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Rediscover: Advent

Rediscover: Advent

| December 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

– How are you preparing for the Lord’s arrival?
– Are you ready for Christmas?
– Jesse Tree stories keep families rooted in faith during Advent
– How Kate reclaimed Advent

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Tips to help you go to confession

Tips to help you go to confession

| Father Michael Schmitz | December 5, 2013 | 1 Comment

Q. This Advent, I think that I need to go to confession, but it has been a really long time for me. I’m afraid I’ll get in there and do something wrong. How do I start?

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Seven Sisters apostolate offers prayers for priests

Seven Sisters apostolate offers prayers for priests

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | December 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Almost three years ago Janette Howe felt a simple prompting to pray more for her pastor, Father Joseph Johnson, then-rector of the Cathedral of St. Paul. By the summer of 2010, she was offering a weekly Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament for him.

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Rediscover: healthy communications

Rediscover: healthy communications

| November 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

– Campaigning for Facebook ‘likes’
– Advice to parents: ‘Be not afraid’ of media
– What makes a successful parent?
– Human dignity, real connections essential to communication

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The call of the King

The call of the King

| Deacon Timothy Lange | November 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Today as we proclaim Christ as King of the Universe, and celebrate “already” Christ’s victory in time and anticipate his triumph at the end of time, we recognize the “not yet” — that Christ has yet to reign in our time, in our hearts.

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Teens encouraged to view their sexuality as a gift

Teens encouraged to view their sexuality as a gift

| Angela Deeney for The Catholic Spirit | November 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Teens and parents munched on bagels around fall-festive tables at St. Peter in Forest Lake Nov. 9 while presenters prepared to share encouragement and practical counsel from their own experiences facing the challenge of chastity in today’s society.

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Q&A – How many times a day can a person receive Communion?

Q&A – How many times a day can a person receive Communion?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | November 20, 2013 | 1 Comment

What are the Church’s guidelines for someone receiving Communion more than once a day?

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Rediscover: family joy

Rediscover: family joy

| November 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

– Jesus, Mary, Joseph are model for every Christian family
– Family’s love stretches across the globe
– Family: The heart of a culture
– Living in the domestic Church

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‘Name day’ as important as ‘birth day’ for this grandma

‘Name day’ as important as ‘birth day’ for this grandma

| Cecelia MacDonald for The Catholic Spirit | November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

In some Christian countries birthdays don’t count. Your personhood is celebrated instead on your “name day,” the official feast day of your patron saint. The older I get, the more I would like to see us adopt that practice in the United States.

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For heaven’s sake: Keep your eye on the target

For heaven’s sake: Keep your eye on the target

| Deacon Melvin Kuhn | November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

How many times in the past month have we thought about heaven and if we are on the path toward it? Is this our first goal?

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Q&A – Penance isn’t to punish, but to heal and strengthen

Q&A – Penance isn’t to punish, but to heal and strengthen

| Father Michael Schmitz | November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Why do we have to do penance after confession? It seems like we still have to “pay” for forgiveness. Am I missing something?

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Vatican, American Bible Society offer ‘lectio divina’ manual

Vatican, American Bible Society offer ‘lectio divina’ manual

| October 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Vatican publishing house, the American Bible Society and the vicar general of the Diocese of Mar del Plata, Argentina, have teamed up to develop a step-by-step manual in the Catholic art of praying and meditating with the Bible.

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