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Our words say something about ourselves as well as others

Our words say something about ourselves as well as others

| September 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

Words have a lot of power. We can use words to offer hope, mend wounds and respectfully challenge others to reassess their views and opinions. Or we can use words — as we too often do — as weapons to hurt and demean others.

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Time to count and celebrate 40-year harvest of Venezuelan Mission

Time to count and celebrate 40-year harvest of Venezuelan Mission

| Deacon Mickey Friesen | September 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

Harvest time is around the corner. For farmers and gardeners, this is an exciting and satisfying time to enjoy the fruits of that labor. Jesus often compared the kingdom to a field in need of laborers for a great harvest. The church continues and shares Jesus’ mission by taking its place in the mission field […]

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We are bound to Good Shepherd through pain and healing

We are bound to Good Shepherd through pain and healing

| Christina Capecchi | September 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

I had relegated shepherds to the unicorn file, somewhere near the hunch-backed blacksmith and the whistling milkman. They were the stuff of Mother Goose lore.

So, it was surprising to discover actual shepherds when I visited the Holy Land.

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Mosque controversy: A case of ‘No Muslims need apply’?

Mosque controversy: A case of ‘No Muslims need apply’?

| September 3, 2010 | 2 Comments

The debate over whether or not to allow the construction of a mosque and Islamic cultural center near ground zero in New York has ignited heated discussion in recent weeks among a steady stream of politicians, talk show hosts and demonstrators both for and against the proposal.

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Spinning Stem Cell Fairy Tales

Spinning Stem Cell Fairy Tales

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

Discussions about the morality of stem cell research often focus on the differences between adult stem cells and stem cells derived from embryos. The adult variety, such as those derived from bone marrow or umbilical cords, are already providing an impressive array of treatments and cures for sick people, while the embryonic kind are not. […]

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Health care program for poor is in critical condition

Health care program for poor is in critical condition

| August 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

Last spring, Gov. Tim Pawlenty and state lawmakers announced they had reached a deal on a money-saving plan to salvage General Assistance Medical Care so the state’s poorest residents could still receive health care coverage.

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A baseball lesson we all should remember

A baseball lesson we all should remember

| June 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

My fifth-grade son recently found himself in a spot every kid who loves baseball dreams about: He came up to bat in the last inning of a city league game with two outs, runners on second and third, and his team trailing by a single run.

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Our input is essential as planning process proceeds

Our input is essential as planning process proceeds

| March 31, 2009 | 0 Comments

Archbishop John Nienstedt’s announcement last week of the formation of a Strategic Task Force for Parish and School Planning is an important step in helping the archdiocese take stock of its resources and respond to the new pastoral realities we face in light of changing demographics and ongoing financial challenges. The task force is expected […]

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