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 …

Reflecting on my Time at Chaplaincy – Molly Florence

When I began working at chaplaincy last year we were based at Newman Hall on Waterloo Quadrant. I initially came only to help out for a few weeks but loved it so much I applied for a full time job, and ended up working here for 18 months. I’m not sure exactly what I expected working as a chaplain would be like, but I can definitely say working here has not only been a lot of fun, but a good …

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 …

My Chaplaincy Journey – Shana Llorando

My Chaplaincy Journey I came into contact with the Chaplaincy as a first year student at university. Back then, I was fresh faced out of Catholic college and recently stepped down from my role as a youth group leader to focus on my studies. I thought I needed to be without ‘faith’ stuff to tackle the ‘real’ stuff. But I soon realised that I needed a community of faith more than I thought, and God more than that. Luckily (or …