The Joy of Repentance

by Bradley Yam, SY’ 21.

When the time for confession comes in our Church service, a weighty silence hangs over the congregation. I close my eyes, and bow my head. Within seconds, I feel displaced, I feel my alienation. It was a sense that I have not done what I was supposed to do, I did not say what I should have said or even meant to say, I did not even think what I ought to have thought. I am assaulted by the knowledge that I am not the man I could be, not the man I should be. Continue reading The Joy of Repentance

Till We Have Faces

By Raquel Sequeira, TD’ 21

I have had a few—a very few—moments in my life when I felt I knew God. One of the most powerful in my life happened just last weekend, and I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. I also find myself filled with the temptation to fear: I fear that I will lose that experience, that another will never come, and I fear isolation from God’s face just as I fear human loneliness now that the experience is over. The feeling is almost overwhelming, and I want to cling with all my strength to something I know I cannot hold. Continue reading Till We Have Faces

Foreheads and Invisible Faith

by Lauren Spohn ’20. Lauren is a junior in Currier studying English

“I think you have something on your forehead.” That sentence runs through my mind around this time in March every year. It usually happens over lunch, between classes, or at the library. I’ll see a Catholic friend, notice a grey smudge on their forehead, and barely catch myself before flinging the sentence into the air between us. Then I suddenly remember. Ah, it’s Ash Wednesday. Continue reading Foreheads and Invisible Faith