Gerardo Martinez Cordeiro 

 

Faith Features Columnist 

 

Gerardo is a senior studying International Studies with an Economics concentration and History, with a minor in Classical Studies. His main academic interests include international history, the history of the Catholic Church, economic history, European history and American Colonial history. On campus, he is also involved with the Sons of St. Patrick and catechism classes in St. Ignatius Parish.

 

Wed

27

Mar

2019

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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Thu

28

Feb

2019

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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Wed

30

Jan

2019

Ora et Labora

Ora et Labora, from a stained glass window of the Holy Family in St. Mary's Chapel
Ora et Labora, from a stained glass window of the Holy Family in St. Mary's Chapel

by Gerardo Martinez Cordeiro

 

Anyone familiar with Benedictine spirituality should be acquainted with the phrase ora et labora. This idea is also intrinsic to Jesuit teaching and close to the heart of the Catholic Church at large. The Church understands what Jesus meant 2,000 years ago when he sent out His apostles into the world to share the Good News, and the Church itself is pointless without social outreach. Jesuit spirituality fosters this understanding and expands it to its fullest potential through its social teaching. As a Catholic university, Boston College, develops the desire in its students to serve the community around them. Among many related programs is 4Boston—a group I have had the privilege of being a part of for the last 4 years.

 

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Wed

12

Dec

2018

The Christmas Truce and the Power of Peace

An artist's illustration of the Christmas Truce for the Illustrated London News (published January 9, 1915)
An artist's illustration of the Christmas Truce for the Illustrated London News (published January 9, 1915)

by Gerardo Martinez-Cordeiro

 

The year is 1914. The Great War is just beginning. Soldiers on both sides of the Western front hurry to dig trenches, search for advantages over the enemy, or simply take a moment of quiet in order to rest up for the next skirmish. No one knows how long the war will last. No one knows if they will survive long enough to make it back home—or what back home would look like if they did.

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Wed

21

Nov

2018

On Music in Mass

by Gerardo Martinez Cordeiro

 

He who sings to God, prays twice. When I was younger, I would hear this expression constantly, growing up in a Catholic school in Mexico. The brothers of the Order of St. John Baptist de la Salle, who ran my school, would remind us of this adage whenever we would prepare for Mass, or really any time we would learn about song, prayer, and worship. As I got older, I began to appreciate more and gained a deeper understanding of the wisdom behind those words.

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Thu

01

Nov

2018

The Pillar of My Life

by Gerardo Martinez Cordeiro

 

Boston College has been my home for four years now. The statement may be deceivingly simple, but it is charged with paradoxes and contradictions that make it, just as anything else in life, beautiful.

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