October Carmelites

St. Thérèse of Lisieux and her namesake,  St. Theresa of Avila, both have their feasts in this month; that’s not all the two have in common. We can only speculate about how much direct influence Sr. Teresa of Jesus, the sixteenth-century Spanish mystic, spiritual leader, and religious reformer, actually had on Sr. Thérèse of the […]

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Celebrating St. Kateri: Updated

This weekend, as Kateri Tekakwitha is elevated to sainthood, the Church in America has a wonderful opportunity to ask for the intercession of “one of our very own.”  Longtime CUF member Marlene McCauley has launched a site dedicated to this powerful patroness, found here.  The website includes biographical information and additional resources. St. Kateri Tekakwitha, […]

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From the Angelic Doctor

“Down in adoration falling this great Sacrament we hail. Over ancient forms departing, newer rites of grace prevail. Faith for all defects supplying where the feeble senses fail. To the everlasting Father and the Son who reigns on high, with the Spirit blessed proceeding forth, from each eternally: Be salvation, honor, blessing, might and endless majesty. Amen.”

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Getting Off our High Horse

Today, as we commemorate the Conversion of St. Paul, it’s difficult to author any constructive commentary without copiously quoting from the Apostle to the Gentiles. Where would we even begin? I’ve heard at least one Catholic writer refer to the epistles of St. Paul as “above scrutiny,” both in terms of literary perfection and spiritual […]

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What’s in a Name?

Over at Catholic Hour, Leon Suprenant looks at some uncommon possibilities for confirmation names. Leon was president of CUF during my first couple years here, and I heard some of his suggestions for baby names (“Lwanga,” after St. Charles Lwanga, comes to mind). His “top ten” list definitely lives up to my expectations. Here’s just […]

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