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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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Evangelizing through the good

Evangelizing through the good

| Bishop Robert Barron | April 19, 2017 | 1 Comment

Anyone even vaguely acquainted with my work knows that I advocate vigorous argument on behalf of religious truth. I have long called for a revival in what is classically known as apologetics, the defense of the claims of faith against skeptical opponents. And I have repeatedly weighed in against a dumbed-down Catholicism. Also, I have, for many years, emphasized the importance of beauty in service of evangelization. The Sistine Chapel Ceiling, the Sainte-Chapelle, Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion,” T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets” and the Cathedral of Chartres all have an extraordinary convincing power, in many ways surpassing that of formal arguments. So, I affirm the path of truth and the path of beauty. But I also recommend, as a means of propagating the faith, the third of the transcendentals, namely, “the good.”

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Making sure our water works

Making sure our water works

| Shawn Peterson | April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, it can be easy to take water for granted — it is literally all around us, even more so in the rainy month of April.

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Caring for creation an act of mercy

Caring for creation an act of mercy

| James Ennis | April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

As we approach Divine Mercy Sunday, I have been thinking a lot about the mercy of God and the Church’s more recent efforts to teach us about — and remind us of — this most beautiful attribute of God. April 22, the day before Divine Mercy Sunday, also happens to be Earth Day, when many around the world promote the need to protect the earth’s precious resources.

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