Tag: Sin

Rooting out sin

Rooting out sin

| Vincenzo Randazzo | October 20, 2017 | 2 Comments

I recently watched a video prescribed by the USCCB for parents informing them about the dangers of pornography and cyberbullying. It opens up with a conversation between two mothers talking at the kitchen counter. One is looking for a recipe online for her friend. “That’s strange, my history is deleted,” she says ignorantly.

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When is it a sin to make a referral?

When is it a sin to make a referral?

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | October 19, 2017 | 1 Comment

During World War II, if a contractor had been asked to construct a building knowing that it would serve as a gas chamber in Auschwitz, it goes without saying that he ought not agree to do it. By laying the foundation and supervising the plumbing, electrical and duct work, he would be contributing to, or enabling, the subsequent commission of atrocities against prisoners in the concentration camp.

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Despite our sinfulness, Jesus thirsts for us

Despite our sinfulness, Jesus thirsts for us

| Deacon Chris Weber | March 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Chances are, we’re all familiar with this weekend’s Gospel. But did you ever notice that there’s not just one, but two thirsty people at the well?

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Don’t go it alone this Lent

Don’t go it alone this Lent

| Deacon Andrew Thuringer | March 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

In the Gospel for this first Sunday of Lent, we are told that immediately after his baptism, Jesus goes out into the desert, “to be tempted by the devil.” But is that all he is up to for those long 40 days?

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Admonish sin without putting on airs or being hypocrite, pope says

Admonish sin without putting on airs or being hypocrite, pope says

| Carol Glatz | November 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Offering counsel and admonishing sinners are works of mercy, but they are not a license to pretend to be better than others, Pope Francis said.

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UST psychology professor helps others grow in virtue

UST psychology professor helps others grow in virtue

| September 20, 2016 | 1 Comment

More than 100 quotes typewritten on yellow sheets of paper are taped to the walls of John Buri’s cramped basement office at the University of St. Thomas.

They contain a wealth of information that has guided him over decades as a psychology professor at the St. Paul school. One of the quotes stands out. It is from the New Testament. It is the only one made into a plaque, done so as a gift from a group of longtime friends who know how ardently and passionately he works to encourage others in their spiritual lives.

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Avoid concealing own faults behind sins of others

Avoid concealing own faults behind sins of others

| Sharon Perkins | September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

If you have any exposure at all to social or news media, you cannot escape the relentless public discourse about sin — even if the “s” word isn’t used. Behaviors that used to be whispered about in private, especially if committed by public figures, are now analyzed, condemned, applauded and endlessly commented upon for all to see. Following scandals through the news cycle has become a popular pastime.

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Feelings aren’t wrong; it’s what you do with them

Feelings aren’t wrong; it’s what you do with them

| Father Michael Schmitz | September 10, 2015 | 1 Comment

Q. I fell in love with a married man. We had been such close friends and then developed feelings for each other. We haven’t done anything wrong, but I really care about him.

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Sin isn’t a necessary evil; aim to know goodness well

Sin isn’t a necessary evil; aim to know goodness well

| Father Michael Schmitz | January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. Do you believe that sins are the measurement of your passes to heaven? I don’t think so. Sins are necessary to life. How would you know that good is good if you do not experience sin? It gives balance to life.

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Is it a mortal sin to miss Mass while on a cruise?

Is it a mortal sin to miss Mass while on a cruise?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | June 19, 2014 | 4 Comments

Q. Every summer, my husband and I go on a cruise. Only one cruise line (Holland America) continues to have a priest on board to say Mass. On other cruise lines, we have missed Sunday Mass because there was no priest on board. Is missing Mass in such circumstances a mortal sin?

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Overcoming a false understanding of freedom

Overcoming a false understanding of freedom

| Jason Adkins | April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

As America secularizes, a false understanding of freedom is becoming increasingly pervasive in public life. Two current issues being considered by the Legislature — payday lending reforms and the legalization of a commercial surrogacy business — provide an opportunity to examine the social ramifications of this newfound “freedom.”

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Tips to help you go to confession

Tips to help you go to confession

| Father Michael Schmitz | December 5, 2013 | 2 Comments

Q. This Advent, I think that I need to go to confession, but it has been a really long time for me. I’m afraid I’ll get in there and do something wrong. How do I start?

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