Junípero Serra, the Santa Clara Mission, and Joy Amongst Controversy

By Maleny Quiroz

You’ve probably heard of the Blessed Father Junípero Serra, his upcoming canonization, and the California Missions. In case you haven’t, here’s a super quick summary.

Father Junípero Serra was a Spanish Missionary in the 1700s that founded the first nine California Missions, including our beloved one in Santa Clara. Pope Francis will be canonizing him on September 23rd in Washington DC.

Now, what’s all the controversy about? What lead people to wanting his statue removed from the U.S. Capitol and disagreeing with his canonization? Misinformation. You see, the people that tend to dislike Father Serra usually associate him with Spanish colonization, mistreatment of Indians, and their decimation. Let’s look at this more carefully before making rash assumptions.

Spanish Colonization

In regards to Spanish colonization, we have to learn how to make the distinction between the colonizers and the missionaries. Yes, they often worked together but there is still a clear difference between them, especially when we’re talking about Father Serra. It comes as an instant reaction for people to assume that the Spanish colonizers and missionaries came to the Americas to shove ideas down the native’s throats in order to banish their own culture. Let me learn you a thing: Father Serra, along with other missionaries, learned the language of the natives and encouraged them to continue with their culture and identity. Blessed Father Serra lived to serve the Indians, not the other way around. He wanted to spread the love of God and the sacraments to all his peoples, not just the most privileged. So much was his desire to do this that he walked from Mexico City to the U.S. to found the missions… while having leg cancer. El Camino Real? Yup, he walked that. And let’s not forget to mention that he “pressed for a system of law to protect California’s Native Americans against the abuses of Spanish soldiers,” which brings me to my next point…

Mistreatment of Indians

Some press against the fact that he used corporal punishments against the Indians. Again, this is because people tend to blob together Spanish colonizers with the missionaries. According to experts “there is no documentation that Serra himself abused any Native American.”

Native American Decimation

The Native American decimation happened after 1850, and Father Serra died in 1784… soooo why is this even a thing?

This is not to say that Blessed Father Junípero Serra was perfect and that’s why he should be canonized. If you have any knowledge on the saints, you’ll know that none of them were perfect, and many of them were far from it. St. Paul persecuted Christians, St. Ignatius was a womanizer, and the list goes on. The definition of a saint is not “someone that always was impeccably holy” but rather a human who goes to Heaven. That means that they had sins and faults, but they ultimately walked in the steps of Christ. Now, I’m not saying that their mistakes should be justified (though it’s also important to look at historical context), but I think they’re there for more of an inspiration. The saints’ mistakes help us see that they were regular people just like us, and that if they overcame them and went to Heaven so can we. In order to be canonized there need to be two legit miracles attributed to their intercession, where years of studies and yes, even science take place, to prove that they’re really in Heaven. There are saints who don’t receive their title and they’re just as saintly as the other ones that do, but I really like how canonization allows for them to be known so that we can have a prayer buddy in Heaven :) .

I didn’t live in the times of Father Serra, so I’ll never be able to say that I’m an eyewitness and that he is in fact completely guilt-free of what many people accuse him of. However, I am a living eyewitness of what occurs today at one of the Missions he established—Misión Santa Clara de Asís.

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I have seen joy in the loving community of the Santa Clara Mission. I have seen people grow in love and knowledge during Mass, prayer, adoration, and Bible studies. I have been guided by inspiring homilies. I have been able to spread God’s love in serving the community during Mass. I have felt the comforting touch of my Heavenly Father in desperate times of stress. I have experienced bliss in receiving Jesus in the Eucharist. For this, and for countless reasons untold, I am extremely grateful to Father Serra.


Junípero Serra, la Misión de Santa Clara, y Alegria Entre Controversia

Por Maleny Quiroz

Probablemente has oído hablar del Beato Junípero Serra, su próxima canonización y las misiones de California. En caso de que no lo hayas hecho, aquí está un resumen súper rápido.

El fray Junípero Serra fue un misionero español en los 1700s que fundó las primeras nueve misiones de California, incluyendo nuestra amada misión en Santa Clara. El Papa Francisco lo canonizará el 23 de septiembre en Washington DC.

Y, ¿de que se trata toda la controversia? ¿Qué a llevado a la gente a que quiera que su estatua en el Capitolio de los EE.UU. sea removida y a que no estén de acuerdo con su canonización? La falta de información. Verás, las personas que tienden a rechazar al fray Serra normalmente lo asocian con la colonización española, el maltrato de los indios y su asesinato en masa. Veamos esto más cuidadosamente antes de hacer suposiciones precipitadas.

La colonización española

Al respecto de la colonización española, tenemos que aprender a hacer la distinción entre los colonizadores y los misioneros. Sí, trabajaron a menudo juntos, pero aun hay una clara diferencia entre ellos, sobre todo cuando estamos hablando del Padre Serra. Como una reacción instantánea se presenta la suposición de que los colonizadores y misioneros españoles llegaron a las Américas a meterles ideas forzosamente en la cabeza de los indios con el fin de quitarles su propia cultura. Déjame te enseño algo: el padre Serra, junto con otros misioneros, aprendió la lengua de los nativos y los apoyo a continuar con su cultura e identidad. El Beato Serra vivió para servir a los indios, no al contrario. Quería esparcir el amor de Dios y los sacramentos a todos sus pueblos, no sólo a los más privilegiados. Tanto era su deseo de hacer esto, que caminó desde la Ciudad de México hasta los EE.UU. para fundar las misiones… mientras que tenía cáncer en la pierna. El Camino Real? Sip, él lo caminó. Y no nos olvidemos de mencionar que “presionó por un sistema de leyes para proteger a los americanos nativos de California contra los abusos de los soldados españoles,” lo que me lleva a mi siguiente punto …

El maltrato de los indios

Algunos de prensa contra el hecho de que él utilizó los castigos corporales contra los indios. De nuevo, esto se debe a que la gente tiende a juntar a los colonizadores españoles con los misioneros sin hacer distinción. Según los expertos “no hay documentación que el propio Serra abusó de cualquier nativo americano“.

El asesinato en masa de los indios

El asesinato en masa de los americanos nativos ocurrió después de 1850, y el fray Serra murió en 1784 … o sea nada que ver.

Esto no quiere decir que el Beato Junípero Serra fuera perfecto y que por eso debería de ser canonizado. Si tienes algún conocimiento sobre los santos, sabrás que ninguno de ellos era perfecto, y muchos de ellos estaban lejos de serlo. San Pablo fue parte de la persecución de los cristianos, San Ignacio de Loyola era un mujeriego y la lista continúa. La definición de un santo no es “alguien que siempre fue impecablemente sagrado”, sino un ser humano que va al Cielo. Eso significa que tenían pecados y faltas, pero que ultimadamente caminaron en los pasos de Cristo. No estoy diciendo que sus errores deben de ser justificados (aunque también es importante tener en cuenta el contexto histórico), pero creo que están allí más para servir como una fuente de inspiración. Los errores de los santos nos ayudan a ver que eran gente normal como nosotros, y que si ellos vencieron el pecado y fueron al cielo, nosotros también podemos hacerlo. Para ser canonizado es necesario que existan dos milagros reales atribuidos a su intercesión, donde años de estudios y sí, incluso la ciencia tienen lugar, para demostrar que están realmente en el Cielo. Hay santos que no reciben su título y ellos son tan santos como los otros que sí lo reciben, pero me gusta mucho como la canonización permite que sean conocidos, para que podamos tener un amiguito de oración en el Cielo ☺.

Yo no viví en los tiempos del fray Serra, por lo que nunca podré decir que soy una de sus testigos y que él es en verdad completamente libre de culpa de lo que muchas personas lo acusan. Sin embargo, sí soy una testigo viviente de lo que ocurre hoy en día en una de las misiones que estableció—la Misión Santa Clara de Asís.

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He visto alegría en la comunidad amable de la Misión de Santa Clara. He visto a la gente a crecer en amor y conocimiento dentro de la Misa, la oración, la adoración y estudios bíblicos. He sido guiada por homilías que inspiran. He sido capaz de difundir el amor de Dios en servir a la comunidad durante la Misa. He sentido el toque reconfortante de mi Padre Celestial en tiempos desesperados de estrés. He sentido una gran dicha al recibir a Jesús en la Eucaristía. Por esto y por un sinnúmero de razones que no han sido contadas, estoy extremadamente agradecida con el padre Serra.

Ave Verum Corpus

By Marlene Schultz

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I have never held the Lord in my hands during Communion, and I consider that one of my most precious blessings. I receive the Eucharist on the tongue, whether I attend the Extraordinary or Ordinary Forms of the Roman Rite, and I firmly intend to keep it that way. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes I’m kneeling, tongue sticking out, for what seems an inexorable amount of time as the priest reaches for a Host in the chalice. My eyes are closed, partly for holiness, but mostly to avoid awkwardly staring the priest in the eye. I wonder if I look like a frog trying to catch a fly, or a baby bird with its mouth gaping open. And then I sense a Host being placed gently on my tongue. I don’t determine the moment the Lord comes to me. I am always surprised.

There are so many times before Mass when I examine my hands. I remember how I was cleaning up chicken excrement only three hours before. I see the sweat and feel the grime from clutching my choir binder. And even more clearly, I remember the sins I committed (and still commit) with those two hands. How worthy am I to have the Eucharist placed in those hands? And then how could I take those hands and place the Lord in my mouth?

In the Traditional Latin Mass (the Extraordinary Form), after the Consecration the priest keeps the fingers that consecrated, held, and distributed the Eucharist pressed together. He is mindful that not even the most atomic particles of the Host clinging to his fingers are profaned. Not until the Ablutions, where he ritually purifies the chalice and cleanses his hands, does the priest separate his fingers. Perhaps this could be seen as a minor scruple that isn’t necessary. But love is intertwined with a care for the little things, little sacrifices for our one true Love. The example of our priests resonates throughout the Church, and my own care for the Eucharist is deeply influenced by them.

Receiving Communion on the tongue counters my human weaknesses so perfectly, especially my prideful and arrogant tendencies. I want to do everything myself, but Holy Communion forces me to be fed like a child again. I must humble myself and kneel down, relinquishing all control of the Mystery that is about to be unfolded before me. The Blessed Sacrament, the Bread of Angels, is the medicine of our souls. The Divine Physician gave himself to us – body, blood, soul, and divinity – and I cannot be the person to initiate my Communion. When I kneel and am given the Eucharist on the tongue, I am reminded that I do not receive the Lord because of my own strength or worthiness. Everything in my life is a gift, and the Eucharist is the greatest of them all.

For a thorough examination of the history of receiving Communion on the tongue, I highly recommend Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s small booklet called Corpus Christi: Holy Communion and the Renewal of the Church. I can only speak from my personal experiences as a new Catholic, and I cannot equal the insights of such a Prince of the Church.

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The Last Communion of St. Jerome, by Sandro Botticelli 


Marlene is a chicken in disguiseMarlene Schultz is a sophomore at Evergreen Valley College with a vague intention of majoring in Art. She doesn’t believe in extracurricular activity, but Marlene loves singing (badly) Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony in her church’s choir, hugging her pet chickens, drinking gallons of English black tea, and suffering. Do not speak of liturgical dance to Marlene, or she will taunt you a second time.

Finding Your Constant

By Levina Robin

Less than three weeks until I receive my diploma. Three weeks until my entire life changes and will continue to change.

These have been the only thoughts racing through my head since this week began. It’s hard to think about anything else when the last four years of my life are coming to an end, and I am beginning a new chapter of my life. Unknown-5

But then it hit me, this has happened many times before. New chapters from moving cities, new chapters from graduating high school, and new chapters with new relationships. That’s just life. 

With the thought of life constantly changing, my heart quickly starts racing, and that’s when I realize, I need a constant for myself.

I chose my constant to be meditation. My entire life everyone around me has mentioned the thought of meditation. It never was something I wanted to attempt, until my boyfriend told me the magical meditation he had in class one day.

“We have to try it tonight!” he exclaimed when he saw me.

So we did. We found a quiet meditation room in the midst of our university. We sat up straight upon a chair, put our thumbs together, and closed our eyes with no time constraint.

When my eyes finally opened, I could feel a definite difference in my mood and my level-headedness. Just one meditation, and it made the world of a difference. The next day, I found that I was in a content state of mind, my heart stopped racing with the sound of graduation and change. I had to do it again, meditate, I mean. Ever since then, we set aside at least 20 minutes to meditate everyday, and shortly after reflect on our meditation.

The amazing part of meditating is that it is different for everyone. For me, meditation is a visual activity. As soon as I close my eyes, images start floating up and I am filled with content-ness. On the other hand, my boyfriend’s meditation yield memories and past feelings but also yield content-ness.

Try it at home: 

Pick a quiet-ish place somewheUnknown-4re around you. It does not have to be totally quiet because the sounds can trigger great thoughts within your meditation. Make sure your back is supported where you are sitting so you can be as comfortable as possible. Now, put your thumbs together ever so lightly. If you find yourself pressing too hard, you are thinking too hard about something, and therefore are not relaxed. If your thumbs start to drift apart, that means you are entering a mode of sleeping. Now, pick a word, any word, that has any meaning to you. Often I do random words like water, nature, dreams, trust, or wonder.

Now close your eyes and let your mind take you wherever it wants to lead you. Let go of the reality around you. Only open your eyes when you are ready.

Warm Bodies, Imagine Dragons, and Conversion?

By Maleny Quiroz

“What do I have to do with conversion and Imagine Dragons??”

Ah the connotation of conversion today is so odd, so before you start thinking of it as the “forceful imposing of one’s beliefs upon another person,” please try to keep an open mind about this topic. But what does this have to do with the weird movie Warm Bodies anyway? SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen it, go watch it now. Done? Ok here we go with my cray comparison:

In the beginning of the movie, we get a nice view of the zombies that populate an airport. As R points out to us, he and the rest of his zombie buddies go round and round without a sense of purpose (if those lines sound familiar it’s because I borrowed them from Imagine Dragon’s awesome song Round and Round that you need to go and listen to because I’ll be referencing it throughout this article . . . and because it’s a great song in general). If you think about it, this tends to be the case when we don’t include Christ in our lives; we go around living and going places but like the song says “without a sense of purpose we’re setting up to fail.” This in a way happens to the zombies of Warm Bodies too, if they continue in that state, they might get infected (ahem metaphor for sin perhaps?), become bonies, start eating themselves, and eating others in the process as well.

Initially, there seems to be no cure for these zombies, they walk and (kinda almost) talk but they might as well be dead. It seems like “all the emptiness inside [them] is hard enough to fill.” Perhaps, it might seem that way from the outside looking in when we, Catholics, meet with a non-believer, that in a way we have to fill in an empty void in these individuals . . . that we must convert them, bring them to new life (2 Corinthians 5:17). However we should take into account Pope Francis’s words on the matter:

We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyzes: ‘I am talking with you in order to persuade you,’ No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytizing.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI petting a cat because why not :)

And we can’t forget Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s words either:

The Church does not engage in proselytism. Instead, she grows by “attraction“- just as Christ “draws all to himself” by the power of his love, culminating in the sacrifice of the Cross, so the Church fulfills her mission to the extent that, in union with Christ, she accomplishes every one of her works in spiritual and practical imitation of the love of her Lord.

What does that mean? That if you go around thinking “I want to convert people,” they’re going to think “I’m not gonna let you change my mind.” In truth we as humans can’t really “convert” someone. Conversion is the turning of one’s heart towards, in this case God, but it’s not an action that can be manipulated. Pay attention to the words “attraction” and “love” in the quotations previously provided. In the film, R’s heart starts beating again as he starts to feel attraction and love toward/from Julie, and he becomes human, comes to new life as this love grows ever more. Not to mention that this love rekindles the hearts of other zombies as well and eventually brings them back to life too.

Now, to clarify, the Holy Spirit is the only one that truly moves hearts and guides people to Christ. However, we can do some things: love and pray that the person may respond by having the desire to come to the fullness of Christ and His Church. If that person still thinks “I’m not gonna let you change my mind till you show me what this life is for,” love them, love them even more, and show them that this life is for spreading the love of God amongst all His creatures. Be patient, pray, listen, and answer questions if needed. Don’t worry, “you don’t have to make it right, just hold your head up high” and look up to God, He will be the one to make it right.


¿Mi novio es un zombie, Imagine Dragons y conversión?

Por Maleny Quiroz

“¿¿Y yo que tengo que ver con la conversión y con Imagine Dragons??”

Ah la connotación de la conversión hoy en día es tan extraña, así que antes de empezar a pensar en ella como la “forzosa imposición de creencias de una persona a otra persona,” por favor, trata de mantener una mente abierta acerca de este tema. Pero, ¿qué tiene que ver esto con la película rara de Mi novio es un zombie? ALERTA DE SPOILER: Si no la has visto, ve a verla ahora …ya? Ok aquí vamos con mi comparación medio loca:

En el comienzo de la película, tenemos una bonita vista de los zombis que pueblan un aeropuerto. Como R nos señala, él y el resto de sus amiguitos zombis dan vueltas y vueltas sin un sentido de propósito (si esas líneas te suenan es porque las tome prestadas de la canción impresionante Round and Round de Imagine Dragons que tienes que escuchar porque estaré haciéndole referencia a lo largo de este artículo … y porque es una gran canción en general). Si te pones a pensar, este tiende a ser el caso cuando no incluimos a Cristo en nuestras vidas; damos vueltas viviendo y yendo a lugares pero como dice la canción “sin un sentido de propósito estamos preparándonos para fallar.” De una manera esto sucede con los zombis de Mi novio es un zombie también, si continúan en ese estado, puede ser que se infecten (ejem metáfora para el pecado, tal vez?), que se convierten en huesudos, empiecen a comerse a sí mismos, y a comerse a otros en el proceso también.

Al principio, no parece haber ninguna cura para estos zombis, caminan y (medio casi) hablan pero bien podrían estar muertos. Parece que “todo el vacío dentro de [ellos] es bastante difícil de llenar.” Tal vez, podría parecer así desde el exterior viendo hacia adentro cuando nosotros, los católicos, nos encontramos con un no creyente, que de alguna manera tenemos que llenar un espacio vacío en estos individuos … que tenemos que convertirlos, llevarlos a una nueva vida (2 Corintios 5:17). Sin embargo hay que tener en cuenta las palabras del Papa Francisco sobre el asunto:

Podemos inspirar a otros a través del testimonio de modo que uno crezca juntos al comunicarse. Pero lo peor de todo es el proselitismo religioso, que paraliza: “Estoy hablando contigo con el fin de persuadirte.” No, cada persona dialoga, empezando por su propia identidad. La iglesia crece por atracción, no por proselitismo.

El Papa Emerito XVI acariciando un gato porque ¿por qué no? :)

Y no podemos olvidar las palabras del Papa emérito Benedicto XVI tampoco:

La Iglesia no se involucra en el proselitismo. En cambio, ella crece por “atracción” – así como Cristo “atrae a todos hacia sí mismo” por el poder de su amor, culminando en el sacrificio de la Cruz, por lo que la Iglesia cumple su misión en la medida en que, en unión con Cristo, ella logra cada una de sus obras en la imitación espiritual y práctica del amor de su Señor.

¿Qué significa eso? Que si vas pensando “quiero convertir a la gente,” van a pensar “No voy a dejar que cambies mi manera de pensar.” En verdad, nosotros, como seres humanos no podemos realmente “convertir” a alguien. La conversión es cuando el corazón da vuelta hacia, en este caso Dios, pero no es una acción que puede ser manipulada. Ponle atención a las palabras “atracción” y “amor” en las citas dadas previamente. En la película, el corazón de R comienza a latir de nuevo al empezar a sentir atracción y amor hacia/de Julie, y se convierte en humano, llega a una nueva vida al su amor crecer cada vez más. No cabe mencionar que este amor enciende de nuevo los corazones de otros zombis y finalmente los trae de vuelta a la vida también.

Ahora, para aclarar, el Espíritu Santo es el único que realmente mueve los corazones y que guía a las personas a Cristo. Sin embargo, sí podemos hacer algunas cosas: amar y rezar para que la persona pueda responder al tener el deseo de llegar a la plenitud de Cristo y su Iglesia. Si esa persona sigue pensando “No voy a dejar que cambies mi manera de pensar hasta que me muestres para que es esta vida” ámalos, ámalos aún más y demuéstrales que esta vida es para expandir el amor de Dios entre todas sus criaturas. Se paciente, reza, escucha y responde preguntas si es necesario. No te preocupes, “no tienes que hacerlo bien, solo mantén tu cabeza en alto” y mira hacia Dios, Él será el encargado de hacer que las cosas salgan bien.

The Bible Through a Feminist Lens

 

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Hagar and Ishamel

Being a feminist woman, I have had trouble reading the Bible on numerous occasions. For many women, feminist or not, it can be hard because of the lack of females as subjects and the often misrepresentation and marginalization of the females who are included. Just as a reminder, the definition of a feminist is a person who believes in the equality of men and women.

I am currently taking a religion course that focuses solely on the women of the Bible and it has immensely helped me in becoming more comfortable reading the Bible again. There are a few key things that I have learned that I would like to share.


Make the woman the subject.

There is a lack of stories with female characters in leading roles. Often, the women are supporting characters or appear only to serve a singular purpose in a story. So, make them the subject. Do a close read of a passage you think you know well that includes a female character. Focus only on her, think about the story from her perspective, and ask questions about her. You might be surprised about how much you can learn.

Understand the social and historical context in which the Bible was written.

The Bible was written in in an extremely patriarchal time and society. The forces against women were much stronger than they are now. There were established social norms and laws that made it very difficult for women to get the rights that they deserved. While we cannot change the past, we can learn from it, and we can understand that many of the results for how women were treated and portrayed were a result of these contexts.

The Bible is a human construct.

Humans wrote the Bible, therefore like humans, it has its flaws. Many times I think we take the Bible very literally, when that was not always God’s intention. Should we take 1 Peter 3:1 literally when women are told to submit to their husbands? I cannot justify that God would have intended such a verse to be included in the Bible where he also says that both man and woman were equally created in God’s image. But, while the Bible is a human construct, God is not.

Women have come a long way, but we are not quite there.

The fact that there are being classes taught about just the women of the Bible goes to show how far we have come since the days that the actual Bible was written. Some scholars devote their entire life’s work to reading and interpreting biblical stories using feminist lenses, illustrating how important this topic is. Even Pope Francis said the following last month,

“Why is it a given that women must earn less than men? No! They have the same rights. The disparity is pure scandal.”

But, we still have a long way to go. Many would argue that we are still living in a highly patriarchal society. So, remember to read the Bible with a critical eye, noting and taking into account when women are mistreated, misrepresented, or marginalized. For further reading on this topic, I recommend Clothed with the Sun by Joyce Hollyday and Helpmates, Harlots, and Heroes by Alice Odgen Bellis.

A Resume Shaped Heart?

By Levina Robin

I’m walking through a fair of careers. Actually, I can barely breathe because of the overbearing amount of students sweating from carrying their resumes and buttoning their shirts up all the way tojob-fair their necks in order to prove that somehow that makes them more professional. Students faking smiles and trying to perfect their firm handshakes because a weak hand just doesn’t cut it in the real world. I walk with a personality and just one dimple, hoping one of the recruiter’s eyes catches the sparkle in my eye and they’ll be blown away by my passion for life and yearning to learn. I walk over to an oversized poster for a company I can’t seem to pronounce. “Hi! I’m Levina.” The smallest of talk goes on for a bit as I figure out how to slip my resume into their fingers in the wittiest and sneakiest way possible. They glance over it for what I counted as 2.34 seconds when they look at me and ask, “What is your GPA, miss?”

Living in the Silicon Valley, I have become used to having a resume constantly ready. I have a resume that is updated regularly, often weekly. I have a resume for my design work, and a black and white one for the jobs that won’t take my colored ones. I have cover letters and questions prepared. Although, whenever I am motivated in terms of my professional career, it always feels like there is something missing. I realized what I was missing this past year during my job search when companies had such a hard time telling me how they were socially impacting the world around them for the better. They were missing virtues and values that I had grown up my entire life believing in. Their answers just didn’t quite click with me. It felt like just because these companies weren’t doing something awful and immoral, they were in the clear.

Unknown-1“You figure as long as you are not obviously hurting anybody and people seem to like you, you must be O.K. But you live with an unconscious boredom, separated from the deepest meaning of life and the highest moral joys. Gradually, a humiliating gap opens between your actual self and your desired self, between you and those incandescent souls you sometimes meet.” – David Brooks


Empathy.

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Recently, I was able to put these virtues that companies were missing into words thanks to this article.

“It occurred to me that there were two sets of virtues, the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues. The résumé virtues are the skills you bring to the marketplace. The eulogy virtues are the ones that are talked about at your funeral — whether you were kind, brave, honest or faithful.”

This article starts out describing the person that has a light inside them and the gratitude they hold within. The kind of people that you look at and say, “The world would be a better place if there were more of you.” They come around every so often and meeting them motivates you to become a better person.

As we move into the future, we realize that academia does not teach you to be an empathic person with these eulogy virtues. Then, it is truly up to us to develop these virtues and become a person that holds empathy to a high standard. And the fact isUnknown-3, everyone’s eulogy virtues are different, just like their resume virtues. And the best part? We get to work on them! They were not something we were born with, but rather something we can make for ourselves, become better at, and encourage others to do the same. It can be learned.

And there is absolutely nothing wrong with having resume skills. So why not have both? There is something wrong with having no heart beyond your resume and your career. Would you like a resume shaped heart?

After reading the article, I decided to write my own moral bucket list. What do I want to give to people? What do I want to be able to become as a human being separate from my career? It is useful to have quantitative goals and qualitative goals within this. Sometimes you can not measure love, but you can definitely choose to do something tangible within a week or so, to learn and to grow, and then to help.

So, what’s on your moral bucket list?

Finding Spirituality at a Public College

By Michelle Sullivan

UnknownIt was the second week of college and I felt like something was out of place. Other than being a totally new world and being 300 miles from home, it felt like something else was missing from my life. Although I knew I missed Mass for the last two weekends, I did not know that that would be the reason attributed to my out-of-place feeling. I then realized I did not get to go to Mass and it had been months since I had last missed Mass. I had gone to a catholic elementary school, middle school, and high school and felt so displaced in college. I came from a family that was so passionate about spirituality and expanding our faith together. However, I was always the most religious in my family, constantly motivating my six person family to go to church on Sundays. It was scary though, I did not want to go to a church by myself even if I were to find one. I did not know how to find a church buddy that would want to make that commitment of making it to Mass every Sunday. And the thought of being labeled as a Christian club junkie terrified me. After my Intro to Psychology class ended that day, I went directly up to my teacher, not even knowing what religion she celebrated, if any, and asked her how I could fulfill the hole I had in my heart for my faith in a public school. She led me to some crazy ideas of how to fill this void, and I would love to share them with all of you.

Here are some wonderful ways to reach out and expand on your faith when resources aren’t readily available like they are at private schools:

Reach out to Teachers

If you have a favorite teacher, they are your favorite teacher for a reason and will most likely be able to help and at the very least be able to listen to you. Teachers are full of connections and networks to help you feel fully at ease with your faith.

Join a Christian Club

By joining, there is no real commitment to hanging out with these people and doing things with them, and only if you want to. It also does not have to be distinctly a Christian Club, there are so many different versions of this now and clubs that go by different names and social missions but share that common theme of faith.

Reach out to Friends and Classmates4-2-4-mission-and-ministries

Although it is hard to talk about spirituality when you first start meeting people, it truly does wonders when you dig a little deeper with the person next door or someone you say hi to regularly. Everyone has a spiritual side but not everyone is willing to talk about it. You have nothing to lose by just digging deeper with someone. Ask them what their spiritual goals are, and how they want to accomplish them in college.

Join Organizations with a Social Mission

Although not everyone in these organizations are closely tied to a religious mission, a lot of these people have access to people who prioritize their faith and spirituality. When you start talking to these people, you get inspired and get connected.

Find a Church that is local and easily accessible

Sometimes the first venture to a Church is worth it because they have programs for youth and college students. From there, the possibilities are endless for you to find someone who shares a similar faith to you and who goes to the same university or college as you! There is nothing wrong with riding the bus to Church! And who knows, you might make a friend with a car or make friends that want to ride the bus with you too!

Kids-Yoga-665x385Join Meditation Sessions

A lot of colleges have a new trend of meditation. What an awesome way to meet people but get to meditate as well! Meditation puts you at ease and peace and is a great way to get in tune with your spiritual side especially for those days when you cannot make it to a Church to express it.

In the end, it is about reaching out to sources that might not have anything to do with spirituality or religion, but trust me, it all helps in the end!

Good luck my spiritual collegiate!


Michelle is a junior at the University of California, Santa Barbara.