Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Rocking Nicholas - A Christmas Story

About nine years ago, on a cold December evening I received a call from a nurse in the newborn nursery.  “Sister, are you busy?”  “We have a baby who needs a little TLC.   Could you come and rock him?” 

Minutes later I was in the nursery where I learned the story.  “His birth mom,” the nurse said,  “in compliance with Illinois Infant Safe Haven Law, brought him to the ER and asked the staff  make sure he is given a good home".   The mom handed them a bag with two infant outfits and a list of family illnesses.  She kissed her baby one last time and left.

“We named him Nicholas, because he was born so close to Christmas,” said the nurse.  

The processes for foster care and adoption would begin in a couple of days, but for tonight Nicholas would be under the hospital’s care.  I was only asked to rock Nicholas for an hour but I would carry his story with me for the rest of my life.

As I rocked Nicholas, I studied his face and pondered the Christmas message.  Nicholas’ birth will always be a mystery.  Thinking of his mother, I whispered, “Nicholas, I hope someday you will realize how deeply your mother loved you.  In what must have been a confusing nine months, she chose to give you a chance at life.  She protected you, nourished and cradled you beneath her heart.  She felt your every movement and respected your little personhood.  She did not abandon you but rather entrusted you to a family who could love and care for you."

Continuing to rock Nicholas, I thought about Christmas and the depth of God's love.  I marveled as I reflected on how much God trusts us.  God's love and trust are so unconditional that He sent His only Son into our world, not as a strong and independent adult, but as a fragile and totally dependent infant!  God's son would not be born in a castle or villa but in a stable where animals take shelter. 

People will look at Nicholas and never comprehend the depth of the love story behind his arrival at the hospital.  They will think he was abandoned and unwanted, but in reality he was reverenced and respected by a mother who wanted him to live and grow in a family that could care for him.  Likewise, people looked at Jesus and thought they knew where He came from, but they really didn’t know.  He was not the son of a carpenter as people thought, but the Son of God.  Who can comprehend the depth of love that moved God to let go of His Son and entrust Him to our care.  Could we ever love and cherish Jesus as much as God, His Father?  

After an hour a nurse took Nicholas from me.  It was then I realized that I had been holding more than baby Nicholas.  That night I held the mystery of Christmas in a new way, I held the mystery of the gift of love and trust not in an abandoned baby but in a baby entrusted to the world. 

Wishing You a Blessed and Merry Christmas

Wishing you and your families a very Blessed and Joyful Christmas.  It is truly an awesome feast as we realize how deeply God loves us, that He would come to dwell among us and experience life as we experience it.   May we rejoice daily in the realization of God's special love for us!  And let's share that love with everyone we meet in the New Year!

Friday, December 6, 2019

Celebrating with The Christian Brothers

Let us join the Christian Brothers in prayerfully celebrating the Beatification of Brother James Miller this Saturday, December 7th.  The Beatification will take place in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, at 10:00 a.m. Central.  Brother James will be the first De La Salle Christian Brother from the United States to be Beatified.  A native of Wisconsin, Brother James died a martyr on February 13, 1982, in Huehuetenango, Guatemala.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Congratulations to Resurrection Students Named Illinois State Scholars

Congratulations to the members of the Resurrection Class of 2020 who have been named Illinois State Scholars in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements: Anna Battaglia, Caitlin Coughlin, Mary Hobson, Reagan McEleney, Rosemary Mullaghy, Payton O'Hara, Leilani O'Toole, Grace Pavlik, Emily Riccio, Colleen Richardson, Clare Ryan, Natalie Shamon, and Shuru WangApproximately the top ten percent of graduates from approved high schools are announced as State Scholars each year.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Resurrection will Host Two Special Guests

I am very happy to share with you that Resurrection will be hosting two very special guests during the second semester.

First, we will be honored to have Cardinal Cupich visit us on January 23, 2020.  Cardinal Cupish will join us in a Mass to Celebrate the Heritage and the Future of Resurrection College Prep High School as the Sisters of the Resurrection transfer Sponsorship to the Christian Brothers of the Midwest.

Our second guest will be the Superior General of the Christian Brothers, Brother Robert
Schiller, FSC.  Brother Robert will be visiting from Rome and is looking forward to spending time with us on March 19, 2020.

We will keep you posted on the details as they are planned.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Day 4, Seniors and Favorite Saints

Day 4 of  Favorite Saints, and we feature Seniors and several staff members!

Senior Nayelli Sorin's favorite saint is Saint Francis of Assisi.  Nayelli loves the writings and prayers St. Francis did and also that he loved animals.

Anna Battaglia says that her favorite saint is Saint Agnes.  She is connected to this saint in two ways.
First, Anna was born on January 21 which is the feast day of Saint Agnes.  Secondly, Anna chose the name, Agnes for her Confirmation name.  Saint Agnes is honored as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, the Anglican Communion, and Lutheranism.

Emma Gillespie's favorite saint is Saint Lucy.  Emma first learned about Saint Lucy when she asked her grandmother about a statue in the cemetery near her grandfather's grave.  The statue is of Saint Lucy and her grandmother told her about Saint Lucy's life and how she is the patron saint of persons who are blind or her diseases of the eyes.

Rosemary Mullaghy's favorite saint is Saint Cecilia.  Rosemary likes Saint Cecilia because she is the
patron saint of music and singing.

Mr. Brad Czernik, Technology Director says that Saint Paul is his favorite saint.  He admires him for his bravery and willingness
to tell the truth and stand by his beliefs.  Mr. Czernik says, "I try
to be the kind of person Saint Paul was.

Ms. Bailey Scianna, English Teacher, has three favorite saints.  First, is Saint Dominic.  He was a 
great preacher and desired to set the world on fire with love for God.  Ms. Scianna became familiar with this saint when she attended Dominican University.

Ms. Scianna also loves Saint Francis of Assisi.  She became familiar with Saint Francis through her Grandmother who had a great devotion to this saint.  She also loves him for his care for animals.

Saint Catherine of Siena is Ms. Scianna's third favorite saint.  Saint Catherine was a prolific writer and Ms. Scianna says that "she is als a wonderful role model for women."

Doctor Piwowarski has many favorite saints but at the very top of his list is, Saint John Paul  II.  Doctor P reads everything he can by this saint and about this saint.  One of his favorite sayings  from the life and writings of this modern day saint is, "Be not afraid."

Sister Mary Patricia's favorite saint is the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of the

Rosary.  Sister says she has always loved devotion to Our Lady of the Rosary because her family always prayed the rosary together.

And finally, who is my favorite saint?
My favorite saint is the Blessed Virgin Mary.  I think she is a very special gift to us and a wonderful role model for women.  I love her title of Mother of Perpetual Help, which reminds us that she is always there loving and caring about us.  I love her title of Mary Untier of Knots because when life seems hard she is there to patiently help us through things, and finally I love her title of Mary Cause of Our Joy, because she reminds us that God created us to be happy and to find beauty and joy in all things.

HAPPY ALL SAINTS DAY to all of you saints in the making!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Favorite Saints - Day 3

Today some of the Juniors and a few more members of the Staff are sharing their favorite Saints with us.

Lourdes Medina, Caitlyn Tibbs and Jaimie King

Our first Junior, Lourdes Medina says that Saint Colette is a Saint who inspires her.  Saint Colette lived a very devout life and suffered greatly for her faith and for her efforts to follow where God was leading her.

Saint Cecilia is Caitlyn Tibbs favorite Saint.  Caitlyn is inspired by Saint Cecilia as the patron of singers and musicians.  Music is a gift from God that brings joy, peace and inspiration into the world and lives of people.

Jaimie King, a Junior says that Saint Francis of Assisi is her favorite Saint.  Jaimie likes and shares his care for animals and nature as a gift from God.

Kayla Dorgan's favorite Saint is Saint Therese of Lisieux.  Kayla chose this Saint as her Confirmation Patron and loves her simplicity and love and care for others. 

Doctor Trina Vallone

Mary Kaye Ulczak

Doctor Trina Vallone, Assistant Principal, and Ms. Mary Kaye Ulczak, Registrar, both have Saint Francis of Assisi as their favorite Saint.  They both have loved Saint Francis since they were children and their favorite prayer is the Prayer of Saint Francis, often called Saint Francis' Prayer for Peace.
Doctor Vallone and Ms. Ulczak are also fond of Saint Francis because of his love for animals.