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Faith 101

  • Franciscan Corner

    Dec 24, 2014
    By Sr. Jean Marie Cleveland, OSF ’64, Vice President for Mission Effectiveness

    December is one of my favorite Liturgical months, because we celebrate the Advent Season and much of the Christmas Season. Many of the feast days give us glimpses of real leadership.

    We begin on December 3 with the Feast of St Francis Xavier, who founded the Society of Jesus, a group of religious we call the Jesuits. He, with Mother Theodore Guerin, is a patron of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

    December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the patroness of the United States and of Marian University. Her “yes” to God gives us a wonderful example of listening to God’s word and acting on it.

    Saint Juan Diego, a poor Mexican, listened to the Virgin who appeared to him at Tepeyac near Mexico City and approached the Bishop to build a church in her honor. Several times he had to go to the Bishop. The last time his cloak was filled with roses, and Mary’s image was revealed there. We honor him on December 9, the day of her first visit to him.

    Our Lady of Guadalupe is honored on December 12. She is named the Patroness of the Americas and is revered by many, especially Mexicans. Her image on the cloak of Juan Diego is that of a Mexican woman. 

    Christmas Day, the feast of the Nativity of the Lord, is one of the most important feasts to Franciscans and to the world. It is the day Jesus, God, came to be with us on earth. He chose to live among us and to share our humanity. Saint Francis so loved the feast that he celebrated it in the woods near Greccio by making the first crèche (a model or tableau representing the scene of Jesus Christ’s birth, displayed in homes or public places at Christmas). 

    Saint Stephen, the first martyr, is recognized December 26. His example of faith and love of God inspires us all. Saint John the Evangelist is celebrated on December 27. John wrote the last Gospel and three letters. 

    This year, December 28 is the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. These three give us a wonderful example of faithful listening and responding to the Call of God in our lives.

    On January 4 we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. Three magi saw a star and followed it to find the infant. Learning that Herod was planning to kill the child, they returned home by another route. 

    The Baptism of the Lord is celebrated on January 11 this year. Jesus’ baptism is said to be the beginning of His public ministry. Enjoy these days of anticipation of Jesus’ birth. Let your celebration continue into the New Year. Ask yourself, “What would my life be like if Jesus had not come?” 
  • Faithful Stewards

    Dec 24, 2014
    By Fr. Robert J. Robeson, Chaplain, Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary

    Bishop Simon Brute SeminariansOn September 8, Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary celebrated the 10th anniversary of our founding by Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein, OSB. The entire initiative has been inspired and guided by the Holy Spirit. In 10 years, the seminary has grown to over 40 seminarians and has become one of the most respected college seminaries in the Midwest. Much of this is due to the vision and reputation of Archbishop Buechlein and the continued support by our new Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin , C.Ss.R. Marian University has been a valuable partner in the work of the seminary by providing the academic formation in philosophy required for college seminary studies and by generously providing a partial academic scholarship for each seminarian.

    While the seminarians live, pray, and study primarily at the seminary, which is located in the former Carmelite Monastery one mile south of Marian University, they are also Marian University students, taking their classes on campus and receiving a Marian University degree in Catholic studies. The seminary, which is operated and funded by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, provides the human, spiritual, and pastoral formation required by the Program of Priestly Formation.

    In my role as the seminary rector, I report to the Archbishop of Indianapolis and am responsible for ensuring that the formation of our seminarians conforms to the program established for college seminary formation by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

    I also live and work with these young men every day, and every day I give God thanks for this ministry; because every day I am deeply moved by the extraordinary commitment our seminarians make to live their faith and to meet the high expectations
    our seminary formation staff has established for them. Each individual brings something unique and special to the seminary community, but the one thing they all have in common is their love for Christ, their commitment to live their lives rooted in the Eucharist, and their desire to serve the Church.

    Of course, they are also ordinary college kids who love pulling pranks on one another and staying up late at night—sometimes making it difficult for them to make it to Mass at 6:45 in the morning. But while they are ordinary young men in many ways, they have made an extraordinary commitment to respond to God’s call to discern the priesthood and to live their lives for Him.

    Among our graduates there are now nine ordained priests and two transitional deacons, representing four (Arch)dioceses in the Midwest. Over the next few years, that number will grow rapidly as the size of our graduating classes continues to grow. Please pray
    for the work that we do here at the Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary. It is important work. It is God’s work. And please pray also for our seminarians. Pray that they may come to know and to live, in a holy and authentic way, the life that God is calling them to live.
  • Marian University: Dedicated to Catholic and Franciscan Faith and Leadership

    Dec 24, 2014

    President Daniel J. ElsenerBy Daniel J. Elsener, President of Marian University

    Here at Marian University, faith and leadership are two things we know a lot about.

    Our Catholic Franciscan heritage teaches us to place faith first. It grounds everything we do—our curriculum, our campus life, and our service to the community. As a Seat of Wisdom university, we are faith-based. We place our trust in a loving God, and in keeping with the two commandments that Jesus gave us, we seek to love God and our neighbor with all our heart and soul and mind. Here at Marian University, faith is not something we do on the side. It is at the heart of everything we do!

    Our vision and mission statements, which were approved by the Board of Trustees after a full year of consultation with more than 1,000 alumni, faculty, staff, donors, students, and community leaders, commit us to the education and formation of transformational leaders for service to the world. “Creating leaders” is much more than a slogan. It is a response to the critical need in society today for leaders in health care, education, business, government, and the Church. Marian University is serious about forming leaders who are smart, experienced, and faithful to the ethical and moral values that are essential to women and men of integrity.

    We are especially proud of our success in preparing leaders for service to the Church. Graduates of our San Damiano Scholars Program for Church Leadership are now serving in more than a dozen Catholic dioceses as teachers, youth ministers, parish staff, nurses, and business leaders. Alumni of Marian University and the Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary (our collaborative venture with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis) are being ordained to the priesthood and are giving back to God’s people the gifts that were made possible by your generosity.

    Most of you know Sister Norma Rockledge, OSF, Ph.D. ’60 who has served the Marian University community for many years in many different capacities and who has won the hearts of thousands both on campus and throughout the community. Sister Norma recently made an observation that I believe says it all, “Wherever there is a Marian University alum, something changes. They are taking the education and values they learned here to really transform the world wherever they are.”

    As you read this issue of The Faithful Leader, I hope you feel a sense of genuine pride and hopefulness about the future of the Church and our society. We truly are creating transformational leaders! Thanks for everything you do to make Marian University a Seat of Wisdom university.

  • Living Word: My New Journey with Prayer

    Nov 14, 2014

    By: Corinne DeLucenay, My New Journey with Prayer

    “For me prayer is a surge of the heart, it is a simple look towards Heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”

    -St. Therese of Lisieux

    College years are the years that “you find yourself.” You figure out who you are, and what you stand for. At least, that is we what think and are told. In reality, it is just the beginning of getting to know yourself. After graduating in May, I found myself learning more and more things about myself daily that I didn’t realize before. As I am transitioning in this new stage in my life, my eyes are open to a new perspective of seeing myself and others.

    One of the things I thought I would have figured out in a more graceful manner is my prayer life. I thought, “Yay! I actually have more time now, it won’t be difficult like college sometimes was.” This is so very wrong. Even though, I, at times, struggled with my prayer life during undergrad, it was still easy to take a walk across campus to a chapel, or somewhere serene. Now, I have realized, that I have to make more of an effort. Not only do I have to find have a place, but my bigger issue: find the time. Somehow, during my time at Marian I could find some time. Even during my crazy hectic semesters or when I needed to have my little revamp on my prayer life, I found the time for prayer.

    Now, there seems like there is not enough time in the day to fit everything. This is not a new feeling, but it is felt in a new way. Not only do I have to pay attention to my own time, but I also have to pay attention to the time to those around me in my community. I live with four others, and it is such a beautiful experience. I learn something new every day. Living with four others, now I have new challenges. Along with balancing my work schedule, I have to balance community time and personal time. I admit, I am definitely still learning, and I tend to choose community time after a day at work. This leaves me with little time to be intentional about prayer and other things. I do not get too bent out of shape because, I see community time as a time to grow in my faith, and I know the Lord is speaking to me through them. I see it as one form of my prayer life that is prominent.

    I take my “difficulty” in truly setting time for intentional prayer throughout my week, besides Mass, as the Lord letting me know that is a choice. It is a choice to follow Jesus Christ. How humbling is that? The omniscient God has given me the opportunity to choose Him, each and every day. This not only means that I say “Amen, I believe,” but that I make sure I foster our relationship, by coming to Him in prayer.

    I see it as a privilege that the Lord has called me to live a life of holiness. Since it is my choice to have a prayer life, I must work at it. Like many choices or decisions in life, it is not always easy. It takes time and effort, and you truly have to be committed. I have chosen to follow through with this commitment, allowing myself to falter.

    In this new time in my life, there is so much room for growth and adventure, this includes my prayer life. In choosing to work on my prayer life, I feel the Lord calling me to be creative, to find new ways to encounter him each and every day. This call has had me to take initiative to find a Spiritual Director in my area. I have only had a couple of meetings with my new Spiritual Director, but I have already experienced the fruits of it. I find this particular part of my Spiritual life to be crucial. I am in such a searching time in my life, so to have someone mediating the Holy Spirit is such a blessing. I try to take time a few times a week to reflect on Scripture, pondering on the Lord’s Word in Lectio Divina. I do this to try to take time to truly listen to the Lord, and try to drown out my controlling thoughts on my life.

    A new devotion to Mary has been brought to the surface, and I give Marian some credit to this. Many things led up to this, and looking back, it is quite obvious. Mary has been a prominent presence in my whole life, not only due to my Catholic faith, but in so many other ways. Because of this, I have chosen to consecrate myself to Mary, and have new found appreciation devotion to Our Mother. Through this I have become closer to Jesus, and learn more about her. It has added a new dimension to my prayer life that is beautiful, and challenges me as a daughter of God.

    In the ways I am trying to enrich my prayer life, I am constantly fumbling. I either miss my opportunity for a good prayer time choosing something else instead, or I rush through my prayer like it is a chore. When these moments happen, I try to pause and take time to talk with the Lord. I try not to worry how short or long my prayer time is, and let him know that I am in this relationship for the long haul. I am still learning. When I stumble, I often remember the words of St. Therese: speak to the Lord from the depths of my heart, even the simplest of cry, whether sorrow or joy, is showing God you love him. That is what I am attempting to do: showing God that I truly do love him. 

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