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Teens encouraged to view their sexuality as a gift

Teens encouraged to view their sexuality as a gift

| Angela Deeney for The Catholic Spirit | November 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Teens and parents munched on bagels around fall-festive tables at St. Peter in Forest Lake Nov. 9 while presenters prepared to share encouragement and practical counsel from their own experiences facing the challenge of chastity in today’s society.

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Q&A – How many times a day can a person receive Communion?

Q&A – How many times a day can a person receive Communion?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | November 20, 2013 | 1 Comment

What are the Church’s guidelines for someone receiving Communion more than once a day?

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Rediscover: family joy

Rediscover: family joy

| November 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

– Jesus, Mary, Joseph are model for every Christian family
– Family’s love stretches across the globe
– Family: The heart of a culture
– Living in the domestic Church

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‘Name day’ as important as ‘birth day’ for this grandma

‘Name day’ as important as ‘birth day’ for this grandma

| Cecelia MacDonald for The Catholic Spirit | November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

In some Christian countries birthdays don’t count. Your personhood is celebrated instead on your “name day,” the official feast day of your patron saint. The older I get, the more I would like to see us adopt that practice in the United States.

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For heaven’s sake: Keep your eye on the target

For heaven’s sake: Keep your eye on the target

| Deacon Melvin Kuhn | November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

How many times in the past month have we thought about heaven and if we are on the path toward it? Is this our first goal?

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Q&A – Penance isn’t to punish, but to heal and strengthen

Q&A – Penance isn’t to punish, but to heal and strengthen

| Father Michael Schmitz | November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Why do we have to do penance after confession? It seems like we still have to “pay” for forgiveness. Am I missing something?

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Helping us to see the face of Christ

Helping us to see the face of Christ

| Deacon Grant Gerlach | October 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

In this Gospel reading, it is the tax collector who goes home justified, for “the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

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Rediscover: freedom

Rediscover: freedom

| October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

– The happiest 2 percent
– Former drug user gets hooked on God
– Is America the land of the free?
– Church can assist those enslaved by addictions

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Saint or sinner?

Saint or sinner?

| Father Ron Rolheiser | October 23, 2013 | 1 Comment

There’s a saint inside us who wants to mirror the greatness of life, even as there is someone else inside us that wants to walk a seedier path.

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Q&A – Baptism for the child of non-practicing Catholics

Q&A – Baptism for the child of non-practicing Catholics

| Father Kenneth Doyle | October 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

What are the Church’s guidelines for baptism? Is it common for a priest to refuse a request for baptism if he feels that the parents are unworthy?

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Rediscover: strong marriages

Rediscover: strong marriages

| October 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

– Go to the ‘Genius Bar’ to understand, celebrate marriage
– Couple says program gave their marriage a boost
– Rediscover: Strong Marriages
– Marriage and intimacy
– Sticking with it, in good times and bad

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Don’t fear that your prayers don’t make a difference

Don’t fear that your prayers don’t make a difference

| Father Michael Schmitz | October 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Q. I am struggling with the idea that prayer does anything. I mean, if God really cared about us, why would he need us to ask for anything before he gave it to us? I understand thanking God, but how do our prayers make any real difference?

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