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Working through a hard death

Working through a hard death

| Father Tad Pacholcyk, Ph.D. | February 9, 2011 | 1 Comment

Caregivers and health care professionals can and often do greatly assist those who are suffering and dying. Even with careful pain management and comfort measures, however, the dying process can still be agonizing and difficult.

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Four reasons our Catholic schools matter

Four reasons our Catholic schools matter

| February 2, 2011 | 1 Comment

According to a Catholic school principal, restructuring of parishes and schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has forced an important evaluation: Why do Catholic Schools matter?

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Opinions in 140 characters

Opinions in 140 characters

| February 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Twitter version of editorials

What would happen if editorials could only be 140 characters long, the maximum length of a message on Twitter?

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Mission of martyr with local ties lives on

Mission of martyr with local ties lives on

| February 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

As The Catholic Spirit celebrates a century of providing news and inspiration to its readers, it recognized the significant deaths of Archbishop Oscar Romero and the four Maryknoll Missionaries in the faith history of the archdiocese (The Catholic Spirit, Jan. 7). Though these murders occurred decades ago in Central America, the purpose of their lives and mission continues today.

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Work among sick inspired future ministry as deacon

Work among sick inspired future ministry as deacon

| Deacon Mickey Friesen | February 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

One of the most memorable ex­periences I had as a young man discerning my vocation was the time I spent at the Our Lady of Good Counsel Free Cancer Home in St. Paul, now part of the Fran­cis­can Health Community.

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Let’s not squander sacred stories given to us

Let’s not squander sacred stories given to us

| Father William Graham | February 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

I went to a Catholic school where everyone went to daily Mass. As the priest read the appointed Scriptures in Latin, we did our best to follow the English translation in the “Saint Joseph Daily Missal.”

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Relativism leads to ethical schizophrenia in thought process

Relativism leads to ethical schizophrenia in thought process

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | January 20, 2011 | 1 Comment

I once asked a young physician whether he had received any training in medical ethics during medical school. I wondered whether he had been taught how to handle some of the complex moral questions that can arise when practicing medicine.

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Secondhand books and recycled grace: why stewards share

Secondhand books and recycled grace: why stewards share

| Christina Capecchi | January 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

Nothing feels like a better bargain than a one-cent book, so I always click on Amazon’s used category.

Not only does it save me money, it comes with the added benefit of footprints from a previous reader — marks flagging the sentences that struck someone somewhere, a person who can unknowingly offer me a flashlight for the story ahead.

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A lesson in communication from a King and a pope

A lesson in communication from a King and a pope

| January 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

As a newspaper staff, we also understand the power of words to communicate important information, thoughts and ideas. Words can inspire people, motivate them and build them up.

But the flip side is also true: Words can be used intentionally or carelessly and do harm to others. They can poison discussion and tear people down.

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In 2011, there’s still a market for greatest story ever told

In 2011, there’s still a market for greatest story ever told

| January 6, 2011 | 1 Comment

Let me tell you a story: Once upon a time, God came down to earth as a man named Jesus, a human being just like you and me. He went about the countryside doing good.

He also told stories, stories that held lessons.

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Snapshots of grace: Capturing the sacred in daily life

Snapshots of grace: Capturing the sacred in daily life

| Christina Capecchi | December 16, 2010 | 1 Comment

Funny how a single picture can change everything.

In the tiny town of Bovey, Minn., four years into World War I, an old man peddling foot scrapers knocked on Eric Enstrom’s door.

Eric was 43, a Swedish immigrant who had bought land, opened a photography studio and raised his kids to speak perfect English. He fed the peddler and studied him. There was something striking about the man, a gentle strength in his deep wrinkles and straggly beard.

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What are kids praying for this Christmas?

What are kids praying for this Christmas?

| December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

I know Christmas is around the corner when I walk into our administrative manager’s office this time of year and have trouble seeing her behind the tall stacks of large envelopes.

Mary Gibbs is the official collector of entries for The Catholic Spirit’s annual Christmas poster contest. This year, some 1,700 youth — kindergartners through 12th-graders — sent us drawings. They were required to finish the phrase, “This Christmas I’ll be praying for…” and then illustrate the finished sentence with a picture.

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