Tag: Jesus

Pope returns part of relic of Jesus’ crib to Holy Land

Pope returns part of relic of Jesus’ crib to Holy Land

| Cindy Wooden | December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

As Advent approached, Pope Francis gave a small fragment of Jesus’ crib back to Catholics in the Holy Land.

Continue Reading

Inviting Jesus to reign in our hearts

Inviting Jesus to reign in our hearts

| Father Joseph Bambenek | November 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

In the depths of most human hearts is a desire to be led by someone who loves us and can protect us and guide us in life. At the root of that desire is the often unseen longing for the love, protection and guidance that only God, the King of the Universe, can truly give. In the times prior to King Saul, the people of Israel offended the Lord by clamoring for a human king like the rest of the nations had, rather than being led directly by God. Getting what they wanted did not work out well due to King Saul’s shortcomings. Yet Saul’s failures did not prevent the Israelites from wanting another king. In the first reading for the Solemnity of Christ the King this year we hear them clamoring for a replacement king once Saul had died; pleading with David to become their king.

Continue Reading

The Litany of the Holy Eucharist

The Litany of the Holy Eucharist

| Father Van Sloun | October 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

A litany is a prayer that consists of a series of invocations, each followed by a response. A litany may be recited or sung with a congregation with the invocations given by a priest, deacon, cantor, lector or layperson and the responses made in unison by the congregation. A litany may also be prayed privately by a single person who recites both the invocations and the responses.

Continue Reading

Jesus is truly present: Do most Catholics need to go back to second grade?

Jesus is truly present: Do most Catholics need to go back to second grade?

| Tom Dermody | August 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

As schools reopen and parishes gear up for religious education and RCIA classes, a new survey shockingly shows that many Catholics need to return to second grade, the year most of us received our first holy Communion. Before that most special day, we were taught repeatedly that we were about to receive not bread and wine, but Jesus — really, truly present in the sacrament.

Continue Reading

A worrier or a wildflower?

A worrier or a wildflower?

| Angela Jendro | August 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

I love wildflowers. They sing to me the praises of God’s free creativity. I revel in their effortless beauty, delicate movements, and the sheer variety of color, size and shapes. They lift my heart on summer walks and have a calming effect on my over-taxed mind frenzied with the to-do lists, scheduling feats and worries for my loved ones, of a working wife and mom.

Continue Reading

Awardees’ ‘True North’: Jesus

Awardees’ ‘True North’: Jesus

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | July 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Out of the many Archdiocesan events I participate in each year, the Leading with Faith awards celebration is always one of my favorites, as it honors courageous and humble women and men, most of whom would much rather stay anonymous than be recognized.

Continue Reading

To witness, we must have wounds

To witness, we must have wounds

| Liz kelly | July 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

A spectacular young, single woman — intelligent, articulate, lovely, poised — comes to visit with me to talk about prayer and how she can go deeper in healing. She has suffered a number of serious traumas, and they have created some sizable wounds. And while much healing has already taken place, and she has fearlessly and responsibly pursued healing from many angles, she’s a little concerned about her past, especially with respect to a future spouse. How much can these wounds really be healed? Is she just “damaged goods”?

Continue Reading

Love of God, love of neighbor

Love of God, love of neighbor

| Father Nels Gjengdahl | July 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you could meet God face-to-face and were given the opportunity to ask him just one question, what would you ask him? Think very carefully.

Continue Reading

Counting the ways we experience Christ’s love

Counting the ways we experience Christ’s love

| Father Mike Tix | May 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

With the month of May now here, the thoughts of many turn to Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes and the annual fishing opener. Ask someone, and I’m sure that person will have a fishing story to share. I vividly recall times fishing as a kid. We all have our stories.

Continue Reading

Holy Thursday: the Eucharist and service

Holy Thursday: the Eucharist and service

| Father Michael Van Sloun | April 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Eucharist is at the forefront of Holy Thursday. The Easter triduum begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. The liturgy commemorates the institution of the Eucharist by Jesus, the faithful receive the Eucharist during the Communion Rite, the Eucharist is carried in procession at the end of Mass as it is transferred, and the night concludes with eucharistic adoration.

Continue Reading

Convert now, don’t be spiritually lazy, pope says

Convert now, don’t be spiritually lazy, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | March 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

God is patient and merciful, but people should not put off their conversion because they never know how long they will live, Pope Francis said.

Continue Reading

Resisting the true temptation

Resisting the true temptation

| Father Nathaniel Meyers | March 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

In high school, my best friend’s dad was a Protestant minister. While both my friend and I are true mutts with a variety of ethnic heritages, we nonetheless had at that time a great fondness for our Irish ancestry, and one can easily imagine how that played out: the Irish Catholic and the Irish Protestant, jabbing one another with a constant playfulness as to who was the real Irishman, the real Christian.

Continue Reading