Faith Features

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I Doubt, Therefore I Believe

by Tabi Arrey

 

Can doubt be a useful component in the life of faith? In other words, in an age of rapid technological advancement and skepticism, can doubt be an authentic Christian virtue? At first glance, it seems oxymoronic to have those two words stand next to each other in the same sentence: faith and doubt. Some might argue that within the Christian imagination, these two concepts are mutually exclusive. On the contrary, I would argue for inclusivity, especially because faith necessarily includes elements of doubt.

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Healing Our Blindness

Christ healing the man born blind, fresco from Dionysiou Monastery, Mount Athos.
Christ healing the man born blind, fresco from Dionysiou Monastery, Mount Athos.

by Christian Rodriguez

 

In the story of the Blind Man at Bethsaida (Mark 8:22-26) we hear of a man who is brought before Jesus to be healed. Jesus puts his saliva on the man’s eyes. Yet, the man isn’t completely healed. He is still blind: “I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.” Jesus gives it another shot and the man is completely healed. For this man, his journey of healing was also a journey of faith.

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Living in Full Voice

by Adriana Watkins

 

The Sunday before Lent, the Gospel reading included this verse: “From the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks” (Lk 6:45). That line had slipped past my attention for my whole life until then—it seemed like I was hearing it for the first time. In fact, it moved me so deeply that the next day I packed my bags and shipped off to a convent.

 

This really did happen. Of course, correlation isn’t causation; regardless of the readings at Mass that day, I’d known for months that my Philosophy class would spend its spring break with a Benedictine community in Petersham, Massachusetts. But that verse from Luke was in the back of my mind during the retreat, and even more so now as I reflect on my time there.

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Work of the Hands: Catholic Artwork from Quito

by Amanda Judah

 

While studying in Ecuador, I’ve been able to take an Art History class about the colonial artwork of the capital city, Quito. Having been raised with a Protestant perspective, I never got the chance to explore Catholic artwork in much depth. This class has allowed me to understand a bit more of the reality of the citizens of colonial Quito through their religious artwork. This artwork created a new community in continental South America, while simultaneously maintaining cultural ties to the European Catholic tradition. New saints were recognized, the Virgin Mary adopted a different cultural role, and indigenous iconography was incorporated, most famously in the Iglesia de San Francisco, which was built over a sacred spot for the natives.

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To Second Semester Seniors

by Ejuma Adoga

 

I know many of you will probably hate to hear this, but your time at Boston College is almost up. For many of you, it may be the last time that you’ll be in school and you’re ready to get away into the real world—and for others, you just want time to slow down and stretch these moments out forever. As someone that was in a similar place exactly a year ago, I completely empathize. It feels strange, overwhelming, and exciting to be in the midst of graduate school applications, apartment hunting, job hunting, and trying to figure out post-grad life. Life after BC looks different for each and every person, and leaving the Heights can bring unprecedented change.

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On T-Shirts and the Name of God

by Noella D'Souza

 

For centuries, theologians have ceaselessly pondered the nature of God and His relation to humanity, but their well-researched theses have overlooked one essential source of human wisdom: the American graphic tee. Two t-shirt designs, in particular, come to mind: the tagline “I am what I am” and the “HELLO: My name is…” name-tag design. Imagine if God came along and decided to create His own trendy graphic tee, combining the two designs into the line, “HELLO: My name is…I AM who AM.” I’m not a prophet, but we all know that sales would be through the roof, like Jesus’ healing of the paralytic at Capernaum in reverse. Jokes aside, I find the name of God a really fascinating perspective for understanding the Christian faith and the human identity.

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We Are the Sons of Saint Patrick

by Gerardo Martinez Cordeiro

 

In the Roman Catholic tradition, there has always been an emphasis on community. Jesus sent His disciples out in groups, and told them that wherever two or three of them gathered together, He would be there with them. Catholic fellowship is as important as the other elements of our faith. I have found that fellowship at Boston College in the Sons of St. Patrick.

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“The LORD Is a Warrior, the LORD Is His Name”

by Gjergji Evangjeli

 

Exodus 15:1-18 is one of the most fascinating texts in the Bible. For one, there is some textual evidence to suggest that it was composed by Miriam, Moses’ sister, hence its being known as the “Song of Miriam.” If this is the case, the Bible contains the oldest known poem written by a woman. It praises the power of God in miraculously allowing the children of Israel to walk through the sea while drowning the pursuing army of Pharaoh. Somewhat amusingly, the Lord splits the Red Sea “at the blast of His nostrils” (Ex. 15:8), demonstrating that He did not even need to break a sweat.

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Taking Steps Forward

by Gerardo Martinez Cordeiro

 

The last few weeks have been crucial for the Catholic Church. We have seen the congregation of bishops from across the world meet to address the abuse scandals rampant throughout the world; there is palpable intrigue and unhealthy competition in the College of Cardinals and among the body of bishops; and it seems that even priests are coming out to attack the Church and its leadership. In the midst of all these events, I believe it is only proper that we take a stand as Catholics to defend the Church that Christ entrusted to all of us, not just to the descendants of the throne of St. Peter.

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Another Response to WMSCOG: A Little Knowledge Is a Dangerous Thing

by Gjergji Evangjeli

 

The Torch was recently contacted by a former member the World Mission Society Church of God, who gave us some more information on their beliefs and teachings. Having already written on the topic of the WMSCOG, I found this material particularly interesting and I will attempt to respond to it below. It should be noted that since my last column on the WMSCOG was over a year ago, I am still open to having an in-person discussion with members of this group. I would prefer to record it and publish it online, so that everyone could hear their views within the context of examination.

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