The best study spot ya got!
As if the CSC wasn't a great study space already, the place is all cozy and decked out with Christmas decorations and will soon be loaded with snacks for reading week and finals week! It's open 24 hours/day. Just ask a staff person for the code if you want to enter late at night!
Pilgrimage to France
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 will be available beginning in January.
"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. Please contact Jackie Kading at email@example.com if you are interested or for more details.
Interested in a Village bloc?
Last year, many CSC students formed a bloc in the village around the theme of "healthy living". Interested in being a part of a bloc this year? Contact Catholic Student Union exec board (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
Continue Reading Mark Zaegel's Blog Entry Frank Bruni's Opinion in the New York Times
Spring Break plans look bleak?
Think about signing up for the Spring Break Service Trip with the CSC! We will be learning about both immigration and homelessness with Casa Romero in Milwaukee and it's sure to be a rewarding and inspiring (not to mention super fun) experience
Sign up today!