Confession Marathon is coming!!
Our annual Confession Marathon will be on Wednesday, March 18th. We will have many priests available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 2pm-midnight. Make the sacrament of healing a part of your Lent. Students will be given priority if there is a wait.
Spring Break schedule
There will still be both 11am & 9pm Mass on Sunday March 8th and Sunday March 15th. There will be NO weekday Mass and Soup on March 6th, 10th, or 13th.
Daylight Savings Time!
Don't forget to Spring forward one hour the night of March 7th!
Young Catholic Scholars Faith and Science Talk
Please join the CSC's Young Catholic Scholars Faith and Science Program in welcoming Dr. Peter Raven, PhD, President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Gardens, for “Genetically Modified Organisms: A Christian Appeal for Using Biotechnology to Combat World Hunger”. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 4th at 7pm in Wilson Auditorium on the Washington University Danforth Campus. We hope you will join us for this great opportunity to hear from a renowned environmentalist!
Christian Life Community
Christian Life Communities (CLCs) are forming for the season of Lent. As part of a CLC, you'll meet with 5 other students, once/week during Lent at a time that works for you, discussing various topics of faith. Make this small commitment of one hour each week to deepen your relationship with God and help you make the most of this Lenten season. Email Lisa (email@example.com)
Why Be Catholic?
Sometimes, when people learn that you are Catholic (or in my case, that I work for the Church on top of it), they might be tempted to write you off as foolish and naive at best or even narrow-minded at worst. Issues and hypocrisies like those noted in the New York Times op-ed below might come to their minds.
How could any intelligent individual participate in an organization like that? Not an entirely unreasonable question, to be fair. My response? In the words of Peter when Jesus asks if he too will leave Him, "To whom else shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." And I don’t mean eternal life as in whatever happens after death. I mean now. To where else would I go? Imperfect though it may be (it's made up of humans, after all!), the Church has given me the very tools with which I now challenge the Church to manifest its best self. And it is the wisdom, tradition, and community of the Church that time and time again has manifested the best in me throughout my life (almost in spite of me).
I'm not much of a St. Augustine fan, but I can really get on board with him when he says "The Church is a whore, but she's still my mother."
You can’t get mad at me. St. Augustine said it after all.
These days, in a world of infinite options and instant gratification, the temptation is always there to jump ship. To run off to the next thing. To think that there is something/one better out there. To think there is something/one perfect out there that will never disappoint me and will always make me happy. Well that stinkin' thinkin' will just hasten the disappointment.
Jesus came and challenged the heck out of what people took for granted as Judaism. He was his own religion's harshest critic. But He was still a Jew. A good Jew. A practicing Jew. And He spent his adult life trying to help his faith tradition manifest its best self and re-discover the immense wisdom that is there and access to the divine that it could offer. Until it finally got Him killed.
So...when we have issues with the Church (as in this New York Times op-ed, which does raise some fair points), I'd say we’re in pretty good company when we are willing to go down with the ship or give our lives to help steer that ship as best as we can help steer it, trusting that, at it its best, it's a darn good vehicle to navigate the stormy seas.
Mark Zaegel's Blog Entry
Frank's Opinion in the N.Y. Times