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A real Lent

Liturgically, Lent is a season. Spiritually, some call it a way of life. Whether an inner journey or an in-house parish pilgrimage, however we move through Lent — through prayer, fasting, almsgiving, works of mercy and penance — all are a means to bring us to the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ. This is a real Lent.

Una verdadera Cuaresma

Litúrgicamente, la Cuaresma es una temporada. Espiritualmente, algunos lo llaman una forma de vida. Ya sea un viaje interior o una peregrinación parroquial interna, sin embargo nos movemos a través de la Cuaresma —a través de la oración, el ayuno, la limosna, las obras de misericordia y penitencia— son todos un medio para llevarnos al pie de la cruz de Jesucristo. Esta es una verdadera Cuaresma.

Archbishop Naumann calls Senate rejection of pro-life bills ‘appalling’

By blocking two pro-life bills from going to the floor of the U.S. Senate for a vote, senators "failed to advance two critical human rights reforms that most Americans strongly support," the chairman of the U.S. bishops' pro-life committee said late Feb. 25.

Intellectually disabled L’Arche members react to news of Vanier abuse

For the adults with disabilities who are the core members of L'Arche, news that Jean Vanier sexually abused six women over a 35-year period hit particularly hard.

Embracing the challenge as spiritual leaders

Because I attend and participate at various men’s ministry activities — small and large — as an outreach calling, I’m blessed to witness the vast gifts, strengths and charisms of men across the generations.

Preparing for the needs of an aging Minnesota

“Good fences make good neighbors,” Robert Frost wrote mischievously in his poem, “Mending Wall.” Anna and Curtis Pribula of Fridley might beg to differ.

Mahtomedi students create ecosystem in the classroom

A group of elementary students gathered around teacher Jill Ryan in the science lab at St. Jude of the Lake Catholic School in Mahtomedi Feb. 12. After listening to her instructions, they joined in a loud cheer to kick off their classwork: “One, two, three — aquaponics!”

Celebrating sacramental marriage in Waconia

There was a buzz before the 5:15 p.m. Mass Feb. 22 at St. Joseph in Waconia, as seven couples with corsages and floral bouquets gathered for the processional with Father Stan Mader, the pastor.

Blaine Amendments and bigotry

The U. S. Supreme Court is currently deliberating a case involving a Montana state constitutional provision steeped in historic anti-Catholic bigotry. The justices’ decision could drastically impact the future of school choice programs across the country.

The song the Father sings

Many years ago, I was preparing to speak at a women’s conference, the topic of which was strengthening our Christian friendships. About two days before my talk — I was just putting a few finishing touches on it — I suddenly started to get this nagging feeling that I was to include a section on loneliness. It would take some reworking.