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She held Jesus in her palm: Meet Blessed Benedetta

She held Jesus in her palm: Meet Blessed Benedetta

| Liz Kelly | September 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

On Sept. 14, an extraordinary young Italian woman was beatified: Blessed Benedetta Bianchi Porro. Truly a saint for our time, especially for young people who suffer from chronic or progressively debilitating illnesses and all those who care for them, specifically doctors, you will not regret getting to know her.

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In politics, we can all be like ‘The Lord of the Rings’’ Frodo Baggins

In politics, we can all be like ‘The Lord of the Rings’’ Frodo Baggins

| Jason Adkins | September 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

The “Lord of the Rings” trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien is a beautiful work showing the important role even the smallest and seemingly most insignificant people have in the drama of history. In the trilogy, it is Frodo Baggins, the little hobbit, who embarks on a perilous adventure to destroy the ring of power at Mount Doom and save Middle Earth from the power of the evil Sauron.

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Humility: The mother of all virtues

Humility: The mother of all virtues

| Father Eugene Hemrick | September 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Every time we visited relatives, my mother would admonish us, “Know your place!” adding, “Don’t be a showoff, practice humility!”

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The Corpse Raiders

The Corpse Raiders

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | September 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Most people recognize the importance of obtaining consent before retrieving organs from the bodies of deceased persons. They also understand the necessity of showing respect for those bodily remains following death.

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Real Presence

Real Presence

| Kate Soucheray | September 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

When I read the articles in the Aug. 22 Catholic Spirit regarding the concept of Real Presence, I was struck by how excited I was. I know that may sound strange to readers, but adult Catholics have been asked the most profound and mysterious question of our faith: Do we believe Jesus the Christ, our Risen Savior, is really present in the Eucharist? And perhaps not shockingly, 69% of adult Catholics do not believe in the Real Presence. Actually, this is not surprising.

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Being resourceful: I can read! I can Pray!

Being resourceful: I can read! I can Pray!

| Christina Capecchi | September 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

“We ate our honey. We ate a lot. Now we have no honey in our honey pot.”

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Who is ignoring women’s health?

Who is ignoring women’s health?

| Richard Doerflinger | September 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

“You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts.” This observation, attributed to Democratic politician Daniel Patrick Moynihan, comes to mind as I see warring opinions about the Trump administration’s latest conflict with Planned Parenthood.

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Catching the pope in prayer

Catching the pope in prayer

| Jonathon 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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Honoring the Real Presence

Honoring the Real Presence

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | September 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

“You are so precious,” she whispered to the baby in my arms.

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The emigrant’s brave farewell

The emigrant’s brave farewell

| Greg Erlandson | September 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

We talk a great deal in this country about immigration, too often in language that is hostile or fearful. What we don’t talk about is emigration, the act of leaving one’s home.

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Learning about relationships from the best of teachers

Learning about relationships from the best of teachers

| Deacon Gordon Bird | August 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Essential to any thriving business, team, organization or organism worth its salt is that they provide opportunities for continuous learning, development and growth. This also applies to the family.

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Can Catholics disagree on policy positions of bishops?

Can Catholics disagree on policy positions of bishops?

| Jason Adkins | August 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

This session, the Catholic bishops of Minnesota advocated in favor of a policy that would allow undocumented immigrants to drive legally in Minnesota. The bishops and Minnesota Catholic Conference staff have received plenty of feedback from Catholics throughout the state, in many instances expressing their disagreement with that policy proposal.

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