Notre Dame Family Says Goodbye to Two Beloved Sons–Top Catholic Tweets for the Week of 2/27/15

Notre Dame Family Says Goodbye to Two Beloved Sons–Top Catholic Tweets for the Week of 2/27/15 February 27, 2015

Image credit: Shutterstock
Image credit: Shutterstock

As a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, I’ve had a week of remembering, of gratitude and of prayer.

Professor Charles Rice

Professor Charles Rice

It started Wednesday when I learned of the passing of Professor Charles Rice, Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School. While I never met Prof. Rice in person, I have had the pleasure of being friends with two of his ten children and have followed his commitment to Our Lady’s university since my time as an undergrad.

I encourage you to read Professor Rice’s obituary, which lovingly paints a picture of the type of man he was. His faith, his family and his commitment to morality and the law were at the center of his life and guided his work even in the years after his retirement from Notre Dame. I wish I had personally known Charles Rice. In learning more about his life, I find myself challenged to stand up for truth and to be more committed to my spiritual life. I want to be the kind of prayer warrior he was. Surely, his devotion to the Church and Our Lady laid a solid foundation for the legacy he leaves.

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.

In the middle of last night, we learned also of the passing of Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., or as most of us at Notre Dame called him, “Father Ted”. Today, as I’ve been praying for the repose of his soul, I’ve contemplated how this amazing man touched my life. Father Ted presided at Notre Dame when I was on campus.

Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

Although I only met him personally a few times, the work he did on behalf of the University definitely impacted anyone who set foot on the Notre Dame campus. At Notre Dame, I learned to look at the world and to realize that I had a responsibility to pray, but also to serve. At Notre Dame, I met and married my best friend and soulmate, who in his own ways lives out the principles of humble, faith-filled service we learned as undergraduates. I honestly believe that much of what I wrote in The Grace of Yes was instilled within me by my parents and by my years under the Golden Dome. My feelings today are not unique. They are being echoed literally around the globe by the Notre Dame family whose lives were touched by Father Ted and Notre Dame.

Father Ted was kind enough to pen an endorsement for my very first book, The Handbook for Catholic Moms. His words touch me as deeply today as they did when I read them back in 2010:

Lisa Hendey’s passion for Catholic motherhood is born of many influences and I am proud to know that her experience as a Notre Dame student ranks among the most significant. This book is overflowing with Lisa’s generous spirit, deep compassion, and infectious enthusiasm for her family, her Church, and the vocation of Catholic motherhood. She makes a wonderful and most welcome contribution to our faith community. –Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame

It may seem self-serving to share these words today, but I do so as a tribute to Father Ted. Because it’s likely that what he wrote about me could be said of the vast majority of the Notre Dame family. Inspired by Father Hesburgh’s model and under his guidance, we learned about generosity, compassion, family, Church and vocations. We learned to look outside ourselves and to see a world so greatly in need of God’s love, and ours too. We learned to say “Yes!”

Rest in peace Professor Rice and Father Ted. You will be greatly missed.

I’m grateful to my friend John Clem, O.F.S. for this week’s Top Catholic Tweets:

  • Papal Tweet:  “There is no sin that God cannot pardon. All we need to do is ask for forgiveness.” (Pope Francis Feb. 21st)
  • Care for Creation: Water Footprint Calculator (Grace Communications)
  • Year of the Consecrated Life: National Catholic Sisters Week March 8-14 (Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters)
  • What Jimmy Fallon Can Teach Us This Lent (Busted Halo)
  • Pope Francis to mafiosi: repent and Church will welcome you back (Reuters)
  • NEW App: A smartphone app enhances the Lenten experience – currently only in Spanish (Rome Reports)
  • Dr. Rocío Figueroa Alvear – about the Dignity of Women (Voices of Faith)
  • #takeupLENT with America Editors & our Special Guest Stephen Colbert (America Magazine)
  • The Essential Catholic Hipster Survival Guide:#PatronSaintOfHip: The Beatific Battle Begins!
  • The Islamic State threatens to come to Rome; Italians respond with travel advice (The Washington Post)
  • The Gift of Sorrow for Sin – A Meditation on the “Mass for the Gift of Tears” in the Missal (ADW)
  • Podast: Celebrating Ten Years of Catholic Podcasting! (Catholic Weekend –
  • Coptic church formally recognizes martyrdom of 21 slain by ISIS + icon depicting the martyrs (Deacon Greg Kandra)
  • Pope at Angelus: Lent is a time of battle against evil (
  • Join Pope Francis on March 1st at 2:00 PM your local time, in prayer to end Christian persecution. Click to sign up (Catholic Online)
  • Archbishop Warda of Iraq connected w/ Catholic band ooberfuse to highlight the plight of persecuted minorities in Iraq.
  • The Way Retreat – First Sunday of Lent – God Is Definitely Looking For You (Chris Stefanick)
  • Pope Francis Slips Away From The Vatican To Work On ‘Defects’ (AP)
  • InstaLent Photo Challenge (Busted Halo)
  • Photo: A Franciscan Snowman at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in DC (CNS)
  • Pope Francis declares Armenian saint – St. Gregory of Narek “Doctor of the Church” (Vatican Radio)
  • St. Gregory of Narek Who? 7 Facts About the Newest Doctor of the Church | ChurchPOP
  • Helping Human Trafficking Victims from the Kitchen with Fr. Leo Patalinghug (EWTN Nightly News)
  • New Book: Lent with the Saints – Daily Reflections by Fr. Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
  • 13 FREE Catholic Stock Photos for Lent | eCatholic blog
  • As migration pattern changes, Mexican women adjust methods of service | National Catholic Reporter
  • Podcast: The Walk (formerly Health & Holiness) Living on €2.50 a Day (Fr. Roderick Vonhogen
  • Thomas Merton, Spiritual Master (Fr. Robert Barron – Word On Fire)
  • Podcast: The Catholics Next Door? new episode!
  • Video: Pope Francis and human ecology (Catholic News Service)
  • TURKEY: Bartholomew I’s Lenten message – Feb. 23rd marks beginning of Lent in Orthodox tradition (Asia News)
  • The kingdom of heaven comes to our house (National Catholic Reporter)
  • End of life assistance to the elderly, theme of the 21st assembly of the Pontifical Council pro Vita (
  • 7 Approved Recent Marian Apparitions, In 1 Cool Infographic | ChurchPOP
  • Family, Faith, and the Pope: An Interview with Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.| Word On Fire
  • Prayer | Order of Carmelites
  • Pax Christi program in Cite Soleil, Haiti helps youths become peacemakers (CNS)
  • Sanctifying Time: The Catholic Meaning of the Days and Months (The Catholic Gentleman)
  • How threats to religious freedom could harm unaccompanied minors :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • Patriarch urges prayer after at least 90 Christians kidnapped in Syria :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • Swiss Guard Commander on ISIS Threat to Pope: ‘We Are Ready to Intervene’ |
  • You Can Never Go Wrong with the Lord’s Prayer (Timothy Cardinal Dolan – Archdiocese of New York)
  • Vatican: Pope’s ‘Mexicanization’ comment not intended to offend :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • Karen & Rick Santorum Release New Book Called “Bella’s Gift” | Special Chronicles
  • Watch out what you eat on Fridays for Lent: Is That Calamari Or Pig Rectum? : (Gothamist)
  • Wow! Medieval Cathedrals Used to Be Full of Brilliant Colors | ChurchPOP
  • 15 Simple Acts of Charity that we Frequently Forget | Catholic Link
  • MONKeying around: Monks get in snowball fight in Jerusalem | Daily Mail Online
  • The story of a Czech priest who saw a miracle – and was killed for it :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • World Christianity by the Numbers (George Weigel – First Things)
  • Priest Freed by Taliban: ‘God Has Saved Me’ | Daily News |
  • ISIS Burns Musical Instruments: Call Drums ‘Un-Islamic’ | EpicTimes
  • Without Grace, We’re Just Hippies in Cassocks (St. Zita Catholic Worker Community of Green Country, OK)
  • YouTube Kids: A Tool for Reaching Catholic Kids? (Lisa Hendey –
  • Francis, Benedict, & John Paul II: Kids’ Saints Books That You’ll Enjoy Reading, Too (Sarah Reinhard – NCR)
  • launches new Logo and updates website. Great resource for whole family!
  • How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online |
  • Out of Pride and Into Humility: A Lenten Meditation on a Teaching by St. Bernard of Clairvaux (ADW)
  • Behold, the Only Known Recording of C.S. Lewis Speaking – audio to become Mere Christianity (ChurchPOP)
  • Willy, the homeless man buried in the heart of the Vatican (Vatican Radio)
  • God is Not a Genie (Fr. Dan Horan, O.F.M. – Dating God)
  • Fanaticism and arms trafficking (L’OSSERVATORY ROMANO)
  • A Message in Blood: ISIS and the Meaning of the Cross (Fr. Robert Barron – Word On Fire)
  • Christians and Muslims living in peace (L’OSSERVATORY ROMANO)
  • British Bishop reacts to 3 parent baby vote (Vatican Radio)
  • Prayers needed for Christians in Syria: Number of Christians abducted by IS rises to 220 (AP)
  • Habitat for Humanity to build a Pope Francis House (Deacon Greg Kandra – Patheos)
  • Catholic groups: Keystone pipeline veto opens door to discuss moral issues on environment (NCR)
  • A Family’s Lenten Journey (Catholic Relief Services) — not too late to start your CRS Rice Bowl
  • Go Into the Desert this Lent (Busted Halo)
  • Tech News: Internet rejoices as FCC imposes strict net neutrality rules (Mashable)
  • 14 Cool Christian Things You Can Print with a Home 3D Printer | ChurchPOP
  • NEW App: Wants and Needs App – iOS only (
  • Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C. of the University of Notre Dame passed away on Feb. 26th (Notre Dame)
  • Death of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh closes an era | National Catholic Reporter
  • Indians rise up to defend Mother Teresa’s legacy after attack by Hindu leader :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Food for the Soul

  • CRS Rice Bowl Week 2 Recipe: Gallo Pinto from Nicaragua (Fr. Leo Patalinghug – Grace Before Meals)
  • CRS Rice Bowl: Make Lent More Meaningful While Making the World a Better Place (The Catholic Foodie)
  • Catholic Cuisine: Recipes for Lent ~ From the Archives
  • Catholic Cuisine: Recipes for March ~ Month Dedicated to St. Joseph
  • Papal palates: Swiss Guard cookbook to hit shelves by summer (CNS)
  • Restaurant chain Red Robin invites the pope to try its Lent menu (Deacon Greg Kandra – Patheos)
  • Watch out what you eat on Fridays for Lent: Is That Calamari Or Pig Rectum? : (Gothamist)
John Clem, O.F.S.

John Clem, O.F.S is the Director and Media Minister at Catholic Web Services ( John is a professed member of the Secular Franciscan Order, and loves to share his talents in faith, technology, and journalism in service to the church. John also writes a blog entitled Call To Holiness ( Follow John on Twitter at @Catholicwebs, on Facebook and at Google+.

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