God and Man at Harvard…

Perhaps for the most prestigious college in the United States, as Pope Benedict predicted for the world in general, the first faint feather-brush stirrings of the faith’s resurgence  will come from deep within the Church’s patrimony, even as these same flutterings blow the dust off the most profound human prayer ever composed, having lain dormant these many years in Crimson shadows…

Read about it here.


  1. Lansing Deacon says

    Thanks, JOB.

    The buzz in the seminary hallways is that the Vatican is soon to release a “follow-up” to Summorum Pontificum which, among other things, calls for the Extraordinary Form to be taught to all seminarians. That’s the rumor, at least.

    Too late for me, but not for others. I figure what with the demands of being a parish priest, I might get around to finding time to learn it on my own sometime before I turn 60. Of course, my bishop right now loves and celebrates both forms, so maybe he will send me away to learn it. Yeah, right.

  2. Jonathan Webb says

    God bless you man. Thanks.

  3. Not sure if you heard, but last year’s valedictorian (or was it salutatorian?) at Harvard gave her speech in Latin and was going to join a convent (I forget what order). At my own Penn, every four years or so someone heads of to the seminary. I guess the numbers could be higher, but it’s a start, I think.

    • Bernardo,

      Not only did I hear about Ms. Marks wonderful address, but I saw her impressive oratorical skills on display here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYewkFKPPhs

      (Love the guy in the top hat!)

      She headed to the Ann Arbor Dominicans – the offshoot of the Nashville Dominicans.

      Here’s another take on the dynamic Ms. Marks: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2010/05/commence-wonderment/

      Yes, (perhaps not so) strangely, there is an attraction to the faith in secular universities – but that’s the irony, I think, of the situation: You either have to be small and orthodox, such as Christendom or Thomas Aquinas College (and significantly, I think, for the most part run by laymen – with a place like Belmont Abbey College, NC, being the rule-proving exception) or you have to be so completely secular that as a university you’re too busy being secular to worry about misrepresenting the truth, in order to see any sort of faith life – mostly through, I imagine, the Newman Centers. University of Nebraska is another example; as is University of Illinois-Champagne-Urbana. Both have had a considerable number of vocations. It’s those middling Catholic colleges and universities, though – Notre Dame, Gonzaga, and DePaul, etc. – which seem more often to destroy the student’s faith than not. Such places all have a strange fascination with plays about female genitalia and making sodomy the eighth sacrament, to begin with. But of course, from soup to nuts, the problems at these places are really legion.

      Still, I like to think that Benedict has recognized that at root (radical) the Church will only come alive when its members begin to see the importance of the liturgy as the “core curriculum” of the faith from which all other blessings flow…

      It is for this reason that the news at Harvard is heart-raising…


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