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Delano deacon devotes decades to digging graves as he prays for those laid to rest

Delano deacon devotes decades to digging graves as he prays for those laid to rest

| September 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Deacon Joe Kittok digs holes for a living. He spends an hour and a half several times a week removing about 4 cubic yards of dirt, which he takes to his 35-acre property in Delano and spills onto the ground. He gets $400 per hole, which adds up to a decent living.

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Counsel the doubtful

Counsel the doubtful

| Father Michael Van Sloun | August 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

To counsel the doubtful is a spiritual work of mercy. Doubt is a spiritual burden, and it is an act of mercy to offer counsel and help lighten the load.

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Campus missionary says love can help young people overcome doubt

Campus missionary says love can help young people overcome doubt

| August 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Part ten in a 14-part series highlighting local Catholics who live out the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

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Nonprofit partners respond to growing senior housing needs

Nonprofit partners respond to growing senior housing needs

| Matthew Davis | August 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

A bigger challenge than distance awaited Evon and Charles Wells-Ellis in their decision to have Evon’s mother, Grace Wells, move into their St. Paul home. Wells, 83, from Omaha, Nebraska, needed wheelchair access and other physical adaptations to live at Wells-Ellis’ Aurora-St. Anthony neighborhood home near St. Peter Claver. The cost of the changes looked daunting at $40,000-$50,000.

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Young adults hit the road to take pro-life message across country

Young adults hit the road to take pro-life message across country

| Ana Franco-Guzman | July 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

The path for a group of young adult pro-lifers this summer is about 10,000 miles long.

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Catholics seeking to improve lives on mission trips say they’re changed as well

Catholics seeking to improve lives on mission trips say they’re changed as well

| Clare Kolars | July 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

To serve and be served

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Called to Krakow

Called to Krakow

| Josephine von Dohlen | July 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Local Catholics joining Pope Francis at World Youth Day

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Care for the sick

Care for the sick

| Father Michael Van Sloun | July 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

The fifth corporal work of mercy was given by Jesus in his discourse on the judgment of the nations: “For I was … ill and you cared for me” (Mt 25:35, 36). Other interchangeable terms include to visit or to comfort the sick. The original Greek verb could also be translated “you looked after me” or “you nursed me.”

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In Prior Lake, cancer ministry arms ‘warriors’ with prayer, cards and care packages

In Prior Lake, cancer ministry arms ‘warriors’ with prayer, cards and care packages

| Jessica Weinberger | July 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

It was Rhonda Zweber’s lowest day.

She had just returned home after undergoing a double mastectomy in August 2007. Nauseous from the anesthesia and faced with a lengthy treatment plan to fight her breast cancer, she was unsure of what the future would hold for her and her husband, Val, and their three young daughters.

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Women, men religious celebrate jubilees

Women, men religious celebrate jubilees

| July 7, 2016 | 1 Comment

The Catholic Spirit congratulates the following members of women’s and men’s religious communities who are serving or have served in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and are celebrating jubilees this year.

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To bear wrongs patiently

To bear wrongs patiently

To bear wrongs patiently is one of the seven spiritual works of mercy. Most of the spiritual works of mercy are directed outward for the spiritual benefit of another person, such as to instruct, comfort, counsel or admonish. This spiritual work is directed inward for one’s own spiritual benefit. It is much like a virtue. Christians should have this quality and increase in it.

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Food and conversation conduits for connecting with society’s wounded

Food and conversation conduits for connecting with society’s wounded

| Bridget Ryder | July 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

For St. Paul man, food and conversation conduits for connecting with society’s wounded

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