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Tue

26

Apr

2016

A Divine Friendship

by Margo Borders

 

 

 

“Choose for yourselves the ones to imitate, those who fear God, who enter the church of God with reverence, who listen carefully to the word of God, commit it to memory, chew over it in their thoughts, carry it out in their actions; choose them for your imitation. And don’t let a little voice say to you, “And where are we to find such people?” Be such people yourselves, and you will find such people.” –St. Augustine

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Tue

29

Mar

2016

Continuing the Spiritual Journey of Lent

by Margo Borders

 

 

 

Many of us have spent the last forty days in the midst of a perpetual struggle: a struggle of keeping our Lenten promises, fasting, abstinence, and enriching our spiritual lives on the journey towards Easter. As the Easter season begins, we can begin to reflect on this struggle, and, while we joyfully celebrate our Risen Lord, we can still continue in our struggle towards sainthood.

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Tue

23

Feb

2016

Living the Virtue of Sincerity

by Margo Borders

 

Although not a widely held belief, there is a story that the word “sincere” comes from two Latin words: “sine” (without) and “cera” (wax). The folklore says that in the ancient world, some merchants would cheat their customers by using wax to hide defects in their pottery to sell it at a higher price. Because of this, other merchants would advertise their pottery as authentic, or “sine cera,” and this is how we get the word “sincere.” In the same way as the pottery should be without wax, we should be pure, or without wax, in our intentions.

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Tue

26

Jan

2016

What Do You Want of Me?

by Margo Borders

 

 

I was recently inspired by a poem I came across by St. Teresa of Avila, who celebrated the 500th anniversary of her death last year, entitled “For You I Was Born.” The poem resonated with me as a profoundly humble and obedient woman’s reflection on the importance of doing God’s will, and her deep inner journey to find what that might be.

 

As St. Teresa of Avila reflects on God’s marvelous being and the reality of her lowly existence, she ends each stanza with the line, “What do You want of me?” Every thought is aimed towards God, with importance placed not on Teresa’s desires, but solely on what God is calling her to.

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Tue

08

Dec

2015

The Immaculate Conception and a Yes that Saved the World

by Margo Borders

 


In the middle of the Advent season, we are in a process of patient, or often impatient, waiting. We are waiting for Christmas, for our finals to be over, to fly home to see our families and catch up on sleep. While we are working hard and peacefully waiting, keeping our minds in contemplation of the Advent season can be difficult, but worthwhile in order to continue to challenge ourselves and grow spiritually.

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Tue

17

Nov

2015

Requiescat In Pace

by Margo Borders

 

November is the month traditionally devoted in the Catholic calendar to praying for the holy souls in purgatory. Although All Souls’ Day is often remembered and revered in our faith, it is often forgotten that the entire month can be a time to remember, and especially pray, for these suffering souls.


All people on earth are sinful in nature and, despite the sacrament of penance, have permanent scars of sin on their souls. The state of purgatory, then, is a time of purification after death, or a “purifying fire,” that cleanses a soul of its sins so that it might be holy enough to enter the “joy of heaven” (Catechism of the Catholic Church). The importance of the task of the faithful to pray for these souls is often overlooked because it is not clear to many what the fruits of these prayers might be.

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Tue

27

Oct

2015

Sanctifying Our Studies


by Margo Borders

 


The most concrete reality of our lives as students at a university like Boston College is that our lives are focused on study. As the weather starts to the turn colder and leaves fall off the trees, most of us are finding ourselves engulfed in study, filling our days reading and finishing problem sets, or pulling all nighters preparing for our upcoming midterms.

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Tue

29

Sep

2015

The Family: A Home for the Wounded Heart

by Margo Borders

 


Millions of Americans followed Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States last week. Thousands of spectators lined the streets to greet him and listen to his addresses to the country in Washington D.C, New York City, and Philadelphia. The pope remarked on many topics, ranging from poverty and climate change to immigration and the dignity of human life. A message present in all of his communication, however, was the theme of the family.

 

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Tue

28

Apr

2015

An Indie Folk Artist and a Vision for Eternal Life

by Margo Borders

 


When I first heard Sufjan Stevens’ newest album, Carrie & Lowell, I was struck by its chilling lyrics and haunting, sorrow-inducing tone. With no background knowledge of the artist, a listener can easily detect the emotion, and often pain, Stevens is experiencing in the songs. The album, while dealing with the theme of death, wavers between hope and despair, faith and disbelief, and love and abandonment.

 

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Tue

24

Mar

2015

To Pray Unceasingly


by Margo Borders

 


My alarm clock rings. I check my phone; it’s 7am, and I am dazed. Why am I getting up at this hour again? I sit up in bed and peek out my door to see girls quietly shuffling in their pajamas with cups of freshly brewed coffee in their hands down the stairs. I creep down the stairs with them, and we settle in on the couch to start our day together with prayer.

 

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Tue

24

Feb

2015

Striving for Sainthood

by Margo Borders

 

Léon Bloy, a Catholic French novelist, once wrote, “The only real sadness, the only real failure, the only great tragedy in life, is not to become a saint.”

           

The reality of the Christian life is that our goal as Christians is to become saints. I know this sounds crazy. By default, if you say you are going to be a saint, you aren’t a saint. It’s like becoming pope; if you say you want the position, you will never be elected. But here’s what I’m getting at: Sainthood is all about striving for holiness. Our purpose on earth, as a Christian, is to live for eternity during this life, so that we can reach unity with God in the next life. If we don’t at least aim at becoming the holiest we can be, we’ll never get there.

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Wed

28

Jan

2015

The Joy of the Christian Life

by Margo Borders

 

At the beginning of each new year, you most likely spend time reflecting on what you would like to change in your life. Everyone comes up with their “New Year’s resolutions,” which probably involve losing ten pounds, stopping your nail biting habits, or finally reading those classics that have been sitting on your bookshelf for years.

 

When I was spending time thinking about my New Year’s resolutions, I came across an article about emotional virtues by Sarah Swafford, a Catholic author and speaker who works at Benedictine College. On her website, she lists a long litany of virtues that a Christian woman should strive for. I glimpsed through the list, looking for some virtue that stood out to me that I could work on this year, something to contemplate and keep my eyes on as I navigate the chaos of the upcoming year.

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Wed

28

Jan

2015

Saint of the Issue: Gianna Beretta Molla

by Margo Borders

 

St. Gianna Beretta Molla, an Italian saint canonized by St. Pope John Paul II in 2004, is known as a saint of the pro-life movement, and is the patron saint of mothers, physicians, and unborn children.

           

Gianna Beretta was born in Magenta, Italy in October 1922. She had eight surviving siblings and experienced a simple and faithful upbringing. At age 20, Gianna enrolled in medical school in Pavia, Italy. She continued her fervent devotion to the faith, attending daily Mass, visiting the Blessed Sacrament in adoration, and praying the rosary. She was involved in service through the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Sisters of Saint Vincent, and even demonstrated her leadership by speaking at a Catholic Action conference in 1946 about the vocation to marriage.

           

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Mon

08

Dec

2014

An Encounter of Faith

by Margo Borders

 


For one final time last weekend, I found myself jetsetting off on a whirlwind trip to spend Thanksgiving in Istanbul, Turkey. As the culmination of my semester, I headed to one more completely unfamiliar place to immerse myself in yet another culture. Little did I know how much it would overwhelm my senses, challenge my faith, and help me to grow.

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Wed

19

Nov

2014

Domine, Quo Vadis?

by Margo Borders

 


If you are anything like me, you are feeling the stress of the semester right now. Not only are there tests and papers to worry about, but your thoughts are also consumed by picking next semester’s classes, applying to graduate schools, or avoiding the massive amounts of reading growing on your desk. I’ve spent a lot of my time abroad reflecting about what I want to do this year, this summer, and the rest of my life. The stress of making decisions never seems to slow down.

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Wed

22

Oct

2014

An Experience of Beauty

by Margo Borders

 

Do you know those moments when you look at something truly beautiful? Something so beautiful that it takes your breath away, that you have no thought left in your mind except the immediate shock of the thing before you. You try to comprehend what you are looking at, but you eventually give in to the simple monotony of gazing. For a moment, just a moment, you forget everything worldly in your life and you begin to think only of how good the world is that creates such beauty. Wonder, amazement, and awe follow.

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Tue

23

Sep

2014

Faith in Humility

by Margo Borders

 

 

Walking around Rome, I am frequently reminded of the feminine standard to which I am held as a member of the Catholic Church. The Virgin Mary watches at every street corner, and every time I catch her eye, the amazing virtues that she displayed in her life cross my mind. It often makes me think of my role as a woman in the Church, and the example Mary has set before me as a perfect model of femininity.

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Tue

29

Apr

2014

Members of the BC Community Complete Catholic Rites of Initiation

by Margo Borders

 

On Sunday, April 27, the Boston College community welcomed eight new young people into the Catholic Church. The five catechumens baptized were Molly Javes, Daniel Lee, Nicholas Nelson, Kayla Mendonca, and Ashley Brown. The three candidates who completed the profession of faith were David Ellis and Paige Cargioli. Sarah Moritz was confirmed into the Church. The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Joseph O’Keefe, S.J., Fr. Paul McNellis, S.J., and Fr. Don MacMillan, S.J.

 

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Tue

29

Apr

2014

Rowan Williams Speaks on “Revelation in the Context of Interreligious Dialogue”

by Margo Borders

 

On Monday, April 7, the Church in the 21st Century and the BC Theology Department hosted Rowan Williams, Emeritus Archbishop of Canterbury and Professor of Theology at Cambridge University. Williams gave a lecture entitled, “Revelation in the Context of Interreligious Dialogue” as a part of an annual lecture series on topics of interreligious dialogue.

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Tue

25

Mar

2014

Catholicism 101: The Easter Triduum

by Margo Borders

 

The Catholic celebration of the Easter Triduum starts with Holy Thursday. The traditional name for this day is “Maundy Thursday,” which comes from the phrase “a new command,” referring to Christ’s words: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:34). The Holy Thursday Mass commemorates the institution of the Eucharist by Christ at the Last Supper as well as the institution of the priesthood. During the Mass, the priest traditionally washes the feet of a number of parishioners, usually 12, in order to imitate Christ when He washed the feet of His 12 apostles before the Last Supper in John’s Gospel. This act emphasizes the ideas of service and self-sacrifice that were exemplified by Christ in His Passion and death. In cathedrals, the bishop blesses the Oil of Chrism that will be used for future Baptism and Confirmation. Because no Mass will be celebrated until the Easter Vigil, the priest carries the consecrated Host in a procession to the altar of repose, where it will stay until the Good Friday service. Often, people will stay for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament during the night.

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Tue

25

Mar

2014

Within the Confines of the Truth: Ex Corde Ecclesiae & the Future of Catholic Higher Education

by Margo Borders

 

On March 18th, Chris Canniff, A&S ’14 and editor-in-chief of The Torch, gave an address to the UGBC student assembly about Catholic higher education, presenting his ideas about how to stay committed to and promote the Catholic mission on the BC campus.

 

Canniff began by referencing the article by Nicholas Hahn that inspired his talk. Hahn talks about Pope Francis’ recent address to the Board of Trustees at Notre Dame. This address led Hahn to conclude that something is awry in Catholic higher education in the United States and that schools need to refocus on their commitment to educating with a Catholic mission.

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Tue

25

Feb

2014

Professor’s Dating Talks Challenge BC Culture

by Margo Borders

 

Professor Kerry Cronin gave her famous dating talk called “Bring Back the Date” on February 10 at an event sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society. The next night, she gave a follow-up talk called “Making the Move: Navigating Dating Transitions,” which was sponsored by the Church in the 21st Century. Cronin criticized the hookup culture at BC, challenged the students to go on a date, and spoke about the values that are important in decision-making in relationships.

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Tue

28

Jan

2014

Saint of the Issue: Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

by Margo Borders

 

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati was born in 1901 in Turin, Italy. From a young age, Frassati showed great piety and was very involved with his faith, including Catholic student groups, the Apostleship of Prayer, Catholic Action, and St. Vincent de Paul Society; he was even a member of the Third Order of St. Dominic.

 

Frassati spent much of his life helping the poor. As a boy, he gave his spending money and the clothes off his own back to the poor people he saw on the street. Through his membership in numerous societies, he was able to serve the poor and address social injustices at the time. He would forgo family vacations in the summer in order to continue serving the poor of his city. Frassati saw Jesus in the poor, and said that he saw “a special light that we do not have around the sick, the poor, the unfortunate.”

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Tue

28

Jan

2014

St. Mary’s Renovation Continues on Schedule

by Margo Borders

 

The renovation of St. Mary’s Hall continues on schedule and is expected to be completed in early 2015. The building started restorations in early 2013 and will undergo exterior renovations as well as converting the south wing of the building into University academic space, which will include the Communication and Computer Science departments and the Woods College of Advancing Studies.

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Tue

10

Dec

2013

The Stained-Glass Windows of Boston College: Finding God in All Things

by Margo Borders

 

The Alumni Association of Boston College hosted a tour of the stained glass windows of Bapst Library, called “The Stained-Glass Windows of Boston College: Finding God in All Things” on Sunday, Dec. 8. Patricia DeLeeuw, Vice Provost for Faculties and a scholar of medieval history, gave the tour, which took place in Bapst Library’s Gargan Hall and the Irish Room in Gasson Hall.

 

DeLeeuw focused first on Bapst Library in the context of the history of Boston College.

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