October 20, 2016

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St. Paul: Looking Back, Looking Forward

The year was 67 AD. St. Paul was in his mid-70s, an old man by First Century standards. He was in Rome, a bad place for Christians. The Roman Emperor Nero was waging a large scale persecution against Christians. Paul was in prison. Many other Christians had already been put to death, and Paul could see the handwriting on the wall. When he wrote, “The time of my dissolution is at hand” (2 Tm 4:6), “dissolution” means death. It was Paul’s way of saying that he knew that the time of his martyrdom was drawing ever nearer.

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October 14, 2016

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Sacred Scripture, Wisdom for Salvation

Sacred Scripture is the writings of the Holy Bible, all of the books in both the Old and New Testaments. These books are on an approved list called the Canon of Sacred Scripture because they are considered authentic, contain correct teaching, and have been in continuous use throughout the centuries.

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October 7, 2016

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Give thanks to God!

One of the greatest miracles that Jesus performed was to cure ten lepers of their disease (Lk 17:11-19), and after having received such a tremendous gift from Jesus, only one of the ten came back to thank him. In disappointment Jesus asked, “Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” (Lk 17:18).

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September 30, 2016

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St. Theresa of the Child Jesus

October 1 is the memorial of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus. She is also known as “St. Theresa of Lisieux” and the “Little Flower.” Her life story is also the subject of the feature film “Therese” released by Xenon Pictures in 2006.

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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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