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How do we live well in a world of change?

How do we live well in a world of change?

| Father Michael Schmitz | July 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. I’m someone who has a very hard time dealing with change. I like to make sure that the things I have and the relationships I’m in with friends and family are long-lasting, even permanent. It saddens me greatly to think that one day I might not have these relationships.

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Nothing for the journey but Jesus

Nothing for the journey but Jesus

| Father Robert Schwartz | July 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

When I was in college, I spent summers working as an orderly at the old St. Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis. One of my duties was to care for an old priest, Father Paschal Kelly.

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The Eucharist and the forgiveness of sins

The Eucharist and the forgiveness of sins

| Father Michael Van Sloun | June 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

One of the greatest blessings and least known facts about the Eucharist is that, in the reception of holy Communion, a person’s venial sins are forgiven.

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Going viral with God’s message

Going viral with God’s message

| Father Tom Wilson | June 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

A diet of locusts and wild honey. A wardrobe of a hair shirt. The willingness to publicly challenge social power and influence in order to communicate God’s plan for marriage. A message of a change of heart to all who would listen. Any of these attributes or actions would garner a lot of attention on social media today. The attention might be negative or even hateful, but I can only imagine the person behind these bold eccentricities would go viral for at least a while.

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How do we find freedom amidst suffering?

How do we find freedom amidst suffering?

| Father Michael Schmitz | June 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. I don’t understand how I am free. I didn’t choose to exist. I’m stuck here. I didn’t choose to have anxiety and depression. I’m stuck. Life is not worth it. If God is so good, why doesn’t he do something? Why doesn’t he give me an answer?

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The stakes of discipleship

The stakes of discipleship

| June 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Jesus of the Gospels is direct and challenging, even as the words he says are full of truth and light and grace. He is the Prince of Peace, but it is a hard peace, the price of which is too much for many — total surrender to the will of God, a will that includes the forgiveness of enemies, genuine love of the poor and a resolutely humble heart.

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The power of the Holy Spirit at confirmation

The power of the Holy Spirit at confirmation

| Father Michael Van Sloun | May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Confirmation imparts the gift of the Holy Spirit. The person who receives this sacrament has already received the Holy Spirit in the sacrament of baptism, and the Holy Spirit abides with a person always. The Holy Spirit comes when a person prays or reads Scripture, or when a person asks the Holy Spirit for guidance, inspiration or courage. Confirmation is not the new arrival of the Holy Spirit, but rather an intensification of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

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A mystery to be worshipped

A mystery to be worshipped

| Father Michael Joncas | May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

With the Most Holy Trinity celebrated May 27, the Church invites us to contemplate one of the central mysteries of the Christian faith: the triunity of God.

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The importance of Holy Relics

The importance of Holy Relics

| May 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

– Why do Catholics venerate relics?
– Authenticating and protecting relics: The new Vatican instruction
– Two U.S. Catholic sites hold vast collections of relics

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Why do Catholics venerate relics?

Why do Catholics venerate relics?

| Paul Senz | May 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

The veneration of relics is a fundamentally biblical practice; it is not some sort of innovation in the centuries after Christ. On the contrary, as Scripture reveals, the veneration of relics was widely practiced, in one form or another, by ancient Jews as well.

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Two U.S. Catholic sites hold vast collections of relics

Two U.S. Catholic sites hold vast collections of relics

| Kelly Bothum | May 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics in Ohio is home to more than 1,153 relics, ranging from slivers of Christ’s cross and part of St. Joseph’s tunic to a piece of St. Maximilian Kolbe’s habit and a snippet of hair from St. Teresa of Kolkata.

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Authenticating and protecting relics: The new Vatican instruction

Authenticating and protecting relics: The new Vatican instruction

| Mike Nelson | May 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

The significance of relics in the church is well crystallized by the Gospel story of the woman desperate to stop her bleeding who approached Jesus, believing, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured” (Mt 9:20-22).

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