It was Blessed Teresa of Kolkata who said, “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
In reading Julie Pfitzinger’s excellent piece on today’s Catholic bookstores and the challenges they face [July 7], I may have given the impression that today’s youth do not read.
I buried his ashes today, Sunday, with well over 200 tearful family members, friends and well-wishers present, among them his 17 year-old stepson whom I baptized when he was an infant.
Firing someone from their job is unpleasant. Managers hate doing it and employees hate losing their job. But it happens, and our faith can be a guide for both manager and employee.
North Minneapolis is a resilient community despite the many times it finds itself in the middle of a storm’s eye. A number of different storms have plagued the area over the years, some of them simultaneously. It has seen more than its fair share of poverty, gang violence, joblessness and racial exclusion.
The politicians in Minnesota have not found common ground in the budget debate.
While they continue to work to resolve the budget differences, we offer a couple of thoughts to consider.
I am extremely honored at having been recognized in this year’s Salute to Graduates [May 12]. I understand space limitations often require students’ answers to be shortened. Due to the shortening of my answers, I believe that some of my key ideas have been misrepresented. At St. Agnes, I have been challenged to look at real-world and controversial issues from a faithfully Catholic viewpoint. I think this was lost in the editing, and I would like to clarify a couple of ideas.
On Feb. 18, I delivered the keynote address at the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition’s Day on the Hill. I was invited to deliver that address and accepted the invitation several weeks prior to my assuming the role of interim executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference until such time as a nationwide search identified a permanent director. I was speaking as a long-time member and supporter of the JRLC.
In our weekly parish bulletin, we used to run a drawing of a little man alongside the report of the previous week’s collection and the amount needed each week to meet the parish budget.
When our collection reached or surpassed the budget amount, the little man had a smile on his face; when the collection fell short, he wore a pout.