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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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CRS worker in Indonesia focuses on agriculture

CRS worker in Indonesia focuses on agriculture

| Carol Jessen-Klixbull For The Catholic Spirit | March 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

Since 1975, Operation Rice Bowl, the Lenten program of Catholic Relief Services, has helped to improve people’s ability to access food in communities around the world and in the United States.

As the official international Catholic relief and development agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services works with local, national and international Catholic institutions and structures, as well as other organizations, to assist people on the basis of need, without regard to race, religion or nationality.

In each issue during Lent, The Catholic Spirit is sharing CRS’ work with an email interview and recipe from a country that agency serves. Haiti and Kenya were featured previously and Honduras will be highlighted in the next issue.

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CRS worker in Kenya helps needy kids

CRS worker in Kenya helps needy kids

| Carol Jessen-Klixbull For The Catholic Spirit | March 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

A Kenyan native, Johness Mzee began working with CRS last June as the program officer implementing the Education for Marginalized Children in Kenya project. He recently answered questions via an e-mail interview with The Catholic Spirit.

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Praying with Scripture

Praying with Scripture

| Father Michael Van Sloun For The Catholic Spirit | March 17, 2011 | 2 Comments

One of the best forms of prayer is to pray with Scripture. Jesus did!

From his youth it was his custom to go to the synagogue in Nazareth on the Sabbath where he would unroll a scroll and read Scripture (Luke 4:16,17). After his baptism in the Jordan, Jesus went out into the desert where he spent 40 days and 40 nights in prayer (Matthew 4:1-11).

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A closer look at the newly revised Bible edition

A closer look at the newly revised Bible edition

| March 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

The revised New American Bible was released March 9 and includes the first revised translation since 1970 of the Old Testament. The Bible will be available over time in an assortment of print, audio and electronic formats, from a variety of publishers. The following Q&A about the revised version is provided by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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It’s time to ask forgiveness of God and community

It’s time to ask forgiveness of God and community

| Father Michael Van Sloun For The Catholic Spirit | March 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

This holy season of Lent is a time to repent and turn away from sin. One highly recommended way to do that is through the sacrament of reconciliation.

Lent is a penitential season, a special time to acknowledge the reality of sin in our lives, specifically to admit our sins, confess them and be absolved of them.

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Confirmation Q&A with Archbishop Nienstedt

Confirmation Q&A with Archbishop Nienstedt

| March 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Catholic Spirit editor Joe Towalski recently talked with Archbishop John Nienstedt about the sacrament of confirmation.

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Church’s teaching on immigration explained

Church’s teaching on immigration explained

| March 16, 2011 | 1 Comment

In their 2003 pastoral letter, “Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope,” the U.S. bishops applied the Gospel and papal teachings to U.S. immigration policy. The following governing principles as to how the church should respond to immigration policy proposals are explained in the letter:

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Gifts for confirmation and beyond

Gifts for confirmation and beyond

| Susan Klemond | March 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

The better you know the confirmand, the better the chance you’ll find a gift that will resonate with him or her.

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