The Companion

Weekly E-Bulletin of
Rockhurst University's Campus Ministry

April 14, 2013

Yom HaShoah

Holocaust Remembrance Day

In a spirit of solemn remembrance, Rockhurst University invites you to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day - Yom HaShoah.   Seeking to honor the memories of all those who suffered, those who were killed by the Nazis, including 152 Jesuits, and those who survived the Holocaust, our day of remembrance will take place on Wednesday, April 17 with the following events:


Reading of Names, 8:30am - 2:00pm, Pergola, near the university bell tower:  


Prayer Service, 2:30pm - 3:00pm, Greenlease Art Gallery Atrium:



National Catholic Reporter speakers 
Mass on the Quad 
Choir Mass 
Post-Grad Service Blessing  April 28th
 Following the Rockhurst Student Choir Spring Concert and during 6pm student mass, there will be a blessing for all RU senior Hawks who are flying the Nest to go do a year or more of post-graduate service!
Question of the Week

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This Week's Question:  What is Yom HaShoah? 



Last Week's Answer: Mary of Nazareth is the Queen of all Saints. 


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.
Last week's winner is . . . Maddie Burkemper!
Here's to You! 

We are so blessed to have so many talented Hawks in our Nest! 

CONGRATS to all students, staff, and faculty who will participate in the Festival of Student Achievement this week.  

Go Hawks!
Year of Faith
Morality Part 4: The Excellence of Virtues 
             The Christian moral life is one that seeks to cultivate and practice virtue. "A virtue is an habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1803). An effective moral life demands the practice of both human and theological virtues.
Human virtues form the soul with the habits of mind and will that support moral behavior, control passions, and avoid sin. Virtues guide our conduct according to the dictates of faith and reason, leading us toward freedom based on self-control and toward joy in living a good moral life. Compassion, responsibility, a sense of duty, self-discipline and restraint, honesty, loyalty, friendship, courage, and persistence are examples of desirable virtues for sustaining a moral life. Historically, we group the human virtues around what are called the Cardinal Virtues. This term comes from the Latin word cardo meaning "hinge." All the virtues are related to or hinged to one of the Cardinal Virtues. The four Cardinal Virtues are prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance.
            There are a number of ways in which we acquire human virtues. They are acquired by frequent repetition of virtuous acts that establish a pattern of virtuous behavior. There is a reciprocal relationship between virtue and acts because virtue, as an internal reality, disposes us to act externally in morally good ways. Yet it is through doing good acts in the concrete that the virtue within us is strengthened and grows.
             The human virtues are also acquired through seeing them in the good example of others and through education in their value and methods to acquire them. Stories that inspire us to want such virtues help contribute to their growth within us. They are gained by a strong will to achieve such ideals. In addition, God's grace is offered to us to purify and strengthen our human virtues, for our growth in virtue can be hampered by the reality of sin. Especially through prayer and the Sacraments, we open ourselves to the gifts of the Holy Spirit and God's grace as another way in which we grow in virtue.
             The Theological Virtues of faith, hope, and charity (love) are those virtues that relate directly to God. These are not acquired through human effort but, beginning with Baptism, they are infused within us as gifts from God. They dispose us to live in relationship with the Holy Trinity. Faith, hope, and charity influence human virtues by increasing their stability and strength for our lives.
              Each of the Ten Commandments forbids certain sins, but each also points to virtues that will help us avoid such sins. Virtues such as generosity, poverty of spirit, gentleness, purity of heart, temperance, and fortitude assist us in overcoming and avoiding what are called the seven deadly or Capital Sins-pride, avarice or greed, envy, anger, lust, gluttony, and sloth or laziness-which are those sins that engender other sins and vices.
A Prayer 
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;

Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.


-Mother Teresa 

In This Issue
Yom HaShoah
Mass on the Quad
Choir Mass
Post-Grad Blessing
Question of the Week
Here's to You!
Year of Faith
A Prayer
This Week in
Campus Ministry


Sunday, April 14th

6pm: Student Mass (SFX)


Monday, April 15th

12noon: Mass (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Tuesday, April 16th

12noon: Mass (MC)

4:30pm: Pasta and Prayer (MC)


Wednesday, April 17th

8:30-2:00: Yom HaShoah Reading of Names (Bell Tower) 

12noon: Mass (MC)

2:30-3:00: Prayer Service (Greenlease Gallery Atrium)

4:00: Festival of Student Achievement Awards (Library)

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Thursday, April 18th

12noon: Mass (MC)

10:10pm: Mass (MC)


Friday, April 19th

12noon: Mass (MC)


Saturday, April 20th

Silent Retreat


Sunday, April 21st

Silent Retreat

6pm: Mass on the Quad (Kinerk Commons)

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