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Patriotism, American exceptionalism and the common good

Patriotism, American exceptionalism and the common good

| Jason Adkins | December 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Today, “patriotism,” a proper love of country or home, is often castigated as narrow-minded, bigoted or reactionary by the cosmopolitan elites who police our public discourse.

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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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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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Silent night: Listening in Advent

Silent night: Listening in Advent

| Elizabeth Kelly | December 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Last October, I took my 82-year-old mom on a silent retreat. The priest who led the weekend told the following story.

He had been teaching second-graders when the subject of prayer arose and he simply asked, “How do you talk to Jesus?” Hands shot up. The first child called upon said, “First, you have to shut up.”

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Rogers school: Yes, we’re open

Rogers school: Yes, we’re open

| November 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mary, Queen of Peace School is striving to make itself known. Another in a series that is taking the temperature of Catholic schools on the outer edges of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Make sure Jesus, king of the universe, is also king of our hearts

Make sure Jesus, king of the universe, is also king of our hearts

| Deacon Doug Liebsch | November 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe is one feast in which we recognize the grand majesty of Jesus. This feast helps deepen our understanding of who Jesus is.

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Acknowledging the Catholic ‘man-crisis’

Acknowledging the Catholic ‘man-crisis’

| Matthew James Christoff | November 19, 2015 | 2 Comments

This week we begin “Catholic Watchmen,” a new monthly column focusing on Catholic laymen.

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In Year of Mercy, pray and fast to end violence

In Year of Mercy, pray and fast to end violence

| Bishop Andrew Cozzens | November 19, 2015

All of us have once again found ourselves in stunned shock and grief at the terrible terrorist attacks that happened Nov. 13 in Paris. We have been scandalized now for months by ISIS’ senseless acts of violence, which has most often been directed against our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East. So many have been driven from their homes, and some of them brutally murdered because they refused to give up their faith. What are we to do in the face of such incredible evil?

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Daniel and the great unveiling

Daniel and the great unveiling

| Bishop Robert Barron | November 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Toward the end of the liturgical year, we Catholics hear at Mass from the mysterious, often confounding and utterly fascinating book of Daniel. Recent scholarship has demonstrated that the book of Daniel had an extraordinarily powerful influence on the first Christians, providing them a most important template for understanding the significance of Jesus. Daniel is, of course, an example of apocalyptic literature, which in the common understanding means that it has to do with the end of the world.

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Parents and sex ed: Duty cannot be delegated

Parents and sex ed: Duty cannot be delegated

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | November 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

While some parents might be happy to avoid the awkward conversations that arise around human sexuality by allowing the school system to provide their children’s sex education, it is nonetheless important for parents to recognize that they are the most significant teachers and models for their own children as they mature sexually.

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Dec. 4 marks start of First Fridays of prayer, fasting to end violence

Dec. 4 marks start of First Fridays of prayer, fasting to end violence

| November 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Minnesota’s bishops have called for a day of fasting and prayer Dec. 4, the Friday before the Year of Mercy begins Dec. 8. In the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Catholics are asked to continue to pray and fast on the first Fridays of the month through May.

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St. Agnes names new activity center for Father Ubel

St. Agnes names new activity center for Father Ubel

| November 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Former pastor honored by school he helped to keep open.

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