A heartfelt response to prayerful inspiration was what motivated Blessed Basile Antoine Marie Moreau, (1799-1873) founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross in Le Mans, France. He followed the desire of his heart based on love of Jesus, humbly relying on the power of God to help him realize the mission to which he had been called. The result of his response to God’s call is four inter-related religious congregations, countless lives touched, and the attainment of holiness, all of which will be celebrated on September 15, 2017 when the tenth anniversary of the beatification of Basile Moreau is commemorated by the Holy Cross family of congregations.
©Michele L Catanese
* There are four congregations in the Holy Cross Family: the men (Priests and Brothers) - Congregation of Holy Cross; and three women's congregations: Marianites of Holy Cross; Sisters of the Holy Cross; and Sisters of Holy Cross (Soeurs de Sainte-Croix).
Note: Next post will be on Sept. 25.
1. The first painting is of Blessed Basile Moreau, and it was commissioned for his beatification, unveiled as the celebration began. It hung in the form of a banner throughout the ceremonies and services, a sign of joy, hope, and unity.
2. This is the parish church, Notre Dame de Sainte Croix du Mans in Laigné-en-Belin in Le Mans, France, where Bl. Basile Moreau was baptized. This is one of my photographs from our trip to celebrate his beatification, mentioned at the start of the post.
3. This is the plaque which appears outside the church in photo 2.
4. This is a painting called Flower Carrier by Diego Rivera. (1935) I chose it here because it shows the difference one person can make. The man is unable to stand without the help of the woman who is securing his heavy basket. I loved this painting the moment I saw it because it shows how we all truly need one another. It can be found at https://www.diegorivera.org/flowercarrier.jsp.
5. Though this is a totally different style from the previous painting, this one also shows people working together. It is called The Harvesters by Pieter Brugel the Elder. (1565) I chose it because it made me think of the gospel verse about the harvest being plentiful but the workers being few. (Luke 10:2; Matthew 9:37) We need everyone to do what they can, as they are called, in order to build the Kingdom. The painting can be found at http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/435809.
6. This is a image painted by Fr. William Hart McNichols called The Galilean Jesus. I chose it here because it made me think of Jesus beckoning us to come and follow. You can find it at https://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-galilean-jesus-266-william-hart-mcnichols.html
7. Last is a photo I took of the medallion struck for the the beatification of Blessed Basile Moreau, given to me by my dear friend, Fr. Hugh Cleary, CSC, who at the time was Superior General of the Congregation of Holy Cross.