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Lenten practices opportunities for fuller life in Christ

Lenten practices opportunities for fuller life in Christ

| February 12, 2015

God is indeed asking us to die to self and to resist temptation, but the reason behind these actions is to clear out more space in our hearts for him and for his grace. Our prayer, fasting and almsgiving are not ends in themselves. They are not ways to prove our strengths or increase our skills, but rather opportunities to become more fully alive in Christ, more able to reveal his love to the people around us.

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Oportunidades de prácticas cuaresmales para una vida más plena en Cristo

Oportunidades de prácticas cuaresmales para una vida más plena en Cristo

| February 12, 2015

El próximo miércoles, 18 de febrero, nos embarcamos en nuestro camino cuaresmal anual de 40 días. Creo que es útil recordar que la culminación de estos cuarenta días no es el Viernes Santo, sino el Domingo de Pascua. Dios ciertamente nos invita a morir en nosotros mismos y resistir la tentación, pero la razón detrás de estas acciones es hacer más espacio en nuestros corazones para Él y para Su gracia. Nuestra oración, el ayuno y la limosna no son fines en sí mismos. No son maneras de probar nuestras fortalezas o aumentar nuestras habilidades, sino más bien oportunidades para estar más plenamente vivos en Cristo, ser capaces de revelar su amor a la gente que nos rodea.

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Open houses to shed light on consecrated life

Open houses to shed light on consecrated life

| January 29, 2015

Feb. 2 is the feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple and the celebration of the “World Day for Consecrated Life.” The faithful from around the Archdiocese are invited to attend the celebration of Mass at 5:15 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Paul, honoring all religious men and women in the consecrated life.

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Jornada de puertas abiertas, para iluminar a la vida consagrada

Jornada de puertas abiertas, para iluminar a la vida consagrada

| January 29, 2015

El 2 de febrero es la fiesta de la Presentación del Señor en el Templo y la celebración del “Día Mundial de la Vida Consagrada.” Todos los fieles alrededor de la Arquidiócesis están invitados a asistir a la celebración de la Santa Misa a las 5:15 p.m. en la Catedral de St. Paul, en honor a todos los religiosos y religiosas en la vida consagrada.

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Letter from Archbishop John Nienstedt

Letter from Archbishop John Nienstedt

| January 16, 2015

I have directed that a petition for a Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Archdiocese Corporation be filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court of the District of Minnesota. Please note: this filing does not include parishes and schools. I make this decision because I believe it is the fairest and most helpful recourse for those victims/survivors who have made claims against us.

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Pope modeled peace, unity during trip to Turkey

Pope modeled peace, unity during trip to Turkey

| January 15, 2015

Acknowledging the deep desire of the pope and patriarch for greater mutual accord ought to encourage all of us in our prayer and in our dialogue as we approach our annual celebration of the Church Unity Octave, Jan. 18-25.

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El Papa modela paz y unión durante su viaje a Turquía

El Papa modela paz y unión durante su viaje a Turquía

| January 15, 2015

Reconozcamos el profundo deseo del Papa y del Patriarca para un mayor acuerdo mutuo que nos debe animar a todos nosotros en nuestra oración y en nuestro diálogo cuando nos acercamos a nuestra celebración anual de la Octava por la Unidad de la Iglesia del 18 al 25 enero.

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Rejoice: Arrival of our Savior brings hope, love and light

Rejoice: Arrival of our Savior brings hope, love and light

| December 18, 2014

One of the reasons I love the Christmas season is its music. As you know, I like to sing, but what truly moves me is the rhythm and cadence of the notes and the power of the words; these really touch my heart when I listen to Christmas songs. I like to include music in the Mass, sometimes in prayer, sometimes even in my homily, because the chords and chorus join in unity, as our voices together rise up as one to give honor and praise to God.

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¡Alégrate! La llegada de nuestro Salvador, nos trae esperanza, amor y luz

¡Alégrate! La llegada de nuestro Salvador, nos trae esperanza, amor y luz

| December 18, 2014

Una de las razones por las cuales me encanta la temporada navideña es por su música. Como ya saben, me gusta cantar pero lo que realmente me mueve es el ritmo y el “tempo” de las notas y el poder que tienen las palabras, estas realmente tocan mi corazón cuando escucho las canciones navideñas. Me gusta incluir música en la misa, a veces en la oración, a veces incluso en mi homilía, porque los acordes y el coro se unen en armonía, así como nuestras voces se elevan para honrar y alabar a Dios.

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Watching, waiting and wonder: the virtue of patience

Watching, waiting and wonder: the virtue of patience

| December 11, 2014

When I was a pastor of a large suburban parish outside Detroit, I preached one Advent Sunday on the Advent virtue of courage as exemplified by the life of St. John the Baptist. I encouraged my parishioners to be fearless in speaking about their faith before others and not to be afraid of defending the truths of their Catholic faith. After Mass, a mother came up to me to thank me for the homily but added, “Father, next week could you preach on the virtue of patience? That’s the virtue I really need!”

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La virtud de la paciencia en Adviento

La virtud de la paciencia en Adviento

| December 11, 2014

Cuando yo era pastor de una parroquia suburbana a las afueras de Detroit, prediqué un domingo de Adviento de la virtud de la valentía ilustrada en la vida de San Juan Bautista. Animé a mis feligreses a no tener miedo de hablar de su fe ante los demás y a no tener miedo de defender las verdades de la fe Católica. Después de la Misa, una madre se acercó a mí para darme las gracias por la homilía, pero añadió, “¿Padre, la próxima semana podría usted predicar sobre la virtud de la paciencia? Esa es la virtud que ¡realmente necesito!”

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Let us thank, support those living a consecrated life

Let us thank, support those living a consecrated life

| December 4, 2014

I feel very blessed to have been taught by the Adrian Dominican Sisters in the elementary and high schools of my home parish. Those were very formative years, and I had the wonderful, inspirational examples of virtue that those religious women embodied. I have often remarked that the Sisters taught me “how to think and how to think with the Church.” Much of my vocation as a priest was also due to the regular encouragement the Sisters gave me. They were marvelous teachers, and their contribution to the Church cannot be overstated.

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