3 Things to Think About Going Into Holy Week

Yesterday, Palm Sunday, in church, we sang the song “Hosanna” by Hillsong’s Brooke Fraser. While I sang the lyrics, I couldn’t help but be moved by the thought of my Savior entered Jerusalem to cries of “Hosanna in the highest”—knowing that but a few days later He would die what is probably the most excruciating … Continue reading

Against the Grain

By Gus Hardy   Not twenty-four hours before I started writing this post, I was getting up at 4:30 AM to blearily pull on clothes, drag myself outdoors into the freezing rain of Northern California, walk down a muddy trail, and meditate for an hour in absolute silence during which I would almost certainly get … Continue reading

Travel as Religion

By Joe Alexander-Short As a senior, I’ve spent many recent nights thinking back on my time here at Santa Clara University. In this nostalgia, I’m brought back to the big question that was first planted in my mind Freshman year: now that I’m living on my own, how do I want to live? One of … Continue reading

Dalai Lama By Degrees

By Gus Hardy I blearily swung myself out of bed after sleeping in way too late (for what I had in mind, that is), put on some clothes, and stepped out into the icy morning at 5:00 AM. The sky was inky black and I could see my breath in fog across the night sky. … Continue reading

St. Augustine and the NSA

By Gus Hardy The other day, my friends were filming Vines. They were just pulling out their phones, capturing people’s motions, and storing them to see at a later date. In and of itself, this isn’t bad, but as I looked on, I couldn’t help but see the tiny cameras winking at me on the … Continue reading

7 Tips to Navigating Spiritual Deserts

  Everybody has them—Spiritual deserts.  Those places you get to when you’re at the end of your rope, crazy busy with a multitude of “things” that you don’t have time for, and you feel…empty.  When you’re not centered on God and allowing your soul to recharge and refresh, life becomes a drudgery instead of a … Continue reading