Francesca Patti

Francesca Patti
Francesca Patti graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2019 with a B.A. in Spanish and is now a student in Notre Dame's M.A. in Theology program. In addition to Spanish and Theology, some of her main interests include integral human development, art (and its use for evangelization), and serving the needs of Latino communities in the U.S.

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Paschal Joy in Isolation

Posted by Francesca Patti on Apr 21, 2020 11:18:00 AM

“Lord, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. . . .
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.” 
—from the Act of Spiritual Communion

Despite the consolation the Act of Spiritual Communion offers the Church during this time of virtual Mass and assembly, the prayer simultaneously elicits a deep sense of loss. Its supplication wells from the sorrowful confession that precedes it, in which we plainly acknowledge our inability to physically receive the Eucharist—the Body of Christ in whom and from whom the Church receives her truest identity. With the concluding line, we plead with Jesus, “never permit me to be separated from You”; yet it seems that we already have been separated from him, and that the timing couldn’t be worse. Amid the chaos of disease and death, we experience ourselves as cut off from the very source and summit of our life. We ask, “Why, O Lord, have you forsaken your beloved in this critical hour? How do we reconcile your apparent disappearance with our unchanging dependence on you? Is it possible to partake joyfully in the Paschal Mystery while unable to receive Communion as we have in the past?”

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Topics: communion, Easter, Eucharist, Paschal mystery, Body of Christ, COVID-19 Resources, Spiritual Communion, isolation

Imitating Mary, Mother of Life

Posted by Francesca Patti on Dec 12, 2019 9:41:04 AM

An unconventional portrayal of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Nellie Edwards’ “Mother of Life” immediately draws the viewer’s gaze to Mary’s face, an expression of stoic serenity. Her glowing visage imparts an inexplicable restfulness; she articulates no rational explanation for her peace, yet her image communicates, in fact imparts, a definitive grace. Eventually, the slope of her mantle and bowed head guide us to the image’s center: the Light of Christ in her womb. We now discover the source of her firm tranquility to be the Christ-Child, whose radiance is almost too bright for our eyes to hold.

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Topics: inculturation, Mary, self-giving love, Advent, Our Lady of Guadalupe

Ben Howard's Beatific Vision

Posted by Francesca Patti on Nov 15, 2019 7:07:00 AM
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Topics: Culture, death, All Souls, music, Ben Howard

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