Father on Fathers: a reflection

Golden dome

I'm told it's Fathers' Day. Nobody ever remembers me or my fellow CSCs on Fathers' Day. Yet nobody calls their patrilineal progenitor Father any longer. You only call us Father. But I've gotten over that...the BVM told me to. Those of us whom you still call Father bust our humps as chaplains both in your dorms and on the battlefield (sometimes there's very little difference). But let me assure you that, though we may not have children of our own, the loss of a son or daughter at college or in … [Read more...]

Good Fridays w/Padre: Bloom & Grow

Magnolias themselves

For many years, there were two ancient Magnolias at the foot of the steps to the Main Building. They were beautiful, especially at this time of year when they bloomed. One of the Magnolias passed on. I don't know where trees go when they die, but I hope it's a fabulous place. There is a giant Sycamore by the Grotto. It, too, has been growing and thriving there for many, many years. I will mourn when that glorious creature of God passes, because it's beauty has given so much joy and hope to so … [Read more...]

Good Fridays w/Padre: Break-Its

HLS EFS CSC Broken Bracket

So much excitement at this time of year about the Grand Tournament!  Especially this year since our team is, indeed, so grand!  Yet, I am always disturbed by the fixation with these so-called “Brackets.”  In that they are gambling, I remind you all that this is illegal – unless you’re an Alum in the stock market who makes lots of money and donates most to the University.  In that case, gamble away.  In another regard, these brackets somehow seek to make an academic science out of what is merely … [Read more...]

Padre on Padre

I am not one to give up a lot of credit. But Ted deserved it. What a man, what a national figure, what a priest! And I'm quite sure that the last title was closest to his heart. Theodore Martin Hesburgh was, first and foremost, a great priest. He loved the Sacraments and administered them with great care. He also loved Notre Dame. I set the place up, but Ted advanced us in a way no man ever had. Ted was smart, and gentle, and holy. It will be a century before we see a man of his stature … [Read more...]

Good Fridays w/Padre: Bad Ideas

HLS EFS CSC Student Athletes

Like the icicle that starts to form at the corner of the roof, it slowly grows until it’s a heavy, sharp, pointed thing that will impale you without warning.  It was fascinating to behold at one time, but it became a lethal sculpture that plunged through the window and left your room cold and wet.  This icicle is a metaphor for a Very Bad Idea, and many of them are forming at this time of year. Not surprising that an athletic conference, the source and summit of bad ideas, is the water … [Read more...]