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2014 Men’s Conference: ‘Set a steady course’

2014 Men’s Conference: ‘Set a steady course’

| Bishop Lee Piché | March 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Catholic men, please accept my personal invitation to gather for a morning of worship, fellowship and inspiration

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Home: A foundation for everything in life

Home: A foundation for everything in life

| Kathy Tomlin | February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Home is where we start and end our days. It’s where we keep our belongings safe, create healthy meals, have space to be alone, entertain family and friends, deal with distress, and prepare for our future.

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Like a child: Mindfulness as a way to praise God

Like a child: Mindfulness as a way to praise God

| Ginny Kubitz Moyer | February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Since becoming a mom, I’ve discovered that young kids have an astonishing ability to ignore both past and future. They are experts at being totally, completely in the moment.

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Come in from the cold: finding mercy in the city

Come in from the cold: finding mercy in the city

| Christina Capecchi | February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s 15 below with a wind chill of minus 39 when I arrive at the cathedral tonight. The holy water is partly frozen.

Perched atop Summit Hill in St. Paul, the Cathedral of St. Paul is the mother church of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, a Vatican-appointed National Shrine of the apostle Paul and a towering presence in the capital city.

And tonight, the first Monday of January, it is a refuge for 18 homeless people who will sleep on cots in the basement choir room.

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Regulating payday loans promotes human flourishing

Regulating payday loans promotes human flourishing

| Kathryn Mollen | February 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

Recently, Pope Francis has denounced usury as contrary to human dignity and a “dramatic social ill” because it takes advantage of another person in desperate financial situations.

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A date to remember

A date to remember

| George Weigel | February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Papal approbation being no bad thing, I was delighted to learn that Pope Francis, in a homily a few weeks ago, had suggested that his congregants learn the date of their baptisms and celebrate it — which is precisely what I have been proposing to audiences around the country this past year when discussing my book “Evangelical Catholicism.”

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Courts continue to weigh HHS mandate

Courts continue to weigh HHS mandate

| Patricia Zapor | February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Supreme Court is involved in two types of issues related to claims by employers who say they should not have to provide coverage of contraceptives in their workers’ health insurance plans because it violates the employers’ faith-based moral objections.

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Being accountable to the people we serve

Being accountable to the people we serve

| Bishop Lee Piché | February 13, 2014

The financial information contained in this edition of The Catholic Spirit and posted online covers the 2013 and 2012 fiscal years, which ended on June 30, 2013 and 2012. Thanks to you, support for ministry across this local Church remains strong. Local Catholics’ steadfast support for ministry to fulfill the mission of the Church speaks to the unwavering faith of those who make up this local Church. Catholics understand that the tragic moral failure of a few does not define who we are as Catholics.

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The United Nations: Caring for Children or Caring for Culture Warriors

The United Nations: Caring for Children or Caring for Culture Warriors

| Sister Mary Ann Walsh | February 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

Sexual abuse of a minor is a sin and a crime and no organization can become complacent about addressing it. The Catholic Church has certainly done more than any other international organization to face the problem and it will continue to lead in doing so.

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Girl Scout cookies: To buy, or not to buy?

Girl Scout cookies: To buy, or not to buy?

| February 5, 2014 | 11 Comments

Who would have thought that buying cookies would require moral deliberation?

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Changing the music, but not the message

Changing the music, but not the message

| John Garvey | January 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

So what explains the pope’s popularity, even in matters sartorial, in the face of these secularizing trends and growing public embarrassment over religiosity?

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Why goodness depends on God

Why goodness depends on God

| Father Robert Barron | January 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of the commonest observations made by opponents of religion is that we don’t need God in order to have a coherent and integral morality.

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