A version of this post originally appeared on our old website. We're reposting it here, updated to reflect our recent Spring Retreat and Alternative Spring Break Mission Trip! There’s no other way to start this post other than by simply stating that retreats and mission trips are awesome. Seriously. Whether they’re silent or loud, well-executed machines or slightly sloppy, the community growth and opportunity for personal reflection has (in my experience) never been wasted on
It's almost upon us! That most magical and fruitful of times in the liturgical year. That Disney World of spiritual practice. That season of warm fuzzies. Lent! ...Lent? Really? For most people, Lent means giving up Facebook or chocolate, and "warm fuzzies" aren't really on the menu (along with bacon on Fridays). It's true, Lent is a time of penance, of giving things up or taking them on to encourage spiritual discipline and growth. And sometimes (many times) that can be diff
It's that time of year again! As we stare down the beginning of Lent in about two short weeks, many Catholics are beginning of think of what their Lenten discipline will be. Will you go for the classics and give up chocolate or Facebook? Will you add something instead, vowing to do a weekly rosary or a daily time of prayer? Or will you do something different? While we'll be posting lots of different resources and ideas to get you started thinking about how to make Lent an eff
"It's hard to be Catholic on campus, isn't it?" That's how my talk started during our weekly Gathering last night, and as soon as the words left my mouth attentions were grabbed, heads started nodding, sighs escaped. It was a bigger reaction than even I was anticipating, and the rest of our talk went accordingly. If you were there, you know what I said. If you weren't, here's the gist: It's hard to be a Catholic on campus. But it's okay. Read on. During our "Bible-ish Things"
Chances are, if you've been around the Newman Center for any period of time, you've heard me speak fondly of Father Thomas, our priest in Alaska and my daughter's godfather: This is him on a snowshoeing expedition we took one day. I turned around during a water break to find him facedown on the snow, staring at it. "Hoar frost!" he mumbled. "Huh?" I asked, having never heard the phrase. "Hoar frost! Look!" he said, still marveling at some invisible thing laying on top of the
Well, I said it. And I meant it! Yesterday, the NH Executive Council voted 3-2 to not renew their contracts with Planned Parenthood, taking nearly $650,000 of funding away from the organization. In my post from a couple days ago, I reported that I'd offered to my local representative that if the measure passed and Planned Parenthood was defunded, I would offer our Creighton Natural Family Planning services free of charge to low-income area families. It is a service that was r
Unless you've been living under a rock, chances are you've seen or heard of the videos released over the last couple weeks showing representatives from Planned Parenthood discussing the sale of fetal tissue for profit. If you're anything like me, you're feeling more than a few things about these videos: disgusted, sad, confused, not sure what to do, and sometimes maybe even a strong desire to just avoid the whole thing. A few things to consider: Looking Away is Not an Optio