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Instructing the ignorant

Instructing the ignorant

| Father Michael Van Sloun | January 6, 2016 | 1 Comment

To instruct the ignorant is the first spiritual work of mercy. Ignorant may sound like a harsh word, but it is a harsh reality. What is not known or understood can hurt a person, not only physically or legally, but also spiritually. It is a matter of spiritual life or death. It is merciful to inform someone about the faith and assist them on the road to their eternal salvation.

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The apostle of ‘the apostle of common sense’

The apostle of ‘the apostle of common sense’

| January 6, 2016 | 4 Comments

George Preca of Malta. The rosary’s luminous mysteries. The Lord’s Prayer, the Greek word for “debt,” and the interchange of “justice” and “righteousness.” Standing before 18 high school sophomores in early December, Dale Ahlquist tied each topic into a 45-minute lecture on Christ’s Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes.

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Embracing the prodigal son

Embracing the prodigal son

| Alyssa Bormes | December 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

It seems fair to say that I was a recalcitrant teen and 20-something, but the good Lord reached into those turbulent years planting moments of grace.

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Gentle revolution: Pope wants Year of Mercy to tenderly transform world

Gentle revolution: Pope wants Year of Mercy to tenderly transform world

| Carol Glatz | December 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

When Pope Francis planned the Year of Mercy and the opening of the Holy Door, he did not mean to give the starting signal for a frenzied wave of pilgrims to Rome.

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Cathedral, Basilica to welcome Holy Year by opening Holy Doors Dec. 13

Cathedral, Basilica to welcome Holy Year by opening Holy Doors Dec. 13

| December 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the Holy Year of Mercy will mean more intensive prayer and performing acts of mercy. Johan van Parys, director of liturgy and sacred arts at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, described the jubilee year as an extension of Lent.

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‘Acts of Mercy’ series features art of Ade Bethune

‘Acts of Mercy’ series features art of Ade Bethune

| December 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

The logo of The Catholic Spirit’s Year of Mercy series depicts two people: One is reaching down to cloak the other’s shoulders, who is gazing back at the giver. It was chosen because of the way it shows “encounter,” a dominant theme of Pope Francis’ papacy, and a focal point for the Year of Mercy. When the pope speaks of building a “culture of encounter,” he is urging people to love God and others, and to engage and accompany other people, especially those on society’s edges.

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Acts of Mercy

Acts of Mercy

| December 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Fourteen-part series highlighting local Catholics who live out the corporal and spiritual works of mercy

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Holy year FAQ

Holy year FAQ

| December 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

For the Catholic Church, a holy year remains a time of great spiritual significance, and emphasis is placed on the examination of conscience and conversion, the forgiveness of sins, reconciliation, concrete acts of solidarity and initiatives to restore justice.

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Work of mercy: Feeding the hungry

Work of mercy: Feeding the hungry

| Father Michael Van Sloun | December 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

To feed the hungry is the first corporal work of mercy. It was given by Jesus when he spoke to his disciples about the Judgment of the Nations (Mt 25:31-46), and it stands at the top of his list.

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What are the works of mercy?

What are the works of mercy?

| Father Michael Van Sloun | December 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Works of mercy

Jesus placed an extraordinarily high value on mercy, so great, in fact, that it is the Fifth Beatitude, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (Mt 5:7).

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When did I see you hungry?

When did I see you hungry?

| December 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Armed with a gift for feeding others, Burnsville Catholic leads weekly dinner for people in need

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Tear down this wall: Holy Year calls for human barriers to tumble down

Tear down this wall: Holy Year calls for human barriers to tumble down

| Carol Glatz | December 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

For a spiritual leader who denounces a world divided by walls, a church shuttered by cliques and hearts hardened to compassion, opening wide the Holy Door for the Year of Mercy will be a significant and symbolic moment for Pope Francis.

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