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The Genesis problem

The Genesis problem

| Father Robert Barron | February 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

How can anyone believe that God made the visible universe in six days, that all the species were created at the same time, that light existed before the sun and moon, etc., etc? How can believers possibly square the naïve cosmology of Genesis with the textured and sophisticated theories of Newton, Darwin, Einstein and Stephen Hawking?

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Is your parish a “marriage-building” community?

Is your parish a “marriage-building” community?

| Richard McCord | February 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

World Day of Day of Marriage (Feb. 13) and National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) provide us with an opportunity to celebrate, reflect and give thanks for the gift of marriage; also to realize the uniqueness of this call and its importance for the good of society.

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Bread and wine for the Body and Blood must be uncorrupted

Bread and wine for the Body and Blood must be uncorrupted

| February 2, 2011 | 1 Comment

The Catholic Spirit recently asked Father John Paul Erickson, director of the archdiocesan Office of Worship, to explain the church’s teaching regarding the elements of the Eucharist.

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Eucharist – The source and summit of Christian life. Primer on the sacrament.

Eucharist – The source and summit of Christian life. Primer on the sacrament.

| Father Michael Van Sloun | February 2, 2011 | 3 Comments

The Eucharist is one of the seven sacraments, and it stands above the others. While baptism is the gateway sacrament, the beginning of belief in Jesus as Lord, and incorporation into the Body of Christ, the church; it is the Eucharist that is the source and summit of the Christian life.

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Will the real St. Valentine please step up?

Will the real St. Valentine please step up?

| Father Michael Van Sloun | February 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

Feb. 14 is St. Valentine’s Day, but which St. Valentine is commemorated on that day?

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Project Moses promotes 10 Commandments

Project Moses promotes 10 Commandments

| January 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Can you recite the Ten Commandments? All of them?

Like many Catholics, you prob­ably learned the Ten Command­ments in grade school or Sunday school, and a few might have slipped your mind since then. (It’s OK, we won’t tell your Sunday school teacher!)

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First of our 7 sacraments welcomes us into the Body of Christ

First of our 7 sacraments welcomes us into the Body of Christ

| Johan Van Parys | January 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

The New Testament describes the baptism of several individuals and some households. Other early church documents testify to the development of rites and celebrations surrounding the process of initiation in the early church.

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Does attending Mass on Christmas Day this year fulfill one’s Sunday obligation?

Does attending Mass on Christmas Day this year fulfill one’s Sunday obligation?

| Father John Paul Erickson | December 16, 2010 | 7 Comments

The short answer is no — attending Mass on Christmas Day this year, which happens to be a Saturday, does not fulfill one’s obligation to attend Mass on Sunday, any more than attending a wedding on a Saturday afternoon fulfills one’s Sunday obligation. But the reason behind this answer requires some explanation.

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Zechariah and Elizabeth slip into Advent fashionably late

Zechariah and Elizabeth slip into Advent fashionably late

| Father Michael Van Sloun For The Catholic Spirit | December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Biblical characters that help us prepare for Christmas. Zechariah and Elizabeth are two key figures in the first chapter of Luke’s infancy narrative (Luke 1:5-2:52), and they play prominent roles in the Gospel readings for the weekday Masses immediately before Christmas. The Dec. 19 Gospel is the announcement by Gabriel to Zechariah of the birth of John the Baptist (Luke 1:5-25), Dec. 21 is Mary’s Visitation to Eliza­beth (Luke 1:39-45), Dec. 23 is the birth of the Baptist (Luke 1:57-66), and Dec. 24 is Zechariah’s canticle (Luke 1:67-79). The Visitation is also the Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Advent in Year C.

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Fourth Sunday of Advent begins end of waiting

Fourth Sunday of Advent begins end of waiting

| December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

The following Advent wreath prayers for the fourth week of Advent are in­tended to help busy households make Advent a prayerful time during the rush of Christmas preparations. The language is fairly simple, to be used by groups of adults or adults with children, and options are noted to allow for participation by other members of the household.

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Star and city of Bethlehem hold theological significance

Star and city of Bethlehem hold theological significance

| December 15, 2010 | 1 Comment

Although the Star of Bethlehem can be examined from a scientific perspective, it also has theological significance, as does the city itself. The Catholic Spirit recently interviewed Father Scott Carl, assistant professor of Sacred Scripture at St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, about Bethlehem and the star.

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Wondering about the ‘Star of Wonder’

Wondering about the ‘Star of Wonder’

| December 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

If it weren’t for the Gospel of Matthew’s brief reference to a star guiding Magi from the East to the newborn Messiah, “we wouldn’t know anything about the Star of Bethlehem,” according to a Minnesota astron­omer.

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