Death, Resurrection, and Ascension...How Seminary Forms Priests:Eduard
from The Imitation of Christ
by Thomas A'Kempis
"Behold in the cross all doth consist, and lieth in our dying; and there is no other way to life and to true interior peace, but the way of the holy cross, and of daily mortification. Go where thou wilt, seek what thou wilt, and thou shalt not find a higher way above, nor a safer way below, than the way of the holy cross. Dispose and order all things according as thou wilt, and as seems best to thee, and thou shalt still find something to suffer, either willingly or unwillingly; and so thou shalt always find the cross. For either thou shalt find pain in the body, or sustain in thy soul tribulation of spirit."
(This is the third of fourteen parts of Book II, Chapter 12, "The Royal Road of the Holy Cross," from The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas A'Kempis.)
World War II Era Catholic Pictures
I love this period of history so here are some pics!..........Click on images for larger views.
Commander Joseph T. O'Callahan, USNR(ChC) , Catholic Chaplain of USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42) Celebrates military Mass at the high altar of the Candaleria Cathedral, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, while Franklin D. Roosevelt was visiting that city during her shakedown cruise, February 1946. Members of the ship's crew are assisting Commander O'Callahan.
Note Marines at left, one holding an M1 Rifle.
Photograph was released for publication on 18 March 1946. Click on image for larger view.
Courtesy: The National Archives
Americans kneel in thankful prayer in St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City, after the announcement of Japan's unconditional surrender. Click on image for larger view.
Courtesy: The National Archives
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The Baltimore Catechism
Lesson Seventh: On Our Lord's Passion,
Death, Resurrection, and Ascension
A. Jesus Christ suffered a bloody sweat, a cruel scourging, was crowned with thorns, and was
79. Q. On what day did Christ die?
A. Christ died on Good Friday.
83. Q. Why did Christ suffer and die?
A. Christ suffered and died for our sins
89. Q. On what day did Christ rise from the dead?
A. Christ rose from the dead, glorious and immortal, on Easter Sunday, the third day after His
91. Q. After Christ had remained forty days on earth, whither did He go?
A. After forty days Christ ascended into heaven, and the day on which He ascended into heaven is called Ascension day.
By Eric Huard
The Catholic Advance
It has been a challenging journey these past three and a half years. However, it has been a fruitful and wonderful discovery of myself. It is this discovery that pinpoints a fundamental understanding of the human formation program at Conception Seminary. Our handbook reminds us that to be a credible and an acceptable bridge to others in our ministry as priests, it is necessary to follow the example of Christ Jesus and understand “depths of a heart,” “to perceive difficulty,” and to create an environment that is “trustworthy and cooperative.”
In the development of our character and the aligning our wills to that of Christ, many aspects of our lives as individuals and as a community are examined. “How can I be an effective communicator…active member of my community?” “How am I able to express my many emotions positively…am I a sensitive, empathetic, and compassionate person?” “Do I make friends easily…am I loyal and always available?” These are many of the core questions that are raised in a seminarian’s life here at Conception.
This examination happens in varied ways. The most direct - and often most challenging exploration - is that of community living. We are nestled in the farms of northwest Missouri - far from civilization (this means 20 minutes from the nearest WalMart) - and this provides a unique opportunity for my seminarian brothers and myself to create lasting friendships and to practice fraternal correction. In fraternal correction, one seminarian challenges another to grow in a positive way to help build up community. Many of us are accustomed to authority challenging us to change, but when it comes from a brother, it is a more difficult message, but can result in a more meaningful and lasting change.
Each class has a chaplain. In this capacity Father Dan, like all the chaplains, helps to monitor our progress in either corrective or supportive manners. Every two weeks we meet with him to discuss our improvement goals for the year, our struggles and successes, our failings and joys that pertain specifically to human formation. We hope to discover a more intimate expression of others and ourselves.
The other major exploration opportunities that we, as students, have to grow in are our weekly formation conferences. A myriad of topics are covered: “How to develop a deeper prayer life,” “What it means to be pastoral,” “Ways to keep the community in good spirits,” etc. Each week we are given tools and re?ections necessary for us to continue this work effectively.
An important distinction must be understood: human formation, spiritual formation, and academic formation all intricately interact with each other to form a whole person. Not a single one can be understood without the other. All are taken into consideration.
For my experience, it has been an important step in discovering my vocation to the priesthood and to God’s holy will. I have been able to quiet frustrations, become a more active member of my community and to see and help others through the same difficulties that I have experienced. In this process, I must be able to ask, “Am I able and willing to grow to help others through the minister of ordained priesthood?”
Eric Huard is a seminarian studying for the Diocese of Wichita at Conception Seminary.