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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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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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