The Three Main Mysteries of Holy Thursday: The Holy Priesthood, the Eucharist, and Fraternal Charity. Father speaks on the cities of refuge in the Old Testament and who ran those cities. What did they represent? Why is this significant? What is the 7th city of refuge today?
Life of Elisabeth Leseur ("My Spirit Rejoices"): the giving of her life for her husband. In contrast to her contemporary: Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood). Instead of heroic virtue there is pernicious vice. Pregnancy has become a "sickness" for which we need a pill.
Franciscan University of Steubenville is mourning the loss of Father Michael Scanlan. Father Scanlan died Saturday morning following an extended illness at age 85. He became president in the midst of turbulent times for Catholic higher education. And in the 26 years as president he helped grow Franciscan University of Steubenville's reputation worldwide in academics and its passionate Catholic faith environment.
I write this article with a broken heart. I received the news that my first spiritual father, Father Michael Scanlan, T.O.R. has died. The loss has hit me in the gut. It is like being kicked in the solar plexus in a kickboxing match, but this time I have had the spiritual wind knocked out of me. I am grieving, deeply.
I grieve, not because I am concerned for Father Michael. I know that he is in the fullness of joy in the presence of the Lord whom he loved with every fiber of his being. In fact, upon receiving the sad news of his passing to the Father, I immediately pictured him as a younger man, doing that silly Irish jig dance he loved to do when he was happy, wearing that infectious smile which lit up his eyes, his face and the whole room, and shouting “Hallelujah!”
---By Deacon Keith Fournier