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Sacrament of the Sick: It’s not just for emergencies

Sacrament of the Sick: It’s not just for emergencies

| Sister Mary Ann Walsh | August 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

10 suggestions for understanding the Sacrament of the Sick

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What’s the big deal about natural family planning?

What’s the big deal about natural family planning?

| Father Thomas Dufner | July 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

Priests have a thousand concerns in the parish — gathering God’s people together, forming them in the truth, loving them and staying with them in their sorrows.

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NFP – Enhancing an appetite for intimacy

NFP – Enhancing an appetite for intimacy

| July 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

To mark Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, July 24-30, The Catholic Spirit is featuring testimony about NFP from two couples and a pastor.

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Confession: It puts you straight with everyone

Confession: It puts you straight with everyone

| Sister Mary Ann Walsh | July 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

Penance, aka confession, is the sacrament of the forgiveness of sin. You can’t beat it for convenience. It’s available practically whenever.

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Really, truly, substantially present

Really, truly, substantially present

| Father Robert Barron | July 5, 2011 | 0 Comments

What is the origin of this distinctively Catholic conviction that Jesus is “really, truly and substantially present” under the eucharistic signs of bread and wine?

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Dress up, not down for Sunday Mass, even in summertime

Dress up, not down for Sunday Mass, even in summertime

| Father Michael Van Sloun For The Catholic Spirit | June 22, 2011 | 7 Comments

Every year, this sensitive summer subject crops up: What to wear for church.

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St. Joseph, the Father’s Day Saint

St. Joseph, the Father’s Day Saint

| Father Michael Van Sloun | June 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

St. Joseph is the patron saint of fathers, and the ideal saint to feature for Father’s Day. As the step father of Jesus, the Messiah, and the husband of Mary, the Blessed Mother, Joseph stands out as the father above all other fathers in the New Testament.

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Father Hennepin: Priest, missionary and explorer

Father Hennepin: Priest, missionary and explorer

| Father Michael Van Sloun | June 8, 2011 | 5 Comments

Hennepin is a name of great importance in Minnesota. Hennepin County is the most populous county. Hennepin Avenue is a major thoroughfare in Minneapolis. Father Hen­ne­pin State Park is on the south shore of Lake Mille Lacs near Isle. And, the City of Champlin celebrates Father Hennepin Days the second week­end of June every year.

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Ascension adds to Resurrection glory

Ascension adds to Resurrection glory

| Father Michael Van Sloun For The Catholic Spirit | May 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Ascension — commemorated June 5 this year — took place 40 days after Jesus’ resurrection from the dead (Acts 1:3). On that great and glorious day the Lord Jesus was “lifted up before their eyes in a cloud which took him from their sight” (Acts 1:9).

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‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy’

‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy’

| Father Michael Van Sloun | April 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Second Sunday of Easter is now also known as Divine Mercy Sunday. It ranks as a solemnity, and it is the eighth and final day of the Octave of Easter. Divine Mercy Sunday was established by Pope John Paul II on April 30, 2000.

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Compassionate gaze from freshman student packs ‘spiritual wallop’

Compassionate gaze from freshman student packs ‘spiritual wallop’

| Ginny Kubitz Moyer | March 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

Not long ago, while grading papers, I read one that made me pause. “Once when my family was in San Francisco, I saw lots of homeless people,” wrote a freshman boy. “I felt really sorry for them. My mom told me I shouldn’t because they obviously didn’t study hard enough in school, and being homeless was their own fault. But I still felt bad for them.”

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Holy Spirit plays great part in the conversion process

Holy Spirit plays great part in the conversion process

| Father Michael Van Sloun For The Catholic Spirit | March 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Holy Spirit is the divine force in the conversion process. As we con­tinue our journey through this holy season, it is most worthwhile to approach the Holy Spirit in prayer to request divine assistance.

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