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Marriage advice: Make time for each other, especially at Christmas

Marriage advice: Make time for each other, especially at Christmas

| Nick Bramhill | December 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

People who work with married couples have urged them to make time for each other, especially during the often-stressful Christmas season.

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Keeping watch in the little hours

Keeping watch in the little hours

| Liz Kelly | December 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

It is unfailingly moving to enter the chapel at 2 or 3 or 4 in the morning and find there an adorer, often on their knees, deep in prayer, keeping close company with the King of Kings.

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Dryness amidst tidings of comfort and joy

Dryness amidst tidings of comfort and joy

| Liz Kelly | December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

It is not an uncommon phenomenon: Just at the moment when we are trying the hardest to draw closer to the Lord, spending more time in Advent prayer and the devotions of the season, we are met with a spell of aridity. All of the spiritual masters write of such periods, whether it is John of the Cross’ “dark night of the senses,” or Teresa of Avila’s “second mansion,” or more simply, a loss of the desire to pray. If you’re experiencing this in the holidays, you are not alone.

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During Advent, reclaim what is properly yours: recollection

During Advent, reclaim what is properly yours: recollection

| Liz Kelly | November 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

One of my habits in recent years has been to prepare for Christmas proper well in advance. I shop for presents throughout the year, order my Christmas cards in October, and I refuse to buy any new Christmas ornaments during Advent — what I have is what I have. Once Advent hits, I’m finished. If the present has not been purchased, it doesn’t get purchased. If the Christmas tree lights don’t work, I go without them. I need my Advent to be Advent. I need this time for recollection and prayer, and as I get older, I protect it more fiercely.

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Advent events in the archdiocese

Advent events in the archdiocese

| November 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Responding to a query from The Catholic Spirit, parishes, schools and organizations in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis submitted the following events

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Composer trio hopes Advent concert provides spiritual preparation

Composer trio hopes Advent concert provides spiritual preparation

| November 18, 2016 | 1 Comment

To celebrate the season of anticipating Christ’s birth, music is a common element for parishes, schools and other Catholic entities in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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The terrible invitation to unleash love

The terrible invitation to unleash love

| Elizabeth Kelly | March 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

It may be one of the most well-known verses in all of lamentation: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

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Diving deep into Holy Week

Diving deep into Holy Week

| March 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

The liturgies of the Triduum — the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday — are unique in the liturgical year. Nowhere else will a priest wash feet, lead extended prayers of the faithful or begin Mass with a fire.

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Pope’s Via Crucis meditations will look at crosses humanity bears today

Pope’s Via Crucis meditations will look at crosses humanity bears today

| Carol Glatz | March 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

By reflecting on the Passion of Christ, the author of the Way of the Cross meditations for Pope Francis’ Good Friday service said he will focus on the suffering unfolding in the world today and how “the martyrs of the 21st century are undoubtedly the apostles of today.”

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Donated art centerpiece in Pax Christi’s cross exhibit

Donated art centerpiece in Pax Christi’s cross exhibit

| Bridget Ryder | March 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Crosses come in many different shapes and sizes. At Pax Christi in Eden Prairie, there are at least 40 different crosses, many of them gathered into an exhibit intended to help parishioners pray during Lent.

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Unpacking the Easter Vigil

Unpacking the Easter Vigil

| Daniel Muhall | March 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

A primer on the longest liturgy of the year

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‘Woman, there is your son’: Entrustment on Calvary

‘Woman, there is your son’: Entrustment on Calvary

| Elizabeth Kelly | February 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

It is a well-known point that St. John Paul II claimed in “Mulieris Dignitatem” that “the moral and spiritual strength of a woman is joined to her awareness that God entrusts the human being to her in a special way.”

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