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THIRST [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2013
THIRST Another morning and I wake with thirst for the goodness I do not have. I walk out to the pond and all the way Cod has given us such beautiful lessons. Oh Lord, I was never a quick scholar but sulked and hunched over my books past the hour and the bell; grant me, in your mercy, a little more time. Love for the earth and love for you are having such a long conversation in my heart. Who knows what will finally happen or where I will be sent, yet already I have given a great many things away, expecting to be told to pack nothing, except the prayers which, with this thirst, I am slowly learning. - Mary Oliver
Theology [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2013
Theology Amanda Osheim Serving the Conversation When I try to capture my sense of the theological vocation, I am drawn to think about whom the theologian serves through the analogy of a what-. "Love for the earth and love for you are having such a long conversation in my heart." I envision the theologian serving the dialogue between God and the world. The conversation is personal, and flows from my experience of God's continual presence in my life. God invites and sends, cajoles and confronts, assuages and empowers me. I am no ideal conversation partner, "never a quick scholar," all too easily distracted and caught up in maelstroms of my own making. I've often thought the theological vocation was God's clever way of keeping my attention. Yet there are moments when I listen and learn how to receive and respond, when "I wake with a thirst for the goodness I do not have." Although this conversation is dialogical it is not narrow. It comes to me through the mediation of both the Church ...
Flowering in the BURREN [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2013
Flowering in the BURREN Colleen M. Griffith There is a well-known and beautiful spot in County Clare, Ireland, known as the Burren. Occupying an area of some 135 square miles, it is a bleak and stony place. The exposed limestone of the Burren stretches for miles with no visible topsoil, presenting a flat but jagged surface. In the Burren, rainwater penetrates lines of weakness in the limestone, and gradually vertical cracks, known as grikes, form in the rocks. Ironically these cracks in the rocks give rise to some rare and amazing wildflowers. A variety of unusual alpine and Mediterranean plants are apparent, growing from the spaces between the rocks. The Burren in County Clare proved to be a big surprise to archeologists, botanists, and ecologists. I suspect that our present ecclesial time will prove a surprise as well. There is, after all, much that is flourishing in our "grikes," the cracks in the rocks of a bleak-looking ecclesial landscape. Our unmistakable sign of rich floweri...
C21 EVENTS [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2013
C21 EVENTS Living Catholicism: Roles and Relationships for a Contemporary World October 3, 2013 \ Lecture Presenter: Fr. Michael Himes (professor, Theology Department) Location/Time: Gasson Hall, Room 100, 5:30 p.m. Sponsors: C2l Center and Theology Department Women Deacons: Past, Present, Future October 23, 2013 \ Lecture Presenter: Phyllis Zagano (senior research associate-in-residence and adjunct professor of religion, Hofstra University) Location/Time: Brighton Campus, Cadigan Alumni Center Atrium, 6:00 p.m. Sponsors: C2l Center The Francis Papacy: Reform, Renewal, and Resistance October 30, 2013 \ Lecture Presenter: John L. Allen, Jr. (senior correspondent, National Catholic Reporter) Location/Time: Robsham Theatre, 6:00 p.m. Sponsors: C2l Center and STM Collegiality in Church Leadership November 7, 2013 \ A Conversation Presenters: Mary McAleese (former president of Ireland &amp; canon lawyer) interviewed by Richard R. Gaillardetz (professor, Theology Department) Locat...
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Masthead [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2014
BOSTON COLLEGE C21 Resources the CHURCH in the 21 st CENTURY CENTER SPRING 2014 A CATALYST AND RESOURCE FOR THE RENEWAL OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH SESQUICENTENNIAL ISSUE BOSTON COLLEGE C21 Resources the CHURCH in the 21th CENTURY CENTER SPRING 2014 INTIMACY AND RELATIONSHIPS IN CATHOLIC LI F E |
The Church in the 21st Century Center is a catalyst and resource for the renewal of the Catholic Church. [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2014
The Church in the 21st Century Center is a catalyst and resource for the renewal of the Catholic Church. C2l Resources, a compilation of critical analyses and essays on key challenges facing the Church today, is published by the Church in the 21st Century Center at Boston College, in partnership with featured authors and publications. C2l RESOURCES EDITORIAL BOARD Jonas Barciauskas Ben Birnbaum Drew Christiansen, S.J. Patricia Delaney Thomas H. Groome Robert Newton Barbara Radtke Jacqueline Regan MANAGING EDITOR Karen K. Kiefer THE CHURCH IN THE 21 ST CENTURY CENTER BOSTON COLLEGE HO COLLEGE ROAD CHESTNUT HILL, MASSACHUSETTS 02467 www.bc.edu/c2l firstname.lastname@example.org ON THE COVER The Return of the Prodigal Son by Rembrandt, 01661-1669 photo credit: Public domain/ Wikimedia Commons Print and Digital production by Progressive Print © 2014 Trustees of Boston College
FROM THE C21 CENTER DIRECTOR [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2014
FROM THE C21 CENTER DIRECTOR Dear Friend: It can be argued that there is no Christianity without relationships. As Catholic Christians, we are called to a profound tri-union with our true selves, with others, and with God. Time and time again, we learn how God is revealed to us through our loved ones. C2l presents Intimacy and Relationships in Catholic Life through lived experience sexual relationships, family relationships, and intimacy with God. Personal narrative is certainly the most ancient form of handing on the faith, particularly through stories of intentional wresting with significant life issues. It seems that we become more aware of God’s grace as we authentically share our selves in a loving, mature, and vulnerable way with others. We are grateful for the thoughtful guidance of guest editors Lisa Cahill and Kerry Cronin who bring a wealth of expertise not only with respect to moral theology but also years of experience working with young people. Please share this magazin...
GUEST EDITORS C21 RESOURCES SPRING 2014 [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2014
GUEST EDITORS C21 RESOURCES SPRING 2014 LISA CAHILL is a theology professor with a specialty in Christian ethics and Catholic social teaching. She has taught at Boston College since 1976 and has also been a visiting professor at Georgetown and Yale Universities. KERRY CRONIN is the associate director of the Lonergan Center at Boston College and a fellow at the Center for Student Formation. She is a nationally known speaker on topics related to sexuality and moral reasoning.
Contents [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2014
Contents 2 INTIMACY: IT'S COMPLICATED by Kerry Cronin 6 SEX AND THE SINGLE STU DENI Interview with Donna Freitas 8 LOOKING FOR INTIMACY IN THE AGE OF FACEBOOK by Andrew Reiner 10 THOU SHALT: SEX BEYOND THE LIST OF DON'TS by Lisa Fullam 12 THEOLOGY OF THE BODY Pope John Paul II 13 COD IS LOVE Pope Benedict XVI 14 THE EMBODIED SELF by Michael Novak 1 6 WRESTLING WITH THE IN BETWEEN by Marianne L. Tierney 18 COD CAVE ME A CAY SON by Thomas A. Nelson 21 C2l EVENTS 22 WAITING FOR GABRIEL by Timothy P. O'Malley 24 FAMILY ETHICS: PRACTICES FOR CHRISTIANS by Julie Flanlon Rubio 26 EVERYDAY GRACE: GUARDIAN ANGELS AT WORK by Peter Folan 28 INTIMACY BETWEEN GENERATIONS by Drew Christiansen, S.J. 30 OF YEARS OF LOVE, AND A LONG GOODBYE by Dianne Williamson 32 THE ART OF DYING: A CHRISTIAN FEARS SUFFERING AND LOSS by Sidney Callahan 34 TATTOOS ON THE HEART: THE POWER OF BOUNDLESS COMPASSION by Gregory Boyle, S.J. 36 THE INTIMATE JOURNEY OF RELATIONSHIP WITH COD by Daniel Horan, OFM Photo courtes...
INTIMACY IT’S COMPLICATED [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2014
INTIMACY IT’S COMPLICATED Kerry Cronin How I found myself talking with young adults about hookup culture, dating, and relationships is still a bit mysterious to me, but one thing I know for sure is that about 10 years ago I started to sense a genuine loneliness among the otherwise bright, involved, connected, and accomplished students at my university. When I asked about their lives —not just about their academic lives, but about their personal, moral, and spiritual lives—what troubled and saddened me more than whether or not they were having sex (though that certainly concerns me, no doubt), is how little sex and sexual intimacy even mattered to them. Still today, not only do many of them think that sex is “no big deal,” they usually display little hope that it will ever amount to all that much. They are deeply ambivalent about sex having any significant meaning, and in the context of their mostly ironic culture, they are wary of being duped by grand claims about intimacy, sexual o...
SEX AND THE SINGLE STUDENT An interview with Donna Freitas [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2014
SEX AND THE SINGLE STUDENT An interview with Donna Freitas How would you characterize "hookup culture" for our readers? Most people (and studies) define hooking up as (1) engaging in sexual activity in a casual context, and (2) that the range of sexual activity is often described as anything from kissing to oral sex and/or different types of intercourse. (Also, alcohol is typically part of the equation.) While this description is accurate, it leaves out what truly distinguishes a hookup: the shared goal between partners of erasing, at least shutting out emotional (and, for some, spiritual) content from the experience. Theoretically, a hookup should be purely physical. Aspiring to pure physicality for the encounter allows partners to believe casual sexual intimacy (no strings attached) is feasible. This distinguishing factor cuts across gender and sexual orientation. So, it’s possible to see hookup culture as a kind of training ground where, at least on a college campus, students (to...