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Forgive offenses

Forgive offenses

| Father Michael Van Sloun | November 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

To forgive offenses is one of the seven spiritual works of mercy. It is also variously known as to “forgive all injuries” and to “forgive sins.”

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Couple turns to stone for help with troubled marriage

Couple turns to stone for help with troubled marriage

| November 4, 2016 | 3 Comments

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

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Clothing the naked

Clothing the naked

| Father Michael Van Sloun | October 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

The corporal works of mercy deal with care for a person’s bodily needs. Food and water stand at the top of the list, and clothing comes right behind (see Sir 29:21). Jesus described this merciful work as “naked and you clothed me” (Mt 25:36). Nakedness can mean nudity, the complete lack of clothing, but more often it means partial or inadequate clothing. Destitute is a synonym for nakedness because it usually is caused by extreme poverty.

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Stillwater mother’s Tiny Treasures ministry clothes babies born and gone too soon

Stillwater mother’s Tiny Treasures ministry clothes babies born and gone too soon

| October 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Tiny handmade hats, gowns and cloth diapers fill an entire room of Christelle Hagen’s workshop. The soft material is fitting for any newborn. But these garments are made for the frailest of babies — those whose parents must clothe them for burial rather than home.

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Admonish the sinner

Admonish the sinner

| Father Michael Van Sloun | September 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

To admonish the sinner is one of the seven spiritual works of mercy, and like the other six, it is concerned with the spiritual well-being of another.

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UST psychology professor helps others grow in virtue

UST psychology professor helps others grow in virtue

| September 20, 2016 | 1 Comment

More than 100 quotes typewritten on yellow sheets of paper are taped to the walls of John Buri’s cramped basement office at the University of St. Thomas.

They contain a wealth of information that has guided him over decades as a psychology professor at the St. Paul school. One of the quotes stands out. It is from the New Testament. It is the only one made into a plaque, done so as a gift from a group of longtime friends who know how ardently and passionately he works to encourage others in their spiritual lives.

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Bury the dead

Bury the dead

| Father Michael Van Sloun | September 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

The seventh corporal work of mercy is to bury the dead. It is different from the other six because it is not given by Jesus with his set of judgment criteria (Mt 25:35-36), but was added later to round out the list to the biblical number of seven. Also, it isn’t directed to the bodily needs of someone who is living, but rather to the body of someone who has died.

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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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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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