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Fringe Sect Proselytizes on Campus

by Ethan Starr

 

In the past few days, Boston College students have been approached by college-aged individuals asking if they would be willing to take part in a Bible study with them, with some students agreeing to do so. Those who accepted were introduced to the core beliefs of the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG).

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Pope Apologizes to Sex Abuse Victims; Defends Accused Bishop

by Tess Daniels

 

Aboard the papal flight to Lima, Peru, Pope Francis apologized for comments made in Iquique, Chile concerning victims of clergy sex abuse. He says that he now realizes that he unknowingly wounded the victims.

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Boston College Students Participate in 45th Annual March for Life

by David O'Neill

 

On January 19, fourteen students from the Boston College Students for Life Club joined hundreds of thousands of other pro-life activists from across the country for the 45th Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of thousands of participants joined to protest the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in all 50 states. In recent years, the pro-life movement has expanded to include advocacy against euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and the death penalty. However, with an estimated 60 million children’s lives lost through abortion since the 1973 decision, legal protection of the unborn remains the most pressing pro-life issue.

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Vatican Asks Underground Chinese Bishops to Resign

 

by Alex Wasilkoff

 

 

The Vatican’s Secretary of State, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, has asked Bishop Peter Zhuang Jianjian of Shantou, China, to retire in order to allow a government-approved bishop to take his place. Bishop Zhuang has refused the request.

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“No Exit” is No Laughing Matter

by Adriana Watkins

 

As the January cold settled in, and students enclosed themselves in their dorm rooms, the Boston College Theatre Department debuted No Exit. The play ran from January 26-28 in the Bonn Studio—a space that became, for the weekend, a glimpse into Hell.

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In Mass Confusion, Mass Confession

by Jack Long

 

Few can honestly answer the question, “What would you do if you and everyone you knew had fifteen minutes to live?” Thanks to a false missile alert, Bishop Larry Silva of Honolulu now knows that his final fifteen minutes, should he be aware of what they are, would not be spent clinging to something for protection, saying goodbye to his family and friends, or even making his peace with God. Instead, Bishop Silva spent what he thought was his final moments bringing others to peace with God by leading a church of soon-to-be-dead faithful though a ritual known as general absolution.

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Discernment of Spirits

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

“Oh, you’re discerning? So, you want to be a priest?” This tends to be the response when the term “discernment” is used. “I’m discerning” is equated with thinking about the priesthood. Actually, discernment applies to every one of us. Every person is called to discern the will of God for himself or herself. A useful method for us to contemplate, seek, and ultimately do the will of God is called the Discernment of Spirits, developed by Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

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Saint of the Issue: St. Francis de Sales

by Amanda Judah

 

While there are many notable saints to celebrate in the month of January, it is especially fitting for The Torch to honor St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of writers and journalism, as well as of the deaf. His feast day is celebrated on January 24, with prayers such as “Be at Peace,” which highlights the saint’s attitude toward trusting in God’s providence. In keeping with his patronage, the pope often releases his annual message for World Communications Day on this date.

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Thomas Asks: Christ’s Personhood

by Gjergji Evangjeli

 

In the third part of the Summa Theologiae, commonly referred to in Latin as the tertia pars, Thomas Aquinas turns his attention to the topic of Jesus Christ. After discussing the fittingness of the Incarnation (q. 1), Aquinas then turns to considering the mode of the union of the Word. This, in other words, examines the way in which the Son was united to a human nature and, as such, became incarnate. One easy-sounding question in this topic is whether Christ is a Divine Person with a human nature, or a human person with a Divine Nature.

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Whence Comes Modern Pessimism?

 

 

by Marcus Otte

 

What is the greatest good for a human being? Or, to put it differently, what is happiness? When pre-modern philosophers reflected on morality, these were the most fundamental questions they raised. Every other question was answered in their light. The meanings and requirements of such virtues as courage, generosity, justice, and prudence, were each understood in a manner that supported the greatest good for a human being.

 

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For the Gift of Rain Drops

 

by Jamie Myrose

 

In a fashion typical of Boston, another rain storm gripped the city, resulting in a 36º day. While I love watching thunderstorms from inside my dorm room, I dread the idea of walking around with soaking wet shoes the rest of the day. Suddenly, I remembered—I had gotten rain boots for Christmas! For the first time in four years I could walk across the Boston College’s campus knowing I would stay dry. This realization arose in me immense gratitude for my parents, and I could feel a sense of joy welling up inside me. I could not keep a smile off my face as I stepped through puddles. I took a moment to look at the beauty of these humble rain drops returning to the Earth to bring life. I thought to myself, “What have I missed? Where else have I failed to see God?”

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Reunion: Within Our Lifetimes?

 

by Gjergji Evangjeli

 

I am firmly of the opinion that Christian reunification must remain a steadfast commitment for every serious and informed Christian. In a time when the Faith is being attacked on so many sides, it is necessary that the people of God join together to provide a unified response, or suffer the disadvantage of dealing with quarrels both between Christians themselves and those who would like to see Christianity be a footnote in history. Most near and dear to my heart is the reunion of East and West, not only because it is the oldest wound in the Church, but also because the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches have—despite their near one-thousand-year divide—remained the closest doctrinally. It is also dear to me because I come from two generations of intermarried Catholics and Orthodox. Though it was fascinating and enriching for my spiritual formation that every Sunday when I was a child we’d have to trek from the Orthodox Church to the Catholic Church so that everyone could attend the Divine Liturgy and Mass, respectively, it was rather irregular.

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Connecting to the Communion of Saints through Spiritual Benefactors

 

by Annalise Deal

 

While the Episcopal church, where I was raised, technically recognizes the communion of saints and the spiritual practice of venerating saints, I never felt like I had a special connection to any saint growing up. I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything by not having a personal understanding of saints until last year, when God put it on my heart to seriously explore the richness of the communion of saints. In studying the theologian Elizabeth Johnson, I was pointed to the Book of Wisdom for a portrayal of the communion of saints. Wisdom 7:27 says, “[Sophia] renews all things; in every generation she passes into holy souls and makes them friends of God, and prophets.” Through this verse, I came to understand that these friends of God and prophets are not just those deceased and distant saints we read about, but also people whose holiness has had a profound impact on our own personal lives. However, figuring out how to relate to individuals in the communion of saints, or find meaning in the “great cloud of witnesses,” proved a more difficult task.

 

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