Faith on the Quad
December 01, 2009
Fear of Commitment
By Michelle Bauman

I am currently in the process of looking for a new cell phone.  I am eligible for a free upgrade with my current phone plan, and since the battery on my current phone is rapidly wearing out, I decided that it was time to start looking for a new one.

If you have been to a phone store lately, you will know the wide array of choices that are currently available.  Even after browsing through the options online and making a visit to a nearby store, I was hesitant to make a decision.  There were so...

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November 10, 2009
I Trust You
By Beth LeDuc

God, I don’t know what to write. I only want to be your instrument. I only want to write your words. Are you not speaking any to me? Is silence your message?  If you want to use me as your instrument, then hurry up and do it because we both know I need to go to sleep.

All right then, I suppose I want to say a few things to you. I know you are aware that I am graduating in May. I also know that you have some exciting and fulfilling purpose for me.  So, with knowledge of your good plan, my...

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October 27, 2009
Working for peace, working for love
By Michelle Bauman

Earlier this month, U.S. President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. It was a decision that stirred up a great deal of controversy and indignation from some who protested that the prize was undeserved.  Some dissenters said that the President has merely issued empty promises, but he has failed to make any concrete progress in achieving peace.

In the midst of this debate, I looked up a list of past Nobel Peace Prize winners to identify some of the other individuals and...

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October 06, 2009
Learning From Your Faults
By Beth LeDuc

This weekend I sinned, strayed, fell, whatever the name - I messed up. It was the kind of sin I feel more responsible for than any other. It was the kind I had been working on for months, making sacrifices for, and had been pleading for the grace to overcome. But, when the moment came to choose against the sin, all that preparation vanished from my mind and I chose what I knew was wrong. Later, I felt dumb, dumb, dumb.?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"...

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September 29, 2009
Trusting God’s Timing
By Michelle Bauman

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(Ecclesiastes 3:1)


I spent last spring studying abroad in ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /Rome.  It was a wonderful experience, and one that has continued to affect my life and the lives of my friends.  Of course, the many great memories that accompanied life in a foreign country were mixed...

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September 21, 2009
God’s spoiled children
By Sean McPherson

While trudging along to a 5:00 p.m. theology class, I was exhausted. The whole week was draining from tests to late night study sessions and the classroom was the last place I wanted to be. The teacher began and I did my best to pay attention to the lecture – and to my surprise, the Old Testament, Biblical History class opened my eyes.

Throughout the Old Testament, God was always in favor of his people. No matter what the circumstances were, from the first Fall, to the Israelites’...

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As the summer comes to a close, students across the country prepare to head back to school. For many, this means returning to a familiar campus, classes, and friends. But for the freshmen, it is the beginning of an exciting adventure into the unknown. After two years of college, my experiences and observations have given me some insight into the common obstacles that come with the adjustment to college. With this in mind, I would like to offer some advice to those beginning college, and some...

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September 01, 2009
Trusting in Tough Love
By Beth LeDuc

I’d like to welcome new students to college. Many of you have experienced your first syllabus this month. Boxes are filling your dorm rooms, text books are being flown to you from all over the country, and you are experiencing your first college lecture. You have left some good friends, or perhaps they have left you, and you are being thrown into a new environment full of different faces and confusing places. As romantic as beginning college may have seemed, it is most likely not a...

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August 16, 2009
Frodo and The Lord of the… decisions?
By Sean McPherson

In life, we are constantly faced with challenges and decisions.  How is it possible to know God’s Will when a choice can indelibly change the future? We can find some light on this subject by diving deep into the popular story of Frodo Baggins in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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At the commencement of Frodo’s journey, he is nearly entirely at the mercy of Gandalf and Aragorn. Although they may...

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July 28, 2009
Ignorance: Not an Excuse
By Michelle Bauman

Last August, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi caused a stir when she made some questionable statements on Meet the Press.  Pelosi described herself as an “ardent, practicing Catholic,” and said that abortion is an issue that she has “studied for a long time.”  She then went on to say that abortion is an “issue of controversy” in the Church, one that has never been definitively decided one way or the other.

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