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Being intentional about Catholic identity key to our schools’ success

Being intentional about Catholic identity key to our schools’ success

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | January 21, 2016

It was my first morning in Minnesota. I gathered with the priests of the Archdiocese to listen to our convocation speaker, Archbishop Michael Miller, discuss the hallmarks of a truly Catholic school. The presentation was superb, but what really impressed me was the attentiveness of my brother priests and the depth of their questions. It was clear to me from the start that Pope Francis had sent me to work in an archdiocese with a deep appreciation for Catholic schools.

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Ser intencional sobre la identidad Católica es la clave para el éxito de nuestras escuelas

Ser intencional sobre la identidad Católica es la clave para el éxito de nuestras escuelas

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Fue mi primera mañana en Minnesota. Me reuní con los sacerdotes de la arquidiócesis a escuchar a nuestro orador, el Arzobispo Michael Miller, para discutir las características de una verdadera escuela Católica. La presentación fue excelente . . . pero lo que más me impresionó fue la atención de mis hermanos sacerdotes y la profundidad de sus preguntas. Fue claro para mí desde un principio que el Papa Francisco me había enviado a trabajar en una arquidiócesis con un profundo aprecio por las escuelas Católicas.

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Giving up New Year’s resolutions for Christmas

Giving up New Year’s resolutions for Christmas

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | January 7, 2016

A lot of people give up a lot of things for Lent. I give up New Year’s resolutions for Christmas.

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Renunciar a los propósitos de Año Nuevo por la Navidad

Renunciar a los propósitos de Año Nuevo por la Navidad

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | January 7, 2016

Así como un gran número de personas renuncian a muchas cosas para la Cuaresma, yo renuncio a los propósitos de Año Nuevo por la Navidad.

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Holy Year a time to recommit to Christ’s mission of mercy

Holy Year a time to recommit to Christ’s mission of mercy

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | December 17, 2015

I wasn’t very excited by the prospect of spending St. Patrick’s Day 2013 in Rome. But the executive board of Caritas Internationalis was meeting at that time and I was obligated to be there. My Irish mother had always made sure that we celebrated the patron of Ireland appropriately, and she surely would not have approved of corned beef and rigatoni.

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El Año Santo, un tiempo para volver a comprometerse con la misión de misericordia de Cristo

El Año Santo, un tiempo para volver a comprometerse con la misión de misericordia de Cristo

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | December 17, 2015

Realmente yo no estaba muy emocionado por la perspectiva de pasar el Día de San Patricio en el año del 2013 en Roma. Pero el Consejo Ejecutivo de Caritas Internationalis estaba reunido en ese momento y me sentí obligado a asistir. Mi madre, que es irlandesa, siempre se aseguró de que celebráramos apropiadamente al Patrono de Irlanda, y seguramente ella no hubiera aprobado la carne en conserva y pasta.

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Finding true hope in God’s generosity

Finding true hope in God’s generosity

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | December 3, 2015

I Google-Bing-Yahooed “Thanksgiving.” I was predictably overwhelmed with a cyber library of history, stories, official pronouncements and parades. I noted with a prayer of gratitude to God that in the history of Thanksgiving, the official proclamations leading to the establishment of this national holiday coincided with some of our nation’s greatest troubles: President Lincoln during the Civil War; President Roosevelt during the Depression; the U.S. Congress during World War II.

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Encontrando la verdadera esperanza en la generosidad de Dios

Encontrando la verdadera esperanza en la generosidad de Dios

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | December 3, 2015

Busqué en Google, Bing y Yahoo la palabra “Acción de Gracias” y como era de esperarse, quedé abrumado con una biblioteca cibernética de historias, relatos, declaraciones oficiales y desfiles. Observé con una oración de agradecimiento a Dios que en la historia de Acción de Gracias, las proclamaciones oficiales que conducen al establecer esta fiesta nacional, coincidió con algunas de las mayores dificultades de nuestro país: el Presidente Lincoln durante la Guerra Civil; el Presidente Roosevelt durante la Gran Depresión; el Congreso de EEUU durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial.

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In Year of Mercy, pray and fast to end violence

In Year of Mercy, pray and fast to end violence

| Bishop Andrew Cozzens | November 19, 2015

All of us have once again found ourselves in stunned shock and grief at the terrible terrorist attacks that happened Nov. 13 in Paris. We have been scandalized now for months by ISIS’ senseless acts of violence, which has most often been directed against our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East. So many have been driven from their homes, and some of them brutally murdered because they refused to give up their faith. What are we to do in the face of such incredible evil?

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Durante el Año de Misericordia, orar y ayunar para que termine la violencia

Durante el Año de Misericordia, orar y ayunar para que termine la violencia

| Bishop Andrew Cozzens | November 19, 2015

A petición de Nuestro Santo Padre Francisco la Iglesia universal está a punto de embarcarse en un año de Misericordia. Como cada año jubilar será una gran oportunidad de gracia para nosotros entrar en una experiencia más profunda del amor de Dios. Como ha dicho el Papa Francisco, “ Es mi deseo, en efecto, que el Jubileo sea experiencia viva de la cercanía del Padre, como si se quisiese tocar con la mano su ternura, para que se fortalezca la fe de cada creyente y, así, el testimonio sea cada vez más eficaz.”

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Families highlight ways Christian vocations are lived out

Families highlight ways Christian vocations are lived out

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | November 5, 2015

The conclusion of the recent synod on the “vocation and mission of the family” seems to have led seamlessly into National Vocation Awareness Week, Nov. 1-7. While this annual event focuses specifically on promoting three particular vocations — the call to the diaconate, to consecrated life and to the priesthood — the week is designed to lead all of us into a deeper reflection on the Christian reality of vocation.

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Catholic hospice care a way to live fully as death approaches

Catholic hospice care a way to live fully as death approaches

| Deb Lane | October 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

It was Dec. 7, 1941. As the nation turned its eyes to Pearl Harbor and the attack that would spur the U.S. to enter World War II, five Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne were opening an end-of-life nursing facility in St. Paul. Then called Our Lady of Good Counsel Home, it began as a place for terminal cancer patients who were unable to afford care in other nursing facilities or to continue care at home.

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