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Wednesday Witness: Experience the Difference

Posted by Jim Thorp

Jodi and I are blessed with five children, four of whom are high-schoolers or older. All of them are knowledgeable about Catholicism and practice their faith daily. Indeed, they humble us with their devotion to the sacraments, their service to the Church and their willingness to evangelize.

Sometimes people ... Read More »

Wednesday Witness: Business as Usual

Posted by Jim Thorp

It has been almost a month since Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis were dispensed of our Sunday obligation to attend Mass, and even less time since public Masses were suspended and we were told by state officials to stay home for two weeks. It seems ... Read More »

Wednesday Witness: Life Abounds

Posted by Jim Thorp

In December 2017, my daughter Emma and I were driving near Clearwater, hoping to practice merging and freeway driving ahead of a long trip to Bismarck on the coming weekend. As she was getting on the freeway for the first time, a knot of cars approached, and it was ... Read More »

Wednesday Witness: Too Much to Carry Alone

Posted by Jim Thorp

I am a proud parent of five children, ages 22 to 8. Our eldest is married in Bismarck, and he and his bride recently shared that they are expecting. Most of my family is from Michigan, where my folks live in a log house we built when I was ... Read More »

Wednesday Witness: Two Little Things That Help

Posted by Jim Thorp

As I’ve mentioned in these posts before, I struggle a bit with the virtue of Hope. As a result, I don’t always cope well with situations in which I can’t make sense of what is happening, come up with a plan, and take some semblance of control.

As a ... Read More »

Special Day of Prayer and Fasting for the Coronavirus Outbreak

Posted by Jim Thorp

As was done in Rome, Archbishop Bernard Hebda asks the faithful of the Archdiocese to join in a special day of fasting, abstinence, and prayer invoking God’s help in these challenging days for our Archdiocese, our country and the world. This day will occur next Wednesday, March 18, 2020, ... Read More »

Wednesday Witness: Little Mistakes and the Big Picture

Posted by Jim Thorp

Yesterday I got my first look at our parish’s new monthly newsletter, DISCIPLE, which should go into the mail tomorrow. It looks great, and I am truly excited to share it with you.

It also took less than two minutes to find two small but obvious errors in the ... Read More »

Wednesday Witness: Second Coming?

Posted by Jim Thorp

Blogger's Note: This post first publisher on St. Michael Catholic Church communications manager Jim Thorp's personal blog, Archangel Stomp, on October 24, 2018. Wednesday Witness is a weekly series, sharing ways in which God is moving in Jim's life and family in hopes that others can relate. Feel ... Read More »

Join Dan DeMatte’s Holiness Revolution March 15-17

Posted by Jim Thorp

Our annual Parish Mission is just one week away, and you’re invited! For three nights, we welcome best-selling Catholic author and speaker Dan DeMatte (dee-mah-TAY) to lead a Holiness Revolution. Join us at 7 PM on Sunday, March 15, through Tuesday, March 17, for inspiring talks, prayer ministry, Adoration ... Read More »

Wednesday Witness: How Many Licks?

Posted by Jim Thorp

Who else remembers the candy commercial that seeks to answer the age-old question, “How many licks does it take to get to the Toostie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?” A "wise" old owl manages just three licks before crunching the candy with his beak and swallowing it hole. ... Read More »