16 September 2008

St. Cornelius, Pray for us!

Today is the feast of the patron saint of our university's founder -- Cornelius Vanderbilt. Although the good Commodore would not have made much of it, that doesn't mean that we can't! Pray for Vanderbilt -- and maybe the founder, too!

14 September 2008

St. Helena, Pray for us!

On this feast of the Holy Cross we should remember St. Helena, who found the true Cross. The story of her faithfulness to a very unusual vocation is remarkable. I like best the fictionalized version of her life by Evelyn Waugh simply titled Helena. On the whole, relics are good things.

Here she is in St. Peter's Baslica:

08 September 2008

Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy Birthday to our dear Blessed Mother!

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy
our life, our sweetness, and our hope
to thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve
to thee do we send up our sighs
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate
thine eyes of mercy towards us
and after this, our exile, show unto us
the blessed Fruit of thy womb, Jesus
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary
pray for us, O holy mother of God
that we may be made worthy
of the promises of Christ.