Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Priest First, and Always

Rev. Theodore  M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.



With these daily words of prayer, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., implored the Holy Spirit to fill the hearts of thefaithful and to kindle in us the fire of God’s love.  Last night, at theage of 97 and after 71 years of priestly ministry in the Congregation of HolyCross, Father Ted has gone home to the Lord. 

(from statement of Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C.)

Personal note:  Fr. Ted was a Catholic priest who brought together in one special man the identity of the American Catholic.  In the mid 1970's, during late night strolls on the campus, I recall often seeing the light from his office under the Golden Dome. Working, studying, praying, he was ever dedicated to the service of God, Country and Notre Dame. 

Friday, July 4, 2014

One Nation Under God


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Another Man for All Seasons

 
During this Fortnight for Freedom, Cardinal Timothy Dolan reminds us that our religious liberty is foremost among American freedoms and must remain more than a dream or vision.  Here is an excerpt from his June 21 homily, where he invokes St. Thomas More, whose feast day is today.

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Great Week

Palm Sunday, outside the Basilica of the Blessed Sacrament, Sacramento, California
(C) 2013 On Being Roman Catholic in America

For Catholics, the focus of the entire year is found in Holy Week, or what is sometimes referred to as "the Great Week"--as we re-live the Passion of Our Lord, Jesus Christ and ponder the power of unconditional love and utter freedom found in obedience to the will of the Father.

Pater, si non potest hic calix transire, nisi ibam illum: fiat voluntas tua. (Luke 22:42)

Monday, March 18, 2013

After the Green Beer

St. Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland
(statue in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Sacramento, California)
(C) 2013 On Being Roman Catholic in America 
Never canonized by the Church, but affirmed as a saint, St. Patrick is dear to the hearts of the Irish and Irish-Americans.  Click here to learn why.