Jamie Myrose

Faith Features Columnist

Wed

28

Mar

2018

A Holy Week of Hope

by Jamie Myrose

 

I get weird looks sometimes when I say that Palm Sunday is my favorite day of the year. While I do think that part of it is that I am not typically at Boston College to celebrate Easter with my friends and this is our substitute, I think another, more significant part of my affection for the day is the message behind the day. Palm Sunday is a day of forgiveness.

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Tue

27

Feb

2018

Living Authentically

by Jamie Myrose

 

We happen again upon my faith formation classroom in the basement of St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill. This week’s lesson for my 25 little souls is Lent. My co-teachers and I think the easiest way to explain Lent is to ask three questions: what are you praying for, what are you giving up, and what are you doing? When asked, one of the kids responds that she was doing faith formation. While I told her that she should do something she was not already doing, she insisted that this would be her Lenten activity. Her comment got me thinking: were there things that I said I was doing but was not truly living out?

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Wed

31

Jan

2018

For the Gift of Rain Drops

 

by Jamie Myrose

 

In a fashion typical of Boston, another rain storm gripped the city, resulting in a 36º day. While I love watching thunderstorms from inside my dorm room, I dread the idea of walking around with soaking wet shoes the rest of the day. Suddenly, I remembered—I had gotten rain boots for Christmas! For the first time in four years I could walk across the Boston College’s campus knowing I would stay dry. This realization arose in me immense gratitude for my parents, and I could feel a sense of joy welling up inside me. I could not keep a smile off my face as I stepped through puddles. I took a moment to look at the beauty of these humble rain drops returning to the Earth to bring life. I thought to myself, “What have I missed? Where else have I failed to see God?”

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Wed

29

Nov

2017

The Importance of “Thank You” Notes

 

by Jamie Myrose

 

After a cumulative 41 days of music over the course of the last four years, I put on my shako on for the final time as the Eagles stormed the field to face the NC State Wolfpack. If you had asked me in high school, I never would have predicted all that the Boston College Marching Band (BCMB) has done for me. I would not have even thought of joining the Band. My small, all-girls high school did not have a band of any kind, and I had never touched a bass drum before arriving at Chestnut Hill. Yet that did not stop the BCMB from welcoming me into their family and helping me develop into a person who can truly call herself a musician.

 

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Thu

26

Oct

2017

The Patron Saints of Intentionality

 

by Jamie Myrose

 

While most Boston College students are just rolling out of bed, I have the great fortune of teaching second graders their catechism at St. Ignatius Parish on Sunday mornings. This is a relatively new experience for me, and I have found that I have just about as much to learn from my students as I have to teach them. This experience has shaped my understanding of who I want to be as a student here at Boston College—and more importantly—who God is calling me to be as a Catholic in conversation with the world.

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Tue

26

Sep

2017

A Reflection for the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

 

by Jamie Myrose 

 

 

Death finds you no matter where you are, no matter how inconvenient the timing may be, no matter how recently it last visited you. Last week, I received an email saying that a classmate of mine from high school, Abby, had passed away over the weekend in an automobile accident. A perfectly healthy college graduate dead at 23 years-old. There was no one to blame and no time to say goodbye. This was the seventh death of a loved one that I had experienced since first coming to Boston College.

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