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Foodies, families and fasting in America

Foodies, families and fasting in America

| Liz Kelly | March 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

I have two close friends who have spent considerable time serving the impoverished in India and Africa. Both returned to the United States with radical new relationships to food.

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Readying your heart for Lent

Readying your heart for Lent

| Liz Kelly | February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Lent is the Lord’s to do as he wishes. We do not solely take up Lenten practices in order to achieve a certain effect; we enter this holy season with fervor and determination to fast, pray, repent, and give of ourselves because we love the Lord and because he has asked us to.

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Ash Wednesday: Ancient tradition still thrives in modern times

Ash Wednesday: Ancient tradition still thrives in modern times

| Carol Zimmermann | February 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

In more ways than one, Ash Wednesday — celebrated March 1 this year — leaves a mark.

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A taste of Bethlehem

A taste of Bethlehem

| December 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Christmas in June? That’s the way it is for Father Alberto Curbelo when it comes to preparing for the birth of Jesus.

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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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