The March 2022 archive of Daily News

Supporting women and working families at the forefront of Catholic advocacy as session starts 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Minnesota Catholic Conference Inside the Capitol 

Minnesota Catholic Conference staff are monitoring a flurry of bills including paid family leave, and a constitutional amendment that would empower judges to create new modes of discrimination based on the ambiguous concept of gender.  Rebellion against the sexes 

There is much talk today ... Read More »

Father Nicholas Nelson: Fasting: What’s the big deal?

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Lent is a time of repentance and renewal. It’s about recommitting ourselves to knowing, loving, and serving God and loving our neighbor as Christ loved us. To help us, the church has prescribed three traditional practices, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Jesus speaks of these three in the Sermon on ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: 'OK, boomer' and the humility offered by original sin

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

“OK, boomer.” 

That annoying, smug dismissal grew popular among the young over the last couple of years and may have reached peak naivete in a few random Internet comments I read in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. One comment seemed to identify the Russian invasion with the ... Read More »

Editorial: Pray for peace

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

If the global pandemic and major civil upheaval and even political violence in the United States over the past few years haven’t convinced us that we are living in strange, unpredictable, and consequential times, events unfolding across the world in response to the invasion of Ukraine should do the trick. 

It seems sometimes as if the whole geopolitical world map is being rewritten in a matter of days, with nations rethinking their whole foreign policy approach, old alliances being revitalized and new ones formed, and some being broken. The world economic system and other forms of “soft power” are being brought to bear in an unprecedented way to try to stop, or at least punish, the invasion. The threat of nuclear weapons looms larger than it has in decades, recalling scenes from the worst days of the Cold ... Read More »

Bishop Daniel Felton: Lent a time to be ‘filled to the brim’ with God’s love, goodness, and mercy

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

I hope that you had a Mardi Gras of great feasting. As we enter the 40 days of Lent, Mardi Gras reminds us of the lavishness of God’s love, the abundance of God’s goodness, and the bounty of God’s mercy. Mardi Gras also reminds us that Lent is not ... Read More »

Father Mike Schmitz: I don’t know what to do for Lent. Suggestions?

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

I want to do something for Lent, but I never know what. I have a hard time sticking with things. Do you have any suggestions? Father Michael SchmitzAsk Father Mike

Do I have any suggestions? Absolutely I do.

First, let me tell you a little tale …. So, way ... Read More »

Lenten regulations

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. 

For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted ... Read More »