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Recognizing God’s graces this Advent

Recognizing God’s graces this Advent

| December 1, 2011

The Blessed Virgin Mary a model for every believer

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Let’s work to assist those in great need

Let’s work to assist those in great need

| November 23, 2011

The Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul is sponsored by our local Catholic Charities and has always prided itself in offering shelter to anyone need­ing a place to sleep for the night.

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Preparing for the reality of death

Preparing for the reality of death

This month of All Souls is a good time for families to talk about the subject

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One more step in learning how to pray the Mass well

One more step in learning how to pray the Mass well

| October 27, 2011

Impending arrival of new Roman Missal is about more than learning new words, it’s about drawing closer to the Eucharist

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How one pro-life decision changed the world

How one pro-life decision changed the world

| October 13, 2011

Here is a real story about a woman who respected life, and her choice made a difference in virtually every one of our lives:

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Great hope for our church’s future

Great hope for our church’s future

| September 29, 2011

Our young people had a tremendous religious experience at World Youth Day in Madrid

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A serious threat to religious freedom

A serious threat to religious freedom

| September 15, 2011

there has arisen a very serious threat to the religious freedom of all religious institutions, especially our Catholic health care programs and Catholic social services, a threat posed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Reflections on World Youth Day

Reflections on World Youth Day

| September 1, 2011

A pilgrimage, I said, was quite different from a guided tour of a foreign country. On a vacation tour one does what one wants to do. On a pilgrimage one goes in search of the living God. Thus, a pilgrimage involves as much “interior” effort as the external, physical effort.

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Pornography – an addiction that can be overcome

Pornography – an addiction that can be overcome

| August 18, 2011

While watching the evening news on the second Sunday of July, I was intrigued to hear that one of the local Detroit evangelical churches had declared their weekly gathering to be “Porn Sunday.”

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Strengthening our Catholic schools

Strengthening our Catholic schools

| August 4, 2011

My staff likes to make sure that I have plenty to do while away for vacation, so this year they presented me with the report and recommendations of the Catholic Schools Commission, which I convened last December as part of our Archdiocesan Strategic Plan.

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Answering God’s call to a vocation

Answering God’s call to a vocation

On March 5 of this year, our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, visited the major Roman seminary on its patronal feast of Our Lady of Confidence. Interestingly enough, we have a statue in the chapel of our own St. Paul Seminary dedicated to our Blessed Lady under this title.

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Writing as a pastor, not a politician

Writing as a pastor, not a politician

In early June, I wrote a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton, Sen. Amy Koch and House Speaker Kurt Zellers about the present crisis over the state budget. Some commentators interpreted my message as favoring one party’s approach over another’s. That was not correct.

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