Striving for Heroic Virtue

A few weeks ago, in the waning days of this rather unique semester, I decided to impulsively make a short visit at the chaplaincy, foregoing my usually tedious study grinds in the University library. Now I was pleasantly surprised that I arrived just before one of Fr. Chris’s Wednesday afternoon talks. His was a talk on the virtues and in the usual Fr Chris fashion he goes straight into the vast depths of the topic. One of the great goals …

The Light of Christ; the Legend of St Lucia

‘…Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia and all your Saints…’ You may recognise St Lucy as being named by the priest during prayer at the preparation of the Eucharist at mass. She is one of the only eight women to be mentioned in the Roman Canon. But who is ‘St Lucy’? What is her ‘legend’? And what can her example of faith teach us today? The meaning of the name Lucy/Lucia is rooted in the same Latin word for …

Exposed to the Light

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth. Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness; rather expose them, for it is shameful even to mention the things done by them in secret; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible,  for everything that becomes visible is light.”  Ephesians 5: 8-14 (NABRE) “You were darkness …

Jesus + Mary + Joseph = the Holy Family

We might ask what the Holy Family has to do with student life and the domain of the University. Is this not the time when young adults typically step out from the shelter of family life, and encounter the ‘big wide world’ as independent and autonomous individuals – an intermediate stage when one is no-longer-a-child and not-yet-a-parent?* *Those students who are also parents will have to forgive me for this generalisation! All this is true, and yet, after decades of …

Christ the light

There are so many different images used in scripture to describe Christ, “Christ the good shepherd”, “Christ the gate”, “Christ the head of the Church”, and each one represents Christ in a different way. The one I’ve been reflecting on a lot lately is Christ the light; “Again Jesus spoke to them saying ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life’”, John 8:12 Lately I have …