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Father Michael Schmitz: Fighting the ‘noon-day devil’ of acedia

Posted by Kyle Eller

I sometimes just wish that I could run away from the life that I am living. There is nothing terribly wrong with it, but I get this feeling that I should just leave this behind and try something new. Is this a sign that I should?

Thank you for ... Read More »

Minnesota Catholic Conference identifies 2017 legislative priorities

Posted by Kyle Eller

After a contentious U.S. presidential campaign that highlighted the nation’s deep political divisions, the Minnesota Catholic Conference is hoping that state Republicans and Democrats can rise above partisan differences to pass legislation consistent with the conference’s 2017 public policy priorities.

“One thing that’s going to be a challenge with ... Read More »

‘Catholics at the Capitol’ aims to inspire public policy participation

Posted by Kyle Eller

Minnesota’s Catholics have a new opportunity to join their bishops and learn how to approach key policy areas through the lens of faith.

The Minnesota Catholic Conference is hosting the first Catholics at the Capitol event March 9 at the St. Paul RiverCentre and State Capitol Building in St. ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: February gives us a lot of things to pray for

Posted by Kyle Eller

At the beginning of the month of February, our diocese had the privilege of welcoming Bishop Gerard County from our sister diocese, the Diocese of Kingstown in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Bishop County preached the mission appeal in Brainerd, Duluth and Nashwauk area parishes. He also participated in ... Read More »

Bishop approves Duluth school plan

Posted by Kyle Eller

Unifies Catholic schools, creates path for high school

Bishop Paul Sirba, at a press conference Jan. 20, announced that he had accepted a plan that will bring the city’s four Catholic schools into a single school with multiple campuses, also offering a path toward Catholic high school education in ... Read More »

Cardinal Dolan has a minute to read from Book of Wisdom at inauguration

Posted by Kyle Eller

New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said the Scripture passage he chose to read at the Jan. 20 inauguration of Donald J. Trump as president — Wisdom chapter 9 in which King Solomon prays for wisdom to lead Israel according to God’s will — was an easy one to make.

“I pray it all the time,” he told Catholic News Service and joked that “the Lord still hasn’t answered the prayer.” New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan speaks during the 2016 fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. Cardinal Dolan said the Scripture passage he chose to read at the Jan. 20 inauguration of Donald J. Trump as president, Wisdom chapter 9 in which King Solomon prays for wisdom to lead Israel according to God’s will, was an easy one to make. (CNS photo/Bob ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Rape crisis on campus demands reflection and action

Posted by Kyle Eller

I did not want to write on this subject, but I feel compelled to do so. Sometimes God puts little messages in your life, over and over again, and at a certain point, you must try to do something.

My something is sharing my outrage with readers in hopes ... Read More »

Don’t procrastinate on faith, live today, pope says

Posted by Kyle Eller

Christians are called to renew their faithfulness to God every day and not procrastinate when it comes to their own personal conversion, Pope Francis said.

A hardened heart that sets aside “receiving the love of God” for another day may find that it is too late to enjoy the ... Read More »

Kyle Eller: Bringing the ‘logic of gift’ into our lives in the new year

Posted by Kyle Eller

I have mentioned before that I’m a big geek. For instance, I am likely the only Catholic newspaper editor in Christendom who, in 2016, does his writing and editing in Emacs, a computer program which I’m tempted to call the greatest software yet written. Kyle EllerMere Catholicism

That may ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Looking at purgatory differently can help us welcome it

Posted by Kyle Eller

I think I have addressed the subject of purgatory over the years of writing this column a few different times, probably more than any other subject. There is a reason for this: Purgatory was the primary “lightening rod” that sparked the protestant Reformation.

Martin Luther was completely right when ... Read More »