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Our work must be the work of the one true king

Our work must be the work of the one true king

| Deacon Bryan Kujawa | November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

On Nov. 23, we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. But Jesus did not appear on earth as we would imagine a king to appear. Jesus seems to be saying that he reigns as king somewhere other than earth, and we know the name of his kingdom: heaven.

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St. Andrew accompanies us through Advent

St. Andrew accompanies us through Advent

| Alyssa Bormes | November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Nearly three decades earlier, I had picked Andrea/Andrew because I thought it sounded so cool with the rest of my name: Alyssa Marie Andrea Bormes. God, who cannot be outdone, gave the pretentious teenager her sound, but he slipped in a mission along with it.

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How to obtain relics; original Bible manuscripts

How to obtain relics; original Bible manuscripts

| Father Kenneth Doyle | November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Q. Why is it so hard to obtain first-class relics? (Also, do I need permission from my bishop to obtain them?)
Q. Where are the original writings of the disciples that were used to put together the Catholic Bible?

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Adoring, worshiping and loving Jesus in the Eucharist

Adoring, worshiping and loving Jesus in the Eucharist

| Deacon Christopher Gernetzke | November 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus Christ institutes a new order of worship. No longer will we worship by simply offering animals in place of man for man’s sins, nor will we pay the temple tax to make everything right for the sake of observing the law. We are now to join Jesus Christ in offering the one sacrifice that he offers: the Eucharist.

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Having faith when our prayers seemingly go unanswered

Having faith when our prayers seemingly go unanswered

| Alyssa Bormes | November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

When our prayers are seemingly unanswered, our hearts can break. The wound can shake our faith. However, age has given us wisdom. We know that these moments require an act of the will. “In spite of this seeming setback, I believe.” It might be challenging, but this is all a part of spiritual maturity.

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Despair errs because of one thought: Life is worth living

Despair errs because of one thought: Life is worth living

| Father Michael Schmitz | November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Q. Is assisted suicide OK? Why should people needlessly suffer?

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News travels fast; let’s make it good news

News travels fast; let’s make it good news

| Deacon Billy Dodge | October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Take a cue from those Christians heroically living their faith today and from the Thessalonian Christians of Paul’s time: In their immediate surroundings, they live the great commandment: love God with your whole heart, mind, and soul, and your neighbor as yourself.

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Who can give blessings? Why mix water with wine?

Who can give blessings? Why mix water with wine?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Q. Can anyone other than a priest or deacon do a Catholic blessing?
Q. I have long wondered why the priest mixes water with the wine at the offertory of the Mass. I have done some research and learned that this was the practice as early as the second century, but I don’t understand why it is done.

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Catholics ‘bet on hope’ at 2014 Rediscover: Catholic Celebration

Catholics ‘bet on hope’ at 2014 Rediscover: Catholic Celebration

| October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

More than 5,000 people gathered Oct. 3 and 4 for the 2014 Rediscover: Catholic Celebration at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

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How prayer heals, transforms

How prayer heals, transforms

| Alyssa Bormes | October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

It was some years ago, and spiritually a galaxy away, but there was a night I thought I might never be seen again. Every getaway was blocked until morning. My only way out was to get through the night silently, drawing no attention to myself.

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It’s time to get serious about halting the porn epidemic

It’s time to get serious about halting the porn epidemic

| Father Michael Schmitz | October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Q. What is so wrong with watching porn? It is just the human body, and it doesn’t seem to hurt anyone.

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Choose wisely: Accept God’s invitation to share life with him

Choose wisely: Accept God’s invitation to share life with him

| Deacon John Christianson | October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Have you ever thrown a party and a person who you were hoping would come didn’t show up? The wedding feast parable speaks about a similar situation, but it is really speaking about the feast of eternal life with God.

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