Ejuma Adoga 

 

Faith Features Columnist

 

 

Wed

27

Mar

2019

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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Thu

28

Feb

2019

Black History Month: What’s Love Got To Do With It?

by Ejuma Adoga

 

It is no coincidence that Black History Month and Valentine's Day share the same month. Valentine’s Day is commercially celebrated and advertised as a day celebrating romantic love—stores participate by selling heart-shaped chocolates, giant teddy bears, flowers, and everything in between. Black History Month highlights the achievements of black men and women in spite of the racism and discrimination that faced them, and which still faces black individuals all over the world. Valentine’s Day has always been a cheery, bright, and uplighting holiday—though not all partake in it—that puts it main emphasis on romantic love. But I believe that the connection between Valentine’s Day and Black History month goes much much deeper than this.

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Wed

30

Jan

2019

New Year, New Us, Same God

by Ejuma Adoga

 

January is a time of rebirth, fresh starts, and clean beginnings. “New year, new me” is a popular slogan for this time of resolution, but as the year progresses, I’ve found that many people feel they’ve messed up their resolutions and declare that the new year is cancelled. I came across an insightful blog post during Christmas break that explained why we shouldn't give up on the year after “failing” to complete the resolution. The author said that we should set smaller, more attainable goals, a decision which takes some of the pressure off of us. Smaller goals are ideally much more manageable and easier to complete. After reading the article, I realized how applicable this is to my life and the life of my peers. 

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Wed

12

Dec

2018

Keeping Christmas in a Troubled World

by Ejuma Adoga

 

The holidays are a time for giving, receiving, laughter, family and friends. As a child, it was always my favorite time of year—I loved to go to Midnight Mass in my best dress and shiny shoes to celebrate the ritual of the Mass with my family. It almost seemed mystical and powerful, and being with my family on Christmas Eve is one of my favorite places in the world. My mother had always instilled in my siblings and I the value of a relationship with God, and to have a connection with my faith and that has always been something that I’ve carried with me.

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Wed

21

Nov

2018

Spiritual Self-Care for the Holiday Season

by Ejuma Adoga

 

In the past couple of weeks or even months of the year, to say that the news has been heartbreaking is an understatement. From the shooting in Squirrel Hill to the one in Thousand Oaks to the wildfires in Northern California and everything in between, it has been exhausting. Even personally, in our own lives with work and midterms and tests, it can be hard to get into the holiday spirit. We may feel like we have the weight of the world on our shoulders and that the future looks bleak. When I am feeling overwhelmed by the weight of the world, I find that spiritual self-care really pulls me through and here are some things that help me.

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Thu

01

Nov

2018

On a New Stage in Faith

by Ejuma Adoga

 

When I returned to BC this fall, three months after graduation, everything had changed. Four years ago, I was a bright-eyed and eager freshman, experiencing a new sense of change and environment after moving 7 hours away from home. Everything, including my faith, felt new, vibrant, and fresh. I had several different choices when it came to Mass times, endless amounts of exposure to new people, and what seemed to be a million different clubs through which I could reinvent myself. Obviously (and this is the case for most people), college brings its own challenges, through which we eventually build endurance and find our stride.

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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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