February 9, 2018

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St. Scholastica, Virgin and Religious

St. Scholastica

St. Scholastica (480-547) was born in Nursia, Italy, in 480 AD. She is the twin sister of St. Benedict. As a young woman she consecrated herself to God, and she remained at home to assist her father while her brother Benedict went to Rome to study.

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February 2, 2018

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Jesus: the Divine Physician, the Great Healer

The gospels in early Ordinary Time of Year B are taken from the beginning of the Gospel of Mark, and the texts from Week Four to Week Seven constitute a vertical thread, a spiritual concept or theme that connects a set of readings over a series of weeks. The thread is that Jesus is the Divine Physician (see Mk 2:17), an astounding miracle worker, a phenomenal healer, one who possesses the creative and restorative power that belongs to God alone.

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January 26, 2018

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St. John (Don) Bosco

John Bosco was born in 1815 near Castelnuovo in the diocese of Turin in northern Italy. His family was extremely poor. His father died when he was only two, and he was raised by his mother and his two older brothers.

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January 19, 2018

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Saint Fabian, Pope and Martyr

Saint Fabian was the twentieth pope. He succeeded Pope St. Anterus who was in office only six weeks before dying of natural causes. An assembly was called to elect the new pope, and both clergy and laity were in attendance. Eusebius, a historian from Caesarea, reported that during the proceedings a dove mysteriously appeared and alighted on Fabian’s head. The voters took this to be a sign from the Holy Spirit that Fabian should be chosen, even though he was not well known to them, a layman, a farmer who had come into Rome, and happened to be in the audience. Fabian was elected on January 10, 236.

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January 12, 2018

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Winter In Minnesota In January

We Minnesotans are a hearty bunch! We deal with prolonged cold day after day. The average high temperatures are below freezing for weeks on end. The weather map is mostly blues, purples, and whites. Weather reports do not only give the actual temperature; they include wind chill, too. The ice on the lakes gets thicker. The snow piles get higher. We shovel and run the snow blower. We icefish and snowmobile, cross country ski and snowshoe. Minnesotans are often heard saying, “We choose to live here!” “We enjoy the theater of seasons!” “We’re tough!” “We can take the cold!”

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January 5, 2018

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The Star of Christmas

Christmas Star

The star is an important Christmas symbol. It is traditional to crown the top branch of the Christmas tree with a star. Star-shaped ornaments are common. Some manger scenes have a star on or above the roof of the stable.

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December 31, 2017

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Top 10 Spiritual Resolutions for 2018

Here is a list of the top 10 Spiritual Resolutions that can change your life!

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December 30, 2017

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The Feast of the Holy Family

The Holy Family

Obedience – a virtue of paramount importance

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December 27, 2017

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Deer season was exciting, rewarding

My deer season might be over for the year. After exciting encounters with bucks and does over the last few weeks, I’m a little hesitant for it to end. But, three deer is definitely enough. I got my third last night, in the last hour of shooting hours as the temperature was falling to below […]

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December 23, 2017

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Gloria in Excelsis Deo, Glory to God in the Highest

Gloria in Excelsis Deo, Glory to God in the Highest

On the night that Jesus was born, suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host – choirs of angels – that appeared in the night sky, and filled with joy, they praised God singing, “Glory to God in the highest” (Lk 2:14).

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