April 21, 2015

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‘My Battle Against Hitler’

Catholic philosopher Dietrich von Hildebrand’s memoir tells of his efforts to oppose the Nazi’s through appealing to rational and religious thinking, as well as the story of his narrow escapes from German authorities.

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April 17, 2015

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My daughter’s first turkey hunt

I have always said shooting a turkey is like hitting a knuckleball. A gobbler’s head dances around like the specialty pitch of Major League Baseball’s famous Niekro brothers. How can a youth hit such a target? That was the question weighing heavily on my mind as I prepared to take my daughter Claire on her […]

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April 8, 2015

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Madonnas and memory

Lovers of art and lovers of great reading will both find satisfaction in this beautiful story that bounces back and forth between the 1940s and today, with memory taking a starring role in both stages of life of a survivor of the World War II siege of Leningrad.

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April 2, 2015

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Coming Home – a Holy Thursday Reflection

It felt like being away at college and making that trip back home. Everything just seemed to fit.

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March 31, 2015

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Top Holy Week and Easter Movies

A very unofficial poll of what religious movies people watch during Holy Week and Easter.

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March 31, 2015

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A girl’s first turkey hunt

The time is approaching to take my daughter on her first wild turkey hunt.

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March 27, 2015

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Sportshow time!

It’s time to go to the annual Progressive Northwest Sportshow.

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March 24, 2015

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Spring training for baseball fans

There’s baseball trivia on these pages enough for a game-full of between-innings challenges, and any fan who picks up the book now can consider it their own spring training.

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March 23, 2015

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The miracle of the liquified blood

It started quietly and with a degree of cautiousness but by the end of the weekend the internet was flowing with stories of the miracle in the presence of Pope Francis.

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March 23, 2015

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Divided by sin, but still united in pursuit of goodness

In his homily at Mass during the 2015 Archdiocesan Men’s Conference, Father William Baer made one thing clear: Local news can be monotonous and dull. Covering the mundane events of ordinary life can be a drag. But the mission of The Catholic Spirit is, and always has been, to spread the good news, not the bad. Sometimes the good news is boring.

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