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Gratitude, prayers after Synod Assembly

As I reflect on our recent Synod Assembly, the words that our patron, St. Paul, addressed to the Philippians come to mind: “Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God” (Phil. 1:3). I have been overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude each time I think of how God has blessed this local Church through the willingness of so many to be part of our Archdiocesan Synod. The liturgies, presentations, discussions and voting were all manifestations for me of the presence of the Holy Spirit and of the rich blessings that God has bestowed upon us.

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Calling on ‘Blesseds’ for Synod Assembly prayers

It’s hard to believe that the Synod Assembly is finally upon us. I am looking forward to this Pentecost weekend more than I ever remember in the past. With and through your prayers, I am confident that there will be an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on this local Church as approximately 500 delegates from around our archdiocese gather at Cretin-Derham Hall high school for our first Synod in more than 80 years.

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Let there be light

It has been said that electricity transformed the night into day. Yet all the variations of invented light cannot overcome the darkness of evil and its shadows of sin, suffering and death. All of life’s disappointments and discouragements move like a fog to obscure the joy of life. No matter the historical achievements of the past, the complex enlightenment of the mind does not come from lofty thoughts. They are gifts from the Creator.

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Turning to Jesus in the Eucharist

Even more sought after than Bitcoin is the passcode to gain admission to the new perpetual adoration chapel at St. Ambrose. It’s a slice of heaven in the middle of Woodbury. After convincing a college-aged parishioner that I was sufficiently trustworthy to be given the code, I stopped by to pray one night last week and was inspired by the number of people who were there, presumably both to give Lenten praise to God and to refill the tank at the end of a busy day.

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Mary, Queen of Peace: Trusting Our Mother listens in times of war

“Never again war, never again war! It is peace, peace, that has to guide the destiny of the nations of all mankind!” These words from Pope St. Paul VI’s historic address to the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York City, spoken significantly on the feast of St. Francis, Oct. 4, 1965, have continued to resonate not only in the halls of the U.N. but throughout our Church.

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The Lenten dredge

A long time ago, when I was a young man barely hearing the call to the priesthood, I was living in the mountains facing the Pacific Ocean. I joined a crew of dozens with rakes, shovels and buckets to clean up a stream. It was called a creek but it was different from the creeks of Minnesota. This small river came out of the mountains as the snow melted. It was swift, deep and cold. The creek winded its way through a broad valley before joining another river on its way to the ocean.

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