Faith Features

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“Peace on Earth to People of Goodwill:” The Experience of Faith and the Joy of Christmas

by Tabi Arrey

 

I love the holiday season: the music, the pomp, the cheer, the new Hallmark movies, and even the sweaters and the eggnog. The holiday season might be as cold as anything can be, but hearts are warm as people celebrate one another in ways that are special and particular. We are reminded of the things that matter the most to us; we think of our friends and family, of the people who have influenced our lives in one way or another, of that rather short and obscure action of solicitude and concern that make life worth living. As these memories overload our collective imagination, we see in them the necessity to give back, to give thanks. 

 

We buy and exchange gifts, we go to concerts, and we reorganize our playlists to feature holiday hits, for ‘tis the season to be jolly as the old carol suggests. I love the holiday season, but even more particularly, I love the Christmas Season.

 

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Lessons on Christmas Eve

by Amanda Judah

 

For the past five years, my mom and I have attended the same Christmas Eve service in Boston. Our friends from our home church are always surprised to hear of this tradition, since it means “church hopping” for a single night. Even more surprisingly, we attend a pageant service for small children, despite not knowing any of these children ourselves. However, I have found that this tradition reminds me of the larger body of Christ, as well as our collective humanity.

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A Christmas Thought Experiment

by Adriana Watkins

            

A popular method of meditating on the Scriptures is to imagine ourselves as characters in the passage we’re reading. We’ve all been the blind man, or Martha, or Zacchaeus—this exercise reminds us of the reality that Jesus still speaks to us, visits us, and heals us. The Nativity scene, too, has many wonderful perspectives in it, including those of the shepherds and the Magi. Yet, I know plenty of college students who aren’t feeling quite as collected as the shepherds this time of year, or quite as regal as the Magi, and they’re not willing just yet to identify themselves with the cows in the stable.

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Extreme Humility

Adoration of the Shepherds by Gerard van Honthorst (1622)
Adoration of the Shepherds by Gerard van Honthorst (1622)

by Gjergji Evangjeli

 

Imagine that you wake up tomorrow and cannot recognize where you are. You look around frantically and try to scream out, but all you can manage is a feeble cry. A nurse comes to check on you and—with a shock—you finally recognize where you are: a maternity ward. “There’s been a mistake,” you try to say, “I’m not supposed to be here! What-” She picks you up and tries to calm you down. Only then do you realize that your soul has somehow been transported into the body of a newborn child.

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Keeping Christmas in a Troubled World

by Ejuma Adoga

 

The holidays are a time for giving, receiving, laughter, family and friends. As a child, it was always my favorite time of year—I loved to go to Midnight Mass in my best dress and shiny shoes to celebrate the ritual of the Mass with my family. It almost seemed mystical and powerful, and being with my family on Christmas Eve is one of my favorite places in the world. My mother had always instilled in my siblings and I the value of a relationship with God, and to have a connection with my faith and that has always been something that I’ve carried with me.

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2018

How Long Must I Struggle?

by Gjergji Evangjeli

 

A friend mentioned to me recently that despite the fact that he fully accepts the Lord in his mind, his will still struggles. In his words, he finds it difficult to surrender fully to God. I might suspect that this was a unique problem that affects only him and myself, if it were not for the fact that this issue is so often discussed in Scripture. The Lord Himself says, “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mt. 26:41). He gives this directive to the Apostles. St. Paul is even more stark: “I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched mind that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?” (Rom. 7:22-24).

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Nothing But the Best

by Adriana Watkins

 

This summer, my family invited me to join them on a 17-mile bike ride through the mountains, and because I love them, I accepted. But also because they “invited” me sternly not to refuse. It’d been a long time since I’d gone bike riding, and I wasn’t looking forward to it. I’m not too coordinated—last year I walked straight into the living-room wall. My prospects for success on a bicycle seemed grim.

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Patience for the Road Ahead

by Amanda Judah

 

Recently I was interviewing a subject for an oral history interview—not necessarily a location where one would expect to find God. While the man in front of me did mention his involvement in his local parish, I connected with his spirituality most through his discussion of patience. He spoke of encouraging others to find more patience in their lives, trusting that their goals would come to fruition. When others were going through challenges, he reminded them to have patience and hope for the future. Even if their present circumstances couldn’t be changed, he argued, people wouldn’t give up if they knew something better was coming down the line. This unwavering hope in the future is what can make patience so powerful. We will certainly be blessed in the future, and being patient for those blessings allows us to be more content with our present circumstances.

 

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