Faith Features

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Sep

2018

Euthanasia is the Most Serious Threat to Human Dignity Today

by Marcus Otte

 

The unique horrors of abortion are primarily its volume (recently estimated at 3,000 per day in the US), the complete innocence of its victims, and its sundering of the maternal relation. Even so, euthanasia has an even greater power to disfigure consciences and to destroy our understanding of the significance of life. In these respects, it is perhaps the most dire threat to human dignity today.

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Wed

26

Sep

2018

Hope for the Hopeless

by Christian Rodriguez

 

I met my friend Darryl during my post-grad service experience working at the St. Margaret’s Center in South L.A. On one hot day in sunny Southern California everyone had taken a seat on the ground under the shade of the balcony, except for Darryl. It had to have been close to 90 degrees and yet he chose to sit under the pergola, dressed in jeans and a black hoodie. The sun which shone brightly through the wood beams highlighted the sweat glistening on his brow and the metal of the shopping cart he had with him. The cart held all of his possessions—clothes, some instant ramen noodles, and a small yappy chihuahua. After some time, the dog stopped yapping and Darryl was forced to take off his hoodie, revealing a shirt which looked like it had been doused by a fire hydrant.

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Wed

26

Sep

2018

Homesickness as an Echo of God

by Adriana Watkins

 

There are some problems so ordinary it feels wrong to suffer because of them. Around October, when 95% of the student body catches the same common cold, your peers might be understanding of you, but they won’t be too sympathetic. There will come a time, as you drown in Kleenex, that you realize it’s silly to complain. All you’ll likely hear in response is, “Me too, and I’ve got pinkeye.” Someone will always have it worse, and you might feel bad for struggling so much with a burden everyone seems to have.

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Wed

26

Sep

2018

A Personal Reflection on the Abuse Scandal

by Ejuma Adoga

  
 
The recent revelations of abuse in the Catholic church have dominated the news for the past few weeks. Naturally, as a devout Catholic, I read up on all of the reports and accounts of the survivors. Buzzfeed News did a powerful and heartbreaking report on abuses committed by Catholic Nuns at St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Vermont, which troubled me. After all of my research into the unspeakable injustice in the Catholic Church, I was left feeling shocked, disgusted, and shameful. I cannot imagine the pain these survivors have felt for years, not being able to speak out because of the power and positions of their perpetrators, and forced to remain silent because of fear, shame, or the belief that no one would take them seriously.

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Wed

26

Sep

2018

To the Class of 2022

by Bianca Passero

 

This article is adapted from Bianca’s blog, “Made for More, Made for Love.”

 

Dear Incoming College Freshmen,

            

I remember being in your shoes three years ago, and it though feels like ages ago, I remember it like it was yesterday. ...Freshman year had a lot of ups and downs, but nonetheless I grew in many areas of my life and learned a lot. I thought I could pass on some knowledge I gained my freshman year of college to make this milestone in your life a little bit less scary.

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Wed

26

Sep

2018

"Therefore the World Glorifies You"

by Gjergji Evangjeli

 

In the Eastern tradition, all the rites of the Church are sung. Since the melodies are generally easy to pick up, a person who attends these services regularly will undoubtedly get certain hymns stuck in their head, especially the ones that are sung every day. Chances are that if you have ever attended an Eastern Vespers service, you remember “O Gladsome Light,” which is sung at the procession. As a child serving during Vespers, I remember taking great care to make sure I did not trip over my words when I was in front of everyone. This hymn has been a constant reminder of God’s Providence in my life, being at its core an exaltation of the Trinity upon seeing the sunset.

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May

2018

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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May

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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