Catholics must play an important part in the renewal of public life. And they should do so as Catholics, not just as citizens who happen to be Catholic.
Today, we have so many options available to help us communicate even better with our family, friends, those right next door and around the world. Unfortunately, we seem to be struggling with our ability to communicate with others, with ourselves and with God.
On March 9, 70-plus people from the Diocese of St. Cloud joined others from throughout Minnesota for the first Catholics at the Capitol event. This well-organized gathering included addresses from each of the bishops of Minnesota, outlining the three key issues we were to focus on in our legislative meetings later in the day.
I’m offering it up. There is this challenge in my life and I’m not going to let it get the best of me. I’ve been praying about it for at least a year now. And the Lord is bringing me to greater peace and understanding about it.
Minnesota Catholic Conference has lent its support to HF 608/SF 1414, a bill that would make it easier for the beginning farmer or rancher to enter into this important work. This legislation would create tax incentives for the older, established farmer to rent or sell their land to the new or beginning farmer.
Quality of life is not defined in isolation solely by symptoms and pain scales; it is determined in no small measure by the kindness and mercy of those around the person in need. These often emerge at the end of life’s story in ways we never knew before.
Several states have passed resolutions declaring pornography a public health crisis, and Minnesota could be next.
Now it is time for the rest of us — parishioners, homilists and parishes — to support our bishops on this issue and to live out our Catholic social teachings with a new urgency. It is time to let our leaders in Washington know that we do not accept their attack on millions of people seeking only to live a dignified life.
When the bishops of Minnesota host Catholics at the Capitol on March 9, an important component of the day will be the praying of rosaries in the Capitol rotunda.
In my last column I said I was going to try slowing things down a bit. Well, that’s not working out so well. Actually, things are happening at a pretty fast clip around here.
As we settle into a new year already shadowed by political tensions, I’m focusing on the acts of kindness playing out in my midst.