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Helping to carry the cross

Helping to carry the cross

| Deacon Mickey Friesen | April 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Eighth Station: Jesus is helped by Simon of Cyrene to carry the cross.

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Easter victory in a time of pandemic

Easter victory in a time of pandemic

| Jonathan Liedl | April 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

O death, where is thy victory?

O death, where is thy sting?

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The sacramentality of marriage

The sacramentality of marriage

| Kate Soucheray | April 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

On our wedding day, we may not think as much about the sacramentality of our marriage as we should, or the sacramental nature of the mystery in which we are participating. Our focus is often on the dresses, the flowers, the music, and the reception and dance to follow the ceremony. And yet, the sacrament in which we participate will change everything for us from that day forward.

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‘I’m not fine’: the power of an honest answer

‘I’m not fine’: the power of an honest answer

| Christina Capecchi | April 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

Stephanie Weinert’s Instagram followers have come to expect unfiltered captions to go with her pretty pictures. That’s why she has amassed 7,000 followers, who click on images of her five young children and, in doing so, access her tips on skincare, home decor and liturgical living.

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Onward via the dusty path of Lent

Onward via the dusty path of Lent

| Deacon Gordon Bird | March 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Lenten journeys often take us beyond the ordinary landmarks and horizons of our spiritual lives. The ashes we accepted a few weeks ago were cleansing — they reminded us that Lent is a time for sacrifice. They help us reflect on a salient truth: that our lives are not our own.

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Recreational marijuana: Consider first the common good

Recreational marijuana: Consider first the common good

| Jack Lawlis | March 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Legalizing recreational marijuana is a major issue for consideration during Minnesota’s 2020 legislative session. Many worry that legislators and the public have not fully realized the negative consequences that would likely follow legalization.

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Flattening the curve — on fear

Flattening the curve — on fear

| Liz Kelly | March 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Some months ago at a seminar on healing prayer, the priest leading the study told us a charming — and instructive — story. It went something like this:

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A crisis that may be an opportunity

A crisis that may be an opportunity

| Greg Erlandson | March 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

“Never let a serious crisis go to waste,” said former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. His adage came to mind as I surveyed the human and economic wreckage strewn in the wake of the coronavirus.

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The coronavirus and sitting quietly in a room alone

The coronavirus and sitting quietly in a room alone

| Bishop Robert Barron | March 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Blaise Pascal said, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” The great seventeenth-century philosopher thought that most of us, most of the time, distract ourselves from what truly matters through a series of divertissements (diversions).

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Lent, ‘the least of these’ and our parents

Lent, ‘the least of these’ and our parents

| Jonathan Liedl | March 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Lent is marked by prayer and fasting, but also “almsgiving,” or works of mercy. Regarding this final category, Christ’s words in Matthew 25:40 are a clear foundation: “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.”

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‘Joyful momentum’ when two or more are gathered

‘Joyful momentum’ when two or more are gathered

| Christina Capecchi | March 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

There comes a moment when something clicks. At a book club or a Bible study. In a carpool circle or a coffee shop. A connection is made, and a gathering turns into a group, taking on a life of its own.

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Skill-building in marriage

Skill-building in marriage

| Kate Soucheray | March 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Some people might think a good marriage is made in heaven. Those who understand how a good, lasting, encouraging marriage works know it is built on the skills couples develop as they work to manage the ups and downs of their relationship. Skill-building is a task that all individuals must engage in if they hope to improve and master whatever endeavor they undertake.

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