Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Bishop D'Arcy Responds

Bishop D'Arcy issued the following statement in response to Notre Dame's decision to have President Obama speak at graduation and receive an honorary doctorate.
On Friday, March 21, Father John Jenkins, CSC, phoned to inform me that President Obama had accepted his invitation to speak to the graduating class at Notre Dame and receive an honorary degree. We spoke shortly before the announcement was made public at the White House press briefing. It was the first time that I had been informed that Notre Dame had issued this invitation. President Obama has recently reaffirmed, and has now placed in public policy, his long-stated unwillingness to hold human life as sacred. While claiming to separate politics from science, he has in fact separated science from ethics and has brought the American government, for the first time in history, into supporting direct destruction of innocent human life. This will be the 25th Notre Dame graduation during my time as bishop. After much prayer, I have decided not to attend the graduation. I wish no disrespect to our president, I pray for him and wish him well. I have always revered the Office of the Presidency. But a bishop must teach the Catholic faith "in season and out of season," and he teaches not only by his words -- but by his actions. My decision is not an attack on anyone, but is in defense of the truth about human life.
I have in mind also the statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops in 2004. "The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions." Indeed, the measure of any Catholic institution is not only what it stands for, but also what it will not stand for. I have spoken with Professor Mary Ann Glendon, who is to receive the Laetare Medal. I have known her for many years and hold her in high esteem. We are both teachers, but in different ways. I have encouraged her to accept this award and take the opportunity such an award gives her to teach. Even as I continue to ponder in prayer these events, which many have found shocking, so must Notre Dame. Indeed, as a Catholic University, Notre Dame must ask itself, if by this decision it has chosen prestige over truth. Tomorrow, we celebrate as Catholics the moment when our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, became a child in the womb of his most holy mother. Let us ask Our Lady to intercede for the university named in her honor, that it may recommit itself to the primacy of truth over prestige.
Let us pray in thanksgiving for Bishop D'Arcy and all of the holy men to whom God has entrusted the care of His Church.

Monday, March 23, 2009

A Piggyback Song for Tonight...

Sprinkle Sprinkle great big sky. How I love the weather tonight. When I go outside and pray, all my worries fly away. Sprinkle Sprinkle great big sky. How I love the weather tonight. Oh how I LOVE thunder storms....

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Here is More Proof...

....that we are not in control. It is a small reminder that no matter how hard we try (I had JUST checked to make sure the bag I was shaking was properly sealed) sometimes things do not go the way we plan. Though it may have been the end for those particular pieces of puppy chow, it was a great lesson for me, an impossible to ignore reality check, ensuring that I do not forget how truly funny our plans really are ;) P.S. I responded with hysterical laughter, throughly enjoying the humor of the moment. My mom on the other hand did not find it quite so funny...it is her kitchen after all. Alas, it has all been cleaned up now, and I am a better person for it.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Our Time on This Earth...

I try to make it a point to spend time each day thinking about (and hoping in) Heaven. I reflect on the fact that our souls long to be united with God - we were made for Heaven. I meditate on the glorious mystery that this is God's plan for us. Often times, it is hard for me to remember that my time on earth has value and purpose too. I need to be constantly reminded that there is significance in the journey. Our time on earth is the way that God designed for our souls to come to Him. He has blessed our time here. He bestows grace on us now. This path, which (hopefully) ultimately leads to Him, is a gift from Him. He wants me to be here now. Thus, even as I long for Heaven, I must find joy here and now.

Friday, March 13, 2009