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The Most Unexpectedly Religious Film of the Year

The Most Unexpectedly Religious Film of the Year

| Bishop Robert Barron | April 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

I went to see A Quiet Place, John Krasinski’s new thriller, with absolutely no anticipation of finding theological or spiritual themes. I just wanted a fun evening at the movies. How wonderful when a film surprises you! I don’t know if I can find the golden thread that draws all of these themes together into a coherent message, but I think one would have to be blind not to see a number of religious motifs in this absorbing film.

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Easter and the paschal mystery in marriage

Easter and the paschal mystery in marriage

| Kate Soucheray | April 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

We currently find ourselves in the season of Easter, the time between Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday and Pentecost, which celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit as tongues of fire on Christ’s followers. As we look back to the Passion, death and resurrection of Jesus we experienced throughout the triduum, we witnessed the self-sacrificing love of our Lord. This is known as the paschal mystery, which embraces and celebrates the redemptive work of Christ.

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A case for priestly celibacy

A case for priestly celibacy

| Bishop Robert Barron | April 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

There is a very bad argument for celibacy which has reared its head throughout the tradition and which is, even today, defended by some. It runs something like this: married life is morally and spiritually suspect; priests, as religious leaders, should be spiritual athletes above reproach; therefore, priests shouldn’t be married.

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The Jordan Peterson phenomenon

The Jordan Peterson phenomenon

| Bishop Robert Barron | April 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Like many others, I have watched the Jordan Peterson phenomenon unfold with a certain fascination. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you don’t spend a lot of time on social media, for Peterson, a mild-mannered psychology professor from the University of Toronto, has emerged as one of the hottest personalities on the internet.

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A grace ovation

A grace ovation

| Liz Kelly | March 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

As a gift to my brother on the occasion of his ordination years ago, I told him that I would offer up all of my speaking engagements in thanksgiving for his vocation to the priesthood. This seemed an especially fitting and easy gift because I love speaking for groups, and talking about our faith always brings me great joy.

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Our faith: A resource in challenging times

Our faith: A resource in challenging times

| Kate Soucheray | March 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Spring is coming! According to our calendars, it should arrive in 12 days, and likely for many Minnesotans this year, it simply cannot be here soon enough. With the bitter cold that began before Christmas, followed by more cold weather, a 10-inch snowfall in January and another dumping in late February, the first signs of spring will be a welcome sight.

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America magazine’s survey of women in the Church

America magazine’s survey of women in the Church

| Bishop Robert Barron | February 21, 2018 | 5 Comments

Last month, America magazine published a fascinating survey regarding the attitudes of women in the Church. They were kind enough to publish a few of my reactions to the study, but I would like to offer a fuller response to their findings.

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Getting to forgiveness

Getting to forgiveness

| Liz Kelly | February 20, 2018 | 1 Comment

Some years ago, a woman told a lie about me that caused some serious harm and was tremendously painful to bear. After many months had passed, out of the blue, she sent me an email, something along the lines of, “If I hurt you, I’m sorry.” We’ve all gotten these: the non-apology apology. It was, I thought, cowardly, and did very little to repair the damage that had been done.

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Success in modern marriage

Success in modern marriage

| Kate Soucheray | February 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Success in modern marriage is no small feat. Experts say that a long-term marriage is any length of time over 20 or 25 years. In addition, these experts explain that the percentage of marriages that will last the lifetime of the individuals involved — so that they will find themselves with the same person in old age as the same one they married when they were young — has diminished significantly.

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To sink or to dance

To sink or to dance

| Liz Kelly | January 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

My friend — I’ll call her “Veronica” — goes for the spiritual jugular, so to speak. It’s almost as if she avails herself to God and says, “All right, Lord, give me the toughest assignment you’ve got. Spare me no challenge.”

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Lives of holiness in this day and age

Lives of holiness in this day and age

| Kate Soucheray | January 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Holiness. What exactly is this concept in our world today? To be holy is to be saintly and devout. It is to be pious, pure and faithful. When we think of being holy in our current culture, it might seem nearly impossible.

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Breaking into the ordinary

Breaking into the ordinary

| Liz Kelly | December 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

When I was a child, I loved most the wise men of our nativity set for their grandeur and color and elegance, and for the numinous gifts they brought to the Infant King. They were mysterious royalty from a far-off land who somehow possessed secret knowledge of the Savior’s birth, and I was sure their lives were full of intrigue and adventure.

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