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A vocation that puts all your gifts to work is no minor call

A vocation that puts all your gifts to work is no minor call

| Christina Capecchi | November 4, 2010 | 0 Comments

The question on the cover of the November issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, caught my eye: “What’s your true calling?”

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Defending the dignity of those with dementia

Defending the dignity of those with dementia

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | October 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

I once heard a remarkable story from a woman named Cecilia sitting next to me on a long flight. She told me how her mother had suffered from dementia for many years, eventually reaching the point that she could no longer recognize any of her children when they would visit at the nursing home.

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Triathloning the Rosary

Triathloning the Rosary

| Nelson Rhodus | October 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

Over the past 25 years I have competed in and completed 62 triathlons. Never an “iron man” though — just the Olympic distance or a sprint triathlon. Never had I ever won a race or even came in first in my age group. That is until recently when I actually won the entire triathlon.

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Civility lost in communicating political viewpoints

Civility lost in communicating political viewpoints

| October 13, 2010 | 1 Comment

The day after Labor Day, I attended the opening year convocation at the University of St. Thomas. Father Dennis Dease, president of St. Thomas and a close friend, gave what I thought was an instructive and wholesome speech on “civility in our communications.” It was a meaningful and appropriate speech from which many of us could benefit.

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Answers to questions on ‘Preserving Marriage’ initiative

Answers to questions on ‘Preserving Marriage’ initiative

| Dennis McGrath | October 7, 2010

After taking phone calls protesting the Minnesota Bis­hops’ creation of the DVD “Pre­serving Marriage in Minnesota” and reading many e-mails, there are common presumptions that are repeated again and again, which are simply not accurate.

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Catch the contagious love taught by Mother Teresa

Catch the contagious love taught by Mother Teresa

| Father Thomas Joseph | October 6, 2010 | 0 Comments

One of the many wise sayings of Blessed Mother Teresa of Cal­cutta is: “Never let anyone come to you without coming away better and happier.”

Every human being has a hero to admire and for me it is Mother Teresa. Her impact in my life is so deep that it comes into every sphere of my priestly life and it is contagious to others, young and old.

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Catechism, not politics, guides bishops on marriage

Catechism, not politics, guides bishops on marriage

| October 6, 2010 | 6 Comments

The bishops have every right to enter public policy discussions, as they have for a very long time on both the state and national levels.

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We are many faces, but we share in one mission

We are many faces, but we share in one mission

| Deacon Mickey Friesen | October 6, 2010 | 0 Comments

When you think of “the missions” what images come to mind?

Maybe you are propelled to foreign and remote parts of the world where the people look, talk and act very differently than you.

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What kind of Minnesota do you want?

What kind of Minnesota do you want?

| Kathy Tomlin | September 21, 2010 | 1 Comment

Creating the space for civil discourse is a contribution the church could and should make as we debate the important issues before us. The church, as a sanctuary of peace, could be the place that gives us the solace and calm to listen attentively to other members of the community as we discern the kind […]

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Whether technology or parish life, change is never easy

Whether technology or parish life, change is never easy

| September 21, 2010 | 2 Comments

Kay was “old school” before you ever heard the phrase. In the 40 years and four cities that I’ve worked at newspapers — both dailies and Catholic papers — Kay was the absolute best proofreader I ever saw.

She knew how to spell every word in the English language, she double-checked the spelling of every name, and she added columns of numbers both up and down to make sure reporters’ math added up.

But Kay loved her typewriter.

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Why I have chosen to be ‘spiritual-plus’

Why I have chosen to be ‘spiritual-plus’

| Father Paul Jarvis - For The Catholic Spirit | September 13, 2010 | 2 Comments

“I don’t need organized religion.”

I hear that now and again. Or, “I’m not religious. I’m spiritual.”

Sometimes the individual will add that he or she doesn’t see the need of going to church: “I can be spiritual all on my own.”

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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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