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The Eucharist as sacrifice

The Eucharist as sacrifice

| Father Michael Van Sloun | May 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Eucharist, in addition to being a meal, is also a sacrifice. Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (Jn 1:29), and as the sacrificial lamb on the altar of the cross, he took upon himself the sins of us all (Is 53:6b).

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Christians loving one another proves Christianity

Christians loving one another proves Christianity

| Father Byron Hagan | May 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

We are familiar with the summary of the Commandments that Jesus gives when under the interrogation: “What is the greatest commandment?” He says that “the whole law and the prophets” are summed up in the commandment to love God with our whole heart, soul and mind, and then to follow upon this love with loving our neighbors as ourselves — a tall order indeed. In fact, it’s impossible without divine grace.

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How much exercise, fitness are too much?

How much exercise, fitness are too much?

| Father Michael Schmitz | May 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q. I’ve recently been more and more interested in exercise and keeping fit. I am a husband and father and want to be able to play with my kids. You seem like someone who exercises. How do I know if I am placing too much emphasis on being physically fit and when have I crossed over into mere vanity?

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Counting the ways we experience Christ’s love

Counting the ways we experience Christ’s love

| Father Mike Tix | May 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

With the month of May now here, the thoughts of many turn to Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes and the annual fishing opener. Ask someone, and I’m sure that person will have a fishing story to share. I vividly recall times fishing as a kid. We all have our stories.

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Holy Thursday: the Eucharist and service

Holy Thursday: the Eucharist and service

| Father Michael Van Sloun | April 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Eucharist is at the forefront of Holy Thursday. The Easter triduum begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. The liturgy commemorates the institution of the Eucharist by Jesus, the faithful receive the Eucharist during the Communion Rite, the Eucharist is carried in procession at the end of Mass as it is transferred, and the night concludes with eucharistic adoration.

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Finding the right words for the Resurrection

Finding the right words for the Resurrection

| Father Michael Joncas | April 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Have you ever had an experience so profound and so out-of-the-norm that you were tongue-tied in trying to convey to others the impact of that experience?

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Do I always have to obey my conscience?

Do I always have to obey my conscience?

| Father Michael Schmitz | April 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q. I have heard that people are obliged to follow their consciences, even if it goes against the Bible or the Church’s teaching. Is this true?

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Taste and see: the Eucharist as a meal

Taste and see: the Eucharist as a meal

| Father Michael Van Sloun | March 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

One of the most distinctive aspects of the Eucharist is that it is a meal. It is readily apparent by the configuration of the Church: The focal point is the table in the center of the sanctuary.

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God in the darkness

God in the darkness

| Father Michael Johnson | March 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

“God called out to him from the bush, ‘Moses! Moses!’ He answered, ‘Here I am.’ God said, ‘Come no nearer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.’”

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What should you do for Lent this year? A guide

What should you do for Lent this year? A guide

| Father Michael Schmitz | March 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q. With Lent on its way, I never know how to choose a “thing.” Do you have any suggestions for how to pick something to do for Lent?

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Resisting the true temptation

Resisting the true temptation

| Father Nathaniel Meyers | March 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

In high school, my best friend’s dad was a Protestant minister. While both my friend and I are true mutts with a variety of ethnic heritages, we nonetheless had at that time a great fondness for our Irish ancestry, and one can easily imagine how that played out: the Irish Catholic and the Irish Protestant, jabbing one another with a constant playfulness as to who was the real Irishman, the real Christian.

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Heaven in the here-and-now

Heaven in the here-and-now

| Father Paul Jarvis | February 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Before Jesus’ ministry, the law prescribed an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth when seeking revenge. And so David would be justified in dispatching King Saul — yet he extends mercy.

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