Monday, August 05, 2013
Saturday, June 08, 2013
In olden times when infidels menaced the Christian peoples, the Sovereign Pontiffs, to encourage pious knights, dictated to them some invocation to Mary, which would serve as a motto and countersign. Then the soldiers went to combat full of confidence and victory was granted their arms. We need such a Christian word today. They are no longer barbarians who declare war on us today, it is true, but Christians, brothers who are divided and who destroy one another. Nations are shaken, rulers unite against the Lord and His Christ, and peoples plan vain conspiracies, To whom shall we have recourse? To the heart of Mary. Let others trust in their horses, arms, and chariots (Ps. 19:8) As for us, strong in our faith and strength from on high, we cry to the heart of Mary. She will have pity on us for she is compassionate and will not permit that we perish.
--- Blessed Basil Moreau, CSC
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Let us pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis.
Monday, October 22, 2012
The Holy Father addressed these words at the awarding.
"I warmly congratulate Prof. Daley and Prof. Brague, who by their personalities illustrate this initiative in its second edition. And here I mean “personality” in the full sense: the character of the research and the whole scientific endeavor; the precious service of teaching, which both have undertaken for many years; but also their being, naturally in in different ways – one a Jesuit, the other a married layman – working in the Church, active in offering their qualified contribution to the Church’s presence in today’s world.
In this regard I noted something that led to some reflection, and that is that this year’s two recipients are competent and engaged in two matters that are decisive for the Church of our times: I am referring to ecumenism and the encounter with other religions. Father Daley, studying the Fathers of the Church in depth, has placed himself in the best school for knowing and loving the Church one and undivided but in the richness of her different traditions; thus he carries out a service of responsibility in relations with the Orthodox Churches. And Prof. Brague is a great scholar of the philosophy of religions, particularly the medieval Jewish and Islamic."
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Sorrows, is the patroness of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Our founder, Blessed Basil Moreau, entrusted his new community to her protection.
Fr. Molinaro, CSC offers a reflection upon the significance of this feast.
Last night, the New York based ensemble Pomerium performed a selection of Renaissance pieces in honor of Mary. One such piece was the sequence Stabat mater composed by Josquin Desprez.
Thursday, September 06, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
To his fellow Franciscans he was called Maximilian Maria.
To the Nazi guards of Auschwitz he was called #16670.
To the Church, he is called a saint.
And to husband and father Franciszek Gajowniczek, for whom St. Maximilian Kolbe laid down his life, he is called a friend and brother.
When others chose to see lives as faceless numbers, St. Maximilian put his face forward.
In the presence of hatred, he chose love.
In the presence of revenge and violence, he chose mercy.
Praised be God for his example and intercession.
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Not one of us knows to what extent he is living by the power of grace which flows into him through others - by the hidden prayer of the tranquil heart, the atoning sacrifices offered up by persons unknown to him, and the satisfaction made on his behalf by those who is in silence offer themselves for their breathren. It is a community of the deepest and most intimate forces. They are silent, for nothing noisy can produce these substantial effects. But it cannot resist them because their source is God."
-- Romano Guardini, The Church and the Catholic, 1935, p 103.
My recent encounter with this moving passage coincided with the personal encounter of a beautiful soul who is a local hermit - sanctioned and blessed by the diocese. The eremitical life, generally thought of as a sort of past legend, is a profound life that has always existed and always will. "It is a community of the deepest and most intimate forces."
Thursday, July 26, 2012
"We accept the Lord’s call to pledge ourselves publicly and perpetually as members of the Congregation of Holy Cross by the vows of consecrated celibacy, poverty and obedience. Great is the mystery and meaning within these vows. And yet their point is simple. They are an act of love for the God who first loved us. By our vows we are committed to single-hearted intimacy with God, to trusting dependence upon God and to willing surrender to God. We wish thus to live in the image of Jesus, who was sent in love to announce God’s rule and who beckons to us to follow him." --Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross, 43.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
|Town square of Norcia (Nursia), Italy where Sts. Benedict and Scholastica were born.|
God's blessings to the Benedictine Sisters of Holy Angels Convent in Jonesboro, AR who taught thousands of families including my own.
God bless the Benedictine monks of St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, MN who assist students in all matters liturgical.
And to the Benedictine community of Sant'Anselmo on the Aventine Hill in Rome, may God's blessings be with you all.
JOS, Nigeria, JULY 10, 2012 - Today Boko Haram, an extremist Islamic group, claimed responsibility for attacks over the weekend that killed many people in villages near the central Nigerian town of Jos.
Christians "will not know peace again" if they do not accept Islam, said a statement from the Boko Haram sect, according to the Associated Press.
According to the Associated Press hundreds of assailants armed with guns and machetes stormed a dozen Christian villages on Saturday. Estimates of the numbers killed vary, but one report put it at 65.
In a press release written in a local dialect of Hausa and signed by Boko Haram leader Abul Qaqa, the group said, "We thank God for our success in the attack on Christians at Barikin Ladi and Riyom, whereby security agents, Christians and two state and national assembly members were killed,” according to Reuters.
Gunmen, divided into five groups, attacked 10 villages, killing mostly women and children on Saturday night, according to a report by a Nigerian newspaper, The Nation.
According to the report the attackers came back as the bodies from the initial attack were being buried. Among those killed in the second attack were some local legislators.
Saturday, July 07, 2012
If you are the sort who has never heard of or just has a casual understanding of nihilism, the influence of Nietzsche, or the ongoing effects of Romanticism, then Shows will not only explain them, but will also cause surprise as it effectively reveals how influenced we Americans are by these ubiquitous traits.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
This Spring the Congregation for Clergy at the Vatican encouraged a renewal of sanctity among all Christians and particularly among priests.
And so we join our prayers with that of St. Faustina.
Saturday, June 09, 2012
Let us keep the delegates and their deliberations in our prayers as they meet from June 10 - 22.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of our delegates to the Chapter and kindle in them the fire of your love. Inspire them with Your sevenfold gifts;
The gift of wisdom that they might desire all that is right and good;
The gift of understanding that they might penetrate deeply into the mysteries You have revealed;
The gift of counsel that they might hear and be guided by Your voice as spoken through Chapter;
The gift of knowledge that they might discern Your truth;
The gift of fortitude that they might be ever faithful and vigilant to the needs of the Church and the works of the Province;
The gift of piety that they might witness true holiness of heart;
And the gift of fear of the Lord that they might trust in Divine Providence and grow always stronger in virtue.
Guide the discernment of our delegates as they consider our vowed life and mission. Fill them with zeal for the apostolates. May their decisions further strengthen our brotherhood in Holy Cross as together we shape a future faithful to Your will.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us!
Saint Joseph, pray for us!
Blessed Basil Moreau, pray for us!
Saint Andre Bessette, pray for us!
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
The Congregation of Holy Cross and the Universal Church invite you to pray this day in particular for the gift of discernment of Christian vocations.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Saturday, April 07, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
At the same time, she assures peoples and their Governments that she does not wish to destroy their identity and culture by doing so, but to give them, on the contrary, a response which, in their innermost depths, they are waiting for - a response with which the multiplicity of cultures is not lost but instead unity between men and women increases and thus also peace between peoples.
- Pope Benedict XVI, Address to the Roman Curia, December 22, 2005
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Behold, O good and most sweet Jesus, I fall upon my knees before Thee, and with most fervent desire beg and beseech Thee that Thou wouldst impress upon my heart a lively sense of faith, hope and charity, true repentance for my sins, and a firm resolve to make amends. And with deep affection and grief, I reflect upon Thy five wounds, having before my eyes that which Thy prophet David spoke about Thee, O good Jesus: ‘They have pierced my hands and feet, they have counted all my bones.’
A plenary indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who: in any Friday in the season of Lent piously recite the prayer ‘En ego, o bone et dulcissime Iesu,’ before an image of the Crucified Jesus Christ after communion; (Reference: Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, 4th ed.)
Sunday, March 04, 2012
Soon it will read "all men are created equal except Negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.
When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty; to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.
--- Abraham Lincoln, 1855
Saturday, January 14, 2012
"Behold, the Lamb of God." The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.
Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, "What are you looking for?"
They said to him, "Rabbi" - which translated means Teacher -, "where are you staying?"
He said to them, "Come, and you will see." So they went and saw where Jesus was staying, and they stayed with him that day.
It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him,
"We have found the Messiah" - which is translated Christ -. Then he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Cephas" - which is translated Peter." --- John 1:35-42