Showing posts from September, 2012

35 Years!

Here's just a quick update on life at college!

This weekend is the 35th Anniversary celebration here at Christendom.  Last night we were blessed to hear a talk given by the Theologian of the Pontifical Household, Father Wojciech Giertych, a Polish Dominican friar.  Father Giertych preached at Mass yesterday and today...a wonderful speaker.  I was able to receive a blessing from him after the talk at the cocktail reception.  He's a very kind, cheerful man, at first imposing but then inspiring.  Fireworks show last night was awesome, as well as some reminiscing from one of the original professors about the first days of the college.  We've got a dance this evening, and probably more festivities tomorrow.  Fr. Giertych will be the main celebrant at Sunday Mass - I do wish I could record his sermon!  

Yesterday was the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, one of my favorite feasts because St. Helena, who found that great relic, is my patroness.  Was able to venerate the re…

Catechism of the Catholic Church: The Christian Name

III. The Christian Name

2156 The sacrament of Baptism is conferred “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”  In Baptism, the Lord’s name sanctifies man, and the Christian receives his name in the Church. This can be the name of a saint, that is, of a disciple who has lived a life of exemplary fidelity to the Lord. The patron saint provides a model of charity; we are assured of his intercession. The “baptismal name” can also express a Christian mystery or Christian virtue. “Parents, sponsors, and the pastor are to see that a name is not given which is foreign to Christian sentiment.”  (232, 1267)
2157 The Christian begins his day, his prayers, and his activities with the Sign of the Cross: “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.” The baptized person dedicates the day to the glory of God and calls on the Savior’s grace which lets him act in the Spirit as a child of the Father. The sign of the cross strengthens us in temptations and…

Poem of the Month: September

A gem that someone showed me - a new favorite poem of mine.

by George Herbert
Having been tenant long to a rich Lord,
Not thriving, I resolved to be bold,
And make a suit unto him, to afford
A new small-rented lease, and cancell th’ old.

In heaven at his manour I him sought :
They told me there, that he was lately gone
About some land, which he had dearly bought
Long since on earth, to take possession.

I straight return’d, and knowing his great birth,
Sought him accordingly in great resorts ;
In cities, theatres, gardens, parks, and courts :
At length I heard a ragged noise and mirth

Of theeves and murderers : there I him espied,
Who straight, Your suit is granted, said, and died.