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Spes Unica Blog


Palm Sunday

Posted by Br. Richard Critz, C.S.C. on

Br. Richard Critz, C.S.C. writes, "Holy Week gives us a new opportunity to acknowledge that we need to be saved, especially from ourselves. Positioning ourselves with Jesus before his Father, we seek, like Jesus, to abandon ourselves to God and thus find true life in Him."

March Madness, Holy Cross Style

Posted by Fr. Pete McCormick, C.S.C. on

"If you had told me that I would one day travel with the Notre Dame Men's Basketball Team when I was applying to the seminary in the fall of 1999, I would have probably written my essays with less anxiety and more hustle," writes Fr. Pete McCormick, C.S.C., on his work as the team's chaplain. "A...

Joseph, the Adoptive-Father Saint

Posted by Fr. Don Fetters, C.S.C. on

"The Brothers of Holy Cross (originally the Brothers of St. Joseph) were for us during formation the clearest earthly example of the humble but effective adoptive-father saint," writes Fr. Don Fetters, C.S.C., in reflecting on St. Joseph, the Patron of the Holy Cross Brothers. "They taught us...

What God has Joined

Posted by Fr. Paul Ybarra,C.S.C. on

"Sometime ago, I got a frantic phone call from a bride-to-be. Her paperwork was not done. A wedding was to take place in Wisconsin in a few weeks' time, and she was not prepared," writes Fr. Paul Ybarra, C.S.C., Parochial Vicar at St. John Vianney Parish. "Could I help them, they begged."

Thank you, Benedict!

Posted by Fr. Jim Phalan, C.S.C. on

"The Chair of Saint Peter has been vacated. This is a surprising situation that has left us unsure of how to respond," writes Fr. Jim Phalan, C.S.C. "Most importantly, I just want to say to a man who has become a 'holy father' to me: 'Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.'"

Just Showing Up

Posted by Mr. Tim Mouton, C.S.C. on

"A wise priest once asked me what I thought the most important aspect of religious life was," said Tim Mouton, C.S.C., a temporarily professed seminarian at Moreau Seminary. "I kind of shrugged my shoulders and said, 'Faith, I guess.' He gave me a smile that seemed to say, 'Really?' Then he...

What Seminarians Do for Lent

Posted by Mr. Michael Marshall on

"A few weeks ago, I began preparing for Lent by deciding what I would give up," writes Michael Marshall of Old College Undergraduate Seminary. "As I pondered these questions, a random question came into my head. What do priests give up for Lent? … It will have to remain a mystery for now...

A Meeting Place of Heaven and Earth

Posted by Fr. Jim Phalan, C.S.C. on

"The National Shrine Nossa Senhora da Conceição Aparecida, Our Lady of Aparecida, 'Queen and Patroness of Brazil' is located between Sáo Paulo and Rio de Janeiro," writes Fr. Jim Phalan, C.S.C. "I have come to Aparecida to consecrate our work here once more to Our Lady, and...

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