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The Catholic Spirit is the official Catholic newspaper for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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  • The true Christmas
    by The Catholic Spirit on December 3, 2020

    The day after Thanksgiving in Advents past, the Rev. Billy could be found at 5:30 a.m. in front of Macy’s flagship store in midtown Manhattan. “Stop shopping!” he shouts at the bundled figures pushing past him in the dark carrying their full shopping bags. “Stop shopping.”

  • The sheep and the goats
    by The Catholic Spirit on November 20, 2020

    To be “woke” is now a thing. Over the past few years the media have employed this awkward grammatical construction — a simple past tense of the verb “to wake,” but used as an adjective — to describe being aware of one’s own biases, intending on overcoming them and advocating for societal change. Racism is a timely example: Someone who is woke admits his racial biases (they may even be unconscious) and aspires to be part of the solution.

  • Cultivating wisdom through knowledge of God
    by The Catholic Spirit on November 6, 2020

    Our culture tends to be ambivalent about those with higher education. On the one hand we are wary of the highly educated, perceiving them as snobs with elitist stances toward the rest of humanity. On the other hand, we appreciate those who have achieved multiple university degrees, with a string of distinguishing letters after their names, as experts whose knowledge may and should be of help to humanity.

  • ‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’
    by The Catholic Spirit on October 22, 2020

    Have you ever asked yourself why the greatest of the commandments is to “love the Lord, your God”?

  • Jesus calls us to sacraments, prayer
    by The Catholic Spirit on October 8, 2020

    In 1993, St. Teresa of Kolkata sent a letter to the members of her order. She wrote, “I worry some of you still have not really met Jesus — one to one — you and Jesus alone.

  • Saying yes to those in need
    by The Catholic Spirit on September 24, 2020

    Two themes jumped out at me when I first glanced at this Sunday’s readings: fairness and the ability to say no. In the first reading (Ez 18:25-28), we hear Ezekiel talking about fairness. “You say the Lord’s way is not fair! Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?”

  • Celebrate God’s mercy that forgives debts, and then do likewise
    by The Catholic Spirit on September 9, 2020

    This weekend, my community of St. Patrick in Oak Grove finally gets to celebrate the elimination of our parish debt — after 19 years, thanks be to God!

  • Remaining open to God’s will
    by The Catholic Spirit on August 26, 2020

    I have had the privilege of being a high school chaplain for eight years. It was not the assignment that I imagined having when I was ordained a priest, but I have found such great joy in serving God in this capacity.

  • Sanitizing Jesus
    by The Catholic Spirit on August 13, 2020

    I do not remember the movie (Dogma) in any great detail anymore (it was a poorly made and unfunny provocation), except for one image in it: Buddy Christ.

  • Receiving the Eucharist as first, last, only
    by The Catholic Spirit on July 29, 2020

    “Priest of Jesus Christ celebrate this Holy Mass as if it were your first Mass, your last Mass, your only Mass.” This saying greets a priest in the sacristy anywhere in the world of the Missionaries of Charity of St. Teresa of Calcutta.

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