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Faith, love lead us to greater sacrifice

Faith, love lead us to greater sacrifice

| Deacon Arthur Roraff | February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

I have a ritual I perform whenever a plane I’m on is about to land. I shut my eyes and say, “Lord, I am yours. I beg for your mercy for my sins and offer myself to you.”

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6 ways to begin or enhance your fasting

6 ways to begin or enhance your fasting

| Jennifer Janikula for The Catholic Spirit | February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Several passionate fasters offered these tips to help others get started or enhance their current fasting practices.

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Full from fasting

Full from fasting

| Jennifer Janikula for The Catholic Spirit | February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Lenten discipline ripe with life, love and freedom, adherents say

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Focolare members united by desire to love God, neighbors

Focolare members united by desire to love God, neighbors

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | February 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

As a young college graduate considering the priesthood in the 1970s, Emery Koenig saw an ad from the international Catholic movement Focolare offering a concerete way to live out the Gospel.

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See the local Catholic world through The Catholic Spirit lens: Follow on Instagram

See the local Catholic world through The Catholic Spirit lens: Follow on Instagram

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit is now sharing photos and news on Instagram!

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Well-Read Mom conference fuels love of literature

Well-Read Mom conference fuels love of literature

| February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

What we read and how we read it matters. Because, according to Marcie Stokman, in the advent of eReaders, we’ve “out-sourced our spatial memory to Google.”

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Clapping at Mass; scattering cremains

Clapping at Mass; scattering cremains

| Father Kenneth Doyle | December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Q. I have noticed that when the choir does a piece of music differently or performs a song especially well, someone inevitably starts to applaud, and the rest of the congregation follows suit. I think this detracts from the mood that the music has just created and interferes with the solemnity of the Mass. Is it just me, or should applause be reserved for musical performances outside of Mass?

Q. I understand that, as Catholics, if we choose to be cremated, our cremains are to be treated with dignity and must be buried or entombed. My husband and I have two family members who have asked us to arrange to have their ashes “scattered.” One is a Catholic, one is not. Does our duty to follow Church teaching on this matter override the wishes of our family members (even of the non-Catholic one)? I am uncomfortable with one day having to carry out their request, but I’m unsure as to how to respond.

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When you give to your parish, where does your money go?

When you give to your parish, where does your money go?

| December 17, 2014 | 2 Comments

When you put your offering in the collection basket at Mass, make an electronic gift or give a special year-end donation to your parish, *92 cents of every dollar you give stays in your parish or supports initiatives as determined by your parish.

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What’s it like to be a bishop? ‘Lots of excitement,’ Cozzens says

What’s it like to be a bishop? ‘Lots of excitement,’ Cozzens says

| December 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

On Dec. 9, Bishop Andrew Cozzens celebrated the one-year anniversary of his ordination as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. It was a busy year of confirmations, engagement in Latino Ministry and taking an active role in helping victims of sexual abuse heal.

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Advent Week 2 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

Advent Week 2 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

| December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

The following Advent wreath prayer is intended to help busy households make Advent a prayerful time during the rush of Christmas preparations. The language is fairly simple, intended to be used for personal prayer and reflection or by groups of adults or adults with children. Options are noted to allow for participation by a variety of members of a household.

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From darkness to light, from sadness to joy

From darkness to light, from sadness to joy

| Father Michael Van Sloun for The Catholic Spirit | December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

During Advent, the Church pays special attention to the struggle between darkness and light. December is one of the cloudiest months of the year, and the gloomy, gray, dreary, overcast skies can dampen our spirits. Moreover, the days keep getting shorter up to the winter solstice — the shortest day of the year when the light is the least and the darkness is the greatest. The heaviness of the darkness can lead to sadness and feeling down in the dumps.

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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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