These roles range from washing dishes, sorting donated clothing and helping with dinner distribution. My favorite role so far has been Porter Duty, a simple assignment that includes a very wide The Holy Cross brothers who taught and worked at the Because of concern for their volunteers, they are only operating with a core community of holy cross religious. Even though they have had to cut down on some of the services they We turn to Him in prayer that He will clasp us more firmly to Himself and use our hands and wits to do the work that only He can do. Then our work itself becomes a prayer: a service that speaks to the Lord who works through us And, as in every work of our mission, we find that we ourselves stand to learn much from those whom we are called to teach. Constitution One of the things that we as Holy Cross religious hang our hat on is our sense of hospitality. We take great pride in being able to welcome and
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A word that I typically only think of in one of three specific contexts. First, sappy love songs in which the singer is obviously far too optimistic about a new, overly-simplified relationship. All three are very distant from reality, and even more distant from my own lips. This past weekend, the Moreau Seminary community celebrated the perpetual vows of 5 of our seminarians. To see men, all in their late twenties or early thirties, say the word forever-- a word I never expect to have any bearing on actual reality--with the deepest sincerity and prayerful commitment hits you straight in the heart.
The words come from the ancient hymn Vexilla regis prodeunt written by Fortunatus and traditionally sung on Good Friday. They capture well the life and work of both the Congregation and Moreau. We have witnessed how God can transfigure sin and death — what can seem to be most hopeless — into wellsprings of love and new life. The tree of the cross has been planted where our worthy religious dwell … But these religious have learned to savor its life-giving fruits, and if God in his goodness preserves them in the admirable dispositions which they have chosen thus far, they will never taste death, for the fruits of the cross are the same as those of the tree of life which was planted in the Garden of Paradise. Since our foundation in , the Congregation faced a litany of crosses from the deaths of religious due to disease and natural disasters, to attacks and lawsuits from detractors, to scarce financial resources, to political unrest and violence. Seeing himself as the father of Holy Cross, Moreau experienced many of these trials personally and went through his own dark night of the soul in October In the midst of these crosses, Moreau always encouraged the Congregation to see the hand of Divine Providence. The missions to East Bengal and Indiana in the mid-nineteenth century experienced a staggering number of deaths among the Holy Cross missionaries. And yet, through bearing these crosses in hope, Holy Cross brought the tribal peoples of East Bengal to faith in Christ and laid the foundation for the University of Notre Dame to become the premier Catholic research university that it is today.