Category Archive: Compassion

Choosing to listen with an open heart, empathize with others and perform acts of kindness that alleviate suffereing.

Dec 12

Christmas at GCU

SALT Team Christmas

Technically, it is still Advent.  But since the academic schedule gives our GCU community a break for Christmas, we celebrate on campus a bit early.  Campus Ministry hosted another successful Christmas Tree Blessing and Lighting on the 4th.  Our SALT Team held a Christmas Party here at the Gatekeeper’s Lodge on Tuesday.  Just a few …

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Oct 03

Blessing of Pets – St. Francis

Fr. Anthony blessing pets at GCU.  Pets included dogs, cats, 2 horses and a fish.

St. Francis is often seen as a nice guy who had a special love for animals.  In some sense, we have domesticated him over time.  We think of him as that quiet, saint who graces our backyards in the form of a garden statue.  In such a place he is safe and undemanding. In fact, …

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Aug 22

Divine Spirit Prayer

Butterfly

I’ve had a few requests for the Prayer of Blessing that I offered at the  New Student Induction Ceremony on August 21, 2014.  It goes with my last post.   Here it is: McAuley Quote that inspired the prayer: “May God bless and animate you with His own divine spirit, that you may prove it is Jesus Christ you …

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Aug 19

Bless & Animate

Pilgrims on Baggot Street

During our recent pilgrimage to Dublin for the Young Mercy Leaders conference, we had the opportunity to explore the correspondence of Catherine McAuley – founder of the Sisters of Mercy.  I was impressed by the wisdom and practicality of her letters dealing with the challenges of an expanding ministry.  I was also delighted by Catherine’s …

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May 27

Super Hero Grads

Flag

GCU celebrated commencement last week.  As is often the case, a number of graduates personalized their mortarboards with various decorations.  My favorite was the one that sported a red, white and blue Captain America shield on the top.  It started me thinking:  If our grads were super heroes, what would their superpowers be? The answer …

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