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Faith on the Quad
November 23, 2010
Preparing for Santa Claus… in November
By Sean McPherson

The end of autumn is an incredible time of intensity. We are all asked to start fighting new challenges.

For the first time since spring, we must look at the trees without leaves. We must cope with the fact that our NFL team might not make the playoffs this year. As a student, we stare right down the barrel of numerous weighty assignments and the ominous thought of upcoming finals. These struggles, in some way or another, plague everyone. They fatigue the mind and body, and they can make it...

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November 02, 2010
Choosing a college
By Michelle Bauman

Rather than writing for a general young adult or college-aged audience, I would like to turn my attention this month to high school students who are in the process of selecting a college to attend. Choices in higher education can be crucial, not only for intellectual formation, but also for spiritual development. The presence of a strong faith community should be a consideration for all serious Catholics as they examine possible college options.

The number of young adults who lose their...

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October 26, 2010
Simplicity
By Robert Burkett

For the past week, I had the privilege of living and serving in the Glen Mary Farm community in Lewis County, Kentucky.  Even though 30 percent of the people there live below the poverty line, they are some of the happiest and most content people I have ever met.  There is a certain beauty in their simplistic lifestyle, a simplicity we can all learn to apply to our own lives.

As part of the experience, I formed a community with 13 other students, all of us living a week mirroring the rural...

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October 12, 2010
The Importance of Pro-Life Voting
By Michelle Bauman

The months leading up to the last presidential election brought with them no shortage of discussion about whether a Catholic could, in good conscience, vote for a candidate who supported abortion. Among the arguments I heard in favor of voting for a “pro-choice” presidential candidate was the claim that the president has very little effect in the realm of abortion.  After all, abortion has been legal in the United States for well over 30 years, with both Republican and Democratic...

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October 05, 2010
Best new day of my life
By Sean McPherson

Over the summer, I worked a campus maintenance job which required a 6 a.m. wake up with an eight-hour shift. It was a struggle for all of my co-workers and I to be alert and excited to start the day. One of my co-workers brought humor to every morning by jokingly claiming that each day was going to be the new best day of his life. I did not take this off-handed remark seriously at first, but the phrase did continue to resonate in my mind. It made me wonder if this day really could be the...

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September 14, 2010
The sound of silence
By Robert Burkett

Silence—it is something that is hard to come by these days, especially as we begin a new year of college.  There are friends to meet, books to buy and classes to attend.  Upon returning it seems as though life has switched gears from the slow-moving dog days of summer to the frantic pace of the college lifestyle.

At times, this hectic pace can distract us from what truly matters.  While sitting down to pray, I immediately grow restless and uncomfortable, as though I am going to miss out...

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September 07, 2010
Following the dreams of our Heavenly Father
By Michelle Bauman

Over the years, I have noticed a discrepancy in the way parents treat their children’s ambitions. Parents often tell their young children that they can be whatever they want to be when they grow up. But do they really mean it? Fast forward several years, and have these same children – now young adults – tell their parents that their goals in life do not include higher education or a reputable career, but that all they really want to do is drive a garbage truck, or be a cashier in a...

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August 24, 2010
Literature: a discovery of relationship
By Sean McPherson

Looking back on my first year of university, being in the true realm of academics for the first time, one of the most important lessons I learned was the necessity of reading good literature. Serious analysis of such literature is the means for becoming a full human being who can bring God to every relationship.

Firstly, I think it is necessary to define good literature as a book which seeks to understand a truth about humanity. It contains an honest look at culture which leads the reader...

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In my last column, I looked at the connection between birth control, promiscuity, and abortion. In this column, I would like to examine how “the Pill” has distorted the general understanding of womanhood, dating and marriage relationships, and the blessing of children.

My observations are based on a website launched by Planned Parenthood in honor of the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill in America. The website encourages people to leave comments celebrating the ways in which...

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July 20, 2010
Fight summer boredom – pray the Rosary!
By Sean McPherson

It is now mid-July. The sun shines at its hottest, the rain ceases to fall, and vegetation struggles to survive. In some ways, my spiritual life seems to undergo similar conditions as boredom dries up much of my urge to pray. Prayer can be difficult when we are tired, hot and anticipating the start of the upcoming school year. But there is still a month of summer left, and our spiritual lives need the water of prayer to make it through. I have learned that during this time in the...

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