Elizabeth Corkery

 

 

Faith Feature Columnist

Wed

29

Mar

2017

God Doesn’t Use Google Calendar

 

by Eileen Corkery

 

Do you use Google Calendar? If you do not currently use it, be careful—for better or for worse, it will change your life. A free time-management app for smartphones, Google Calendar allows users to create and edit events with the tap of a finger. Have an important appointment you can’t forget? Google Calendar will send you a push notification. Forget the time of your club meeting on Saturday? Use Google Calendar to view an itinerary of your entire week. The app can add virtually any planned event into your schedule—meals, television, even sleep.

 

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Wed

29

Mar

2017

Snow Days: Is Leisure a Virtue?

by Eileen Corkery

 

“BC Weather Alert. Because of the storm forecast, Boston College will be closed tomorrow, March 14th.” A little after 10:30pm, screams and cheers echoed across Upper Campus as students received the coveted snow day text from the Office of Emergency Management. Homework was thrown aside and quickly forgotten in the Cheverus Hall lounge. In Kostka Hall, freshman girls danced in the hallway. Meanwhile on Lower Campus, celebrations commenced in the mods.

 

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Wed

22

Feb

2017

Being Reached by the Widow, Orphan, and Stranger

by Eileen Corkery

 

 

Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J., spoke at Boston College on the night of Tuesday, February 7 before an overflowing Robsham Theater. Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the heart of Los Angeles. Established in 1992, Homeboy is now the largest gang rehabilitation and reentry program in the world. Boyle is also the author of the 2010 The New York Times Best Seller, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, a series of parables and essays inspired by his time working in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, known as the ‘gang capital of the world.’

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Tue

06

Dec

2016

Advent: It’s Lit

by Eileen Corkery

 

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” In the Christian tradition, light is a symbol of God. It has come to represent hope in the face of despair and clarity in the face of confusion. However, what is it about light that is so captivating to humans? From contraband twinkly lights in dorm rooms, to bonfires on the beach, to flickering candlelit dinners, people are continually enchanted by light. 

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Tue

15

Nov

2016

“It meant my life to me...”

 

 

 

by Eileen Corkery

 

 

 

The next time you are in Bapst and feel like procrastinating, resist the urge to scroll through social media or refresh your email. Don’t take a recreational trip to the vending machines. Instead, I recommend you reach for your coat and take a walk down Linden Lane.

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Tue

25

Oct

2016

Himes Addresses Faith and the Voting Booth

by Eileen Corkery

 

It’s usually considered an unspoken rule to avoid conversations about religion, politics, or money with strangers—to address all three at once would be sheer madness. However, last Thursday night in the Heights Room, Father Kenneth Himes, O.F.M. artfully made the case that— counter to public opinion— consideration of one’s faith and morality should play a prominent role in civic life.

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Thu

29

Sep

2016

Campus Celebrates Espresso Your Faith Week

by Eileen Corkery

 

 

 

During the week of September 26-29, the Boston College Church in the 21st Century Center, in partnership with Campus Ministry, will launch its annual Espresso Your Faith Week. Described as “a week for the Boston College community to express their faith in a variety of forums,” Espresso Your Faith Week 2016 consists of over 25 activities throughout campus.

 

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Tue

27

Sep

2016

Embracing Faith in a Volatile World

 

by Eileen Corkery

 

 

 

On the afternoon of September 11, 2001, Mrs. Brown, my first grade teacher, interrupted indoor recess to call us to the reading rug at the front of our classroom. “Boys and girls,” she said slowly and calmly, “there was a very bad plane crash in New York this morning. A lot of people got hurt... let’s say a prayer together.”

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Tue

27

Sep

2016

Rinaldi Book Honors the Legacy of Welles Crowther

by Eileen Corkery

 

 

 

This past month marked the 15th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. 22 Boston College alumni were killed in the attacks on that day, including 24-year-old Welles Crowther. Boston College honors those who were lost through the memorial labyrinth, located behind Bapst Library; however, the university also pays special tribute annually to the legacy Crowther, known to many as “the Man in the Red Bandana.” Recently, ESPN reporter Tom Rinaldi published a book highlighting Welles’s story, The Red Bandanna: A Life. A Choice. A Legacy.

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Tue

26

Apr

2016

Service Culture at BC: Doing More Harm than Good?

by Eileen Corkery

 

 

Scrolling through my Facebook feed, scenes of daily life in Chestnut Hill light up the screen: a sunshine soaked Marathon Monday, an elated group of Showdown dancers, and an artfully shot Gassongram. However, social media fails to capture one of the cornerstones of life at Boston College: its culture of service. According to the university’s annual fact book, the BC student body performs more than 444,000 hours of community service throughout the year. In the Allston/ Brighton neighborhood alone, some 1,000 undergraduate students volunteer in schools and community centers every week.

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Tue

27

Oct

2015

Madam Secretary

by Eileen Corkery

 

CBS’s Madam Secretary is a fresh take at a primetime, political drama television series. Produced by Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary, the show is in its second season and stars Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, a mother of three and former CIA analyst, who is unexpectedly appointed United States Secretary of State. Tim Daly stars as Elizabeth’s husband, Henry, a theology professor at Georgetown University, who has been recently redrafted as an undercover operative at the National Security Agency. Elizabeth and Henry are forced to balance parenthood with their professional commitments to national security.

 

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Tue

28

Apr

2015

Students Reflect on #Faith, #Family, and #Future

by Eileen Corkery

           

On Tuesday, April 14th, the Church in the 21st Century Center hosted its final event of the spring semester: pizza and conversation with Professor of Philosophy Mary Troxell. Entitled “#Faith #Family #Future,” the talk attracted a variety of members from the Boston College community, including dozens of students, parents, and faculty members. Troxell’s presentation focused on how young people think about “family, relationships, marriage, and the future” in relation to their faith.  A beloved professor in the PULSE program, Troxell also teaches a senior Capstone course, “Seeing, Loving, Serving,” and has served as a faculty speaker on student retreats such as Halftime and 48 Hours.  

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Tue

24

Mar

2015

Fr. Casey Draws Students to Second Agape Latte

by Eileen Corkery

 

Hundreds of students crowded into Hillside Café on Tuesday, March 10 to hear Father Casey Beaumier, S.J. deliver the second Agape Latte talk of the semester. Beaumier’s talk, “30 Bucks and a Purposeful Path,” focused on discernment and making sense of the “crazy paths of life.” The director of the newly formed Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, Father Casey also teaches a senior Capstone course, “The Discerning Life on Pilgrimage.” However, he is perhaps best known on campus for his genuine, day-to-day interactions with students outside of the classroom. The celebrant of the Masses at St. Joseph’s Chapel, Father Casey currently lives in Fenwick Hall, where he serves as spiritual director to first-year students.

 

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Tue

24

Feb

2015

Cornerstone: Lent

by Eileen Corkery

 

This past week, the Church recognized the holy day of Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent. The forty days prior to Easter, Lent is normally thought to be a waiting period before the Resurrection. However, the season has deep biblical roots and offers Catholics a period of reflection and spiritual preparation. Catholics are called to practice prayer, fasting, and abstinence during Lent in order to grow in faith and grace.

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Wed

28

Jan

2015

Pro-Life: Why the March for Life Still Matters

by Eileen Corkery

 

Last week, I was fortunate enough to travel to the March for Life in Washington D.C. with BC’s Pro Life Club. With hats, gloves, and pillows packed into our bags, we departed Wednesday evening for the overnight journey. Despite our excitement and anticipation for the March, we were miraculously able to sleep for a couple hours on the bus before our arrival at Union Station the following morning. (Note: Much coffee was consumed on this journey.) For those going on the March, it was more than just a journey; it was a pilgrimage. From the moment that I stepped onto the bus, I felt like I was surrounded by a group of people who genuinely cared about others and were passionate about their love for life. As Pope Francis said, “All of us must care for life, cherish life, with tenderness, warmth…to be for life is to open our hearts, and to care for life is to give oneself in tenderness and warmth for others, to have concern in our hearts for others.”

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