Just an Ordinary Day?

The following is an excerpt from the “Looking at a Masterpiece” series from Lay Witness magazine. In the May/June 2012 issue, columnist and former CUF President Madeleine Stebbins discusses the everyday holiness embodied in Johannes Vemeer’s The Little Street. For more information on subscribing to Lay Witness, visit our website. This painting circa 1657 by one of […]

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The Floods Came

I came across the following scriptural meditation by Rev. Herbert Madinger while searching through the Lay Witness archives. It seemed a fitting mid-Lent exhortation–Lent surely being a component of the “rigorous training in advance” of which he speaks–as well as a commentary on our own times. “Every one then who hears these words of mine […]

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Separating the Men from the Boys

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the Church” (Eph. 5:25). The problem is, most of us can’t just flip a switch and love our wives “as Christ loved the Church,” even if–especially if–we understand the depth of St. Paul’s words. Nonetheless, we realize that the Apostle to the Gentiles is trying to give […]

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Virtue on the Mount

In contemplating Our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount (Mt. 5-7) in recent weeks, one section that has really struck me is the part known as the “Six Antitheses”–the series of six statements by Our Lord that begin “You have heard it said . . .” followed by “I say to you . . .” These statements […]

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Lessons for Today

Three things jump out at me in today’s Gospel, which is taken from chapter 10 of St. Matthew’s Gospel. (1) God’s sense of humor. Today is the 18th anniversary of my becoming engaged to Maureen, so I find it very amusing that in today’s Gospel Our Lord would say, “I have come to bring not peace […]

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Entertaining Thoughts

Last week I received a question at CUF’s website regarding materials to help young people distinguish discern whether their thoughts are sinful. I found it most edifying that this gentleman wanted to provide solid guidance for his godson in this important part of his spiritual journey. The title on my bookshelf that best addresses this specific […]

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Sloth Management

In yesterday’s post I discussed how the vice of sloth is by no means limited to the “couch potato,” but is a widespread problem in our busy, workaholic world. Now I would like to offer a three-point plan for conquering the vice of sloth and replacing it with virtues that will move us in the right direction. […]

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Pope on Hope

This Friday, the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, Pope Benedict XVI will release his second encyclical letter, on hope.  It should be available that day in English, and we will provide links and commentary as soon as the document is available. The name of the encyclical is Spe Salvi, which means “Saved in Hope.” As […]

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