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Celebrating Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month

| Mary C. Uhler | February 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

During my time at Aquinas High School in La Crosse, I was privileged to have a young Sister Thea Bowman as a teacher during my sophomore year.

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CCF is grounded in ethical investing

CCF is grounded in ethical investing

| Mike Ricci | February 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

A recent Catholic News Service article (see below) summarizes the findings of a survey conducted by Boston-based Catholic Investment Services. In part, the article states that “87% of respondents would be more likely to donate to Catholic institutions if they knew the money would be invested in ways consistent with Church teaching and values.”

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Papal advice: Hail Marys and humor

Papal advice: Hail Marys and humor

| Jonathan Liedl | February 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Last month, the seminarians from Region 8 (Minnesota and the Dakotas) had the privilege of joining Archbishop Hebda, Bishop Cozzens, and the region’s other bishops for the beginning of their meeting with Pope Francis in the Apostolic Palace. After greeting each of us individually, the Holy Father shared some spiritual guidance with the gathered seminarians. “Keep your sense of humor, pray your rosary, and stay close to the Madonna,” he told us, before giving us his blessing.

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What I learned on the wintry pond

What I learned on the wintry pond

| Christina Capecchi | February 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

The snow has begun. It is expected to last 18 hours, piling 9 inches high and crippling weekend plans. The streets are emptying, the collective dash to the grocery store completed.

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Love and marriage in this day and age

Love and marriage in this day and age

| Kate Soucheray | February 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Marriage is the union that defines our family relationships. The quality of marriage is built on the commitment each person makes to this union that has been created by the fondness, the camaraderie and the common vision the couple shares. As St. John Paul II states, “Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family — a domestic church.”

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Talking about God and grief with children

Talking about God and grief with children

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | February 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

February is a tough month for our family, bringing the anniversaries of our twins’ deaths. Each year I find myself answering hard questions from our sons about their sisters. Why did they die? Where are they now? Will I get to see them again?

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A year more austere

A year more austere

| Liz Kelly | January 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

A colleague of mine recently returned to the U.S. after serving along with his family as missionaries in some of the poorest parts of the world. Their commitment to give away everything they had and follow Jesus into a life of poverty and service was a sincere and moving one.

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Embracing the heart of the Holy Family through ordinary living

Embracing the heart of the Holy Family through ordinary living

| Deacon Gordon Bird | January 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Gazing through the lens of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we can try to seek out teachings that are either explicit in the Bible or, sometimes, not so evident.

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Of monuments and imperfect men

Of monuments and imperfect men

| Jason Adkins | January 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

When the painting “Father Hennepin Discovering the Falls of St. Anthony” (1905), along with another painting depicting the 1851 Treaty of Traverse des Sioux, was removed from its central position in the Governor’s Reception Room of the Capitol to an out-of-the-way meeting space on the third floor, it was an attempt to recast Minnesota history as one born in white supremacy (with the coming of Christianity supposedly a part of that legacy) to tell instead a new story about the diverse state we are today.

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Epiphany’s universal call continues

Epiphany’s universal call continues

| Jonathan Liedl | January 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Every year, by the grace of God, the gift of Christmas takes hold of me more completely. As my understanding of the Incarnation deepens and my gratitude for all God has done in my life grows, it becomes increasingly impossible to make sense of my life, who I am and what I am doing here, apart from the great love revealed and given in Christ’s incarnation. My life is a question that is incoherent and meaningless apart from the answer that is Jesus.

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A renewed commitment to our faith

A renewed commitment to our faith

| January 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

This new year offers us an opportunity for a renewed commitment to our faith. It can begin with a greater commitment to having faith in God, a God we can trust and rely on completely, in all situations, regardless of whether we fully believe he can help us.

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The story of our lives

The story of our lives

| Christina Capecchi | January 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

I’m beginning the new year with a clean office. It seems a good place to start, a practical way to set me up for any other resolutions I make.

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