Religious Responses to Ferguson
Join Fr. Art Cavitt, pastor of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta parish in Ferguson, as well as other local religious leaders, for a discussion Thursday, Feb 5, 3:30-5:30pm in Emerson Auditorium in Knight Hall. Fr. Art is a dynamic speaker and leader with many years of experience in the community.
Super Bowl Sunday Mass schedule
A change to our Mass schedule for Super Bowl Sunday (Feb 1st): Mass will be at 11am & 4pm (NO 9pm MASS!!)
Immersion Retreat Signups
The CSC is hosting its annual Immersion Retreat on Saturday, February 28th! This year's theme is "Pilgrims on a Journey". Come reflect on how Christ is seeking you out on this pilgrimage we call life. The retreat is open to undergrad and grad students. Cost is $5. To sign-up or for more information contact Mike Garcia (firstname.lastname@example.org). Deadline to register is Monday, February 23rd. Spots fill up fast so sign-up now!
Pilgrimage to France - Applications Available!
The CSC will be joining the Lutheran Campus Ministry for a week-long pilgrimage to Taize, France, May 17-24, 2015. It will be an opportunity to seek communion with God through daily prayer, singing, silence, and reflection. The pilgrimage is open to all students and young adults ages 18-29. Applications are available here and are due by February 1, 2015. Check out more information about Taize here! There will be an info session on January 18th at 8pm at the CSC with more details on the logistics. You can contact Jackie Kading at email@example.com if you are interested or if you have any questions.
"To experience a simple life shared with others reminds us that daily life is the place where Christ is waiting for us." We encourage you to prayerfully consider this opportunity over Christmas break.
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