Mother Cabrini’s Care for Her Students

Mother Cabrini cared deeply for her students. In one of her letters, she wrote:

“It is a great pleasure for me to learn that you are progressing in your studies, in your designs for the future, and in your aspirations. This great interest I have in you is a natural outcome of the true affection I bear you as the favorite children in a special family which the Sacred Heart has confided to my care.”

Submitted by: A. Schwelm, Assistant Library Director

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Our Catholic Faith: The Beatitudes

The Beatitudes are at the heart of Jesus’ preaching. They take up the promises made to the chosen people since Abraham. The Beatitudes fulfill the promises by ordering them no longer merely to the possession of a territory, but to the Kingdom of heaven: (2546) (Catechism of the Catholic Church)

The Beatitudes were delivered in the “Sermon on the Mount” by Jesus and recorded in Chapter 5 of Mathew’s gospel. Each begins with “Blessed are…”

On August 6 in a weekly audience to over 6000 people, our pontiff, Pope Frances,  reflected on how Christ built on what was given to Moses, telling Christians why they need to know the Beatitudes, found in Matthew 5:3-12, as well as the Ten Commandments.

“The Beatitudes are the path that God indicates as the answer to man’s innate desire for happiness, and they perfect the Commandments of the Old Covenant,” Pope Francis told this daily audience at the Vatican. He had the audience repeat the Beatitudes after him.

There are eight Beatitudes and they begin with: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

At the end of the world, we will be judged. God will ask us: Did you feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, care for the sick and visit the prisoner? The pope added that on Judgment Day, “We will not have titles, credit or privileges on which to stake our claims.”

“The Lord will recognize us if, in our turn, we recognized him in the poor, in the hungry, in the indigent and the outcast, in those who suffer and are alone,” he said. “This is one of the fundamental criteria for evaluating our Christian life, which Jesus calls us to measure up to every day. I read the Beatitudes and I think of how my Christian life should be, and then I examine my conscience with this Chapter 5 of Matthew. Every day: I did this, I did this, I did this. It will do us good! They are simple but concrete things.”

Living according to the beatitudes and the criteria listed in Matthew 5, he said, should fill each Christian with joy because together “they make our Christian life a beautiful and credible witness to the love of God for all the brothers and sisters we meet each day.”

Are you familiar with the Beatitudes? The pope has asked us to memorize them, as these are paths to true happiness. The Beatitudes give us a glimpse of how each of us needs to live our lives in his Kingdom on earth and to gain the blessings of the kingdom to come for each of us. How will you live out the Beatitudes in your life?

Submitted by: Sharon Shipley Zubricky ‘76

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A Community Reflection: Living the College Life

We welcome the Class of 2018 to our beautiful Cabrini campus. For them it is the beginning of a brand new journey. Here begins a new set of challenges for each of them but also a wonderful opportunity to grow in so many ways.

In an article written for The Catholic Company it states, “Going to college is a bit of an adventure. It is a time to discern what God is calling you to do with the young years of your life, and a time to embrace life wholeheartedly. It is a huge change, an occasionally difficult journey, and for many people, it brings the most fun, joy, and new friendships they have ever experienced.”

How will you spend your time at college? How will you keep God in your life? Whether you are just starting out at Cabrini or returning for another year, here are some strategies to help acclimate you to college life.

15 Tips for Going Away to College and 5 Tips for Staying Catholic in College suggests some of the following:

First and foremost “decide the kind of person you want to be”. Know yourself. “Be open-minded and willing to learn new things, but do it without compromising your ethics, morals, or your dignity.” “Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure.” (Proverbs 4:26)

Make the best friends possible, ones that have the same core values as you do. “Get to know people that are different than you but make sure the people you build friendships with are people who share your values and will make you a better person.” Surround yourself with some people who can provide moral support and who will have a good influence on you. Say hello to every person you pass. You just might make their day.

“Get involved by joining a club or run for an office.” People are always looking for a leader. The right thing to do is not determined by “what everyone is doing”. “This is a very unique time in your life to take on new challenges, meet new people and better yourself.” Be a leader and do the right thing despite what everyone else is doing. The habits you build now are great ones to continue throughout your lives.

Keep in touch with your family. As you tend to get settled into college life you might feel that you are too grown up to call home or perhaps too busy. Your parents are “an important foundation in every stage of your life” and you should be in contact with them at least once a week, if not more. Keep them updated with what is going on in your life. Show them you have grown into a responsible adult. It will ease their anxiety as well.

College isn’t one big party. Remember, there is no need to drink to have fun. You will need to concentrate and study to get good grades. Use your time wisely.
Prepare for that major test; don’t wait till the night before to study. Get to every class you are taking. You never know what you might miss. If you need academic help visit the Center for Teaching and Learning. The main reason you came to college was to receive an education.

Visit the chapel on campus. Find time to talk with God about your life. Keep Him in your plans for the future. Make prayer a priority in your life. “The love and joy of Christ should always show through in all of us.”

How about going to Mass on Sunday? Here you will encounter Jesus Christ in a unique and special way in the Eucharist. It’s also a great place to meet new friends.

Volunteer your time on a service project. The college has many rewarding experiences awaiting you. Check out the Wolfington Center where you can take advantage of the “the education of the heart” synonymous with Cabrini.

“Don’t forget to appreciate the beauty of the world around you every single day.” This campus is beautiful. Find a way to explore it and savor the beauty of God’s creation.

Times may get tough but don’t let that defeat you. Ask God for the grace to persevere. God can do amazing things with a humble, broken heart. Let Him work in you. And when needed Confession heals the soul.

If you are Catholic, or have a faith base, express your faith. Be yourself when it comes to living your life. Pope Francis in his recent message to world youth said. “Young people who choose Christ are strong.” How strong will you be?

College is a time of great learning, not just academically but also in learning about human nature, your own strengths and weaknesses, and life in general. If you commit to living with purpose, you will come away with a deeper and more secure relationship with God and a greater appreciation of others.

Make the most of this wonderful opportunity waiting for you here at Cabrini College. “Do Something Extraordinary” with your life!

For further reading check out: The Catholic Company, PiercedHand.com and Falliblebologma.com

Submitted by: Sharon Shipley Zubricky ‘76

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Who might be an MSC?

Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (MSCs) are women who are drawn by the Heart of Jesus to be bearers of Christ’s love in the world.  MSCs are women who are…

Welcoming and inviting
…hospitality is our hallmark

Discerners of God’s Signs
…open to God’s mysterious plan
…willing to be “sent”
…workers for peace and justice

Driven by a Sense of Mission
…to the poor and most vulnerable
especially immigrants, women,
children and the frail elderly

Passionate for Service
…to spread Christ’s compassion

Strengthened by Community and Prayer
personal and communal prayer

Submitted by: A. Schwelm, Assistant Library Director

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Justice Matters: Reflection from Provost Jeff Gingerich

Dr. Jeff Gingerich, Provost of Cabrini College, shares the following reflecting on the Justice Matters core curriculum:

Since my arrival at Cabrini College, I have experienced transformative dialogue about the meaning and value of “social justice” in higher education. This conversation has taken place with students, faculty, staff and community partners. Cabrini has given me the opportunity to talk about peace, justice, and solidarity with people in Mexico, New Orleans, and New York City through faculty study immersion trips. As a result of our family ties with the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, our deep partnership with Catholic Relief Services, and our many other community partners, our campus community has been empowered to learn from folks all around the world about why a commitment to social justice is necessary and how it can happen in systematic ways. Amidst valuable discussions and disagreements, we have progressed beyond the constraints of needing to force a common definition of social justice to working together as a community to integrate peace and justice throughout our curriculum in creative ways that provide the hands-on, problem solving experiences that our world expects of a college graduate.

I am so grateful to the faculty, staff, alumni, students and partners at Cabrini College for their commitment to keeping the mission of the College off of the shelves and central in our lives as an academic community. We strive, in all of our imperfection, to live out a deeper commitment to academic excellence, leadership development and a commitment to social justice. The Education of the Heart is only possible through community – and we see it in beautiful ways within our classrooms, residences halls, athletic arenas, and throughout the campus community.

Why does “justice matter” at Cabrini College? It matters because we have heard, and we KNOW, that we are a part of the global human fabric. It matters because we are part of a Catholic Cabrinian legacy that is filled with so much love for God’s people that we feel the pain of hunger, of violence, of homelessness, of sickness, of insecurity and of depression when others feel it, whether they are in the office or residence next door – or whether they are halfway around the world. The Cabrini education is instilled with a drive toward justice and peace because of the Cabrini sacred heart of love. It is a burden that does not lead toward guilt, but rather toward hope. As we sit on our beautiful campus amidst a resource-rich Philadelphia mainline community, we know that we are connected in solidarity to those who are less privileged and who strive for a better world for their families. And after our students cross the graduation stage, we can be confident that the academic rigor that we have provided for them will make them leaders in their vocations not only because they will have the strongest professional skills and a deep liberal arts knowledge, but also because they are committed contributors to a more fair and just world around them.

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