This Lent, What Are You Cooking?

One of my colleagues reminded me about Fr. Leo Patalinghug of Grace Before Meals and his liturgically-colored sauces. Here’s his Burgandy Sauce–a meat sauce in the liturgical color of purple–perfect for Lent and Advent. (Not to be eaten on Fridays in Lent, he adds!) Grace Before Meals stresses the importance of family meals–”A family that […]

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Loving Jesus, Living Lent

Around Ash Wednesday, the CUF office typically begins receiving questions about the Church’s Lenten practices–especially her laws of fast and abstinence. Those are good questions, and we have answers available online. But another topic that also comes up within the office–and one that relates to how we understand and process the Church’s teachings and disciplines–is […]

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Keeping a Joyful Lent

Some good Lenten advice–and any-time-of-the-year advice–from Fr. Dwight Longenecker. . . . we must take sin seriously. The reality of the devil must be admitted, and, especially during Lent, we must enter the spiritual battle wearing our full armor. All I am suggesting is that part of that armor should be the swift arrows of […]

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Helpful Lenten Resources

With Lent beginning tomorrow, I wanted to post a refresher of several great Lenten resources available on the CUF website. Last year’s post answers a number of FAQs we get here at the office. It includes links to our Lenten Faith Facts (Lent’s discipline and history, Lenten traditions in the home, fasting and abstinence, and […]

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Holy Thursday’s Coming…

and with that, we tend to get a lot of questions on the foot-washing rite at Mass. Here are a couple pertinent links: ┬áThe Washing of Feet on Holy Thursday (CUF Faith Fact) Choosing the Twelve, Again (CUF Blog) And a few other items for your Holy Week consideration: Christ the Obedient Son: Lessons from […]

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New articles at CUF.org

If you mosey on over to the Lay Witness homepage on the CUF website, you’ll find some new items of interest, including: More Lenten resources Scott Hahn discussing St. Paul and our adoption as children of God Douglas Sousa on recovering a sense of sin–with the help of the biblical concept of “covenant” Enjoy!

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Are you ready for Lent?

Every year it seems that I get my “Lenten stride” about three days before Holy Week. I always regret not doing more, sooner. Here are some resources and answers to Lenten questions to help us start Lent on the right foot: –Read Pope Benedict XVI’s Message for Lent 2009. –Read Pope Paul VI’s Apostolic Constitution […]

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Listen to Your Lawyer

“Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.” […]

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