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FAITH

"Praying can be intimidating, and our history of making prayer obligatory and reverent hasn’t been particularly helpful, in my view. ... I would encourage us to view prayer as simply a conversation with God, or Jesus if that is more comfortable. You can pray to the Holy Spirit too, or Mother Earth, for that matter."
"My best advice as a faith leader is to seek out where you can find the Spirit, God’s active presence in the world, still at work. This can be in the talented medical staff taking care of your loved one; this could be in the network of friends who rally to your side. The Spirit is there, at work, somewhere."
"You can't deny that it was a case of bad luck ... that after taking all the precautions, there was a reporter there at the taxi rank," Francis said in the letter Martinez-Brocal shared with colleagues on Friday.
A pastor jumps out of retirement, a mansion sells for millions and more.

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Fr. Timothy Sas returns to the Minneapolis church of his early priesthood.
At the root of rural America, at the core of modern agriculture and across both red and blue states, you’ll find faith-filled farmers and ranchers. Farmers harness the power of community, supporting one another in turbulent and joyous times.
The Rev. Dominique Buchholz said Minnesota State University Moorhead officials noticed last year, coming back from the COVID pandemic, that campus counseling resources were swamped. MSUM leaders wanted to fill this important void. So they brought on Buchholz as chaplain to provide free, confidential listening and spiritual care to anyone: students, faculty and staff.
Salonen warns that there is a spiritual battle unfolding. Whereas Christians are taught that God is the center of the Cosmos, those deeply rooted in artificial intelligence attempt to create their own identity and meaning.
How have we become so immune to the violence and how badly we’ve failed our kids? We now have sides that are so entrenched over the issue of gun violence in America, that the vast majority of reasonable people who find themselves uncomfortably in the middle feel there is no way through. After all, I’m just one person. What difference can I make?
Salonen shares clips from a recent interview with Monsignor Thomas Richter of the Bismarck Diocese about prayer.

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"You don’t need to believe in the birth of Jesus to have hope, of course. But for billions of Christians worldwide on Sunday, we will light a candle symbolizing the hope that one day we can all agree to restore God’s creation, to feed the earth’s hungry, to clothe those who are naked and to care for the widow and orphan. "
“Roger’s not a guy to go around preaching, but he is an example of living Christ’s commandments," said Peggy White, choir director at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Duluth.
Thanksgiving is this week; millions will enjoy a veritable feast in a warm house, surrounded by loved ones. But talk to the homeless shelters and food pantries in your community, and you’ll be shocked by the record need this holiday.

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