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Page 38 Advertisements Column 1 [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2015
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Untitled [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2015
The Church in the 2ist 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 Patricia Delaney Thomas Groome Robert Newton Barbara Radtke Jacqueline Regan GUEST EDITOR Brian Braman MANAGING EDITOR Karen K. Kiefer ASSISTANT EDITOR Conor Kelly PHOTO EDITOR Elizandra Zapata THE CHURCH I N TH E 21 ST CENTURY CENTER BOSTON COLLEGE 110 COLLEGE ROAD CHESTNUT HILL, MASSACHUSETTS 02467 www.bc.edu/c2l firstname.lastname@example.org Print and Digital production by Progressive Print © 2015 Trustees of Boston College beings are called to be the people who do what God is. God is agape and we get to enact it. That is the most extraordinary statement about being a human being that I know.ss Fr. Mich...
Contents [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2015
Contents 2 God Moves in Us through Stories by Brian Braman 6 The Story Power of Agape Latte by Karen Kiefer 7 Forgive and Let Live by Steve Pope 8 A Promise to a Friend by Jack Dunn 10 The Story of My Vocation by Pope Francis 12 Share Your Faith Stories by Thomas Groome 14 Stories that Explain and a Message that Transforms by N.T. Wright 16 Christ Is Our Story by John Navone, S.J. 18 Clearing God's Name by Nathan Englander 19 Stay Open by Marina McCoy 20 The Catholic Imagination through Story by Andrew Greeley
Guest Editor C21 Resources Fall 2015 [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2015
Guest Editor C21 Resources Fall 2015 BRIAN BRAMAN is the guest editor of this issue of C 27 Resources. He is a professor in the philosophy department at Boston College and director of the Perspectives Program, a four-year interdisciplinary program of the humanities and natural sciences. Braman is also on the faculty of the College of Advancing Studies. His areas of interest are the intersection of philosophy and art, and the work of Bernard Lonergan, S.J. 21 Storytelling and the Sacramental Imagination by Alice McDermott 22 God Can Work in Strange Ways by Mary Troxell 23 Born on Third Base by William B. Neenan, S.J. 24 Becoming a Somebody by Roberto Goizueta 25 C2l Fall Events 26 Reading Into Faith by Nichole Devaney 28 Stories That Matter: Faith And Film by Thomas Hibbs 30 You Are Made Worthy by Theresa O'Keefe 32 Strings of Faith by Katherine Pier 34 Morality and Stories by Russell B. Connors Jr. and Patrick T. McCormick 36 God Works by William P. Leahy, S.J.
GOD LOVES STORIES [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2015
GOD LOVES STORIES Tom Groome DO YOU EVER wonder why stories are so engaging? One might attempt an explanation from the cognitive sciences or offer an analysis from literary criticism of the power of narratives. However, there is an old Chasidic tale that God made humankind because God loves stories (read it on page 13). With our being made in the divine image (Genesis 1:26), little wonder that we love stories, too. Indeed, the Bible requires us to tell stories, of faith both to God and to one another. That we tell God the story is encouraged repeatedly. When offering "the first fruits of the land" in worship, Moses instructs the Israelites to tell God their story as God's own people, beginning with the call of Abraham down to God's liberating them from slavery in Egypt (see Deuteronomy 26:111). And what else is the celebration of the Eucharist but a reminding of God and ourselves of the story of Jesus' Last Supper, and his redeeming self-gift on our behalf happens again—from retelli...
God Moves in Us through Stories [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2015
God Moves in Us through Stories BRIAN BRAMAN l N 1913 a brilliant young student transferred to Gottingen University to study under the guidance of Edmund Husserl, “father of Phenomenology.” She became his pupil and teaching assistant, and later Husserl advised her on her doctoral thesis. It was during this period of intellectual work with Husserl that her search for the “one thing needful” intensified. She had drifted away from the faith of her childhood and longed to be at home in a faith community. One night, when at some friends’ home, she happened to pick up St. Theresa of Avila’s autobiography. She became so captivated with this book that she stayed up all night and read it in its entirety. After finishing the book she is reported to have said: “This is truth.” She converted to Catholicism shortly thereafter: her name, St. Edith Stein. In 1521 a young Spanish nobleman was wounded in a battle against French forces. One of his legs was shattered and upon being captured he was sen...
The Story Power of Agape Latte. [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2015
The Story Power of Agape Latte. KAREN KIEFER UR FAITH STORIES matter. They remind ns who we are and where we’ve been and help us see all that is possible through God’s amazing grace. Although it can be scary and challenging, sharing our personal stories with others connects us to others in a more intimate way and can become a catalyst for powerful conversations. No question it is these kinds of conversations that transform and change perspectives, change directions, change lives. That has certainly been the case with cleverly named monthly speaker series Agape Latte, launched at Boston College back in 2006 through a partnership with the Church in the 21st Century Center and Campus Ministry. The name “Agape Latte” is derived from the Greek word “agape” which is defined as the unconditional love of God and, of course, “latte” being the popular coffee drink. Bringing together storytellers, God, and lattes in a coffee bar setting seemed like a perfect programming brew. By reflecting on ...
Agape Latte. [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2015
Agape Latte. STEVE POPE, theology professor at Boston College, spoke to students about the importance of offering forgiveness. Here's an excerpt from the Agape Latte talk: One day during Lent, I was giving a talk at a parish about sin and forgiveness. After the talk, a guy named Seamus came up to me. He was about 80 years old, a first-generation American whose parents had come from Ireland. Seamus told me, "I wish I'd heard that talk 65 years ago." I asked why, and he explained: When I was 15 years old, my brother John was always beating me up. I told my parents, and my father said I've got to toughen up. My mother had eight kids and was trying to work two jobs, so she had no time to pay attention to me crying. I kept telling my brother to stop, but he was older and a lot bigger and stronger than I was. So one day I said, "I've had it." I had been beaten up again and felt humiliated. I left the house in tears, and I never came back. I talked to my parents and to my other siblings, b...
A PROMISE TO A FRIEND [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2015
A PROMISE TO A FRIEND JACK DUNN Utfe. l WENT OVER TO Greece to visit with Nick, and on my last day there I said to him, “There’s something I need to tell you: I love you, and I’ve cherished every day of my 30-year friendship with you.” He said to me, “I love you, too, and I know I’m going to die, but I need you to know that I’m happy, I’m at peace, and I believe that we’ll see each other again in the Kingdom.” His words were the most profoundly beautiful thing a friend had ever said to me. Here I was angry at the world and feeling sorry for myself, and here he was confronting the cruelest of illnesses, and somehow he was happy, he was at peace, and he was thinking about God’s Kingdom. I left him that day and promised that I would be back to see him as soon as I could. I fulfilled my promise and returned around six months later. Upon arriving, I noticed how much he had declined. He was confined to a bed and a chair, and his speech was now slurred. On the last day of my visit I said t...
The Story of My Vocation [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2015
The Story of My Vocation POPE FRANCIS POZZOLI WAS very close to the Sfvori family—mama’s family—who lived on Quintino Bocayuva 556. Mama’s brothers, especially the eldest, were very close to him.... Asa family, we always turned to him whenever there was a problem, or when we needed help or advice. He baptized us all, except my second brother because (in January-February 1938) Fr. Pozzoli was in Usuaiah. Several times during the year (generally for Sant’Enrico) he came to lunch at Quintino Bacayuva 556, the home of my maternal grandparents...and we would all get together there and celebrate with ravioli. He was the spiritual father of the family. In 1955 he played a decisive role in the story of my vocation. On September 21, 1954, I got thrown from a horse.... I went to confession... and there—and without sitting at the tax desk like the saint of the day [Matthew] —the Lord was awaiting me “miserando et eligendo.” Then and there I had no doubts that I should become a priest. I felt m...
Share Your Faith Stories [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2015
Share Your Faith Stories THOMAS GROOME "S O TELL ME about your Lirst Holy Communion next Sunday,” asked Nana Peg of her granddaughter Cara, “do you have great plans?” And little Cara bubbled on about the rehearsing she and her second-grade friends had been through, her new outfit, and the great party afterwards in her backyard, adding, “You’re coming Nana, right?” Peg assured Cara that she wouldn’t miss it for the world and said, “Oh, you’ll have lovely memories of your Lirst Communion day, Cara, you’ll remember it all your life as I do.” Then Peg, beginning with “I remember so well . . .” told a great story of her own grand day, and Cara was enthralled. Peg reminisced on and wound down with, “When I finally received, the first thing I said was ‘Welcome Jesus and thanks for coming to me today.’” “Ah.” said Cara, “that’s what I’ll say to him, too, Nana.” As I reflect on now my eavesdropping on that lovely round of stories, I’m reminded again of what gifts we have to share in our pers...
God Loves Stories [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2015
God Loves Stories ACCORDING TO ELIE WEISEL, God created people because God loves stories — a conclusion Weisel reaches based on the Chasidic tale of the Baal Shem Tov: When the great Rabbi Israel Bal Shem-Tov saw misfortune threatening the Jews it was his custom to go into a certain part of the forest to meditate. There he would light a fire, say a special prayer, and the miracle would be accomplished and the misfortune averted. Later, when his disciple, the celebrated Magid of Mezritch, had occasion for the same reason, to intercede with heaven, he would go to the same place in the forest and say: "Master of the Universe, listen! I do not know howto light the fire, but I am still able to say the prayer." And again the miracle would be accomplished. Still later, Rabbi Moshe-Leib of Sasov, in order to save his people once more, would go into the forest and say: "I do not know how to light the fire, I do not know the prayer, but I know the place and this must be sufficient." It was su...
Stories that Explain and a Message that Transforms [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2015
Stories that Explain and a Message that Transforms N.T. WRIGHT \j ESUS...TOLD STORIES. NOT just any old stories. These stories were, for the most part, not “illustrations,” preachers’ tricks to decorate an abstract or difficult thought, to sugarcoat the pill of complicated teaching. If anything, they were the opposite. They were stories designed to tease, to clothe the shocking and revelatory message of God’s kingdom in garb that left the hearers wondering, trying to think it out, never quite able (until near the end) to pin Jesus down. They were stories that, eventually, caused some to decode his deep, rich message in such a way as to frame a charge against him, either of blasphemy, sedition, or “leading the people astray.” The stories were full of echoes. They resonated with ancient Scriptural promises; they reminded their hearers of Israel’s future hopes and claimed by implication that these hopes were now being realized, even if not in the way they had imagined. These explanator...
CHRIST IS [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2015
CHRIST IS JOHN NAVONE, S.J. HE EXODUS AND the Christ story are the fundamental biblical [quest] stories that shape the JudeoChristian community’s sense of reality both in expressing what the community is trying to do (be) and what it does (is) without trying. How dominant these stories are among others in the lives of individual members of the faith community is difficult to determine; nevertheless, they reflect that community’s heritage of religious experience and, like all stories that tell us about the world and how the self is situated in it, give its members a way of being in the world that is oriented toward action deriving from a basic trust in a loving God. These stories articulate the meaning of a religious experience that involves knowing and doing. They attempt to lessen the distance between knowing and doing in such a way that the community’s knowing is conceived as a species of action. They are meant to help us become a certain type of person that is actively engaged in...
Clearing God’s Name [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2015
Clearing God’s Name NATHAN ENGLANDER God planted a garden in Eden, to the east, and placed there the man whom he had formed. - Genesis 2:8 HERE IS A common misconception about the order of things. When the Earth was tohubohu , and Up did not have the slightest inclination to separate from Down, and Wet did not intend to give way to Dry, God looked Earthward with Adam at His side. “I will send you to that place,” said God. “I don’t want to go,” Adam told Him. God began to lift the sky from under the sea. The roiling mass tried to hold its formlessness, earth clinging to the hand of God, trailing up toward the sky until it could go no farther, the mountains born from failure. “I will not go,” insisted Adam. God laughed. It was only the start, a gessoing of the canvas. With a giant spoon of stone, God scooped out the oceans, scraped out the lakes, and, as if considering a half-eaten slice of custard pie, turned the spoon over and scratched out all the rivers of the world. Adam was not ...
Aggape Latte. [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2015
Aggape Latte. MARINA MCCOY, philosophy professor at Boston College, spoke to students about learning to trust in God's lead. Here's an excerpt from the Agape Latte talk: It was Advent, and I was praying a style of Ignatian prayer where you use your imagination and let God speak to you through your desires, your feelings, as well as your intellect. In the prayer, Jesus gave me a beautifully wrapped box. I opened up the box, and there was nothing inside. I was so happy and deeply consoled that there was nothing inside this box. As I thought about it and reflected about it—l realized that this was "indifference." Jesus was offering me this gift of indifference. I think he was trying to say that part of being able to put God at the center of our lives is being able to stay open—not to close things off. Many of us feel closed off when we feel empty, or we have needs, or we have something missing inside of us. We want to make sure that the gift box, so to speak, is not empty so as to make...