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Diocese of Duluth News
04/21/17 12:46 am
It seems like every time I want to do something that I think will be fun, the church has a rule against it. Why is the church so against pleasure? What’s wrong with enjoying yourself and the good things in life?
This is a great question. It is connected to how profoundly misunderstood God’s rules and the church’s teachings are. You mention that there seem to be so many “noes” for those who want to follow God that we can be tempted to think that God dislikes pleasure and enjoyment. But is that really the case?Read More
04/12/17 3:44 am
It is hard to appreciate God’s mercy if we don’t acknowledge that we are sinners. It’s difficult to think good news is good news if we are not in need of it.
Recently, a priest from another diocese called and spoke to me about what he perceives as a falling off in the reception of the sacrament of confession. He is pastor of a large parish, several thousand families, which has a good tradition of participation in this great sacrament of healing. He doesn’t have the numbers yet, but he senses that fewer people have come to confession this Lent. Coming off the Jubilee Year of Mercy, this is distressing to him. He is wondering: Why?Read More
03/15/17 12:07 am
A general dispensation has been granted from Bishop Sirba from the obligation of abstinence from meat on March 17, 2017, the Commemoration of Saint Patrick.
Those taking advantage of the dispensation are encouraged to undertake a work of charity, an exercise of piety, prayer, or an act of comparable penance on some other occasion during the Second Week of Lent.Read More