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Canonize Lino Rulli? His new book shows how we’re all saints in the making

September 28, 2013

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photoThe Catholic Church calls each and every one of us to answer the call to holiness and strive toward sainthood — even in light of our obvious weaknesses and everyday struggles with sin.

It’s a daunting task for most, but Lino Rulli is up to the challenge. In fact, the St. Paul native and host of Sirius/XM Radio’s “The Catholic Guy” show would like to get there a little faster than the rest of us. In his new book “Saint,” he makes the tongue-in-cheek case for why the Church should canonize him today. (After all, why trust your friends to push your sainthood cause after you die when you can do it yourself?)

In all seriousness, however, the book has a deeper purpose: to encourage you to focus on your spiritual growth and help you “to realize that you might not be as big a sinner as you think, and that, with God’s help, you might just become a saint.”

“Saint” is a follow-up to “Sinner,” Lino’s first book of short, humorous and inspiring stories aimed at encouraging us to live out our faith despite our imperfections. In “Saint,” Lino turns once again to short stories about his life — some funny, some painfully honest, and many with a short nugget of reflection about lessons he learned along the way.

At the end of one story, for example, about an instance when he successfully resisted what can be described as a “temptation of the flesh,” Lino writes: “A saint isn’t someone who has never been tested; a saint is a person who has been tested and, with God’s help, has passed — or, with God’s help, has gotten up the next morning and tried again.”

Saints you can relate to

While Lino was in town yesterday to talk about his book, I asked why he would invest the time and energy to remind people about the call to sainthood. Here’s what he said:

“I guess the reason people like [‘Sinner’] is because a lot of them could relate to it. But, the other side of that coin is the fact that we do need to be reminded that we’re not just a bunch of miserable losers because we fail. For whatever reason, God loves us and we’re still called to holiness. It’s sort of a contradiction in our lives, but it’s the reality of our lives.”

And where can average Joes like myself draw that affirmation and inspiration, other than from Lino and the stories of people who already have a place in the Church’s catalog of saints?

“I get inspired by the average person in church. When I see the mom and dad in church Sunday morning with kids running around like maniacs and you’re going to lose your mind, it inspires me. They don’t have it all together, but they know it would be ten times worse if they didn’t try to go to church. . . . Those are the saints who inspire me: the guy who says I went out Saturday night but I’m still waking up and going to church Sunday morning. Or the single mom. Or even the older people who have their own problems and struggles. I really do look around and I go: We’re all called to be saints, but we’re all saints in the making.”

Chances are future generations won’t be reading about St. Lino in the Church’s official catalog of saints. But he — and the rest of us — should always be striving to be counted eventually among those in heaven.

“Saints” concludes with these wise words:

“Sometimes you chase me, Lord. Sometimes I chase you. But the only time I’ll quit running, the only time I will finally feel at peace, will be when I’m at home with you: there in heaven. That’s when I’ll truly be called a saint.”

Read more about Lino and his new book on his website. You can also order the book from Servant Books.

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Pope Francis, line one

August 27, 2013

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Apparently Pope Francis is calling people in Italy. He’s not having his people make the call mind you. He’s just picking up the phone and making a personal call.

‘Hello, it’s Pope Francis’: Italian teenager gets surprise phone call  (Telegraph)

So what do you say if you get the call?
Telephone etiquette for ‘the cold-call pope’ (NCR)

 

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Rediscover: the song

August 12, 2013

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If you haven’t had an opportunity to hear this yet you really should.

From the Rediscover website:

Singer-songwriter Eliot Morris has been recording since 2002 and toured nationally with acts including James Taylor, Nickel Creek, John Mayer and Counting Crows. After years of witnessing the ups and downs of the music industry, as well as a brief but frightening health crisis, Eliot reassessed both his music and his life with a deeper sense of urgency.

The song may be heard here.

An interview with Eliot on The Rediscover: Hour radio show may be heard here at about 27 minutes into the show.

If you would like to learn more about Eliot, his story and the story behind his song please watch for an interview in the upcoming August 15 issue of The Catholic Spirit and TheCatholicSpirit.com.

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Don’t miss 2013 Rediscover: big event

July 19, 2013

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2013 Rediscover: Catholic Celebration with Archbishop Nienstedt, Matthew Kelly, Father Robert Barron, and George Weigel — Saturday, Oct. 12 at St. Paul River Centre

 

TextJoin with fellow Catholics from across the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis as we celebrate the depth and beauty of our Catholic faith. We’ll come together as a local Church for Mass. We’ll be inspired by internationally-known speakers and great music.  We’ll get a chance to learn about exciting faith formation, worship and service opportunities throughout the Archdiocese and beyond in the Rediscover exhibit hall. The 2013 Rediscover: Catholic Celebration is for all Catholics who want to find new ways to live out their faith more fully. Programming is planned for Spanish speakers and children & youth. Don’t miss this engaging, faith-filled day for the whole family!

Event programming: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Building opens at 7:00 a.m. and remains open after the event program to allow for extra time to visit exhibitors.

Ticket prices:

  • Adult: $15.00
  • Youth, grades 7-10: $7.00
  • Children, grades K-6: $5.00

Emceed by Jeff Cavins

Overview of the day: 

Mass begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by morning and afternoon speaker sessions. The day ends with a closing session led by Bishop Lee Piché. Children grades K-6 and youth in grades 7-10 will remain with their parents for the opening Mass, before going to their own morning and afternoon sessions with age specific programming. Children and youth will return to their parents at lunch and again at the closing session. After morning Mass, Spanish speakers are invited to attend morning and afternoon breakout sessions in Spanish, and return to the closing session.

Parking and transportation:

  • Parking is limited and event parking rates may apply. There is parking connected via skyway in the RiverCentre ramp, as well as parking options in other downtown lots near the RiverCentre.
  • Busing organized by parishes or other groups is highly recommended.
  • Groups/parishes are responsible for arranging their own buses. Contact your parish to ask if busing is being planned.
  • Parishes:
    • For a list of recommended bus companies, please contact Barb Spurlin in the Office of Parish Services at 651-290-1616.
    • There is a bus drop-off lane on Kellogg Boulevard in front of the main street-level entrance to Saint Paul RiverCentre.
    • The RiverCenter offers a suggested location for bus parking.

Do you have questions? Please contact Rediscover@archspm.org or call the Rediscover: Program Support Helpline at 651-291-4411.

Register online today!

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The animated Pope Francis

July 1, 2013

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Something cool from the folks over at Catholic Link.

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A few good apps

June 27, 2013

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I’ve recently pruned my apps on my phone and after some thought this is what I consider essential in my Catholic folder:

Laudate
This has way too much to cover. I use it primarily to preview the readings before Mass.
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Missio
The Pope actually launched this himself. That alone is reason to have this app.

Confession
This app provides a customized examination of conscience and step by step guide through the sacrament along with a place for reflections, etc. It does come at a cost of $1.99.

Rediscover: App
Rediscover your Catholic faith. “There is a path to meaning and purpose, a sense of belonging, inner strength, true freedom and deep peace. It’s a path you know.”

Geo-locate a parish for Mass times or adoration hours or times of confession in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

400+ short articles and videos on everything from God to culture

The Pope App
Homilies, general audiences. Follow the pope as closely as you would like.
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Play

Divine Mercy
Lots of info on the devotion and an easy-to-use set of virtual beads to pray with

iBreviary TS
The Liturgy of the Hours and more

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Summertime is share time

June 14, 2013

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Summer weather is finally here and with it comes many opportunities to get out and connect with friends, family and others. The Rediscover: Summer Share Project offers a few ways to share your faith through sharing Rediscover: resources.

Want to be part of it? Here is everything you need to know:

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Rediscover: Summer Share Project

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Capturing the excitement of Archdiocesan Youth Day

May 29, 2013

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Archdiocesan Youth Day info and registration

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Chanhassen’s ‘Joseph’ a fun night at the theater

May 28, 2013

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215px-Joseph_and_the_Amazing_Technicolor_DreamcoatIt’s been 40 years since “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” first hit the London stage, 31 years since  Andrew Lylyod Webber’s music and Tim Rice’s lyrics told the story from Genesis on Broadway, and it’s twice before had runs at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, the latest only four years ago.

No mind. It just doesn’t get old. Not the way director Michael Brindisi and the company at the Chan play it.

Days later the tunes are still running through my head, of course, but what makes the Chan special are the sight-gags that are so well-timed and well-played, along with the way all the actors, all 27 of  ‘em, are engaged all the time.

Take your eyes off charming Jodi Carmeli as she narrates the biblical story or off leading man Jared Oxborough as Joseph, and every single player is in character, doing his or her part to add to the action.

A good example are the way all 11 of Joseph’s brothers have a different way of expressing the distain for their favored-child brother; no two actions are alike, each a creative movement that’s perfect for the scene.

With the dancing, the great costumes and the clever props,it’s what a night’s entertainment ought to be.

 

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From Hollywood to Zach

May 10, 2013

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Zach Sobiech, whose family’s story of faith and devotion in the face of a rare form of bone cancer may be found at TheCatholicSpirit.com (In the quiet stillness of suffering, Mary resides) wrote a song which has become a viral hit.

The song “Clouds” caught the attention of Rainn Wilson (Dwight on The Office) who has a show on a quirky YouTube channel called “SoulPancake.” He gathered a number of celebrities to create a response video to honor Zach and help raise awareness and funding for research of osteosarcoma, the cancer of which Zach is afflicted.

Here are both videos:

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