Peace is the fruit of love, a love that is also justice. But to grow in love requires work -- hard work. And it can bring pain because it implies loss -- loss of the certitudes and comforts that shelter and define us.” --Jean Vanier
Election season is fast approaching! Here are some steps you can take to be an involved citizen:
Know where you stand on the issues. Take this quiz to see what candidate and party you side with.
Register to vote. If you are over 18 and a US citizen complete the necessary steps it takes to register! Simply follow the guidelines on this website.
Actually vote. Only 19.9 percent of 18- to 29-years old cast ballots in the 2014 elections.That was the lowest youth turnout rate ever recorded in a federal election! Being away at school is no excuse, click here to figure out how to cast an absentee ballot.
Remember, “Your vote is your voice as an American citizen. It’s your opportunity to be heard, to hold elected officials accountable for their decisions and to have a say in important issues that affect your community. On Election Day, every vote matters.”
Last week, Creighton University celebrated the inauguration of the University’s 25th President, Fr. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ. It was a beautiful time at the University.
Many Cortina students were involved in the celebrations and took part in this momentous occasion.
Fr. Hendrickson chose a poem, As Kingfishers Catch Fire, by Fr. Gerard Manly Hopkins, SJ to be the inspiration for the days. It speaks to the core of the human experience and our capacity to be Christ-bearers.
Influenced by Humans of New York, the members of the Cortina Community took time to get to know one another better. These conversations went beyond surface level topics, they went deeper into learning about someone else in the community. Some prompt questions were: Who influences you the most in your life? What’s your saddest moment? What’s your happiest moment? What is your greatest struggle right now? What has changed the most since you started college? What scares you? What do you hope for?
Let’s start the series!
“I like saying I’m Filipino because it says something about me as a person.” -Sophomore, Ed Nuñez
Today, history was made before our eyes as Pope Francis, the Holy See of Rome, was the first pontiff to address the U.S. Congress. Using historical heroes to frame his talk, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, he addressed the current refugee crisis, immigration, care for creation, gun control, and the death penalty, among other topics.
In his speech, he championed care for the other and for creation. He directed his comments to the American people and to the leaders of the U.S. He stated, “A good political leader must initiate processes, rather than posses space.” His worlds challenge us to action and to consider the lifestyle choices we make on a daily basis. We must, according to Francis, choose love. For more about this historic event, visit the NPR website.
In case you are living under a rock and haven’t heard yet, Pope Francis is coming to the U.S. this week! Some members of the Cortina family will be traveling with Creighton to visit him in Philidelphia, PA. He is coming to the U.S. for the World Meeting of Families, a conference focused on strengthening the sacred bond of the family. As inspiration for the week and in advance of his visit, please read and pray the prayer below:
Everyone is encouraged to pray the special prayer for the World Meeting of Families in 2015. It is a prayer of supplication to the Holy Family for the meeting’s success and your own family’s intentions.
God and Father of us all, in Jesus, your Son and our Savior, you have made us your sons and daughters in the family of the Church. May your grace and love help our families in every part of the world be united to one another in fidelity to the Gospel. May the example of the Holy Family, with the aid of your Holy Spirit, guide all families, especially those most troubled, to be homes of communion and prayer and to always seek your truth and live in your love. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us!
We are called to set tables at which natural enemies gather. At these tables we make room for conversations that are off limits and often taboo in others contexts. We make room for “the least of these,” and give them preferred seating. We explore theological and ministry perspectives that sometimes seem subversive to the status quo. Most importantly, we help create a climate of hospitality. We play the role of host. We make room for all voices to be heard, even and most especially the ones that are hardest to hear. Such tables can and do get lively, even messy. This is our work. We do not shy away from issues, because these are not “issues” for us. They are flesh and blood relationships with real people whom we love very much.