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Students Prepare for Lent
Just before Lent and Midterms, Holy Cross students took a weekend retreat to refocus their hearts and minds. As student attendee, Patrick Phelan recounts, “Spes Unica XXXIV was an outstanding three-day retreat, guided by the intercession of St. John Vianney. Approximately 50 Holy Cross students attended this year. These students experienced motivational talks by other Holy Cross students, in addition to powerful moments of confession, prayer, and adoration. Casey St. Aubin ‘03, one of the retreat leaders, has noticed that no two Spes retreats are alike. The talks on this retreat touched on the suffering that all humans face, and the redemption that comes from bearing it well.” Patrick went on to say that he, “believes that this Spes will affect the Holy Cross community in a positive and transformative way. Spes Unica XXXIV was a retreat the changed the lives of many through all the laughs, tears, and prayers, which will have a lasting impact on the Holy Cross campus.” Ave Cruz, Spes Unica; Hail the Cross, Our Only Hope!
Professor Achieves his PhD
Holy Cross students who attended the College in 2004, and after, most likely have a fond memory of Professor Mike Griffin. His enthusiastic way of encouraging students to ask questions and open-to-discussion manner, are just a few of his wonderful traits. On Ash Wednesday, “Griff” successfully defended his dissertation on “The Politics of Penance: Proposing an Ethic for Social Repair” in the Pfeil Center on Holy Cross campus. As expected, the room was filled to capacity with Griff’s colleagues, students, family, and friends there to support him during the professional milestone. He will walk in the May Commencement Exercises of Notre Dame, where he will be hooded and given the doctoral robe. The Degree is a PhD in Moral Theology. The Holy Cross family is so proud; congratulations Dr. Michael Griffin on receiving your PhD!
Ideas for Spiritual Growth
Lent asks us not only to sacrifice what we desire, but it also asks us to make strides in our life concerning prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Here is a compiled list from various online sources for some ideas on how to make this Lent a truly spiritually rewarding one!
- Give up technology for 1 hour each day. Use that time to strengthen bonds face to face
- Park at the very back of the parking lot
- Pray the “Hail Mary” and do an ab crunch for every single word
- Stop complaining and/or being negative
- Give away 10 shirts, 2 pairs of pants, and a pair of shoes
- Leave a post-it with a positive message on it wherever you go
- Do an extra chore each day
- Pray the rosary each day
- Make a commitment to attend Eucharistic Adoration regularly
- Commit to examining your conscience each evening
- Each week write a thank-you note to your parents
- Write a list of the ways God has blessed you and add to it each day
- Give up fast food and give the money to charity
- Read The Catechism of the Catholic Church or The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
- Pray the Stations of the Cross
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen or other food program
- Begin to receive the Sacrament of Penance weekly
- Give up foul language
- Give up gossiping
- Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy
Practical Lessons in Success Round 2
Holy Cross is gearing up for Andrew Berlin, Chairman and CEO of Berlin Packaging, owner of the South Bend Silver Hawks, and minority owner of the Chicago White Sox, to speak on March 26th. It promises to be a wonderful night of insight! The event starts at 7pm in the Driscoll Auditorium on the Holy Cross campus. A meet and greet with light refreshments will follow in the atrium. We look forward to seeing you there!