Jeffrey Lindholm

 

 

Jeffrey Lindholm was a writer for The Torch from 2016-2018 and the World News Editor for the 2017-2018 school year. You can find him studying abroad in Cleveland, OH at the local Catholic Seminary 

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May

2018

Faith In Action: A Different Calling

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

God has a specific calling for each of us. Whether it is priesthood, marriage, the single life, or anything in between, God, at the moment when we were created, had a plan in mind for us. For most people, this call is marriage. For me, God’s call has led me to seek out a new path.

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May

2018

Historian Speaks on Abuse, Memory, and Religion

by Jeffery Lindholm

 

The girl with the pseudonym “Mary Ross” called her experience “my little Hell.” God had abandoned her. Her desire for God endured, and what she desired was His presence. She prayed, “If you [God] really want me, you have to do something to or for me.” The next thing she remembers was waking up with scrapes all over her body. This was her sign—violence as her indication of God’s presence.

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Mar

2018

Cardinal DiNardo Calls for All to Abide in Christ

by Jeffery Lindholm

 

On March 15, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, spoke to the Boston College community about friendship in the Gospel of John. Cardinal DiNardo claimed that there is “something about John’s Gospel that is special.” Drawing on Scripture and the early Church Fathers, the Cardinal presented a long meditation on the Church, rooted in one word: caritas

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Mar

2018

We are an Easter People

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

We all know the story. A man named Jesus of Nazareth, after His earthly pilgrimage was to come to an end, he was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate, suffered immensely, and crucified on Calvary on Good Friday. But we also know that is not the end of the story. He rose on the third day: Easter Sunday. The climax of our Christian faith lies in the living reality of Easter Sunday: the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is this reality that makes us a Christian people.

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Feb

2018

Saint of the Issue: St. Paul Miki and Companions

By Jeffrey Lindholm

 

The history of the Christian faith in Japan is often one of toil and martyrdom. The story of Saint Paul Miki and Companions is an exemplary illustration of the plight of Christians in Japan. 

 

Paul Miki was born in 1562 in Tounucumada, Japan to a military family, and was the son of a Japanese military leader. He was educated at the Jesuit college of Anziquiama. Though Miki was the heir to a great inheritance and social position, he was instead drawn to the preaching of the great Jesuit missionary St. Frances Xavier. In 1580, Miki decided to join the Jesuits.

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Feb

2018

Parkland Shooting Shocks Nation

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

This February 14, Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday, Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida and killed at least seventeen people, with many more injured. This horrific event has prompted response from those across the United States as well as a global response to the massacre of innocent lives. A day devoted to the celebration of love and the beginning of Lent turned into one of horror and mourning. The shooting was the third largest school shooting in the history of the United States.

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Jan

2018

Discernment of Spirits

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

“Oh, you’re discerning? So, you want to be a priest?” This tends to be the response when the term “discernment” is used. “I’m discerning” is equated with thinking about the priesthood. Actually, discernment applies to every one of us. Every person is called to discern the will of God for himself or herself. A useful method for us to contemplate, seek, and ultimately do the will of God is called the Discernment of Spirits, developed by Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

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Nov

2017

Campus Ministry Launches New Men’s and Women’s Retreats

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

If one looked at the last year’s Campus Ministry retreat schedule, one would see Ignite (for freshmen), Halftime (for upperclassmen), Manresa (for mostly juniors and seniors), and Kairos (for all grades). There was nothing offered exclusively for men or women—until this year.

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Nov

2017

Friendship: What, Why, and How

 

 

by Jeffrey Lindholm & Adriana Watkins

 

“Friendship,” C. S. Lewis writes. “Is born at the moment when one man says to another, What! You too? I thought that no one but myself…

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Oct

2017

Cardinal Burke Reinstated to Apostolic Signatura by Pope Francis

 

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

Raymond Cardinal Burke of the United States was reappointed to the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court. Cardinal Burke previously was prefect of the court for six years. Italian Cardinals Agostino Vallini and Edoardo Menichelli, as well as Belgian Archbishop Frans Daneels and Dutch Bishop Johannes Willibrordus Maria Hendriks were also appointed to serve on the Apostolic Signatura. The Apostolic Signatura functions as the Vatican’s highest court, akin to the Supreme Court in the United States.

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Oct

2017

Exorcism and Spiritual Warfare 101

 

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

“BATHSHEBA! By the power of God, I condemn you back to hell!” For anyone who has dared to watch The Conjuring, these were words used to cast out a demon. If only it were that simple. We do not know a whole lot about exorcisms. The Catholic Church says that exorcisms exist, but other than that, scant information is available. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “When the Church asks publicly and authoritatively in the name of Jesus Christ that a person or object be protected against the power of the Evil One and withdrawn from his dominion, it is called exorcism” (CCC 1673).

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Sep

2017

Liturgy: “Lord, I am not worthy…”

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

“Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” This prayer is not exactly something one would want to say to God. Yet, these words are prayed by Catholics every liturgy before receiving Communion.

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Apr

2017

Praying Through the Paschal Triduum

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

What exactly is the tradition we Catholics call the Easter Triduum? The Paschal Triduum is at the core of Christianity, as we celebrate the Paschal Mystery: the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Triduum allows the faithful to enter deep within the traditions and mysteries of the Church.

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Mar

2017

A Catechumen’s Journey to Becoming Catholic

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

Over the past year, I have had the pleasure of journeying alongside someone who is going through the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program. Gwyneth Howard, a senior in high school in Cleveland, Ohio, made the decision about a year ago to enter the process of becoming Roman Catholic. Through Saint Raphael Parish in Bay Village, Ohio, Gwyn has spent the past year completing the RCIA program offered there.

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Mar

2017

Annual Cronin Talk Provides Perspective on Dating

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

The annual Kerry Cronin dating talk has been a staple event at BC for the past several years. It never fails to pack the lecture hall to full capacity with eager students, most of whom are freshmen. Full of jokes, casual tone, and ability to connect with students, Professor Cronin engaged the audience in conversation regarding dating, a topic she says is often avoided within the BC community.

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Feb

2017

Vatican Legal Chief Opens Door for Divorced and Remarried Catholics

 

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, the president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, published a book that is turning heads in the Vatican. Writing about the eighth chapter of Pope Francis’ encyclical Amoris Laetitia, Coccopalmerio says that Catholics in “non-legitimate” living situations, like the divorced or civilly remarried, are allowed to receive Communion as long as their intention is to change their situation, but doing so would lead to further sin.

 

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Feb

2017

Preparing for Ash Wednesday and Lent

 

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” This is yet another joyful Catholic phrase reminding us of our own mortality. But Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent goes deeper than this. Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent, a forty-day preparation for Holy Week, culminating in Easter Sunday, when Catholics gather to bear witness to the Resurrection of Christ.

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Dec

2016

The Simplicity of Taizé Prayer

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

Imagine walking into a church. Electric lights illuminate the altar, people are talking quietly, and the congregation worships through a form of the Eucharistic Prayer. Is this the case in Taizé? Quite the opposite. The scene is a dark church, with candles as the only source of light. Students, adults, and clergy members surround an altar formed by lit candles and a San Damiano crucifix. Prayer is quite simple, with one- or two-line chants. Participation is optional; one can take in the beauty of Taizé or join in on the simple refrains.

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Nov

2016

A Reflection on the End of Ordinary Time

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

The end of Ordinary Time presents an interesting time of year. Many Catholics do not even realize that the end of the liturgical year is approaching. It certainly is a bit unusual to end a year in November, but every year the Catholic Church wraps up Ordinary Time and transitions into Advent and a new year. What can we Catholics learn from the end of Ordinary Time? 

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Oct

2016

Election Circumstances Create Difficult Decisions for Catholic Voters

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

This year’s presidential race has proven to be one of the most extraordinary elections in recent memory. For many of us, this is the first election in which we can vote. Voting allows the public to lend their voice in the political realm. Yet many people are not thrilled at the prospects of this year’s candidates for president. Catholic voters beg the question, “How should I vote as a Catholic?”

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Sep

2016

Construction of Christian Churches in Egypt Sparks Debate

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

 

On August 30, the Egyptian Parliament approved a new law that allows Christians, mainly from the Coptic Catholic Church and the Coptic Orthodox Church, to build and renovate churches in Egypt.  

 

According to AhramOnline, Christians have historically not had the same legal rights as Muslims to preserve their churches. The new law liberalizes the regulations for church building and renovation and will simplify the process.  

 

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