Sunday, March 23, 2008

Way of the Cross Steubenville 2008 (photos)

Our bishop, Daniel Conlon

Our bishop, Daniel Conlon

These photos were all taken by Angela Bonilla. The Way of the Cross took place on the campus of Franciscan University this year.


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Freder1ck said...

How beautiful it is to see your bishop following the cross of Christ as one of the baptized. And yet, for all that, he's no less a link with the apostles. How fortunate Steubenville is to have such a humble and Catholic bishop!

May God grant him many happy years!

Dcn Scott Dodge said...

What a beautiful witness. Thank you Suzanne.

Fred, I agree 100%- what a beautiful witness by your bishop.

Suzanne said...

Yes, Fred and Deacon Scott, I agree with both of you. We are so blessed to have him as our bishop. Over the past several months, he has made pastoral visits to every group, every classroom, and every RE class in the city! And with each visit, he has adapted to the needs of the group -- either observing or teaching -- depending on what was asked of him. He is a very human man, who cares deeply about the lives of those he serves.

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Dumbstruck by the Mystery

...our temptation is always to impose our prejudices or our measure on reality -- except when we are faced with a fact that leaves us dumbstruck, and instead of dominating the fact ourselves, we are dominated, overcome by it. If there were no moments of this kind, the Mystery could do anything, but in the end, we would reduce everything to the usual explanation. But not even a Nobel Prize winner can stop himself from being dumbstruck before an absolutely gratuitous gesture. If there were not these moments, we would find answers, explanations, and interpretations to avoid being struck by anything. It is good that some things happen that we cannot dominate, then we have to take them seriously, and this is the great question of philosophy. If the conditions for the possibility of knowledge (see Kant) impose themselves on reality or if there is something that is so powerfully disproportionate that it does not let itself be "grasped" by the conditions of possibility, then the horizon opens. If this were not the case, then we could dominate everything and be in peace, or at least without drama. Instead, not even the intelligence of a Nobel Prize winner could prevent him from coming face-to-face with a fact that made him dumbstruck -- instead of dominating, it was he who was dominated. Here begins the drama, because I am called to answer. It is the drama that unfolds between us and the Mystery, through certain facts, certain moments, in which the Mystery imposes itself with this evidence. These are facts that we cannot put in our pocket, which we cannot reduce to antecedent factors.
-- Julian Carron in "Friends, that is, Witnesses."