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Father Mike Schmitz: How do I support my seminarian ex-boyfriend?

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

I am a young woman who was dating a terrific young man. Things were going along really well for us when he broke up with me because he believed that he needed to enter seminary and discern whether or not God is calling him to be a priest. I ... Read More »

Ordination and installation set for the Cathedral

Posted by Kyle Eller

Bishop-elect Daniel Felton (Photo by Mary Rasch)

The ordination and installation of Bishop-elect Daniel Felton will take place at 11 a.m. May 20 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth. The evening before, Vespers will be celebrated at the Cathedral at 5 p.m. Unfortunately, due ... Read More »

Father Daniel Felton named bishop for Duluth Diocese

Posted by Kyle Eller

Today, the Holy See announced that Pope Francis has named the Very Rev. Daniel Felton, of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wis., to become the tenth bishop of the Diocese of Duluth. His episcopal ordination and installation as bishop of Duluth have been set for May 20. Bishop-elect Daniel Felton

Bishop-elect Felton, who has served as vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Diocese of Green Bay since 2014, was born Feb. 5, 1955. He is the son of Carol and the late Ken Felton and the oldest of five children and attended St. Edward School in Mackville, Wis., and Appleton West in Appleton. He holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., in religious studies and psychology; a master’s degree in theology from St. John University, Collegeville; and a licentiate of sacred theology and a master’s degree in social communications from the Gregorian University in ... Read More »

Father Mike Schmitz: Does God just coerce people into following him?

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

I have recently been reading the Old Testament and have encountered some things that have troubled me. Among them is the way God talks about blessing those who obey him and cursing those who disobey him. I much prefer the New Testament and how Jesus reveals that God is ... Read More »

Bible podcast by Father Schmitz tops Apple Podcast list

Posted by Kyle Eller

Father Mike Schmitz says that if you had asked him to come up with an idea for a podcast that rise to the top of Apple’s Podcast charts, “The Bible in a Year” wouldn’t have been it.

After all, he says, the podcast, put out by the Catholic publisher ... Read More »

Editorial: Seeing past the 50-50 split

Posted by Kyle Eller

The results of the election verified something that has been increasingly clear over a number of recent election cycles: politically, anyway, we’re divided just about in half.

Nationally, in terms of popular vote, out of all those tens of millions of votes cast, the margin was less than 5%, ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: How can we handle the ‘perpetual outrage machine’ as Catholics?

Posted by Kyle Eller

It’s always interesting when very great and holy saints and even doctors of the church seem to give conflicting advice — like St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Francis de Sales do on the timely and important topic of anger. Deacon Kyle EllerMere Catholicism

Ours is an angry time. Although ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Apparent ‘contradiction’ in the Gospel sheds light on being a living witness

Posted by Kyle Eller

The seminary I went to had a heavy emphasis on writing papers, whereas other seminaries might put more focus on test-taking. Mine was one in which I felt like it was a continuous stream of producing papers that no one would ever read except for the professor. Father Richard KunstApologetics

I remember one of the cardinal rules about writing papers for my scripture classes was to never “proof-text.” In a nutshell, proof-texting is taking biblical quotes out of context to argue a particular point. Proof-texting could easily get you into trouble, because if you take certain quotes out of context, it would appear that the Bible is full of ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: What is the point of the Last Judgment?

Posted by Kyle Eller

I understand that when we die, we are immediately judged by God. It is my understanding that we either then go immediately to hell or heaven (via purgatory if necessary). If that is the case, why is there something called the “Last Judgment”? Are we judged again? Is it ... Read More »

Father Nicholas Nelson: How to make mental prayer

Posted by Kyle Eller

Friends, during this “stay at home” time, this is an opportune time to develop the habit of mental prayer.

What is mental prayer? Father Nicholas NelsonHanding on the Faith

It's the form of prayer in which the sentiments expressed are your own. Mental prayer is accomplished by internal acts ... Read More »