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We illustrate the indebtedness of our center to both St. Thomas Aquinas and Blessed John Newman in the stained glass window above the high altar. It’s the largest stained glass window installed in a Catholic Church in 100 years. It was built in Munich by Franz Mayer & Company. Measuring 20x24 feet, it pictures Christ on the heavenly throne surrounded by angels and saints that have to do with either learning or working with youth. To his right is St. Thomas, the Angelic doctor and great teacher of the faith, and to his left is Blessed John Henry Newman, who is the patron of Newman Centers, Catholic campus ministries and the apostolate to college students. The window also includes St. Albert the Great (not pictured), a teacher of St. Thomas renowned in his own right for his contributions to philosophy and theology, and St. John Paul II, a great icon for the youth. The window also shows Blessed Giorgio Frassati and St. Therese of the Little Flower. All these figures in the window depict something related to young people, to the teaching or evangelizing of the youth.”
– Bishop James D. Conley, Bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus is the Eucharist

Happy feast day! Every June we remember the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a love continually poured out until the close of time. It is the late Fr. John A. Hardon S.J. who asserted in his teaching that the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the Eucharist!

And so it is indeed.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus reminds us that we are made for love. The Eucharist, and from which flows our Eucharistic relationship with God and neighbor, makes that love visible.

In his pastoral letter on adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Bishop James D. Conley writes, “Each one of us longs to be loved, because love is the source and the meaning of our lives… We are made by Love, in the image of Love, and for the purpose of Love.”

And so again I entreat you to become ambassadors of God’s Eucharistic love by deepening your own commitment to Christ in adoration “to make ourselves a gift of unbounded love” – Pope Benedict XVI.

To cultivate fresh awareness of this “love made visible” Bishop Conley is asking everyone to make a daily 15 minute visit and commit to a weekly holy hour. Can you not spend an hour with the Lord? An hour that suspends and makes time for all the rest of your needs?

As our world continues to be torn by strife, it is in the Eucharist that we find healing: “In the Sacrament of the Eucharistic Bread, the unity of all believers, who form one body in Christ (1 Cor. 10,17) is both expressed and brought about.” (Lumen Gentium, no.3)