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2018

Who Will Be the Bishop of Mars?

Photo of the surface of Mars taken by Opportunity Rover | NASA
Photo of the surface of Mars taken by Opportunity Rover | NASA

by Olivia Colombo

 

On November 26, NASA’s InSight Mars rover plunged through the thin Martian atmosphere and landed on the rocky, red surface in order to study the inner qualities of the planet, gathering information for the mission to send humans to Mars in the next 15 years.

 

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Dec

2018

Fibs and Father Christmas

by Gerard DeAngelis

 

Every year the Christmas season provokes many critiques about the secularized nature of one of Christianity’s most important feasts. Among many insights provided by the Common Doctor of the Church, St. Thomas Aquinas, one critique—although admittedly not the most important—he might bring to the table is this: Isn’t it wrong to be lying to our kids about Santa Claus?

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Dec

2018

Religiosity of Starbucks Holiday Cups

Starbucks Holiday Cup Designs for 2018 | Starbucks
Starbucks Holiday Cup Designs for 2018 | Starbucks

by Ethan Starr

 

The American holiday season maintains a certain number of constant features throughout our nation’s annual staging of its dueling secular and religious interpretations of winter holidays. Each of these respective celebratory methods would be rendered unrecognizable without their trademarks, including recognizable inclusions of daily life in the winter season, from nativity scenes to inflatable reindeer, attending a parish’s midnight mass to visiting the local mall Santa. 

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2018

Pride, Prejudice, and Discernment

by Justin Schnebelen

 

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a great fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

 

Boston College Theatre Department’s performance of Pride and Prejudice, based off of Jane Austen’s original novel, and directed by John Houchin explored the truths encapsulated within the book’s aforementioned opening line, a line which also provides valuable insights into the endeavor of discernment. The play ran from November 15th through November 18th.

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Nov

2018

A Closer Look at the Stained Glass of Bapst Library

 by Ethan Starr

  

Guided tours across Boston College’s campus have several consistent destinations; Stokes, Gasson, and Fulton are all featured proudly as enduring symbols of the continual development of BC’s campus and the Collegiate Gothic style they claim to emulate. No buildings of overtly religious function are highlighted to prospective students, but one cannot help but be reminded of the school’s Catholic foundations when circling through Bapst Library.

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Nov

2018

Repent & Submit: New CatholicTV Show to Engage Millennials

by Olivia Colombo

 

On October 1, The CatholicTV Network launched a new show called “Repent & Submit” which focuses on engaging millennial Catholics in new forms of media, inspired by the desires of the Catholic community present on Twitter. CatholicTV is an international television network based out of Watertown, MA, and the new show features Tommy Tighe (@theghissilent) and Steve the Missionary (@stevemissionary).

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Nov

2018

The Theology of the Great Pumpkin

Image: ABC
Image: ABC

by Ethan Starr

 

While many might not immediately realize a Christian component to the Peanuts series (featuring Charlie Brown, Lucy, and friends), religious themes can be found in unexpected places when watching their 1960’s television specials. Though Charles Schulz is well-recognized as the pioneer of common American phrases like “Good grief,” the Christian themes of the some of his creations have gone largely unnoticed.  

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Nov

2018

Giving the Homily: A Priest's Perspective

by Adriana Watkins

 

A Catholic who goes to Mass every Sunday and holiday has, by age 18, heard nearly 1,000 homilies. That same Catholic has brainstormed, composed, and delivered about zero. For priests, of course, the practice is routine—and in a recent series of interviews, six clergy at Boston College illuminated some of the mysteries surrounding it.

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