Category Archives: Saints

More Saints Like … Elisabeth Leseur

I suppose I could place her under the heading of “Worthy Women,” given her persecution from within her domestic church. A good summary of her life, and her influence after her death upon her husband is here. The spiritual lever … Continue reading

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Saintly Couples

Perhaps the royal wedding inspired this piece on saints among the 1%. I don’t begrudge the aristocracy their occasional saint. I observe that saints can be one of two things: mentor or celebrity. The greatest saints are something of both. … Continue reading

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A Fourth Way

… to sainthood. Because the other three aren’t always adequate to find the right fit. NCRep news bit here. The secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Saints’ Causes, Archbishop Marcello Bartolucci wrote: (T)he new norms arise from the sainthood congregation … Continue reading

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Easter Vigil Litany of Saints

My first exposure to John Becker’s setting was at an RCIA conference in 1993. Other musicians there were going ga-ga over it. And I admit my first impression was that it was a big improvement over the chant version* I … Continue reading

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Of the Evangelist and Eagles

Today’s apostle was the patron of one of the parishes I once served. It seems like a tough time for a patronal feast in an ordinary parish; the bustle of Christmas Eve and Day is past and many people in … Continue reading

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Merton on Human Ambiguity

In┬áhis time with us here at Catholic Sensibility, Neil had some real gems to offer. I still return to his posts occasionally. Sometimes they come up as I search through our archives. Scanning these on the occasion of Thomas Merton’s … Continue reading

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Bernard of Clairvaux

The name saint of my graduate school has a feast today. I suspect Trappists around the world today have a little festivity added to their austerity. In his lifetime, Bernard was something of a wunderkind. Abbot at 25. More effective … Continue reading

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