Category Archives: Religious Life

Divine Mercy Sunday

Posted by Fr. Thomas Fitzpatrick, Rector of St. Joseph Cathedral Divine Mercy Sunday is an Easter gift from Christ to His Church that invites us to indulge and revel in His unfathomable mercy while we celebrate the Resurrection. It makes … Continue reading

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We Have a Pope!!

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for granting us your servant, Pope Francis.  May you inspire in his heart the spirit of St. Francis, a spirit of humility, spiritual poverty, and tireless devotion to your love.  Grant him a sincere understanding … Continue reading

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Finding True Hope and Joy in Christ

Posted by Fr. Thomas Fitzpatrick, Rector of St. Joseph Cathedral These last days before Christmas were absolute torture growing up. The expectation, coupled with the struggle to stay on Santa’s good list while trying to tame our excitement meant each minute passed … Continue reading

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Saint Pio

Posted by Monsignor Charles M. Mangan + J.M.J.  Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968), known as Padre Pio, was to the middle part of the twentieth century what Blessed Mary Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997), known as Mother Teresa, was to the … Continue reading

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The Marvel of God’s Love

Posted by Kelly Deutsch, in formation with the Apostles of the Interior Life: September brought something unexpected. On the plane ride back (always a prime place for good conversations: your seat-mate has no where to run) I had an intriguing conversation … Continue reading

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Gratitude for Monastic Vocations

Posted by Dr. Martin Albl I’m reflecting on the closing of Blue Cloud Abbey here in northeastern South Dakota. For many people in our diocese, the abbey was an oasis of spiritual rest in the midst of our overly busy … Continue reading

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Steps for Meditative Prayer

An excerpt from a talk by Fr. Jeff Norfolk True meditative prayer requires speaking and listening.  Here are a few steps to follow when praying in order to receive from Our Lord and respond to his personal call in your … Continue reading

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Fortnight for Freedom

Last night began our “Fortnight for Freedom” where Catholic Americans around the country united together to defend the rights guaranteed by our Founding Fathers and endowed by our Creator: the right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. Believing … Continue reading

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Discernment and Interior Freedom

Posted by Fr. James Mason: Look at some of the practical steps in discerning.  First the facts, what am I discerning? Second, prayer, have I prayed on this?  Simple question but often overlooked, may be it is only a suggestion from another who … Continue reading

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St. Joseph Novena

NOVENA PRAYER – “a devotion of prayer on nine consecutive days” Oh, Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. Oh, Saint Joseph, do assist me by … Continue reading

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