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Death, where is your sting?

Death, where is your sting?

| Bishop Andrew Cozzens | May 4, 2017

Have you ever tried to put into one sentence the reason that you are a Christian? What do you believe and why do you believe it? Here is my attempt: I am a Christian because God’s own son has freed me from death.

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Stepping up to the challenge to become Watchmen

Stepping up to the challenge to become Watchmen

| Jeff Cavins | March 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Watchmen movement was formally launched at the archdiocesan men’s conference Feb. 27. More than 1,600 men stood up and pledged that they would work hard to provide, protect and lead in their families and parishes. It truly was a moving moment to see that many men stand in solidarity and conviction concerning their Catholic faith.

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Why do we receive ashes on Ash Wednesday?

Why do we receive ashes on Ash Wednesday?

| Father Michael Van Sloun | February 4, 2016 | 2 Comments

The imposition of ashes is a solemn ritual that signals the beginning of the holy season of Lent. The ceremony is distinctive; there is no liturgical action like it throughout the entire church year.

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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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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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Sacrifice is not arbitrary — it’s about trust

Sacrifice is not arbitrary — it’s about trust

| Father Michael Schmitz | December 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. I’m afraid of sacrifice. Not that I am afraid of giving up stuff or letting go of what I need to let go of, but I am afraid of what God might possibly call me to sacrifice some day.

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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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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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Students For Life pres shares three ways to bolster movement

Students For Life pres shares three ways to bolster movement

| October 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Kristan Hawkins addresses attendees at annual St. John Paul II Champions for Life Awards banquet

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Families share how they make their homes reflect their faith

Families share how they make their homes reflect their faith

| September 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

The World Meeting of Families will be held for the first time in the U.S. in Philadelphia Sept. 22-25 with the aim of strengthening families in America and across the globe. Under the theme “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” the four-day “congress” intends to deepen the Church’s understanding of the family and its challenges, and provide tools to build up what “Lumen Gentium” — a principal document of the Second Vatican Council — calls “the domestic Church.” Throughout the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Catholic families are making daily efforts to build their own domestic Churches through prayer, charity and intentional living. The Catholic Spirit invited local Catholics to share their efforts to make their homes Catholic homes. The following are in their own words.

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Only God’s laws bring true freedom

Only God’s laws bring true freedom

| Deacon Joe Zablinski | August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

We all desire to be free and to truly live our lives as we are meant to live them. We can try to achieve this in different ways. We can see that the Scots tried to achieve political freedom through fighting a war against the English. Moses tells Israel to observe the Lord’s statutes and decrees “that [they] may live and may enter in and take possession of the land” that God gives them. But more than land and space to live, the first reading for Aug. 30 shows us that God and his law bring true freedom.

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Waiting for a husband, keeping the faith

Waiting for a husband, keeping the faith

| Christina Capecchi | August 14, 2015 | 1 Comment

Arleen Spenceley can’t remember the last time she went on a date. It must’ve been 2014, she says without a trace of panic.

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