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Faith on the Quad

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill in America. To celebrate this occasion, Planned Parenthood has launched a website for people to leave comments in tribute to how “the Pill” has changed their lives for the better.

But while the site is intended to celebrate and encourage widespread use of the Pill, the actual comments confirm ideas that birth control proponents try to deny. Comment after comment provides evidence that contraception encourages promiscuity and...

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June 16, 2010
The Third Beatitude: Blessed are the Meek
By Sean McPherson

I would be remiss to talk about the topic of sainthood without recalling a conversation I recently had with one of my best friends, Brianna. She is actually Sister Brianna now, as she is a member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia stationed in Nashville. She recently came home to visit for the first time since August, and it was also the first time that we - her high school friends and I - experienced how truly happy she is being a sister.
   
As she told us all about...

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June 01, 2010
Ordinary Time: A Time for the Holy Spirit
By Michelle Bauman

After 40 days of Lent and 50 days of Easter, we have plunged back into Ordinary Time.  But before doing so, we were given the great Feast of Pentecost, which the Church celebrated last Sunday.  The readings at Mass on that day recalled how the Holy Spirit descended upon Christ’s followers, completely changing their lives.  The same weak and timid men who had abandoned Christ at his crucifixion and hidden in the upper room for fear of the Jews were now boldly proclaiming his name in the...

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April 27, 2010
But I’m too busy to pray!
By Michelle Bauman

As the weather grows warmer and the school year draws to a close, college students start scrambling to finish semester projects, study for exams, and finalize summer plans.  Caught up in the hectic whirlwind that so often accompanies this time of year, it can be easy to let our prayer lives fall to the side as we focus on all the urgent things that demand our attention.  But instead of losing track of our priorities, let’s remember why prayer is so important and look for ways to make it...

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March 30, 2010
The Mystery of the Incarnation
By Michelle Bauman

We’re almost there.  On Palm Sunday, we entered into Holy Week. This, the most holy week of the liturgical year will culminate in the Triduum, when we celebrate Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection.  As we conclude the season of Lent, let us take a look at the Christ’s life on Earth.  The Incarnation is one of the central truths of the Catholic faith. But it is also one that is easy to take for granted. This is especially for those who have been Catholics their entire lives, taught...

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March 23, 2010
Surrender
By Sean McPherson

“It is better to limp along the right path than to walk strongly in the wrong direction.” ~ St. Thomas Aquinas

I recently read this quote from St. Thomas Aquinas in the school newspaper. When I read it, I thought I understood its meaning: to continue to walk along the right path even when we are not yet perfect. While my initial response was correct in part, I think I missed the boat on what St. Thomas Aquinas was truly aiming at. I did not think about how I could actually live this out...

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February 23, 2010
Like a Child
By Michelle Bauman

Have you ever had one of those days where nothing goes right? Where your words come out all wrong, you mess up everything you try to accomplish, and whatever you touch seems to crumble in your hands? Days like this can make it easy to get discouraged.

Sometimes it seems like our efforts are worthless. How can we ever please God with anything we do when we are so flawed and we fall into sin over and over again? What joy can an infinite, all-powerful, and perfect God find in such limited,...

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February 02, 2010
Faith's Super Bowl
By Jon Leonetti

Super Bowl Sunday.  Food.  Family. Friends.  Two teams looking to win sport’s most coveted trophy.  Does it get any bigger in the sports world than this?  Alright, so it does for me; I am a Vikings fan.  But you get my point…

As these teams prepare to set foot on the field in Miami on February 7, eye paint smeared, voices raised, adrenaline coursing through their veins, they cannot help but be reminded of all the hard work that has taken them this far.  Coaches are proud of...

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January 26, 2010
New Year’s Resolutions
By Michelle Bauman

Happy New Year!  As January comes to a close, it’s hard to believe that we’ve already completed almost a month of 2010.  With the changing of the calendars came New Year’s resolutions for many people.  Browsing websites, magazines, and radio commercials over the last several weeks, I’ve seen and heard dozens of references to such resolutions.  Common ones that seemed to keep reappearing included losing weight and getting fit, saving money and getting out of debt, or quitting a...

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January 19, 2010
Proactive Virtue
By Sean McPherson

At some point, every student has been a victim of his or her own procrastination. Many see academic procrastination as something inevitable in the life of a student because a busy schedule or a heavy workload compel one to always be behind in studies. Others deem procrastination as a good thing and rely on it to succeed - the pressure of completing an assignment can cause the body to release endorphins which give one an “academic high,” making it much easier to focus on the work at...

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