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Throughout history the great men of the world have given their credit for their achievements to their mothers. [The] Holy Church recognizes this, as does Notre Dame especially, and Our Lady who watches over our great institution.
Francis Earl Hering, recognized as “The Father of Mother’s Day” and a Notre Dame alumnus who proposed in 1904 the idea of the “setting aside of one day in the year as a nationwide memorial to the memory of Mothers and motherhood” to an audience of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Indianapolis
Happy Mother’s Day!
Since Joseph is the visible leader at Nazareth, it is to him, who is the master of the house, that one goes to recommend a work, present a complaint, and obtain a favor. It is therefore through Joseph in his carpenter shop that one arrives to Mary and Jesus. Such is the hierarchic order followed and established in the exercise of the piety of the family of Holy Cross.
S. Exc. Mgr. Albert-F. Cousineau, C.S.C., former Superior General of the Congregation of Holy Cross (1938–1950)
Happy Feast of St. Joseph the Worker!
One of the votive candle reliefs at l’Oratoire Saint-Joseph
I recently purchased a 1947 edition of the Directory of Devotional Prayer of the Congregation of Holy Cross (on Ebay of all places). As I opened it, I found that my copy’s owner had written his information on a corner of a page:
John H. Miller, C.S.C.
Colegio di Sancta Croce
Then on one of the last few pages, he had written down these words in descending order:
Recreation + Con
I kind of believe that he may have wanted to remind himself of characteristics he thought are important to have for a Holy Cross religious. Now, the words he wrote in 1947 or 1948 will help encourage me in my own discernment in 2013 and beyond. Thanks, Fr. Miller. Requiescat in pace.
“A while ago, I baptized the seven children of one woman, a poor widow who works as a maid and had her children by two different men. I met her on the feast of Saint Cajetan. She said to me, ‘Father, I am in mortal sin, I have seven children and have never had them baptized, I don’t have the money for the godparents and for the party … I saw her again and after a little catechesis I baptized them in the chapel of the archepiscopal residence. The woman said to me, ‘Father, I can’t believe it, you make me feel important.’ I said to her, ‘But madam, what do I have to do with it? It’s Jesus who makes you important.’” - Then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., 30 Nov. 2009
My esteem for His Holiness is growing more and more.
“And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” - Matthew 16:18
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a Jesuit priest and the 76-year-old former Archbishop of Buenos Aires, is the new Pope, the new Bishop of Rome, and the new Servant of the Servants of God. First Jesuit Pope. First Latin America Pope. He has taken the name Francis and is the 265th Successor of St. Peter!
May God bless Pope Francis! Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us! St. Joseph, patron of the Universal Church, pray for us!!!
V. Let us pray for our Pontiff.
R. The Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him to be blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies
Let’s remember that the greatest expression of self-giving love that ever was and will be is Our Lord’s sacrifice on Calvary.
“Let us therefore love God, because God first hath loved us.” - I John 4:19
The March for Life in Washington D.C. was definitely a great experience. The atmosphere was charged with emotion and zeal and there truly was a feeling of solidarity amongst all those who participated.
And the Notre Dame Right to Life Club was selected to lead the March so that was pretty cool too. 600+ Notre Dame, St. Mary’s, and Holy Cross students set out for Washington D.C. that day, making it the largest club sponsored trip in school history as well as one of the largest groups at the March.
Let’s continue to pray for the strengthening of the culture of life and continue to work to protect and promote the dignity of every human life!
Uh-oh. Just checked the weather for tomorrow. Looks like it’s going to be fiery with a chance of a sketchy New Age apocalyptic interpretation of a Mesoamerican long-count calendar. Good times ahead!
Note: World will not end. Just in case though, go to confession and hear Mass.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
So stoked to start praying with the Directory, which “invites us to contemplate the lives of our holy predecessors in Holy Cross … [, calling] to mind that our life in Holy Cross is a genuine way of holiness and that in our journey of faith we are not alone as we come before the Lord in prayer.” Coolio.
The future of the congregation depends on you; it is good that you know it and that you are convinced of it … First, while you are in the houses of formation, you must labor seriously to prepare yourselves for the future. It is here a personal task, which is to say, that this work will not be completed if you do not apply yourselves; you must pursue it with perseverance and support it with energy according to the knowledge of asceticism and of the experience to which spiritual authors expose you. Submission to authority, which alone can foil the snares of the devil and dissipate his illusions, will guide you on the right path.
Mary, my good Mother! Your humility drew the Word of God but once into your virginal breast, while every day the priest draws the Word of God down on the altar by virtue of his all-powerful words … Lord, my soul glorifies you, because in me you have wrought such great things.
- Bl. Basile-Antoine Moreau, C.S.C., Juxta Crucem
Dome sweet Dome.
Ah, it’s nice to be in a world where Notre Dame Football is uNDefeated and back on top. Happy Solemnity of Christ the King, everyone!