Thursday, January 22, 2009

March For Life

Today marks the 36th anniversary of the annual March for Life at our nation's capital, Washington, D.C., marking the date of the infamous Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, overturning abortion laws in all 50 states.

We have two students on our Catholic Campus Ministry peer council who will be marching in defense of the unborn in Washington today, and our prayers are with them.

Those students who are able, please join with these marchers, whose numbers are anticipated to exceed 200,000 strong, by participating in a prayer vigil at St. Mary's Catholic Church today in Sylva. The vigil will start at noon (as the March begins) with the Angelus, followed by Mass, and a pro-life rosary. The vigil will end at 2pm. Please come and stay for as much as that time as you are able.

I wanted to post today a link to a letter of invitation that the organizers of the March for Life sent to then-President-elect Barak Obama on January 15. It gives powerful reasons why the defense of unborn life is so important, and why we need strong leadership. We'll see what happens....
Click here to read the letter.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Upcoming series at the Student Center

Welcome to the Spring 2009 semester!  I sincerely hope that our returning students had a good Christmas break, and that new students to campus will come by the student center to introduce themselves.

This semester I am happy to announce that we will have an ongoing series about morality on alternate Wednesday nights, after our meal together.

Morality?  Sounds boring, I know.  Most people hear the word "morality" and they either think of "Thou Shalt Nots" being proclaimed from on high, or they think of some touchy-feely, fuzzy, whatever makes you feel good and doesn't hurt anyone else way of justifying our actions.  

The truth is that human beings are moral creatures, meaning our choices and our actions carry moral weight -- that is, when we excercise our God-given free will, those choices reverberate through eternity.  Serious implications, no?

Exploring the Catholic traditions on morality reveals that it is a science, one with a long and noble tradition, and it is a science really worth thinking about; and best of all, moral thought is accessible to everyone.  You don't need a special ethics desgree to make sense of it.

So I truly hope you'll decide to join us, as we learn about our moral traditions and explore the reasons behing all those "thou shalt nots."

Our schedule this semester will be:
Jan. 21: Ways of Looking at Morality
Feb. 4: The Natural Law
Feb. 18: The Moral Act
March 11: Conscience
March 25: Moral Absolutes
April 15: Sin & Grace
April 29: Applying to our Lives

This series will be part of our regular Wednesday meals together, and discussion is encouraged.  Hope to see you there!