The Feast of the Ascension

The Ascension of Christ by Perugino

The Ascension of Christ by Perugino

May 29, 2014 is Ascension Thursday, a feast day in the Catholic church and for Catholics a holy day of obligation.    “So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.” 531 Christ’s body was glorified at the moment of his Resurrection, as proved by the new and supernatural properties it subsequently and permanently enjoys. 532 But during the forty days when he eats and drinks familiarly with his disciples and teaches them about the kingdom, his glory remains veiled under the appearance of ordinary humanity. 533 Jesus’ final apparition ends with the irreversible entry of his humanity into divine glory, symbolized by the cloud and by heaven, where he is seated from that time forward at God’s right hand.  Christ’s Ascension marks the definitive entrance of Jesus’ humanity into God’s heavenly domain.  As written in the Acts of the Apostles, we believe that he will come again.   (The Catechism of the Catholic Church) 

In a podcast, Dr. Eileen Burke-Sullivan, of Creighton University discusses the feast of the Ascension of the Lord. Dr. Burke-Sullivan explains that, liturgically, the Ascension is as important as Christmas.  http://cucatholicctr.org/2010/05/the-feast-of-the-ascension/

 

Submitted by:  A. Schwelm, Assistant Library Director

 

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Mother Cabrini on Mary, our Blessed Mother

The mission of Mary in the world has a character all its own.  Oh, how good and amiable is Mary!  She is the propitious Morning Star, the inspiring guide of all our enterprises and for this reason, one who loves Mary should fear nothing.  Our great Mother and Foundress is near God, ever united with Him. Hence, she can do all, ask for all, obtain all from God.  Mary is the manifestation of God on earth.  Through her, God will be known, adored, loved and blessed in the world in a special manner-and rightly so.

Submitted by:  A. Schwelm, Assistant Library Director

 

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Reflection of the Heart: Sharon Shipley Zubricky ’76 BOT

Keeping God in your Summer Plans

For Cabrini students and faculty it’s finally the start of the summer season. It’s time to relax, forget about school, and have a carefree life for three months, right? For the rest of us, perhaps the long awaited vacation time will soon be here. During the summer it’s easy to get lazy and neglect time with God. Instead of losing touch with God this summer, why not use this vacation time to draw closer to Him?

“The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus,” Pope Francis tells us, inviting Christians to “a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ.” He goes on to say “I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord. The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms” (Evangeli Guadium). Why not find that joy this summer?

Vacations are meant to rejuvenate us, to renew the spirit within us. They leave us rested and ready to return refreshed to our daily routine and tasks. Vacations often bring families and friends together. We should also take time to strengthen our relationship with Our Lord.

How will you spend your time during these next few months? For many of you, continuing to grow your relationship with God and your faith-life in general should be at a priority but sometimes it’s too easy to get wrapped up in the fun of summer. Use your time wisely to include God like you would anything else. You might find that there really is time to connect no matter the season.

So, how can you continue to make time amidst the summer? The Bible gives us a big clue on how we might want to take vacations: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col 3:17).

Find summer activities that are great for your mind and body and take advantage of them. However, doing so at the expense of taking a break from God really defeats the purpose. Instead, find God in all you do this summer. After all, if not for God, we wouldn’t have such a wonderful season to enjoy each other and all the gifts he provides during the summer months.

Spend some quality time with the people you love. This can often be an oversight. So put down the electronics and connect intentionally with people around you. God blesses us with friends and family and spending time with them can be very restorative for your soul.

Treat each day as a special gift from God and thank him for your many blessings.

This summer, don’t take a vacation from God. Instead, use your summer vacation to have fun as you purposely seek God and grow in your relationship with Him. He promises: “ You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).

Whatever you’re doing this summer or however you plan on spending your time – please know your Cabrini family is praying for you. These daily reflections will resume in the fall and we hope you will again read them as part of your daily routine. Remember to use your summer to grow in the knowledge of Him and your love for His gospel.

See you in August.

Sharon Shipley Zubricky ’76 BOT

Submitted by Lisa Ratmansky, Director, Center for Teaching & Learning

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Closing of Mother Cabrini High School in NCR

Beth Griffin of Catholic News Service reported on the closing of Mother Cabrini High School in New York City.  The article was published in the April 9, 2014 edition of the National Catholic Reporter.

 

Submitted by:  A. Schwelm, Assistant Library Director

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Justice Matters: Greetings From ECG 200, Democracy and Diversity

Following are letters written in spring 2013, by  students in Dr. Schwarze’s Democracy and Diversity Class.   The letters  are intended for students who will take the course in future semesters.

Dear Democracy & Diversity Class,

This ECG 200 course is one that gets you out of your comfort zone. This class wants you to express yourself and what you believe. I really enjoyed this class because it was interactive and got me to talk to people I probably wouldn’t say a single word to in another class. This class helped me understand the good and bad that has come with democracy and diversity. I believe that you will enjoy engaging in this class and becoming part of a line of students to help understand the Mt. Pleasant area better than just some community near Cabrini.

Dear ECG 200 Class,

Are you ready for a hands-on course? If so, continue reading. [Dr.] Schwarze takes you on a journey of race and how it ties into our society today. Here comes the hands-on part. You will be partnering with folks from Mt. Pleasant. Take it seriously. Their stories really do touch home. Get ready to see and hear what you may have never known before entering into this class. It’s a good starter course as far as coming together with different people other than Cabrini! Good luck and most of all, listen, interpret, and advocate.

 

Submitted by:  Dr. Sharon Schwarze, Professor

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Mother Cabrini on Suffering

The science of suffering is the science of the saints.  Let us rejoice when an unexpected cross comes our way and when sorrow afflicts us.  These are the precious fruits of the mystical vine, destined to produce inestimable merits unto eternity.  In suffering for Jesus we partake of His sufferings and riches so that grace will never be wanting here on earth either to ourselves or to the works of our mission-the salvation of souls.  Wherever there is someone ill, there you have God’s blessings.

Submitted by:  A. Schwelm, Assistant Library Director

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