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‘IT’S THE FRAME OF OUR DAY’

‘IT’S THE FRAME OF OUR DAY’

| December 1, 2010 | 4 Comments

It was 6:25 a.m. The vast majority of University of St. Thomas residence hall windows were dark and the campus was quiet, except for the hushed voices of a few students walking briskly to the chapel.

Every weekday morning, students meet to pray morning prayer at 6:30 at the Florence Chapel in the basement of the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.

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Let’s do Advent better this year with family and friends

Let’s do Advent better this year with family and friends

| November 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

This Advent, let’s not just put an Advent wreath out as a decoration. Let’s really do Advent.

Let’s gather family or friends each week of the Advent season and pray that beautiful ritual together.

We can do this.

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Take time to count your blessings and thank God for your gifts

Take time to count your blessings and thank God for your gifts

| Father Michael Van Sloun For The Catholic Spirit | November 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

The holiday season moves into full swing this month with our an­nual celebration of Thanksgiving. It is marvelous to be able to have an attitude of gratitude.

God is our provider, the giver of all good gifts, so when it comes to giving thanks, our first expression of gratitude should be directed to almighty God.

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Isaiah: Old Testament prophet for the Advent season

Isaiah: Old Testament prophet for the Advent season

| Father Michael Van Sloun For The Catholic Spirit | November 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

Isaiah’s Advent message. Isaiah is the prophet who guides our journey through Advent as we prepare for Christmas. Advent is a season of joyful anticipation, and Isaiah invites us to look forward to the coming of the Messiah, to prepare the way of the Lord. Advent is a liturgical season with a strong penitential tone, and Isaiah urges us to straighten out our crooked ways, tear down our mountains of misdeeds

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Priest offers parents practical ways to teach virtues

Priest offers parents practical ways to teach virtues

| By Susan Klemond For The Catholic Spirit | November 18, 2010 | 1 Comment

In teaching their children about faith and virtue, it helps when parents offer a few examples, according to Father Francis J. “Rocky” Hoffman, executive director of Relevant Radio.

“When Mom and Dad love each other, kids know that they love each other,” he said. “When Mom and Dad love their kids, kids know that they love them. When Mom and Dad love their faith, then the kids love their faith. It’s that simple.”

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Christians cite reasons to thank God for Fridays

Christians cite reasons to thank God for Fridays

| Father Michael Van Sloun For The Catholic Spirit | November 4, 2010 | 1 Comment

TGIF: Work release! Most folks like Fridays. Workers eagerly look forward to them. The cheery thought of Friday gives people a lift, so much so that there is a well-known slogan, “Thank God it’s Friday.” A restaurant chain even named itself TGI Fridays. Friday represents the end of the work week and the beginning of the weekend, both reasons to celebrate.

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All Souls Day: Why should we pray for the dead?

All Souls Day: Why should we pray for the dead?

| Father Michael Van Sloun For The Catholic Spirit | November 1, 2010 | 2 Comments

Nov. 2 is All Souls Day, the special day in the liturgical year set aside to pray for the dead.

But why pray for the dead? There is no need to pray for those who have died and gone straight to heaven.

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St. Stephen, Anoka, promotes saints in Halloween Capital of the World

St. Stephen, Anoka, promotes saints in Halloween Capital of the World

| Father Michael Van Sloun For The Catholic Spirit | October 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

Halloween is the night before All Saints Day. All Saints is such a major feast that the celebration begins with a vigil on the night before the actual day. The original name was All Hallows Eve and later shortened to Halloween. Hallow means “holy” or “sacred,” and “e’en” is a rough translation of eve or even, British equivalents to evening.

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Minnesota bishops issue brief catechesis on marriage

Minnesota bishops issue brief catechesis on marriage

| October 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

The following catechetical statement and an accompanying summary statement on marriage were issued Sept. 22 by Minnesota’s Catholic bishops. The documents’ release follows the bishops’ recent statewide marriage initiative in which they sent a letter and DVD to Catholics on the topic of protecting traditional marriage. We, the Catholic bishops of Minnesota, believe it is […]

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Eyes of faith are needed to see miracles around us

Eyes of faith are needed to see miracles around us

| Father Michael Van Sloun For The Catholic Spirit | October 6, 2010 | 0 Comments

What is a miracle?

A miracle is a fantastic, unexplainable occurrence that defies the rules of science or exceeds normal human capacity.

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Can Catholics and Muslims get along?

Can Catholics and Muslims get along?

| September 22, 2010 | 6 Comments

Ramadan ended Sept. 10, but the controversy over the proposed Manhattan mosque that colored the Muslim month of fasting this year has not.

The mosque debate has sparked a good deal of general anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States, and the phenomenon appears to be growing, said University of St. Thomas theology professor Adil Ozdemir, a Muslim who teaches courses on Islam.

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Exorcism: It’s on the big screen, but is it still in the church?

Exorcism: It’s on the big screen, but is it still in the church?

| September 21, 2010 | 13 Comments

So, what does the church teach about exorcism and evil in general? Are demons real, or are they products of mental illness? What should someone do if they suspect an evil spirit is affecting his or her life?

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