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Pray ‘creation mysteries’ to reflect on encyclical’s themes

Pray ‘creation mysteries’ to reflect on encyclical’s themes

| Christopher Thompson | August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis has declared Sept. 1 the “World Day of Prayer for Creation” and has asked us in his encyclical, “Laudato Si’,” to develop an ecological spirituality. Why not take time that day to pray the rosary, but with the theme of creation as your focus? The repetitive nature of this prayer form makes recollection upon the various spiritual themes or “mysteries” relatively easy.

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Don’t get angry; get creatively generous

Don’t get angry; get creatively generous

| August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Frustration.

Irritation.

Anger.

If you’re human, you’ve had those emotions.

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Power politics vs. faithful citizenship

Power politics vs. faithful citizenship

| Kathryn Mollen | August 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

If a decline in the percentage of people who vote is any indication, people are disheartened with our political system. There seems to be a collective feeling that politics is nothing more than a partisan power struggle that serves special interests instead of the common good. People do not believe that their one voice makes a difference amidst a cacophony of competing voices.

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Waiting for a husband, keeping the faith

Waiting for a husband, keeping the faith

| Christina Capecchi | August 14, 2015 | 1 Comment

Arleen Spenceley can’t remember the last time she went on a date. It must’ve been 2014, she says without a trace of panic.

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Read the whole encyclical, not just your favorite part

Read the whole encyclical, not just your favorite part

| Jason Adkins | July 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’” is a great gift to the Church and the world, calling everyone to an ecological conversion that embraces an ethic of right relationships with God, our bodies, our neighbors and all of creation. Recognizing, with St. Francis of Assisi, that the sun is a “brother” and the water a “sister” requires first embracing God as father.

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The lowdown on NFP from a working mom

The lowdown on NFP from a working mom

| Rachel Lu | July 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

I decided to live contraceptive-free for a very simple reason: I wanted to be Catholic, and as I understood it, those were the rules. Not having grown up in the Church, I naively assumed that this was simply The Done Thing among Catholic women.

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At the heart of ‘Laudato Si’’: Everything is connected

At the heart of ‘Laudato Si’’: Everything is connected

| Cindy Wooden | July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

The earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it, Pope Francis says in his long-awaited encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.”

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Analyzing ruling’s implications will take time, Church officials say

Analyzing ruling’s implications will take time, Church officials say

| Julie Asher | July 2, 2015 | 3 Comments

Analyzing the ramifications of the June 26 same-sex marriage ruling for the Catholic Church at the national, state and local levels will take time, said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore.

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Drinking with the saints, reclaiming Catholic merriment

Drinking with the saints, reclaiming Catholic merriment

| Christina Capecchi | July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

The mention of booze generates a look of horror among many of the non-drinkers living and working alongside Michael P. Foley in Waco, Texas, where the Catholic dad teaches at a dry Baptist college. There’s a “skittishness,” he says.

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Stewardship of creation begins at home

Stewardship of creation begins at home

| Chiara Dowell | June 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the spring of 2014, my husband and I sold our 40-acre grass farm in southwest Wisconsin where we raised cheviot sheep. I still remember the moment I realized we were going to buy our current “river’s edge garden farm.” It was not exactly love at first sight of the 100-year-old farm house and overgrown six-acre lot.

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The dead end of gender theory

The dead end of gender theory

| Jessica Zittlow | June 18, 2015 | 2 Comments

Pope Francis has been talking a lot lately about what he is calling “gender theory.” He has called it an “anthropological regression” that “does not recognize the order of creation.”

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Eucharistic devotion should draw faithful to charity, community

Eucharistic devotion should draw faithful to charity, community

| Johan van Parys | June 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

This year we celebrate the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ on June 7. At the Basilica of St. Mary, we will mark the day with the celebration of the Eucharist, a eucharistic procession followed by benediction, and an invitation to participate in “Bread for the World.”

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