Readers reminisce about their favorite teachers

August 29, 2014, edition Twelve people across the diocese sent reminiscences of a teacher who’d had the most impact on them. Many religious were remembered for their patience, kindness, values and piety. Several named a teacher who inspired them to follow the teaching profession themselves. Three of the comments are published here; all are included…

Let’s join in 50 days of feasting!

This is Father James Hahn’s final column for The St. Cloud Visitor, published March 27, 2008. We are an Easter people! This is our time, now. With amazing speed — this year, within three months — we have celebrated Jesus’ taking on our human nature, learned by what he taught by word and example, shared…

A lesson from the dimming of a bright star

Karen Osborne Catholic News Service  Once, during a trip to New York City, some friends and I stopped into a restaurant on Seventh Avenue for dinner. I was happily slurping down my Vietnamese noodle dish when I heard a familiar voice. The comedian Robin Williams — Mrs. Doubtfire himself — was sitting less than 10…

Prayer, planting seeds key to increasing vocations

We can’t expect the Voc ations Office to do the job alone By Doug Scott News flash: We need more priests and religious sisters in the St. Cloud Diocese. I know. This isn’t news. We feel the effects of this shortage every day. Twinned or clustered parishes share a single pastor, consolidate or sometimes drop…

Court case shows that families are far from obsolete

The family unit still has influence, even in a society that seems to be devaluing it By Steve Kent One can appreciate the irony that the family, now often portrayed as a relic or obstacle, was recently the key element in a small but important step for religious freedom in the United States. The Supreme…

Smartphones and daydreams

Today’s technology keeps us connected in numerous ways, but it comes at a cost Parenting By Ginny Kubitz Moyer I have very few stare-off-into space moments these days. Nearly every minute is filled with something claiming my attention. I can’t blame this entirely on my two young kids, nor can I blame it on the…

How is NFP different from contraception?

Through contraception, a couple is intentionally sterilizing the sexual act. In natural family planning, they are merely choosing to cooperate with the natural rhythm of a woman’s body. They are not ‘contra’ life. By Father Mike Schmitz Q. Is contraception really that big of a deal? As if using contraception wisely and occasionally in marriage…

Instead of bashing the media, encourage good journalism

July 4, 2014, edition By Kyle Eller Sometimes, with a sort of quiet schadenfreude, people will re­late to me their prediction of the imminent death of the main­stream media. Often it is in the midst of a dis­cussion of the latest instance of me­dia malpractice toward the Catholic Church, and perhaps even the shar­ing of…

From Alexandria to Zimmerman, adoration is gaining momentum

So why do we spend time adoring the Blessed Sacrament? June 20, 2014, edition We Catholics are blessed with an abundance of devotions and rituals that add breadth to our prayer lives. Praying the holy rosary and acknowledging feast days are just two examples of how we can reach out through the Blessed Virgin Mary…

When was the last time you thanked a farmer?

One way we can help answer Pope Francis’ call to care for the environment is by supporting the farmers who are good stewards of the land June 6, 2014, edition By Joe Towalski During a recent audience in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis warned about the dangers of pollution and the importance of safeguarding creation…