27 February 2010

The Vocation to Love and Christian Discipleship

On Thursday evening, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson delivered a magnificent lecture here at Vanderbilt. He seemed like a professor addressing his students, and the students responded to him in that way by their attention and their questions.

Mr. Anderson took the students through a brief philosophical tour of the past two hundred years to demonstrate the systematic effort to exclude Christianity from the world of serious thought, whether public or private. He proposed the New Evangelization of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI as a way for the Church to re-enter the stage. The New Evangelization has the same content as the "old" but is presented as a expression of charity. Mr. Anderson suggested that the Church does not need better arguments (we already have those) but better witnesses especially better communities of witness. We are our brothers' keepers.

It is my hope that Vanderbilt Catholic is such a community of witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

24 February 2010

Hanging On!

Well, the semester is going "full throttle." We are in midst of "Love and Responsibility Week," leading up to the talk by Carl Anderson on Thursday night.

At this point in a semester, it is basically time to "hang on" and go from one event to the next. I do need to get to work on Holy Week!

So far, I am not bogging down. Right now, I am digging out of emails rather than getting further behind so I can't complain.

Bl. Pier Giorgio - Pray for us!

18 February 2010

Stational Churches

St. Gregory the Great codified a list of stational churches in Rome. The papal liturgy would be celebrated at a different stational church each day of Lent. The Pontifical North American College has revived the practice of visiting the stational churches as a Lenten pilgrimage.

Go read about it here.

02 February 2010

The Catholicism Project - NEW TRAILER

Let's get the message out!

Lady of Walsingham

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Pope Benedict in receiving the bishops of England and Wales:

With these thoughts, I commend your apostolic ministry to the
intercession of Saint David [patron saint of Wales], Saint George
[patron saint of England] and all the saints and martyrs of England
and Wales. May Our Lady of Walsingham guide and protect you always. To
all of you, and to the priests, religious and lay faithful of your
country, I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of peace
and joy in the Lord Jesus Christ."