Belonging to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Posted by Fr. Joe Laramie, SJ on Oct 16, 2020 7:03:00 AM

Hearts are everywhere in our culture. We use the emoji in texts: “I ❤️U,” or on bumper stickers: “I ❤️NY.” Instagram and Twitter let you click a heart to ‘like’ a post. And let’s not forget the ‘hand heart.’ Notre Dame’s Domers, of course, love the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the central place of worship on campus. So what is this Sacred Heart? And what does it mean? In my work with teenagers and young adults, I sense this devotion is poised for a great renewal.

We’re all craving connection, community, communion, and love in our broken and virus-wrecked world. We seek a heartfelt relationship with something, or rather Someone, bigger than ourselves. This is the power and attraction of the Sacred Heart. The heart of our Catholic faith is not an idea, but a person: Jesus. And he has a living, beating human heart right now. He has a risen Body and his Heart is filled with love for you and me.

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Topics: communion of saints, devotional prayer, Jesus Christ, love, Sacred Heart of Jesus, community, saint devotions

St. Thérèse of Lisieux, “Daughter of Sts. Louis & Zélie Martin”

Posted by Catherine Cavadini on Oct 1, 2020 7:04:00 AM

St. Thérèse is affectionately known the world over as “The Little Flower,” and her autobiography, Story of a Soul, has taught “millions of souls” (Pius XII) what has become known as her “Little Way.” This Little Way has been admired and embraced by so many because it allows the ordinary things of daily life to become the extraordinary deeds of love that can lead to sainthood.

In celebration of her feast day, we contemplate her Little Way from three different angles.

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Topics: communion of saints, holiness, Little Way, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, A Season with the Saints, spiritual childhood, Sts. Louis and Zélie Martin

Conformed to Christ: St. Padre Pio

Posted by Carolyn Pirtle on Sep 23, 2020 2:19:55 PM

Today the Church celebrates the feast of St. Pius of Pietrelcina, a man better known simply as Padre Pio (1887–1968). Even before his death, Padre Pio was a source of fascination for many people, and stories of his remarkable holiness and supernatural gifts abound, some of which are truly astonishing, some of which border on outlandish, but all of which inspire us to take a closer look at this humble Capuchin friar, who was so intimately united with Christ in his heart, so closely conformed to Christ in his soul, that even his own body was also conformed to Christ, marked with the wounds of Christ’s Crucifixion.

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Topics: communion of saints, Saturdays with the Saints, Padre Pio, A Season with the Saints

St. Peter Claver: Pioneer of Anti-Racism

Posted by Ben Wilson on Sep 9, 2020 7:01:00 AM

St. Peter Claver (1580–1654), whose memorial we celebrate today, offers a timely witness as our nation reckons anew with the enduring scourge of racism. The Catholic Church venerates St. Peter Claver as the patron saint of African Americans and slaves, but Claver himself was neither. Truer to his own biography, what might we learn from Claver, the pioneering patron of white anti-racism?[1]

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Topics: communion of saints, Social Justice, Catholic Social Teaching, Catholic Worker, racism, St. Peter Claver, anti-racism

Faith and Science: A Model of Sanctity for Catholic Scientists

Posted by Chris Baglow on Aug 4, 2020 7:05:00 AM

Editorial Note: This post is part of our #FaithAndScience series exploring the relationship between science and religion, and is excerpted from the author's textbook Faith, Science, & Reason: Theology on the Cutting Edge, 2nd edition (Midwest Theological Forum, 2019).

Important Catholic scientists have existed since the first millennium of the Christian era. The lives and scientific contributions of these individuals leave no doubt that a commitment to science is in the very spiritual DNA of the Church, part of her very life and consciousness. One such scientist has recently been held up by the Church as a witness to Catholic scientists: Blessed Nicholas Steno.

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Topics: communion of saints, creation, faith and reason, science, science and religion

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