+Fr. Cyril Crawford O.S.B.+

Last week, the LNS was saddened to hear about the passing of Fr. Cyril Crawford. He was dedicated to the LNS, having delivered talks on Maximus the Confessor and how to practice Lectio Divina. We will miss him dearly. There will be a prayer vigil this Wednesday at 8pm in the American College Chapel to pray for him, his family, and religious community.

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine. Et lux perpetua luceat eis.

St. Athanasius

There has been a time in the history of Christianity, when it had been Athanasius against the world, and the world against Athanasius. The need and straitness of the Church had been great, and one man was raised up for her deliverance.

–Newman, Essay on Development

The episcopate, whose action was so prompt and concordant at Nicæa on the rise of Arianism, did not, as a class or order of men, play a good part in the troubles consequent upon the Council; and the laity did. The Catholic people, in the length and breadth of Christendom, were the obstinate champions of Catholic truth, and the bishops were not. Of course there were great and illustrious exceptions; first, Athanasius, Hilary, the Latin Eusebius, and Phœbadius; and after them, Basil, the two Gregories, and Ambrose; there are others, too, who suffered, if they did nothing else, as Eustathius, Paulus, Paulinus, and Dionysius; and the Egyptian bishops, whose weight was small in the Church in proportion to the great power of their Patriarch. And, on the other hand, as I shall say presently, there were exceptions to the Christian heroism of the laity, especially in some of the great towns. And again, in speaking of the laity, I speak inclusively of their parish-priests (so to call them), at least in many places; but on the whole, taking a wide view of the history, we are obliged to say that the governing body of the Church came short, and the governed were pre-eminent in faith, zeal, courage, and constancy.

This is a very remarkable fact: but there is a moral in it. Perhaps it was permitted, in order to impress upon the Church at that very time passing out of her state of persecution to her long temporal ascendancy, the great evangelical lesson, that, not the wise and powerful, but the obscure, the unlearned, and the weak constitute her real strength. It was mainly by the faithful people that Paganism was overthrown; it was by the faithful people, under the lead of Athanasius and the Egyptian bishops, and in some places supported by their Bishops or priests, that the worst of heresies was withstood and stamped out of the sacred territory.

–Newman, On Consulting


S. Athanasius, O.P.N.!

Stations of the Cross at the ACL, Fri., 30 March, 7pm

Stemming from the LNS’s successful evening last week (Thank you, Sr. Timothy!), many have suggested a repeat of the Stations. Similar to last Friday, then, there will be Stations of the Cross at the American College Chapel on March 30th, beginning at 7pm. Bl. J.H.

Priests will also be available to hear confessions.

Cardinal Newman’s “Short Meditations” on the Stations of the Cross will be used.

Lenten LNS Night! Friday, 23 March

Come hear the one Sr. Timothy Prokes deliver:

“St. Teresa of Avila: Doctor of Prayer and Perennial Wisdom”
The event will take place this Friday, 23 March, at the American College, Louvain. There will be Stations of the Cross in the AC Chapel, beginning at 7pm, followed by Sr.’s talk in the common room.  All are welcome!

Spring Semester 2012

Greetings to the LNS!

The Wednesday afternoon masses will start back up on Wednesday, 15 February, at 13:10 in the Pope’s College Chapel, as usual. The mass schedule will be updated VERY soon!

Also, the Newman Society will not be having an Ash Wednesday mass on the 22 Feb., as Archbishop André Léonard will be presiding at Sint-Pieters at 11am. We encourage all LNS members to attend that mass. This, of course, will be noted in the mass schedule.

Bl. J.H.N.,   o.p.n.

St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis De Sales (1567-1622) was Bishop of Geneva and a spiritual master. His writings are especially conducive to those living the world. He, with Jane Frances de Chantal, founded the Visitandines (Salesian Sisters or The Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary), an order for widows and the unmarried, not as austere as other women’s orders of the day (such as the Poor Clares and Carmelites). St. Francis would often visit the sisters and offer short, informal conferences on living out the virtues in a straightforward way.  On the feast of St. Francis, I offer here a short excerpt of his Spiritual Conferences published in English as The Art of Loving God: Simple Virtues fo the Christian Life.  Here, in Conference XII entitled, “Be untroubled by public opinion,” St. Francis discusses the virtue of simplicity:

Consideration of what will be said or thought of you is contrary to simplicity. This virtue, as we have said, looks only to pleasing God, not creatures at all, except insofar as the love of God requires it. After the simple soul has done the action that it considers it ought to do, it thinks no more about it. And if it should occur to the person to wonder what will be said or thought of him, the soul checks the thought instantly, because it will allow nothing to divert it from its one aim, namely, of dwelling on the thought of God alone, that it may love Him more and more. The consideration of creatures has no power to move the soul, for it refers all to the Creator….

You ask how you must observe simplicity in conversation and recreation. I reply: as in all other actions, although in this particular one there should be a holy freedom and frankness in conversing upon such subjects as serve to foster a spirit of joy and recreation…

St. Francis de Sales, o.p.n.


LNS Christmas, 16 December

During the Advent Season, LNS will host its last LNS Night of the semester in preparation for Christmas. Fr. Thomas Gricoski O.S.B. will be giving a talk entitled, “The Word Became Flesh: the Scandal of the Incarnation.” Mass begins at 7pm in the American College Chapel. The talk and discussion will follow.


November Events Reminder

Of course, one can always consult the “Events” tab above. Nevertheless, here’s a summary of events:

TONIGHT (Wed. 16 Nov.), 8pm, QUIZ NIGHT at the M-Cafe.

TOMORROW NIGHT (Thurs. 17 Nov.) 8pm, Mass at Sint Pieters, followed by PIZZA at Amici Mei, followed by Adoration from 10-11pm back at Sint Pieters.

NEXT FRIDAY (Fri. 25 Nov.) 7pm, American  College Fr. Troy on “Virtues and Spiritual Combat.”

See you there!

Albertus Magnus

St. Albert the Great is patron saint of STUDENTS (and scientists and  the archdiocese of Cincinatti, OH). A Dominican provincial, instructor of St. Thomas Aquinas,  and even at one point Bishop, he spent so much time with the natural sciences of physics, alchemy, minerology, and zoology that some (like Henry of Ghent) accused him of neglecting Theology. A truly well-rounded scholar, Albert exhibited what Newman described as a philosophical habit of mind. Fearless in his pursuit of knowledge, Albert indeed was a doctor universalis. Yves Congar O.P. writes of his confrere:

“Albert believed in the mind.  He perceived a profound harmony between the loftiness of divine life and the world of science and finite human reasoning.  This scholar, even as he argued for the autonomy of the pure sciences, had a special grasp of the reality of the unity of the universe.  There exists a single realm in which the facts of nature and the realities of grace are physically present.”

(Yves Congar, “St.Albert the Great.  The Power and the Anguish of the Intellectual Vocation,” Faith and Spiritual Life, 65.

Santus Albertus Magnus, o.p.n.