Jenkins, Thesing and DeLee reflect on religious life, vows

first_imgLast night at Legends of Notre Dame, University President Fr. John Jenkins sat on a panel with Mendoza College of Business Director of Finance and Administration Fr. Mark Thesing and Sister Lois DeLee, held in celebration of the “Year of the Consecrated Life.”Thesing, Jenkins and DeLee talked about their different experiences in adopting the consecrated life, the challenges in realizing the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, what inspired them to take those vows and what they found most rewarding in leading a consecrated life.Jenkins said realizing this common goal of leading a meaningful life is an important, rewarding and emotional undertaking — particularly in light of a recent campus tragedy.“One of the things that’s clear to me now is that this desire to live a meaningful life has been fulfilled in abundance,” Jenkins said. “Last night — just an example, we had a memorial mass for Lisa Yang, who took her own life, and her family was there. We gave the family a diploma posthumously for Lisa. It was just a … I don’t need to say how much of an emotional time it was for them to try to come to terms to that. But to be a part of that and to try to help them to make sense of that is a great privilege, an undeserved privilege, to be part of such a meaningful time.”Thesing said while he started pursuing priesthood when he first visited Notre Dame, he did not begin to fully appreciate religious life until the middle of his formation.“Although I knew I wanted to be a priest, and I knew I wanted to pursue that, I wasn’t quite sure where and how that was going to be lived out,” Thesing said. “Now some 38 years after entering the seminary, I can’t imagine my life without it. I can’t imagine being a priest without having the support or the camaraderie and the community that community life offered.“Here I’m wearing my collar, and I’m representing something, so I’ve got to be careful about that. It’s a public life that we live and we have to be conscious about that. … I feel a little wiser now … but I also realize that I’m living here with a bunch of students or young men, and it’s about calling them to a higher life.”DeLee said she was not fully convinced she would accept the challenges of religious life, but after starting formation and eventually completing her time as a novitiate, she said she found joy in spreading [God’s] teaching to her students and embracing God’s will.“One of my greatest joys is being able to see how my life somehow touched their lives and brought them success or brought them love from God to make their life worthwhile,” DeLee said. “We all have relationships with the Lord. We are His servants. Let Him use us where He wants to take us and then know fear is useless. You just need trust and let God do His Work”Jenkins also said the greatest joy of the consecrated life is how he has been able to impact people’s lives.“The wonderful thing about this calling, and Sister [DeLee] spoke about this too with her, is that you’re invited into people’s life in a profound way,” he said. “You have the opportunity to do what you can. You always have this sense of not doing well enough, or you’re not doing as you should, but still you have that opportunity to comfort them in their sorrows, rejoice with them in their joys and help them find the Lord in an important way.”Tags: Fr. John Jenkins, Fr. Mark Thesing, religious life, Sister Lois DeLeelast_img read more

Alexander: Clayton Kershaw delivers another vintage performance for Dodgers

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire That said, by tamping down the Brewers’ offense to the tune of three hits in seven innings of a 5-2 victory, Kershaw helped bring the Dodgers one step closer to assuring themselves at least one more series, the biggest one out there.He recognized, and embraced, the responsibility of going deep Wednesday to relieve the burden on a bullpen that had been taxed in the previous night’s 13-inning, 2-1 victory, though he understood that it wasn’t necessarily that tidy.“It definitely is in the back of your mind about the game (the previous) night and what you’re trying to do, but probably more so in the regular season in those type of situations,” he said. “Because in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series we’re going to have guys probably pitching out of their comfort zones all over the place. And that was evident when they were prepared to take me out after five innings. We had some bullpen coverage.“But yeah, it’s definitely in the back of your mind that you want to try to go as deep as possible when the bullpen was taxed as much as it was (Tuesday).”That fifth inning? Kershaw wasn’t coming out. Dave Roberts had sent Yasiel Puig into the on-deck circle while No. 8 hitter Austin Barnes was facing Brandon Woodruff with one out and the tying run on third base. But Kershaw was still sitting in the dugout, and he still had a towel wrapped around his pitching arm, as he always does between innings. “If Austin doesn’t get a hit I’ve got a decision to make: whether you hit for him right there and try to log four innings of ’pen use, or let the pitcher hit,” Roberts said. “I was kind of talking through the situation. But once he got the base hit it was moot.”And if he hadn’t, and that tying run was still at third?“I was going to send Clayton back out there to hit,” Roberts said.Wise choice, and one that turned out unnecessary when Barnes singled home Chris Taylor to tie the score. When Kershaw did finally come out, after seven innings and 98 pitches (and three hits and one run allowed), and after actually hitting for himself in the bottom of the seventh and drawing a walk and scoring, the Dodgers had a 5-1 lead.He retired the last 13 men he faced Wednesday, finishing off his ninth career postseason start in which he pitched at least six innings and gave up a run or less. He had nine strikeouts, matching or eclipsing that figure for the seventh time in the postseason.His biggest strikeout might have been on Jesús Aguilar ending the third, an eight-pitch at-bat that left the bases loaded after Lorenzo Cain’s double scored the first run of the game. Aguilar had fouled off four two-strike deliveries, spoiling what Kershaw said he thought were “great” pitches.“I was trying to do my best to work the bottom of the zone, work the edges, get him to chase as best I could,” Kershaw said, saying he was “fortunate to get a slider past him for that last pitch.”Three innings later, he struck out Aguilar again on two vicious curveballs that resulted in feeble swings. The ol’ 12 to 6 on this day was the vintage Kershaw curve that has bedeviled so many hitters over the years.“It’s important,” he said. “I think it’s just the break, obviously, but (also) the change in speed. My fastball and slider are pretty close in speed. If I’m able to throw that (curveball) over for strikes, it gives (hitters) a different speed and depth to look at.”Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It was a form of atonement for Game 1, Roberts suggested: “With any pitcher, it comes down to execution, but you could see the same look that you always see. There’s a determination, and when you get a champion like him that gets hit around a little bit, he’s going to respond. And that’s what he did today.”This is what we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from No. 22. Ideally, we will continue to see it here, but he said before Tuesday’s game that he hadn’t made any sort of decision on the opt-out, which would leave $65 million over the next two years on the table.He guessed the deadline for deciding was 10 days after the end of the World Series, adding: “It should be a busy 10 days.”The idea, of course, is that the days preceding that will be even busier, with at least a couple more Kershaw starts to savor.jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twitter  LOS ANGELES — When Clayton Kershaw goes to the mound these days, there is almost a sense of needing to catch something before it disappears.The Dodgers’ star, and in fact the heartbeat of the franchise, could be making his last appearance in a Los Angeles uniform at any point. It’s jarring, but it’s true, given the opt-out clause in his contract as well as the idea that, in the postseason, the next round isn’t guaranteed until you win this one.It was the refrain on the final weekend of the season in San Francisco, in Game 2 against Atlanta, and in Game 1 and again in Game 5 on Wednesday against Milwaukee: Savor this, because you can’t assume.last_img read more