Men’s Retreat this May

CUF President Mike Sullivan spent this last weekend on retreat at the Casa Maria Retreat House of the Sister Servants of the Eternal Word.The Sisters asked him to help spread the word that they’re hosting a great retreat for men this May. It’s called “Christ Our Hope: Deepening Your Spiritual Life” and will be given […]

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Protecting the Sheep

As the pastor of my domestic Church, I must admit that we don’t have any pews or bells. We do, however, have areas set aside in our home for prayer, and we have adorned our home with crucifixes, Catholic art, holy water fonts, and the like, which serve as helpful reminders of our family’s Catholic identity. Even […]

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Just a Second, Peter

At today’s Mass we heard the opening verses of the Second Letter of St. Peter. Two things really grabbed my attention. First, we hear about “precious and very great promises” that allow us to come “to share in the divine nature” (2 Pet. 1:4). This amazing verse is explored in Catechism, no. 460, which along the way […]

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Persevering with the Pope

For the next two weeks, the reading for the weekday Masses will be taken from the Letter of St. James. Today we hear the first eleven verses of the opening chapter. The verse that really stands out for me today as I hear this passage anew is verse 3: “for you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” […]

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Reality Church

Surely one of the “lowlights” of today’s culture is “reality TV.” These programs have no plot, no substance, and no enduring value. And ironically, one hallmark of “reality TV” is that it’s eerily unreal. Staged spontaneity is neither good drama nor real living. Tragically, the radical subjectivism of our secular society reflected in reality TV […]

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Seeing is Believing

My first few days as a law student in the early 1980s were a little daunting. After all, I had seen the 1973 movie The Paper Chase a couple times and had some idea of the incredible stress involved in being a first-year law student. My textbooks were so thick that I needed to make […]

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The Gift of Faith

I recently received this question via email: “Does everyone receive the gift of faith? Why or why not?” I think this is a most timely topic to consider as Christmas approaches. What follows is my response to the questioner. I welcome our readers’ further comments and insights on this topic. “If we mean by ‘faith’ […]

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