Category: Religion

The Soul of Survival: How I Confronted Cancer with Faith

    By Emily Hines   Blessed is the first word that comes to mind when thinking of my cancer diagnosis. Although a cancer diagnosis is potentially devastating, I refused to look at mine that way. Within forty-eight hours of being diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia , I was flown to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital . When the paramedics rolled me into the hospital, tears began to stream down my face. Observing my concern, they advised me to not cry... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Friday, Apr 21

The Bible Doesn't Say So

By Mary Clark Image Above: Source As an Arkansas native, I care about what happens in my home state more than just the cursory glance at the news that other people might pay to it. As a moderate, with slightly right leaning views when it comes to politics, for a long time I believed in the appropriateness of the death penalty in some cases. I'm sure I have your attention now. I'm also sure that you are wondering what in the world these two conditions have to do with each... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Saturday, Apr 15

Finding Your Religion

By Mary Clark All images courtesy of source   We all know how it feels, or know someone who knows how it feels to graduate high school, go off to college, then, after a few weeks, realize that you’ve missed a few weekends of church, but you're not really sorry about it. Even if you feel like you should be. According to a  LifeWay study  in 2007, two-thirds of young adults aged 18-22 who attend church for at least a year in high school will stop attending... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Thursday, Mar 23

Cajun Catholicism

By Anthony Maranise, OblSB In Southern Louisiana, deep in the bayou, there is a sacred place. Truth be told, while I wanted to visit this sacred place and speak with its caretakers for purposes of writing this article, I really wanted to make the visit a “pilgrimage.” For those unfamiliar with this concept, a pilgrimage is a visit to a sacred, holy, or religiously-associated place for purposes of spiritual maturity and clarity. In Islam, a pilgrimage is called a... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Thursday, Mar 16

So Much More Than Soot

By Anthony Maranise   Photo Above: Source “You’ve got some dirt on your face.” This is a phrase I heard from a compassionately secular friend of mine some three years ago. She was referring to what ultimately did look like a black smudge on my forehead. I knew it was there. But, it had a purpose. “I know,” I told her, with a smile, knowing this would generate a fascinating conversation between believer (myself) and non (her). The... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Wednesday, Mar 1

An Unlikely Mixture: Sacramental Character and Sports

By Anthony Maranise Photo above: Tristan Rios via Cathlete4Christ This piece originally appeared in Catholic365 , November 2016. Anytime I watch or participate in sports, of course I watch for the love of the game and I play for the joy of competition, but as a theologian who examines how sports and spirituality intersect, I also search for more. That “something more” is the variety of ways that sports have the possibility to... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Tuesday, Feb 14

The Cross and the Lynching Tree, Postmodernism, and the Suffering of Christ in John Caputo's Lecture

By Anthony Maranise On Tuesday, February 2, 2017, the Christian Brothers University community was graced by the presence of the eminent philosopher, Dr. John Caputo , who delivered a lecture entitled, “The Cross & the Lynching Tree and a Postmodern Postscript.” His lecture hinged significantly on the work of Black Liberation Theologian James Cone , author of The Cross & the Lynching Tree . Throughout his lecture, Caputo applied the philosophical... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Friday, Feb 10

The Intersection of Theology and Lynching Tree in the African-American Tradition

By: Maya Freeman This article originally appeared in the blog, Blaque Rhetoric After reading James Cone’s  The Cross and The Lynching Tree , I realized that this book not only allowed me to further my education on African American history, but it also allowed me to enter scholarly discussions on the topics of the theological significance of the Lynching Tree as it pertains to the African American community, and as it relates to the images of Jesus Christ and the cross.... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Wednesday, Nov 9

Of Soldiers, Survivors, & Strength Unfailing

By: Anthony Maranise, OblSB Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending the Annual Survivor’s Day event at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. After a keynote presentation and welcome, offered by St. Jude’s medical director, Dr. James Downing, the faculty of St. Jude’s After Completion of Therapy (ACT) clinic along with the director of cancer survivorship, commenced the annual survivorship pinning ceremony. The program began with a... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Thursday, Sep 22

Remembering Mary, Mothers, and All Women on Mothers Day

Within faith traditions around the World, the mother of Jesus Christ is revered and elevated to a quasi-divine status through the miracle of her virgin birth to the Son of God. You can find her shawled frame depicted in countless churches, cathedrals, and statues around the Globe, and can hear the story of her epic journey in the candle-lit churches on December 24th when Christians reflect on the eve of Advent. What is perhaps more elusive, is the duality of... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Friday, May 6

Vulcans Without Chests

by Dr. Lewis Pearson An excerpt from “Vulcans Without Chests: Spiritual Disorders Portrayed in Star Trek ”  in the upcoming anthology Science Fiction Film and the Abolition of Man . Used by permission of Wipf and Stock Publishers . ...When mutually exclusive goods vie for our attention, we experience inner conflict, a divided will. One voice says yes, another says no. In our efforts to settle the matter we may try to figure out which voice is stronger, and then be... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Thursday, Mar 17

Muslims in Memphis

By Mustafa Hmood What is Muslims in Memphis? That’s a good question to ask in March, especially if you live in Memphis.  It’s both an annual observance for celebrating the Muslim component of the city and a name given to an organization that holds events in March of every year.  As mentioned in their website , the goal of the organization is “to engage in an outreach program to the larger community of Memphis & the Mid-south, in order to educate/inform and dispel myths... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Tuesday, Mar 1

Intentional for Christ: A Reflection for the Third Week of Lent

By Kierra Turner READING: FROM THE GOSPEL OF Ephesians, Chapter Five “Carefully determine what pleases the Lord” (NLT) REFLECTION: As we continue to focus on growing closer to God during this season of Lent, we may find ourselves recognizing obstacles or potential distractions. Although we’re commissioned to be not conformed to this world, we must learn to navigate our “transformed” minds while living in this world. How do we do this? By being purposeful. By being... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Monday, Feb 29

Finding Your Voice: A Reflection from the Second Week of Lent

By John B. Buttross Reading: From the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 16 Verse 15 “He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Reflection This is the classic question Jesus asked Simon Peter, “But who do you say that I am?” I have always pondered this quote and I have found that it can be extended to a more universal question. Who do my classmates say that I am? Who do my parents, friends, teachers say that I am?    In accordance with the time of Lent, where... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Monday, Feb 22

Dependence on God: A Reflection for the First Week of Lent

By Hannah Schultz READING: FROM THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW, CHAPTER 6, VERSE 25-27, 31-34:  “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the sky; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Monday, Feb 15

A Commitment of Humility: An Ash Wednesday Reflection

By Wilson Phillips Throughout the season of Lent, members of the CBU community will offer weekly reflections in order to prepare our hearts and minds for the Easter celebration in 40 days.  Reflections will be posted each Monday during Lent on the various university social media platforms.  Please email with any feedback. Reading: from the Gospel of Mathew, Chapter 6:   "Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Wednesday, Feb 10

10 Things to Know About Ash Wednesday

By Margretta daLomba Dobbs I have often been told that many believe Lent is a dark time in the faith tradition. Their observation of being “marked” and then having to fast by giving up meat is almost unthinkable! Yet this tradition of fasting marks the beginning of Lent (which takes place on February 10 this year) ,which is a 40-day season of fasting that is considered preparation for Holy Week and the celebration of Easter.  Lent is celebrated as the season of preparation for... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Thursday, Feb 4

Celebrating History's Most Famous Refugee, Ignoring the Rest

By: Chase Encalade With December upon us, it is a good time to remember the reason we celebrate Christmas. Some call it the greatest story ever told. According to Christian tradition, an angel of God appeared to a young girl from Nazareth, named Mary. The angel tells her that she will give birth to the Son of God; a king whose reign will have no end. Fast forward roughly nine months later and Joseph (Mary’s husband) is called to Bethlehem to pay his taxes. He and his pregnant wife ride... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Thursday, Dec 31

8 Things To Know About the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

This article originally appeared in the National Catholic Register This Tuesday, December 8th, is the feast of the Immaculate Conception. It celebrates an important point of Catholic teaching, and it is a holy day of obligation. Here are 8 things you need to know about the teaching and the way we celebrate it. 1. Who does the Immaculate Conception refer to? There's a popular idea that it refers to Jesus' conception by the Virgin Mary. It doesn't. Instead, it refers to the special way... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Monday, Dec 7

The Lasallian Life Called, and I Responded

This post originally appeared in a blog by Lasallian Volunteers By: Matt Billings I believe that it is safe to assume that as a Lasallian Volunteer we have been called to live a year or two of faith, service and community. Every LV is exposed to a service experience at one point in their life, whether that occurs in their younger years, high school or college. The call to service affects each and every one of us differently. Some LVs knew from the moment they found out about this... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Saturday, Nov 7

Hurricane Patricia and the Miracle I Witnessed

Photo: Nasa/Reuters By: Chase Encalade Two weeks ago Julia left Mexico as it was preparing for what was sure to be the worst natural disaster it had ever seen. Julia is a friend of mine who spent a week with the children of an orphanage- reading with them, providing food for them, and telling them of the hope that lies in the love of Jesus Christ. During the time that Julia was in Mexico, forecasts indicated that Hurricane Patricia would leave nothing but devastation in her wake.... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Monday, Nov 2

Celebrating Halloween Around the World

By Gabriela Morales Every year on the 31st of October, people all around the United States celebrate Halloween, the one day of the year when everyone plays dress up and has fun with any number of activities that take place on this day; such as trick-or-treating for the smaller children, haunted houses for older teens and parties for the adults. It’s a celebration of all things scary that can lurk in the dark and has served as inspiration for music, books and movies throughout popular... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Friday, Oct 30

Emmaus Moments

By Anthony Maranise, OblSB Teachers like to call them “ah-ha” moments, when the matter of clarity seems to be pertaining to an intellectual or academic concept. Haven’t we all experienced moments like this? You must know the feeling: Surrounded by confusion and struggle to really grasp the concept(s) being conveyed, you stare blankly at a page of text, a diagram, or even the instructor. Then, just as quickly – in an instance of inexplicable randomness – about as predictable as charting... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Friday, Oct 16

Immigrants and Benedictine Hospitality

By Anthony Maranise By now, most have heard that there is a “humanitarian crisis” at the Southern Border of the United States. Daily, hundreds of migrant persons, many of them young unaccompanied children, from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico arrive at the US-Mexico border after an often long and exhausting journey, seeking peace from lives tormented by violence or economic instability. This news, having reached the ears of Pope Francis himself, compelled him to make a... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Tuesday, Oct 6

The Spirit of giving is like a sock of coins

By Samantha Almanza I was privileged to speak at the Spiritus Donorum dinner at Juan Diego Catholic High Schoo on Dec. 1st of last year, and I’d like to share in this column the comments I made there. The motto of Juan Diego Catholic High School is Spiritus Donorum , which translates to “The Spirit of Giving.” As a graduate of Juan Diego, this motto often comes back to me, especially during the holiday season.  As I was reflecting on these words and my life, I came up with a symbol... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Thursday, Sep 24

Pope Francis wants to change the way we think about our planet

This article first appeared in The Memphis Daily News On Thursday, June 18, the Vatican released Pope Francis’ much-anticipated encyclical, “Laudato si” (Praise Be to You: On the Care for Our Common Home). For some time now, Catholics, environmentalists and other Vatican watchers were aware that Francis was going to focus on the environment, especially the problem of global climate change. By the time the encyclical dropped on Thursday, it had already been... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Thursday, Sep 10

Students form NAACP chapter at CBU to create change agents in Memphis

My relationship with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People started during my high school career when I developed a close relationship with Madeline Taylor, the Executive Director of the Memphis Branch of the NAACP.  The NAACP was founded on February 12th, 1909, by a diverse group of individuals that included Mary White Ovington, Oswald Garrison Villard, William English Walling, Dr. Henry Moscovitz, W.E.B. Dubois, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, and Mary Church... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Wednesday, Sep 2