Faith Feature Columnist
Noella D’Souza is a junior studying Chemistry with a minor in Medical Humanities. She’s is deeply devoted to BC Full Swing, Hillside Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, puns, and the Oxford Comma, in that order.
For centuries, theologians have ceaselessly pondered the nature of God and His relation to humanity, but their well-researched theses have overlooked one essential source of human wisdom: the American graphic tee. Two t-shirt designs, in particular, come to mind: the tagline “I am what I am” and the “HELLO: My name is…” name-tag design. Imagine if God came along and decided to create His own trendy graphic tee, combining the two designs into the line, “HELLO: My name is…I AM who AM.” I’m not a prophet, but we all know that sales would be through the roof, like Jesus’ healing of the paralytic at Capernaum in reverse. Jokes aside, I find the name of God a really fascinating perspective for understanding the Christian faith and the human identity.
Since they’re so few and far between, I like to indulge every opportunity I get to imagine Jesus as a rebellious teenager—probably because I can relate so well. Jesus ditching his family in the Finding in the Temple is one of the most tangible (and plausible) examples I can think of. Aside from imagining Jesus as a wild child, I frequently return to this Bible story because I find it so rich in practical wisdom regarding life as a person of faith.
Before the start of this semester, I indulged myself in my longest round of the quiet game to date: Manresa, a 5-day silent retreat offered by BC Campus Ministry and structured around the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Manresa is named after the town where Ignatius spent a period of time entering deeper into his spiritual life and developing the exercises, a cornerstone of Ignatian spirituality. Going into the retreat, I was looking forward to learning more about a new spiritual practice, doing some self-reflection, and mentally preparing myself for the coming semester—but I was a little apprehensive about the concept of five days spent in silence. Having just finished the retreat, here are some of my thoughts.
by: Noella D'Souza
The 2018 Winter Olympics marks the beginning of a new, concerted effort to build the relationship between the Vatican and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). As in the past, the IOC invited the Vatican to send delegates to represent the nation. The Vatican obliged as a gesture of goodwill and show of their support for reconciliation between North and South Korea. Monsignor Melchor Sánchez de Toca, Undersecretary and Head of the Culture and Sports Section for the Pontifical Council for Culture and a former pentathlete, was designated the official delegate. The ceremony was also attended by Stefano Calvigioni, a member of the Italian Olympic Committee who has also worked with the Vatican.
On October 2, 2017, Archbishop Bernardito Auza of the Philippines, Vatican ambassador to the United Nations, gave a speech at the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly Debate on Social Development. The Archbishop focused on the impact of global economic growth on those in poverty and the steps that can to be taken to ensure comprehensive economic and social advancement that will last in the interest of the many, especially the marginalized.