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Taste and see: the Eucharist as a meal

Taste and see: the Eucharist as a meal

| Father Michael Van Sloun | March 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

One of the most distinctive aspects of the Eucharist is that it is a meal. It is readily apparent by the configuration of the Church: The focal point is the table in the center of the sanctuary.

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God in the darkness

God in the darkness

| Father Michael Johnson | March 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

“God called out to him from the bush, ‘Moses! Moses!’ He answered, ‘Here I am.’ God said, ‘Come no nearer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.’”

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What should you do for Lent this year? A guide

What should you do for Lent this year? A guide

| Father Michael Schmitz | March 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q. With Lent on its way, I never know how to choose a “thing.” Do you have any suggestions for how to pick something to do for Lent?

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Resisting the true temptation

Resisting the true temptation

| Father Nathaniel Meyers | March 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

In high school, my best friend’s dad was a Protestant minister. While both my friend and I are true mutts with a variety of ethnic heritages, we nonetheless had at that time a great fondness for our Irish ancestry, and one can easily imagine how that played out: the Irish Catholic and the Irish Protestant, jabbing one another with a constant playfulness as to who was the real Irishman, the real Christian.

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Heaven in the here-and-now

Heaven in the here-and-now

| Father Paul Jarvis | February 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Before Jesus’ ministry, the law prescribed an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth when seeking revenge. And so David would be justified in dispatching King Saul — yet he extends mercy.

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Eucharistic symbols in the Church

Eucharistic symbols in the Church

| Father Michael Van Sloun | February 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

According to the Second Vatican Council document “Lumen Gentium,” the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” Throughout the Church’s history, it has used a variety of symbols to represent the Eucharist. The following is an overview of the most common.

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Can I really be a saint?

Can I really be a saint?

| Father Michael Schmitz | February 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q. When I read about people who became saints in the past, it gets me a bit worried. They all seemed to have led very “extreme” lives. I don’t think that I could do that. Can I still be a saint?

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God’s call prompts mission and action

God’s call prompts mission and action

| Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson | February 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

For the person in biblical times, there was an intuitive dread about suddenly encountering the living God.

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Why the pelican with chicks is a symbol of the Eucharist

Why the pelican with chicks is a symbol of the Eucharist

| Father Michael Van Sloun | January 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

An image of a mother pelican with her chicks is carved into the capital on top of a pillar at the Cenacle, the upper room on Mount Zion in Jerusalem where tradition holds that Jesus shared the Last Supper with his apostles and instituted the Eucharist.

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Not only heard, but understood

Not only heard, but understood

| Father Tom Margevicius | January 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Having taught in the St. Paul Seminary for 15 years, I am regularly approached by the faithful about how a recently-ordained priest or deacon preached. They ask me, “Did you teach him that?”

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How can I be joyful?

How can I be joyful?

| Father Michael Schmitz | January 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q. This time of the year is difficult for me. I have so much uncertainty and pain in my life, and the holidays often only remind me of my suffering and loneliness. How can a person actually have joy in a world like this?

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The triune God

The triune God

| Father Michael Joncas | January 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Although centuries of theological reflection have made a connection between the baptism of Jesus and Christian baptism, the ceremony narrated in Luke recounts a mass baptism administered by John the Baptist. In the context of this ceremony, Jesus aligns himself with the Baptist’s message and submits to the ritual activity prompted by his preaching.

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