During this holiest of weeks, I am mindful of the incredibly generous sacrifice made for all of us by our Redeemer. I am mindful, too, of the sacrifices faculty and staff make daily here at NewmanUniversity on behalf of our students and our mission. Finally, I am aware of the sacrifices made by students and their families to secure their education here at Newman University.
The book, Heart to Heart: A Cardinal Newman Prayer Book is a compilation of Blessed Newman’s writings (by Daniel O’Connell, SJ). It was first published in 1938, and then reprinted in 2011 by Ave Maria Press after his beatification. The book is a treasure for prayer and meditation. I share just two with you below.
May your Holy Week be a good time of reflection, and may your Easter season bring joy and blessings to you and your families.
Noreen M. Carrocci
One Name That Lives
There is just one Name in the whole world that lives; it is the Name of One who passed His years in obscurity, and who died a malefactor’s death….Amid the most various nations, under the most diversified circumstances, in the most cultivated, in the rudest races and intellects, in all classes of society, the Owner of that great Name reigns. High and low, rich and poor, acknowledge Him. Millions of souls are conversing with Him, are venturing at His word, are looking for His presence….Here, then, is One who is not a mere name; He is no empty fiction, He is a substance; He is dead and gone, but still He lives – as the living, energetic thought of successive generations, and as the awful motive power of a thousand great events….O my own Savior, now in the tomb but soon to arise, Thou has paid the price; it is done – consummatum est – it is secured. O fulfil Thy resurrection in us, and as Thou hast purchased us, claim us, take possession of us, make us Thine. Amen.
Immediately following this prayer is a poem that seems just right for Easter Sunday:
Splendor Paternae Gloriae
Of the Father Effluence bright,
Out of Light evolving light,
Light from Light, unfailing Ray,
Day creative of the day:
Truest Sun, upon us stream
With Thy calm perpetual beam,
In the Spirit’s still sunshine
Making sense and thought divine.
Seek we too the Father’s face,
Father of almighty grace,
And of majesty excelling,
Who can purge our tainted dwelling;
Who can aid us, who can break
Teeth of envious foes, and make
Hours of loss and pain succeed,
Guiding safe each duteous deed,
And infusing self-control,
Fragrant chastity of soul,
Faith’s keen flame to soar on high,
Christ Himself for food be given,
Faith become the cup of Heaven,
Out of which the joy is quaff’d
Of the Spirit’s sobering draught.
With that joy replenished,
Morn shall glow with modest red,
Noon with beaming faith be bright,
Eve be soft without twilight.
It has dawn’d; – upon our way,
Father in Thy Word this day
In Thy Father Word Divine,
From Thy cloudy pillar shine.
To the Father, and the Son,
And the Spirit, Three and One,
As of old, and as in heaven,
Now and here be glory given.