Faith Features

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Seasons, Friendship, and Eternal Life

by Jacqueline Arnold

 

Life here on earth, by its definition, is full of seasons, which implies beginnings and endings. Some are tangible, others are not. Graduating university and leaving behind a very unique time in my life—one saturated with intense learning, growing, and community—is a very tangible ending, to say the least. 

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2018

Letting Go

by Jamie Myrose

 

I have often thought that Mary Magdalene’s encounter with the Risen Christ in John 20:11-18 was a rather strange story, most especially in its Easter context. After losing one of her closest friends, Mary has been given a supernatural gift: to see her dead friend once again. Upon recognizing her friend, Mary longs to embrace him, but Christ oddly replies, “noli me tangere;” “Do not cling to me.” For the longest time, I could not understand why Christ would not choose to embrace his friend. Eventually, I came to realize that I was missing the message of the pericope: this is not a story about friends reuniting but instead about the willingness to part from them.

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2018

Pentecost: A Time of Goodbyes

by Christian Rodriguez

 

It’s that time of year again. Classes are winding down, procrastination is finally catching up to us, and we begin saying our goodbyes. For some of us, we say goodbye to friends that we expect to see again next year. Whether they are going back home, vacationing, or taking an internship out of state, there is at least some certainty that we will get to see each other again on move-in weekend in the fall. Even if they are studying abroad in the fall, we still can expect to see each other again in January. There exists a founded hope that we will see each other again.

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2018

The English Language isn't that Bad for Discussing Love

by Marcus Otte

 

In Catholic circles, you often hear that English is deficient because we only have one word for “love,” whereas the ancient Greeks had four, or five, or six (the number changes depending on who you talk to). Supposedly, this wider vocabulary meant the Greeks had words for specifying different kinds of love, e.g., brotherly love vs. romantic love, whereas English-speakers are stuck with one all-encompassing (and therefore, ambiguous) word: love.

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2018

"Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Light"

by Gjergji Evangjeli

 

In 1947, Dylan Thomas wrote “Do not go gentle into that good night,” as a plea to his father to continue fighting against his impending death. It is unclear what inspired Thomas’ verse in this case, since the poem was written a few years before his own father’s health problems started.

 

On the same theme, one might recall Jimmy Valvano’s stirring speech at the 1993 ESPN awards, where he said: “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.” For Valvano at least, his cancer diagnosis was not the end of the fight but only the beginning. He continues, “That’s what I’m going to try to do every minute that I have left. I will thank God for the day and the moment I have. If you see me, smile and give me a hug. That’s important to me too.”

 

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May

2018

In Gratitude for Healthy Debate

by Annalise Deal

 

Freshman year, I attended the student activities fair with two intentions in mind: to join a student newspaper, and to find groups where I could develop my faith. As God would have it, an enthusiastic student approached me near the campus ministry tables with the offer of writing for the Catholic newspaper. I immediately let him know I was Episcopalian, but he insisted The Torch existed to address issues of faith more broadly—so I joined.

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2018

A Holy Week of Hope

by Jamie Myrose

 

I get weird looks sometimes when I say that Palm Sunday is my favorite day of the year. While I do think that part of it is that I am not typically at Boston College to celebrate Easter with my friends and this is our substitute, I think another, more significant part of my affection for the day is the message behind the day. Palm Sunday is a day of forgiveness.

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2018

The Dance of Friendship

by Hadley Hustead

 

The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have lots of hobbies. God for sure loves baby knitting (Psalm 139:13), restoring hearts (147:3), forgiving His reckless children (1 John 1:9), and for sure landscaping (Psalm 95:5). However, I’m starting to believe that God is especially fond of orchestrating companionship between His children--despite our recklessness. In fact, I am pretty sure all three Persons of the Trinity get especially psyched about friendship. The sacred dance of human relationship is the most intimate and tangible portal we have to our Father’s incomprehensible love. Unfortunately, our brokenness creates a lot of room for error in relationships and we are always getting it wrong.

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