This Thanksgiving, add more meaning to your meal

Along with the turkey, try a new tradition when the clan gathers for the holiday feast Nov. 22, 2013, edition By Bob Zyskowski Does what happens around our family’s Thanksgiving dinner table happen at yours, too? Before anyone digs into the bird and the stuffing, the sweet potatoes and the green bean casserole, we’ll pray…

This is how leadership transitions should happen

Simple acts and well-planned rituals combined to welcome a new bishop, to thank one who has served so well, and define a diocese Nov. 15, 2013, edition The crosier, a shepherd’s crook, wooden, unembellished, passed almost unnoticed from the hands of Bishop John Kinney to Archbishop John Nienstedt to Bishop Donald Kettler. It wasn’t a…

What does it take to be a good bishop?

Some thoughts that others felt every bishop should follow Oct. 25, 2013, edition A good pastor, as pastors themselves are wont to repeat, should be constantly out among his parishioners yet always in the rectory when you call. It’s an inside-baseball bit of advice that’s shared with tongue firmly planted in cheek, the kind of…

Lucky us, we can get — and keep handy — pope’s words

Oct. 11, 2013, edition Blessed are we who quite often can go to the very source of information, either in print or on the web. Thanks to Johannes Gutenberg and the geniuses who invented the Internet, we fortunate 21st-century Catholics can go beyond the sound bytes of television news reports and deeper than the stories…

Marvelous trait comes with this new bishop

From Becker to Breckenridge, from Waite Park to Wadena, people of the Diocese of St. Cloud are likely to take notice of one characteristic of their soon-to-be bishop: He’s amazingly open and honest. Bishop Donald Kettler answered every question, offered no pat answers, acknowledged times he didn’t do his best and shared his thoughts frankly…

Ours is a local church that cares about more than babies

“Babies, babies and more babies” the headline shouted on The Visitor opinion page a few issues back. There’s nothing wrong with babies, to be sure, but our church’s concern for the unborn can give some the impression that the Catholic Church only cares about humans when they’re in the womb, not once they are out….

Even summertime editorials can be serious

July 19, 2013, edition By Bob Zyskowski Vacations, rumor has it, are supposed to be a time to get away from one’s work, one’s routine, one’s usual scenery. They are meant to offer a break, give one time to refresh and renew, open one’s eyes, widen one’s vision and experience. You know all this. Yet,…

Refurbished cathedral shines at festive Mass

By Bob Zyskowski Julie Majette said that when you came to St. Mary’s Cathedral every week for Mass, you didn’t give much thought to some of issues that needed attention. “It was getting so rundown, but you really didn’t notice,” Majette said. “I don’t think any of us realized the beauty that was hidden.” That…

Church’s social teaching is for everyone

Albany author explains its essential principles in a way that both liberals and conservatives will grasp and appreciate By Bob Zyskowski In our ideologically divided church, common ground for Catholics to stand on together can seem difficult to locate. Catholics can be passionately prolife, staunch advocates for social justice, singularly pietistic, proponents of liberation theology, committed to…