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Light the candles, pour the wine: the Catholic call to celebrate

Light the candles, pour the wine: the Catholic call to celebrate

| Christina Capecchi | December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Despite its reputation for deprivation, our Catholic faith is a celebratory one. We are drawn into thanksgiving with incense and bells, candles and wine. We mark feast days and holy days. We celebrate the Mass. Every act of celebration, however simple, can be a spiritual exercise, affirming life and honoring the Creator.

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Art among us, art within us: honoring the ‘divine spark’

Art among us, art within us: honoring the ‘divine spark’

| Christina Capecchi | November 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

Looking back, the son that was born to Leoold and Anna Maria Mozart on a Tuesday evening in late January seemed to arrive with fully formed symphonies bound up in his tiny body, waiting for ink and instrument. At age 3, the toddler nicknamed Wolfgangerl was identifying thirds on the clavier, and by 5, he was composing music.

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Self-reflection in the age of selfies

Self-reflection in the age of selfies

| Christina Capecchi | October 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

Lena Dunham is not done confessing. That’s the headline of the New York Times Magazine profile just published about the actress-turned-memoirist, and it couldn’t be more apt.

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The 20-something decorator: creating beauty at home

The 20-something decorator: creating beauty at home

| Christina Capecchi | September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Decorating is not just an exercise in aesthetics, but in awareness and gratitude, an attempt to create a little beauty in the place where you hang your key, lay your head and stack your dishes.

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Looking back on ‘mystery priest’ at car crash

Looking back on ‘mystery priest’ at car crash

| Christina Capecchi | July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Katie Lentz had plucked the perfect dress for her Sunday surprise, and the yellow J. Crew frock was dangling in the back of her 1989 Mercedes, bouncing along the highway as the sun streamed in and oldies played on the radio.

The 19-year-old blonde from Quincy, Ill., had just completed her summer internship in Jefferson City, Mo., and she had hatched a plan to surprise her friends there by making a final visit. She set off around 8 a.m. on that Sunday, Aug. 4, and began the two-hour drive so she could go to church one more time with the gang she had worshiped with every week that summer.

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How the son of a president proved himself

How the son of a president proved himself

| Christina Capecchi | June 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

As we mark D-Day’s 70th anniversary, I imagine the Hail Marys chanted as 20-year-old men neared Normandy, feeling the spray of the English Channel. They responded to the terror in their hearts with prayer.

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The big reveal: looking back at God’s plan

The big reveal: looking back at God’s plan

| Christina Capecchi | April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Blue or pink? That was the secret contained in the cake.

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Let’s hear it for the nuns!

Let’s hear it for the nuns!

| March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

When Mary Margaret Gefre’s boyfriend drove her to the train station in their small North Dakota town, the 19-year-old farm girl didn’t tell him where she was headed on that brisk December day, clutching a small bag containing a rosary, her childhood prayer book, a few dresses and a pair of shoes.

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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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Cold hands, young heart: the wonder of winter

Cold hands, young heart: the wonder of winter

| Christina Capecchi | January 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Just when you think you’ve seen everything — every lion hugging human, every shark-eluding seal —the World Wide Web churns out a picture that makes you stare.

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Waiting for a baby: on Advent and adoption

Waiting for a baby: on Advent and adoption

| Christina Capecchi | December 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Mike and Maria Slavik are embracing Advent, a season of anticipation, of waiting and praying for a baby that changes everything.

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Door-to-door seminarian finding new roads

Door-to-door seminarian finding new roads

| Christina Capecchi | November 7, 2013 | 2 Comments

Going door to door to tell strangers about Catholicism and his plan to become a priest had to be the most daunting assignment Neil Bakker had ever received.

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