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Misc: The Canonization of the Parents of St. Therese of Liseux

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Sts. Zelie and Louis Martin

The parents of St. Therese of Liseux, Zelie and Louis Martin, will be the first married couple to be made saints at the same time. It’s wonderful that the Church is recognizing married couples in this way, but more importantly “Zelie” is now a saint name. File that away for your next baby name. More from Zenit here: The Canonization of the Parents of St. Therese of Liseux

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What name do you give your child?

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Confirmation

In this essay, which originally appeared in Celebration, our own Melissa Musick writes about baptism and confirmation and how we go to Mass to hear our true names spoken, “Like the chrism of salvation poured out upon us on the day of our baptisms, the sound of the names the church has given is a balm. Not Poor, but Dearly Beloved; not Illegal, but Gift.” Read the entire essay after the jump:

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Misc: The New Baby Name Anxiety

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mom_and_baby Alex Williams writes in the New York Times about the new baby name anxiety among high status secular parents, “So many prospective parents feel paralyzed, trying to find the elusive name that is exotic yet not bizarre, classic yet not pompous, on trend but not trendy.”  Williams says parents are trying to “brand” their children. Read his essay in the New York Times here: The New Baby Name Anxiety. Then read Melissa Musick’s alternate take on how Catholics have traditionally named their children in a way that attempts to honor God and those who have borne the name in ages past: #28 How to Name a Child.

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