August 19, 2017

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Through Blood and Faith

Today marks the one year anniversary of my dear cousin’s death.  Fr. Marvin O’Connell was technically my first cousin once removed and he is the one who taught me how to figure out those confusing family lines.  A priest of this diocese and history professor at the University of St. Thomas for a number of […]

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August 18, 2017

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St. Bartholomew, Apostle and Martyr

St. Bartholomew, a true Israelite without duplicity

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August 18, 2017

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The Queenship of Mary

August 22 is the annual memorial of the Queenship of Mary. The date was chosen to coincide with August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption, which was celebrated eight days earlier. Mary’s Queenship is remembered on the “octave” of the Assumption.

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August 3, 2017

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A pastor recalls a transfigured moment

The day was October 23, 1981. The place was the Monticello Golf Course. The occasion was the Region 5A cross country championship. Twelve boys’ teams had qualified, including this pastor’s team, Crosier Seminary. The stakes were high. The top two teams would advance. The other ten would be done. No Crosier cross country team had ever reached the state meet. The Crosier coach was a young fellow, age 29. It was his sixth season. The team was ranked in the state poll and on an impressive winning streak, but still had never made the elusive trip to state, never climbed among Minnesota’s elite.

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August 3, 2017

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Peter’s flub ups at the Transfiguration

The Transfiguration may have been a great day for Jesus, but it was a bad day for Peter. Jesus sparkled, but Peter failed to shine.

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July 28, 2017

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Saint Martha

Saint Martha

July 29 is the memorial of St. Martha, a dear friend and devout disciple of Jesus. Martha’s story is told in three places: Lk 10:38-42, when Martha served while Mary sat at the feet of Jesus to listen to him; Jn 11:1-44, the raising of Lazarus; and Jn 12:2, the anointing at Bethany.

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July 26, 2017

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Novena for a Rebirth of Chastity and Purity – Day 9

For all those who bear the cross of infertility

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July 25, 2017

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Novena for a Rebirth of Chastity and Purity – Day 8

For all those who pray and labor for a rebirth of chastity and purity.

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July 23, 2017

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Novena for a Rebirth of Chastity and Purity – Day 6

For all divorced couples, for those having marital difficulty and for broken families

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