Father Jonathan Delivers Homily at Opening Mass

September 10, 2007

On the first day of classes in late August, students and faculty filled the pews of the Abbey Church to celebrate the opening mass of the 2007-2008 academic year. Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B, president of Saint Anselm College, delivered the homily in which he praises Saint Monica and Pope Benedict XVI.

He spoke about the relationship between “humanity and holiness”. Pope Benedict used the Latin correlative “Et… Et”, meaning the Great Both… And, to answer a priest who had been told he spent too much time playing soccer and not enough time participating in Eucharistic Adoration.

The Holy Father stated that one should not have to choose but can both play soccer and be devoted to God. Father Jonathan applied this to life at Saint Anselm College. He spoke about how we as individuals and as a college community can use this message in our daily lives. He concluded his homily with the hope that the school year can “begin with the joy that comes from knowing that our faith is neither an obstacle nor a threat to true learning; nor is learning an obstacle or a threat to our faith.”

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