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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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Pope: Support Catholic religious in their mission, ministries

Pope: Support Catholic religious in their mission, ministries

| Cindy Wooden | December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

During the Year of Consecrated Life, all Catholics are called to thank God for the gifts members of religious orders have given the Church and the world, to join them in prayer and find practical ways to support them and their ministries, Pope Francis said.

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Police officer leans on Catholic faith during Ferguson crisis

Police officer leans on Catholic faith during Ferguson crisis

| Dave Luecking | December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the situation that has become known as simply “Ferguson,” Sgt. John Wall of the St. Louis County Police Department knew in the second week of August that the time had come to stand up and be counted. Peaceful protests after the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown by a police officer during a confrontation had devolved into rioting and looting.

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How to obtain relics; original Bible manuscripts

How to obtain relics; original Bible manuscripts

| Father Kenneth Doyle | November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Q. Why is it so hard to obtain first-class relics? (Also, do I need permission from my bishop to obtain them?)
Q. Where are the original writings of the disciples that were used to put together the Catholic Bible?

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Priests, religious are key in helping bring souls ‘home to God’

Priests, religious are key in helping bring souls ‘home to God’

| Father Troy Przybilla for The Catholic Spirit | November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

This week, the Catholic Church in the United States encourages us to turn our gaze toward religious vocations as we commemorate National Vocations Awareness Week.

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Having faith when our prayers seemingly go unanswered

Having faith when our prayers seemingly go unanswered

| Alyssa Bormes | November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

When our prayers are seemingly unanswered, our hearts can break. The wound can shake our faith. However, age has given us wisdom. We know that these moments require an act of the will. “In spite of this seeming setback, I believe.” It might be challenging, but this is all a part of spiritual maturity.

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Art among us, art within us: honoring the ‘divine spark’

Art among us, art within us: honoring the ‘divine spark’

| Christina Capecchi | November 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

Looking back, the son that was born to Leoold and Anna Maria Mozart on a Tuesday evening in late January seemed to arrive with fully formed symphonies bound up in his tiny body, waiting for ink and instrument. At age 3, the toddler nicknamed Wolfgangerl was identifying thirds on the clavier, and by 5, he was composing music.

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Our heavenly family after Vatican II

Our heavenly family after Vatican II

| Colleen Carroll Campbell | November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Our Church’s focus on heaven and its citizens takes on special significance this November. Fifty years ago this month, Pope Paul VI promulgated one of the landmark documents of the Second Vatican Council, the “Dogmatic Constitution on the Church.” Known as “Lumen Gentium” (“Light of the Nations”), it famously proclaimed the “universal call to holiness” — the idea that sainthood is God’s will for each of us, not just for priests and nuns or some elite caste of professional Catholics.

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At parish mission, evangelist tries to start ‘holiness revolution’

At parish mission, evangelist tries to start ‘holiness revolution’

| November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

“I think he’s telling us what we need to hear,” Masek said. “So many of our Catholic churches seem so dead. We’re broken. We’ve compromised with the culture.”

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Faith comes alive at Archdiocesan Youth Day

Faith comes alive at Archdiocesan Youth Day

| October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Photos from Archdiocesan Youth Day 2014

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