Annalise Deal

 

 

Faith Feature Columnist

Wed

22

Feb

2017

What is Faith?

 

 

by Annalise Deal

 

 

Earlier this month Father Greg Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries and author of Tattoos on the Heart, spoke at BC. Of all of the wise things he said, it was one of his responses during the Q&A that hit me the hardest. Someone asked him what role faith plays in the recovery and integration of gang members at Homeboy, and he responded first with another question: “what is faith?”

 

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Wed

22

Feb

2017

Administration and Students Respond to Muslim Ban

 

by Annalise Deal

 

On January 27, President Trump issued an executive order indefinitely banning refugees from Syria, and placing a 90-day suspension on immigrants entering the country from seven other predominantly Muslim nations. Two days later, Boston College President Fr. William Leahy and other top university officials joined the ranks of higher education administrators who spoke out against the ban. In an email sent out to the entire Boston College community, the administrators clearly stated their opposition:

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Tue

15

Nov

2016

On Fear

 

 

by Annalise Deal

 

Last spring on the Arrupe post-trip retreat, we received letters that we had written to ourselves 7 months before, on the fall pre-trip retreat. In the fall, one of the things I had written in my letter was a list of all of my greatest fears at the time. In the spring, when I read that letter, every single one of the things I had feared had happened. And yet, when I read the letter back, I felt this overwhelming peace. I remember sitting outside on a snowy ledge at the Connors Family Retreat center, thinking about fear, and feeling overwhelmed by the goodness of God, in the realization that he is so much bigger than my fears. 

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Tue

25

Oct

2016

Colombian Voters Reject Peace Deal with Rebel Group

by Annalise Deal

 

Five days after his landmark peace treaty with the Colombian guerilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC, was rejected by popular vote, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize.

 

On October 2, Colombians voted against a peace treaty that would have ended the 50-year civil war between the Colombian government and the Marxist rebel group. Since the war began in 1964, 250,000 Colombians have been killed and thousands have been displaced in the conflict.

 

Santos and FARC leader Timoleon Jimenez signed the deal after almost four years of negotiations, only to have the deal rejected by Colombian voters a week later by a margin of 50.2 to 49.8 percent. According to the BBC, that’s a difference of less than 63,000 votes out of 13 million.

 

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Tue

25

Oct

2016

Learning to Trust God in a Country Where Nothing Happens on Time

 

 

by Annalise Deal

 

I’m not much of a planner, but living in South America has certainly made me realize how much of my life has been dependent on the aggressive planning and thorough organization we are so accustomed to in the United States. Here, the world operates on a different system of time altogether, what sociologists call polychronic time. In Chile, time is not seen as strict and single track. This is a world where class registration happens the night before classes begin, with all the students in one crazy room at the same time, and the administrators don’t even bat an eye.

 

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Tue

27

Sep

2016

Liberation Theology Written in the Stars

by Annalise Deal

 

 

As a theology major, I came to Chile knowing I wanted to study liberation theology, but living in a community where liberation theology permeates all things has made me realize it is much more than something you study. Liberation theology is a lens for looking at the world; it is the fundamental belief that Jesus’ words “Blessed are the poor” (Luke 6:20) are uncompromisingly true. For the past three months I have been studying at the Universidad Alberto Hurtado (UAH) in Santiago, Chile, which is named for Chile’s Jesuit Saint, Alberto Hurtado. Padre Hurtado was a champion of the poor, and fought both legal and social battles to achieve greater justice for them. He firmly believed that there is no such thing as caridad sin justicia, love without justice, and UAH is firmly rooted in this belief. Adapting to this sometimes extreme academic adherence to liberation theology has had a profound and sometimes challenging effect on my personal faith. I have struggled to decide how seriously we must take the claims of Gustavo Gutierrez and others that God offers a preferential option for the poor. Is it just one reading of Scripture, which is important but not central? Or is this the Gospel, that Jesus came to set captives free, bring sight to the blind, and rescue those who had suffered in this world?

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Tue

26

Apr

2016

CARE Week Invites Reflection, Change

by Annalise Deal

 

 

From April 18-22 the BC Women’s Center put on another successful CARE Week—a week of programming focused around the problem of sexual violence, designed to educate, honor victims, and incite change in our community. This year’s events included a special focus on intersectionality between sexual violence and other issues of oppression. Specifically, the week included events that highlighted the ways race and sexual orientation relate to sexual violence. However, the main event of the week was Take Back the Night, an event hosted on many campuses across the country.

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Wed

30

Mar

2016

Opinion: Spotlight shines light on dark past, paves way for bright future

by Annalise Deal

 

 

After receiving six Oscar nominations and not winning the first five, many were surprised that Spotlight took home the award for Best Picture. The film follows the team of Boston Globe reporters who were the first to uncover the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. Despite many Bostonians’ anger over the portrayal of various people in the film, I believe that this story was an important one to tell, and in the long run will actually do more good than harm for the Church.

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Tue

29

Mar

2016

Arrupe Groups Bring Stories, Challenges to FAST Week

by Annalise Deal

 

 

Boston College students from various service and faith groups around campus came organized FAST week (Faith, Action, Solidarity Together) on March 15 thorough March 21. A sustainability event and challenge hosted by the Puebla trip and a traditional Central American dinner and storytelling hosted by the Nicaragua trip were included among the many events.

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Tue

23

Feb

2016

Justice Scalia Leaves Legacy of Constitutional Age, Deep Faith

by Annalise Deal

 

Justice Antonin Scalia passed away suddenly on February 13, leaving behind a legacy of intellectual conservatism, and great zeal admired by liberal and conservative peers alike. Scalia was found dead in his room at the luxurious Cibolo Creek Ranch in South Texas, where he had been on a hunting trip with friends. Local authorities pronounced him dead of “natural causes,” as he had a host of chronic conditions known to his doctors in Washington. No autopsy was performed, per request of the Scalia family.

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Tue

23

Feb

2016

In Defense of #BachelorNation

by Annalise Deal

 

 

Shameless confession: I am obsessed with The Bachelor. In the past  seven years since the good ole’ days of Jillian Harris and Jake Pavelka, I’ve watched countless relationships form in the admittedly absurd conditions of the show, and then 90% of them breakup within a year of their season ending. I will admit it is an absurd premise that can hardly be considered reality television: a single man or woman dating 25 people in hopes of finding a spouse. There is a lot of alcohol, a lot of helicopters, and a lot of making out. I won’t try to defend the show on moral grounds (although I do believe there are always a few truly good people in the contestant pool) but the reason I keep coming back to watch is the same I think as most fans: The Bachelor does have a strange way of bringing people together. In fact our collective fandom is so strong that we even have a hashtag: the beloved #BachelorNation.

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Tue

23

Feb

2016

Justice Scalia Leaves Legacy of Constitutional Age, Deep Faith

by Annalise Deal

 

 

Justice Antonin Scalia passed away suddenly on February 13, leaving behind a legacy of intellectual conservatism, and great zeal admired by liberal and conservative peers alike. Scalia was found dead in his room at the luxurious Cibolo Creek Ranch in South Texas, where he had been on a hunting trip with friends. Local authorities pronounced him dead of “natural causes,” as he had a host of chronic conditions known to his doctors in Washington. No autopsy was performed, per request of the Scalia family.

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Tue

26

Jan

2016

The Value of Work and Community in The Martian

by Annalise Deal

 

 

Matt Damon’s most recent performance in The Martian is markedly different from other space exploration films, while still pretty unrealistic and dramatic, it is hilarious and surprisingly philosophical. One major reason for this, I think, is that for the most part the movie takes place on Mars, which is a desolate planet, but with a recognizably Earth-like landscape. When Mark Watney is left behind by his mission, the stage is set: a single person, alone on a new planet, left to cultivate the land in order to survive. I could not help but notice that the situation resembles a darker retelling of Genesis 2:15 “The LORD took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to till it and to keep it.”

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Wed

09

Dec

2015

Spotlight Captures Deep Catholic Faith of Boston Amidst Crisis

by Annalise Deal

 

Spotlight, which tells the story of the four Boston Globe reporters who first investigated the sexual abuse scandal in Boston in 2001, premiered last week, and immediately received much critical acclaim both locally and nationally. The film treats the extremely sensitive issue of the sexual abuse scandals from a unique angle: that of reporters who were eager but hesitant to realize just how large and pervasive the problem was.

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Tue

17

Nov

2015

9 Things on Which Justin Bieber and Jesus Agree

by Annalise Deal

 

 

Justin Bieber’s comeback has been unique; perhaps most famously for his inclusion of his faith as a now-guiding principle in his public appearances and songs. After falling from his sweet innocence into public shame the past couple years, this turn is somewhat surprising. Nonetheless, Justin is a self-proclaimed Christian saying, “I just wanna honestly live like Jesus.” So, without out further ado, here are some nuggets from Purpose that track his progress:

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Tue

17

Nov

2015

Religious Leaders in Canada Oppose Euthanasia

by Annalise Deal

 

In light of a Canadian Supreme Court decision earlier this year to legalize physician-assisted suicide, various religious leaders throughout the nation joined together to speak out against the practice.

 

In a statement titled “The Declaration on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide,” Catholic bishops and Protestant leaders from the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, expressed their concerns about how ending human life, even in the case of extreme suffering and human illness, is not properly honoring its dignity. The document stated that, informed by their religious views, the various leaders “insist that any action intended to end human life is morally and ethically wrong. Together, we are determined to work to alleviate human suffering in every form but never by intentionally eliminating those who suffer.”

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Tue

27

Oct

2015

Getting by with a Little Help from Our Friends

by Annalise Deal

 

I was recently on a retreat where Christian author and international missionary Dan Bauman gave a talk, which he opened with: “one of my favorite things about God is that he lets us do life with our friends.” His point was that the only reason we got to spend that weekend on retreat with friends was because we believe that walking through life in community is what God desires for us. It doesn’t seem that radical of a concept, but it is a phenomenally important one.

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Tue

27

Oct

2015

Planned Parenthood No Longer to Accept Payments for Fetal Tissue Donations

by Annalise Deal

 

After a months-long battle over the ethical and legal implications of accepting money for fetal tissue donations, Planned Parenthood has announced that it will no longer accept reimbursement for the costs associated with donating aborted fetal organs.

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Tue

29

Sep

2015

Pope Francis Challenges, Comforts, and Encourages America

by Annalise Deal

 

After holding the office of the papacy for just two and a half years, Pope Francis completed his first visit to the US this Sunday. His visit builds on a precedent of modern-day popes visiting the United States, most recently followed by Pope Benedict’s 2008 visit.  However, due to the profound celebrity status of Pope Francis in America, his visit was much more broadly anticipated, and has left Americans with a lot more to talk about.

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Tue

29

Sep

2015

Inside Out and the Importance of Suffering

by Annalise Deal

 

Upon watching Disney-Pixar’s newest hit Inside Out this summer, I found myself overcome by the feeling that the producers of this film had portrayed my own experience of consciousness more accurately than any other fictional thing I have watched or read. I left the theater unable to exactly articulate why it seemed so accurate, but upon further reflection I think it was the development of the character of Sadness that led the the film’s overall profundity.

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Tue

28

Apr

2015

Catholicism 101: How to Become a Jesuit

by Annalise Deal

 

As students at BC, we’ve all heard stories of Jesuit formation: of Fr. Casey’s quest to meet Maya Angelou, of novices hitch-hiking across the country, panhandling for dinner, and living in countries we couldn’t point to on a map. Myths about the tasks young men who feel called to the Society are given can sometimes seem so ridiculous that I’ve found myself thinking the process of “formation” sounds more like an extended initiation to a Harvard finals club than it does like the path to receiving Holy Orders. But, after some research, one beautiful flowchart, and a helpful list compiled by James Martin, SJ I’ve uncovered some truth about the mystery that is Jesuit formation. So here it is, how to become a Jesuit in 11 steps:

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Tue

28

Apr

2015

Pope Francis Publicly Acknowledges Centennial of Armenian Genocide

by Annalise Deal

 

This month marks the centennial commemoration of the lives lost during the 1915 Armenian Genocide, and amidst continuing debate about the nature of the killings, Pope Francis has publicly acknowledged that they did, indeed, constitute genocide. During a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica conducted in the Armenian Catholic rite to mark the centennial of the start of the killings, the pontiff clearly articulated his belief regarding the mass killings Armenians by Ottoman Turks at the beginning of World War I. He echoed a statement previously made by Pope John Paul II, who called the killings “the first genocide of the 20th century,” and then went on to equate the tragedy to the other two major 20th-century genocides: Nazism and Stalinism.

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Tue

24

Mar

2015

Pope and Tunisian Government Condemn Terrorist Attack in Tunis

 by Annalise Deal

 

On March 18, three armed men in military uniforms opened fire on buses gathered outside the Bardo National Museum in the Tunisian capital and proceeded to continue the attack inside the building, killing 23 people, including 19 foreigners and wounding around 40. ISIS has taken responsibility for the attack, and claims it was an effort to oppose democracy in Tunisia, and that it was carried out by “two knights of the caliphate.” The attack was the deadliest terrorist action since the 2002 truck bombing in Djerba, which killed 21 people, including tourists. The Tunisian government is treating the attack as an act of terrorism.

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Tue

24

Feb

2015

Ecumenism: Female Bishops and Anglican-Catholic Unity

by Annalise Deal

 

The ordination of the first female bishop, the Rt. Rev. Libby Lane, in the Church of England in January has had a global impact, opening the door to more discussion about the place of women in the church, as the Church of England now joins the Episcopal Church, as well as numerous protestant denominations in abolishing gender as a prerequisite to any type of ministry. However, this new development in the Anglican Church also has the power to damage Anglican-Catholic relations, as it marks a divisive doctrinal split between the two bodies, which inhibits the possibility of greater communion in the future. Due to Pope St. John Paul II’s 1994 apostolic letter, Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, the door is officially closed to conversation about the possibility of the Catholic Church ordaining women, thus making a reunion between the Anglican and Catholic churches impossible.

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Tue

24

Feb

2015

Church of Scotland Moderator and Pope Meet and Share Common Christian Concerns

by Annalise Deal

 

On February 16, the Right Rev. John Chalmers, Moderator of the Church of Scotland, also known as The Kirk, met with the Pope at the Vatican to discuss the relationship of the two churches. The two leaders overcame their sectarian differences to acknowledge dire situations facing the global church right now, specifically the recent killing of Christians in Libya, and shootings in Denmark.

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