following nearly 1.8 million Danish women of childbearing age for over a decade.

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Why wait? How Advent changes us

Why wait? How Advent changes us

| December 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Wait, they said. Good news will come.

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