The Companion

Weekly E-Bulletin of
Rockhurst University's Campus Ministry
March 17, 2013
Habemus Papam!
On Wednesday, March 13th Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio, SJ was elected pope.  Pope Francis is the first pope from the southern hemisphere and the first Jesuit. 

Information abounds about Pope Francis.  The Jesuit Post, a digital resource for young adults created by American Jesuits in formation offers a couple that may be of interest to you:
Habemus Curriculum Vitae
Habemus Papam Franciscum
What's So Weird About a Jesuit Pope?
Living Stations of the Cross - Volunteers Needed!

Fr. John Craig, SJ is coordinating a
Living Stations of the Cross
to take place on the Quad
on the afternoon Tuesday, March 19th. 

Students, staff and faculty are needed to assist!

If interested, please email Fr. John ASAP.


Brown Bag Lunch Discussion

An opportunity for students, staff and faculty . . .
RSVP to Ellen Spake by Tuesday, March 19th 
SuperNatural Christians Retreat  Applications Now Available! 

Stop by Campus Ministry today to pick up your application.
Water for Duchity
For our Lenten Almsgiving offering, Campus Ministry is partnering with a student effort to bring clean water to the village of Duchity, Haiti, where residents currently drink from a cesspool of a water source. Monies raised through our Lenten Water Bottle Piggy Banks will be used to purchase water filters that would bolster health and the local economy: the one-piece filters are Haitian-made.

Filters cost $35 each. 

Have you remembered to place change in your bottle?

No?  We still have a couple weeks left of Lent.  Consider striving to save enough to purchase a filter for a family.  One filter provides a family with clean water for five years.

The More You Know
St. Francis of Assisi 
Here is a brief video of Pope Francis describing how he selected his name.

Saint Francis of Assisi, "the little beggar" is perhaps the most popular saint in history.

Francis was born in 1182 in Assisi, Italy and his baptismal name was John, but his father renamed him Franceso, in honor of his love for France. The son of a wealthy merchant, Francis had time and money to host lavish banquets for young nobles who proclaimed him "King of Feasts." Parties and selling cloth left Francis little time for God.

A handsome, charming and educated young man, he spent his early life leading young nobles to parties. He dreamed of knighthood and longed for the adventurous life of chivalry. In pursuit of that dream, he joined in the war between Assisi and Perugia at the age of 20.

In that war, Francis fought with youthful enthusiasm, but was wounded and taken prisoner. Spending the next year in a dungeon, he contracted malaria. Ransomed by his father, a more reflective Francis returned to Assisi. Sickness overtook him and in that languishing experience he heard the first stirrings of a vocation to peace and justice.

The military victories of Count Walter of Brienne revived Francis' desire for knighthood. Under Brienne's command, he hoped to win his favor and become a knight. On his way to join Brienne, Francis stopped in Spoleto and heard the shocking news of his death. Overcome by depression, his malaria returned.

One night a mysterious voice asked him, "Who do you think can best reward you, the Master or the servant?" Francis Answered, "The Master." The voice continued, "Why do you leave the Master for the servant?" Francis realized the servant was Count Walter. He left Spoleto convinced God had spoken to him.

From that moment on, Francis began to care for the sick and the poor -- especially the lepers -- convinced that this was what God had called him to do.

A further call came in 1205, when, in a dramatic moment of prayer in the abandoned Church of San Damiano, Francis heard a voice coming from the crucifix which challenged him to rebuild the church. At first he thought it meant that he should rebuild San Damiano, so he sold some of his father's cloth to raise money to build the Church at San Damiano. His father, who was already upset about the life he was leading, took him to court, where was ordered him to pay back the money. Francis complied with a dramatic gesture, renouncing his inheritance and handing his expensive clothing to him as well. Dressed only in a workman's smock, he left town and spent the next two years as a hermit, taking a vow of poverty and dedicating his life his life to God.

Francis begged for his food, wore old clothes, and preached peace. He began to attract followers, and in 1209 with the papal blessing he founded the Friars Minor (Franciscans). Then in 1212 with St. Clare of Assisi he founded the foundation of the Order of "Poor Ladies," now known as the "Poor Clares." He also founded the "Third Order of Penance" (the Third Order) which included lay people. He was the first person (recorded) to receive the stigmata (the five wounds of Christ) in 1224. Out of humility Francis never accepted the priesthood but remained a deacon all his life. He had a great love for animals. His ardent love of God merited him the name Seraphic.

Francis died at the age of 44 on October 4, 1226 at Portiuncula, Italy. He was canonized by Pope Gregory IX less than two years later.
Question of the Week

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This Week's Question: 
Where was Pope Francis archbishop before being elected pope? 
Last Week's Answer: The three area mayors who are Rockhurst grads are Sly James, Joe Reardon and Carson Ross.

And the Winner is . . . Brett Basler!

Send your answer to Cindy Schmersal by 9:00am on Wednesday.  Of those students who respond, one will be chosen at random to receive a free (and delicious!) twister from the Pub.  The winner will be announced in the following week's bulletin.
Deepening our Faith in the Year of Faith
The Understanding of Moral Acts


This week, we offer the third in a series of excerpts on morality taken from the U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults.



Another important foundation of Christian morality is the understanding of moral acts. Every moral act consists of three elements: the objective act (what we do), the subjective goal or intention (why we do the act), and the concrete situation or circumstances in which we perform the act (where, when, how, with whom, the consequences, etc.).


For an individual act to be morally good, the object, or what we are doing, must be objectively good. Some acts, apart from the intention or reason for doing them, are always wrong because they go against a fundamental or basic human good that ought never to be compromised. Direct killing of the innocent, torture, and rape are examples of acts that are always wrong. Such acts are referred to as intrinsically evil acts, meaning that they are wrong in themselves, apart from the reason they are done or the circumstances surrounding them.


The goal, end, or intention is the part of the moral act that lies within the person. For this reason, we say that the intention is the subjective element of the moral act. For an act to be morally good, one's intention must be good. If we are motivated to do something by a bad intention-even something that is objectively good-our action is morally evil. It must also be recognized that a good intention cannot make a bad action (something intrinsically evil) good. We can never do something wrong or evil in order to bring about a good. This is the meaning of the saying, "the end does not justify the means" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, nos. 1749-1761).
A Prayer 

Lorica of St. Patrick


I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity
Through belief in the threeness
Through confession of the Oneness
Towards the creator. 


I arise today
Through the strength of Christ with his baptism,
Through the strength of his crucifixion with his burial,
Through the strength of his resurrection with his ascension
Through the strength of his decent for the Judgement of doom.


I arise today
Through the strength of the love of Cherubim
In obedience to the Angels,
In the service of the Archangels,
In hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In prayers of patriarchs,
In predictions of prophets,
In preaching of Apostles,
In faiths of confessors,
In innocence of Holy Virgins,
In deeds of righteous men. 


I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun
Brilliance of moon
Splendor of fire
Speed of lightning
Swiftness of wind
Depth of sea
Stability of earth
Firmness of rock.


I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me:
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's host to secure me
against snares of devils
against temptations of vices
against inclinations of nature
against everyone who shall wish me ill,
afar and anear,
alone and in a crowd.


A summon today all these powers between me and these evils
Against every cruel and merciless power that may oppose my body and my soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of heathenry,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of women and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that endangers man's body and soul.


Christ to protect me today
against poison, against burning,
against drowning, against wounding,
so that there may come abundance of reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left
Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.


I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Thrones,
Through confession of the Oneness
Towards the Creator.


Salvation is of the Lord
Salvation is of the Lord
Salvation is of Christ
May thy salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.

In This Issue
Habemus Papam
Living Station of Cross
Brown Bag
SuperNatural Retreat
Water for Duchity
St. Francis of Assisi
Question of the Week
Year of Faith
A Prayer
This Week in
Campus Ministry


Sunday, March 17th

St. Patrick's Day

6:00pm: Mass (SFX)  


Monday, March 18th  

12noon: Mass (MC)

Post-Mass: Liturgy of the Hours (MC)

6:00pm: Liturgy of the Hours (MC)

8-9:45pm: Reconciliation (MC)

Pre-Mass: Liturgy of the Hours (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC) 


Tuesday, March 19th 

12noon: Mass (MC)

Post-Mass: Liturgy of the Hours (MC)

4:30pm: Pasta and Prayer (MC)  

6:00pm: Liturgy of the Hours (MC)

9:00pm: Karaoke for a Cause (Cafeteria) 


Wednesday, March 20th   

12noon: Brown Bag Lunch Presentation by Dr. Sweetman (M250)

12noon: Mass (MC)

Post-Mass: Liturgy of the Hours (MC)

6:00pm: Liturgy of the Hours (MC)

Pre-Mass: Liturgy of the Hours (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC) 


Thursday, March 21st  

12noon: Mass (MC) 

Post-Mass: Liturgy of the Hours (MC)

6:00pm: Liturgy of the Hours (MC)

Pre-Mass: Liturgy of the Hours (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Friday, March 22nd   

12:00pm: Mass (MC)

Post-Mass: Liturgy of Hours (MC)


Sunday, March 24th  

Palm Sunday 

6:00pm: Mass (SFX) 

Need Prayer?


Email the Campus Ministry staff with your name and your intention, and we will happily hold you in prayer throughout the week.

Office of Campus Ministry
Massman 4 (lower level)
(816) 501-4063