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Confirmation basics, part two

Confirmation basics, part two

| Father Michael Van Sloun | May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Last month’s column provided the first half of a list of the basic aspects of the sacrament of confirmation: the duty to receive it, the prerequisites, the appropriate age, preparation with prayer and study, and the qualifications and duties of the sponsor. This article completes the list. Combined, the lists offer a general overview of confirmation.

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Jesus is with us

Jesus is with us

| Father Terry Beeson | May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

I could not wait to be an adult. I could not wait to be on my own. It wasn’t that I did not love my parents. In fact, I love them very dearly. But I am very much the individual wanting to explore life on my own.

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How open can I be with people?

How open can I be with people?

| Father Michael Schmitz | May 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

Q) I am wondering how much I can be vulnerable with people. I have been able to tell some key people in my life about struggles of mine, but when can I tell others?

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The way, the truth, the life

The way, the truth, the life

| Father Michael Joncas | May 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

After Gospel readings on the Third Sunday of Easter concentrating on the empty tomb and appearance narratives concerning the risen Lord Jesus, and the mid-point of Eastertide focus on the Good Shepherd on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, the Church turns our attention in the second half of Eastertide to reflection on Jesus’ “farewell address” as recounted in the Last Supper narrative of the Gospel of John.

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Confirmation basics

Confirmation basics

| Father Michael Van Sloun | April 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Confirmation is one of the seven sacraments, and it belongs to a special group of sacraments, the sacraments of initiation, along with baptism and Eucharist.

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Every path leads somewhere

Every path leads somewhere

| Father Leonard Andrie | April 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

At a hotel near Notre-Dame des Victoires in Paris in 1887, two names were listed in a guest registry on the same day: St. Therese of Lisieux and Friedrich Nietzsche.

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Jesus Christ is risen, Alleluia!

Jesus Christ is risen, Alleluia!

| Father John Paul Erickson | April 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

Truly he is risen, alleluia!

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How to live without Mass

How to live without Mass

| Father Michael Schmitz | April 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Q. Masses have been canceled. How are we supposed to survive as Catholics, much less continue to grow and raise our families in the faith?

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Confirmation: The next series on the sacraments

Confirmation: The next series on the sacraments

| Father Michael Van Sloun | March 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

The objective of this column is to help Catholics, in particular, as well as anyone else who has a desire to learn about our beliefs, to better understand the basic teachings of the Catholic faith. The sacraments are an excellent place to start because they have such a central role in the spiritual life. So important, in fact, that an “active Catholic” is defined as someone who is receiving the sacraments.

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Tears of Jesus show he understands sorrow

Tears of Jesus show he understands sorrow

| Father Dan Haugan | March 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Banksy, the anonymous English street artist and vandal, once said, “You die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.”

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Is Christianity about relationship, not religion?

Is Christianity about relationship, not religion?

| Father Michael Schmitz | March 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Q) Some of my co-workers seem to think that I believe my religion saves me. They say that Christianity is about a relationship, not a religion.

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Learning how God sees us

Learning how God sees us

| Father Joseph Bambenek | March 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

One of the most helpful insights I gained in seminary was learned from therapist Paul Ruff during a talk he gave on the importance of friendship in the priesthood: the deepest desire of the human heart is to love and be loved, to know another and to be known by one whom we love.

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