April 20, 2018

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St. Anselm, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

St. Anselm

St. Anselm was born in 1033 in Aosta in Piedmont, Italy. His father strictly controlled the family home. When Anselm was fifteen he wanted to join the Benedictine monastery in Aosta, but his father refused to allow it, so when Anselm turned twenty-three he left home, traveled across the Alps, and went to Burgundy, France, where he went to study.

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April 18, 2018

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The Last Jedi and the Renewal of an Institution (Spoilers)

The Last Jedi and the Renewal of an Institution

The tension between authentically renewing institutions and destroying them has been around as long as institutions have been with us. Many people would agree the Church -as an institution- should be in a constant state of renewal yet few would agree on what that means. The root of such disagreement lies in our understanding of what Jesus came to do: establish a Church or destroy religious institutions altogether?

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April 13, 2018

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Emmaus Prayer

Road to Emmaus

Lord, as we walk down the journey of life,
we ask that you would be our constant companion,
particularly on those days when we are disheartened
or when we have strayed off of your path.

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April 6, 2018

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The Easter Season

Resurrection of Jesus

The Easter Season is the Great Fifty Days from Easter to Pentecost. It is a week of weeks, seven sevens, 49 days, plus a fiftieth. The first forty days commemorate the time between the Resurrection and the Ascension, and the last ten days commemorate the time from the Ascension to the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles on the first Pentecost.

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April 1, 2018

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Easter Alleluias from the Mouths of Babes

Soon it seemed to be a choir of babies cooing, babbling and singing from all corners of the church (and not a one of them crying).

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March 31, 2018

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Good Friday and the Cross

I am Minnesota tough and I thought I need to tough things out to carry my cross.  I thought to “offer it up” meant to  be quiet and quit complaining.

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March 30, 2018

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Holy Thursday: The Lace Tablecloth

Holy Thursday: The Lace Tablecloth I went to Holy Thursday Mass last night. I almost didn’t go.  Things have changed from 5 years ago when I wrote the post below.   I have lost some people in my life and I thought it might be too sad.  I went and sat with a friend who I […]

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March 30, 2018

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The Thirteenth and Fourteenth Stations

At the last stations of the cross, we pray in sorrow but also in hope through the thirteenth and fourteenth stations.

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March 29, 2018

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The Eleventh and Twelfth Stations of the Cross

Christ on the Cross.  Where are we when Christ is at the eleventh and twelfth stations?

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March 28, 2018

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The Octave of Easter – Eight Days of Celebration

The Octave of Easter

The Octave of Easter is one of two octaves during the liturgical year. The other octave is the Octave of Christmas. An octave is an eight-day period set aside to celebrate the greatest mysteries of the Christian faith, the Resurrection and the Incarnation. Each mystery is so profound and momentous that it cannot be celebrated in a single day, so the celebration is extended for a full week after the actual date. It is a time of heightened jubilation and exaltation, when the joy within the Christian community is at a fever pitch. The Octave of Easter extends from Easter Sunday until the Second Sunday of Easter.

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