Amanda Judah

 

Faith Feature Columnist

 

Mandy Judah is currently abroad in Ecuador. Before writing faith features from foreign countries, she served as Campus News editor.  She is a History major with a strong affinity for the Oxford Comma. 

Wed

01

May

2019

A Lesson in Faith

by Amanda Judah

 

During my semester in Ecuador, I’ve been volunteering in a local elementary school a few mornings a week. The Bible is filled with examples of child-like faith, and so while it might be a bit cliché, getting to know the students has allowed me to reflect spiritually.

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Wed

27

Mar

2019

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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Thu

28

Feb

2019

Encountering a Natural God

The Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands

by Amanda Judah

 

One of the benefits of travelling in Ecuador has been observing the amazing amount of natural diversity packed into such a small area. Within a few hours, you can be on the top of a mountain covered in snow, in the middle of a rainforest, or on the coast listening to the waves. It has been such a blessing to experience all of these different natural wonders, which have allowed me to catch a glimpse of the Divine.

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Wed

30

Jan

2019

Finding God in All Things and All Places

Photo of Quito, Ecuador
Photo of Quito, Ecuador

by Amanda Judah

 

The first three weeks of my semester abroad in Ecuador have given me ample opportunity to consider “cosmology,” or the way humans view their position in the world. Although this topic was originally introduced to me in a classroom setting, outside experiences navigating the city and local culture have prompted me to question how the societies in which we were raised can have a profound, and often unconscious, effect on our perspective.

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Wed

12

Dec

2018

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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Wed

12

Dec

2018

At Agape Latte, Kelly Hughes asks "What Are You Waiting For?"

by Amanda Judah 

 

On December 4, Appa director Kelly Hughes entertained a group of finals-avoidant students and faculty in Hillside. Her energy and enthusiasm brought engagement to her topic, “What Are You Waiting For?”. Heading into the advent season, she encouraged her audience to wonder, “What am I waiting for? What am I willing to wait for? Who waits with me? Do I make room for God as I wait?” Although Hughes could not offer individual answers to these questions, she provided fodder for further pondering.

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Wed

21

Nov

2018

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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Tue

13

Nov

2018

Professors Discuss Fr. Mark Massa's New Book on Humanae Vitae

by Amanda Judah

 

On November 5th, The Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life hosted their last panel event of the semester in Stokes Hall. The panelists were responding to Father Mark Massa,S.J.,’s new book, The Structure of Theological Revolutions: How the Fight Over Birth Control Transformed American Catholicism. Fr. Massa is well-known among theological circles at Boston College, serving as the director of the Boisi Center and is a former Dean of the School of Theology and Ministry. Fr. Massa stated that his work was “not a history of birth control”, but focused on how “Catholics played a major role on both sides of this debate”. Instead, Fr. Massa focused on “a history of different models of natural law that come out of the debate surrounding Humanae Vitae and the birth control crisis”. In addition to Fr. Massa, the panelists were Professor Lisa Sowle Cahill, Father James Keenan, S.J., Professor Meghan Clark from St. John’s University, and moderator Richard Gaillardetz.

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Thu

01

Nov

2018

A Response to Disability from the Book of Job

by Amanda Judah

 

On October 5, a wide array of spectators filled the Heights Room to hear the annual Pyne Lecture on Ministry with Disabilities. This lecture series has been offered since 1991, and covers a range of physical and mental illnesses, such as HIV, autism, and Alzheimer’s. This year’s presenter was Dr. Andrew Davis, a professor at the School of Theology and Ministry who specializes in the Old Testament. Dr. Davis closely analyzed the book of Job in order to examine their practices surrounding those with disabilities, in a discussion titled Disability and Advocacy in the Book of Job.

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Thu

01

Nov

2018

Cultivating a Grateful Heart

by Amanda Judah

 

For the past year or so, God has placed the value of gratitude on my heart. In the fast-paced atmosphere of Boston College, it can be easy to feel dissatisfied or disappointed with the minutia of college life. Sometimes it can feel like a competition between students to declare who is the busiest and accomplishing the most. If we don’t get a leadership position in a club or the grade we want, it can feel like our future is creeping along at a snail’s pace, while everyone else is racing forward.

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Wed

26

Sep

2018

Dr. Kreeft Encourages Faithful Amidst Scandal

by Amanda Judah

 

On September 20, Dr. Peter Kreeft addressed an expectant audience in Devlin 008, discussing “Why I Stay Catholic In Times of Scandal”. Given the recent reports of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, Dr. Kreeft encouraged the BC population to recommit itself to the body of Christ. As a Boston College theology and philosophy professor since 1965, Dr. Kreeft drew upon his extensive textual knowledge during his presentation.

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Thu

03

May

2018

Fr. Ken Himes: The Power of Mentors

by Amanda Judah

 

In the second-to-last Agape Latte of the year, Fr. Kenneth Himes regaled Hillside Café with stories about the power of mentorship. Himes has taught at Boston College since 1996, and serves as a full-time professor of Theological Ethics. In his April 10 talk, the professor recounted several stories about his coming of age, with an emphasis on the important role his mentors played in the process. 

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Wed

28

Mar

2018

Patrick Downes: A True Man for Others

by Amanda Judah

 

On March 19, Patrick Downes addressed a packed Yawkey Function Room for the Ignatian Society’s inaugural “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam” lecture (AMDG). The lecture series aims to attract a speaker who embodies the values of this Ignatian mission, whose Latin translates to, “For the greater glory of God.” Downes’ efforts over the past five years have made him more than eligible to speak in the series. As a double Eagle, he  is well versed in the oft-quoted “men and women for others” motto of the University. His speech illustrated how this title can become “the most powerful” in a person’s life, if they are willing to accept the fact that humans are responsible for one other.

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Tue

27

Feb

2018

Agape Latte: The Truth About Love

by Amanda Judah

 

When Yvonne McBarnett took the stage on February 13 at Hillside Cafe, everyone could tell this would be a different sort of Agape Latte speech. She danced up to the stage to “24K Magic,” a favorite song of her husband’s, as preparation to share their love story. Ms. McBarnett shares close ties to Boston College, having received two BC degrees and worked for the university since 2002.

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Wed

31

Jan

2018

Saint of the Issue: St. Francis de Sales

by Amanda Judah

 

While there are many notable saints to celebrate in the month of January, it is especially fitting for The Torch to honor St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of writers and journalism, as well as of the deaf. His feast day is celebrated on January 24, with prayers such as “Be at Peace,” which highlights the saint’s attitude toward trusting in God’s providence. In keeping with his patronage, the pope often releases his annual message for World Communications Day on this date.

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Sun

17

Dec

2017

Christmas Spirit Inspires Charity at BC

by Amanda Judah

 

Christmas is often called the “season of giving.” Charitable organizations use this time to launch campaigns, encouraging the public to think of resources they can share. Recently, this goodwill has extended as early in the year as “Giving Tuesday,” a social media phenomenon that occurs the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Salvation Army bell-ringers are a ubiquitous sight outside of grocery stores and malls, and there are seemingly infinite opportunities to volunteer or donate to charity. Boston College is no exception to this philanthropic trend, encouraging students to participate in several ways that contribute to the overall community:

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Thu

26

Oct

2017

“Mystery in Faith and Physics”: Reflections on Science and Religion

 

by Amanda Judah

 

In his lecture on October 5th, Dr. David Ciampa of the Maine Maritime Academy asserted that “at the foundational level, physics has a kind of mystery about it.” In his appraisal, he was able to draw on experience working at a national lab and at a university. His warm personality appealed to those from either background.

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Tue

26

Sep

2017

Kreeft Explains Objections to Atheism in Lecture

by Amanda Judah

 

On September 21, Dr. Peter Kreeft packed Higgins Hall 300 with students and faculty in a lecture held by the St. Thomas More Society. Kreeft delivered a talk entitled, “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist: Why I Believe God Exists,” drawing from his fifty years of  experience as a theologian and philosopher at Boston College. His logical arguments were punctuated with jokes and anecdotes that allowed his audience to better process his main points. Afterwards, questions flew at the professor for almost an hour, proof that his words were certainly thought-provoking. 

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