September 24, 2016

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Latest St. Thomas-St. John’s clash not all football

St. Thomas and St. John’s have a college football rivalry at its peak when they take the field Saturday.

Yet, neither the players nor the fans can ignore the somber tone of the St. Cloud area this weekend. Everyone will take a moment of silence before kick-off in Collegeville to remember the Crossroads Mall stabbing victims and Jacob Wetterling.

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September 15, 2016

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New Hill-Murray stadium named for prayer

Hill-Murray’s football team will kick-off its new stadium on Friday in a familiar way. Pioneers football players ask for the intercession of Mary with the title, “Mary, Queen of Victory” before each game, which the new stadium is named after. That prayer tradition goes back to the 1971 according to Hill-Murray president Jim Hanson, who […]

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September 15, 2016

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The Children of this World vs. the Children of the Light

Jesus made a troubling comment when he was teaching his disciples: “The children of this world are more prudent … than are the children of the light” (Lk 16:8b). This is sad but true. It is human nature. Jesus was deeply disappointed, and in this case not so much with “the prudent,” a veiled reference to people who connive to make more money and get their way, but with those who claim to be righteous, decent, religious people.

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September 12, 2016

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Social Justice and Abortion

  On Monday, September 12, an ad appeared in the Minneapolis paper claiming that Catholics could, or should I say should, support abortion as part of their Catholic Social Justice beliefs. This could not be farther from the truth and the group Catholics for Choice should not be allowed to even use the word Catholic! […]

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September 7, 2016

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Mercy for miserable sinners

Mercy is one of God’s most wonderful attributes. God is kind and merciful. Paul was utterly dependent upon God’s mercy. So was Peter. So are we.

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September 1, 2016

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Jesus, model teacher for instructors and catechists

Summer vacation is over, and another school year is about to begin. Instructors are headed to their classrooms, and catechists are headed to their faith formation groups. The main focus of education rightfully belongs on the students, but it is also a high priority to reflect on the role of those who facilitate the learning process, teachers and catechists.

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August 26, 2016

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The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

August 29 is the memorial of The Passion of Saint John the Baptist. It was known formerly as The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist.

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August 19, 2016

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Saint Bartholomew, Apostle and Martyr

Saint Bartholomew is one of the original twelve apostles. In Aramaic, his name is bar talmai, “son of Tolmai,” or the Graeco-Roman equivalent, “son of Ptolemy.” The only time that he is mentioned in the New Testament is on the four lists of the twelve apostles (Mt 10:3; Mk 3:18; Lk 6:14; Acts 1:13). Because he is paired with Philip in the three Synoptic Gospels, and because Philip is paired with Nathanael in the Fourth Gospel (Jn 1:43-51; 21:2), biblical scholars believe that Bartholomew and Nathanael may be one and the same person.

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August 11, 2016

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Peace or division, which is it?

Once when Jesus was speaking to his disciples, he broached the subjects of peace and division (Lk 12:51). His words were difficult to understand. He seemed to be in favor of peace one moment, but then he spoke about how he was a reason for division the next. Was he speaking out of both sides of his mouth? How can the same person be both peacemaker and a cause for division at the same time?

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August 4, 2016

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Somebody’s knockin’ at your door

Somebody is knocking at your door, and that somebody is Jesus! Jesus is not your typical visitor. The usual guest comes at a prearranged time, but not Jesus. Jesus gets to do whatever he wants, which means that he can come on any day at any time, either today, tomorrow, or a day in the distant future.

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