In the chapel on campus on Wednesday, the priest said that there are five senses we must have to live in Christ - sentir, pensar, obrar, perdonar, y amar - we must feel, we must think, we must work, we must forgive, and we must love. These five actions are the sum of how we should try to live - of course, for Christ, but moreover for each other.
In Lent, I think this idea of five senses for Christ is a simple yet powerful reminder for us as we move towards Easter.
What do I feel? Better yet, how do I feel towards others, and why? What am I thinking? Am I too rooted in my ways to think as others do? What work do I do? Is it fruitful? If not, how do I change that? Who have I forgiven? Who do I need to forgive? Who has forgiven me?
And finally, who do I love? In what ways can I better express that love? Who do I need to love more? Who loves me?
With these five simple senses (feel, think, work, forgive, and love), we can grow. And maybe help others to do the same!
I am also studying abroad this semester, but in Madrid. I arrived earlier this week and after a wonderful tour of the city by campus ambassadors, my friends and I found a beautiful cathedral from the 16th century. A link:
So awesome, right? Can you imagine the thousands- millions?- of Catholics throughout the centuries who have celebrated the Eucharist here? And we are united with them all around the table even today.
This church reminded me how the faith is both ancient and alive here in Spain- and around the world. I am as surrounded by the love of the community and the grace of God here in Madrid as I am in the United States, and I’m so grateful for that.
SLU Madrid offers Mass on Sunday evenings in English, but I am also looking forward to celebrating the global faith with Spaniards during my stay. And I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences here!
I’m leading my CLC tomorrow and I can’t wait! I’ll be guiding my small group in reflection over a Gospel passage. I’m taking it from the daily readings, because it fits so well with the time of Advent. Here’s the passage:
Jesus said to his disciples:
"Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.
"Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”
This fits so well with Advent preparation. I think this is a great way to reflect on how you are really praying, truly living, and ultimately being with God and for God.
60 Saint Louis University freshmen sat silently in darkness in a dining hall in Babler State Park this weekend. Then, through the darkness, one voice filled in the phrase, “Being poor is…” with an expression of his or her own poverty. 59 other voices followed, and community began because the freshmen were vulnerable enough to share their own weakness.
A lot of the retreat focused on vulnerability to break down barriers between the freshmen. I sat in darkness with my sophomore Micah friends as the freshmen shared, and I was reminded again of the beauty and necessity of showing your TRUE self to form authentic and lasting community.
But along with all of this seriousness, we built the spirit of community by having some crazy fun! Friday night, at least twenty of us climbed up to the roof of a barn and watched the stars as it turned 11:11 on 11/11/11 and made a wish. Also, among many other hilarious things, I may or may not have participated in a marshmallow dodge ball game…
Finally, here’s a bit of nature- the perfect place to build the spirit of community!
I just returned from the Micah Community Freshman Retreat! It was an awe-inspiring weekend focused on building an intentional community with Micah freshman. Since I might be getting ahead of myself, here’s some background-
The Micah Program is unique to Saint Louis University out of the entire nation. It is a freshman community in which students live together, serve together, study together, and pray together. Sophomores and upperclassmen often stay connected to the program throughout their college career, forming the kind of relationships rooted in common values that can last far beyond college.
I’d like to share how I experience these four aspects of the Micah community at SLU everyday throughout the next week. Get ready for some storiesss!
Yesterday, six students (including myself) who are part of the SLU Christian Life Community went to work at Campus Kitchen. Campus Kitchen is a program that prepares food for local shelters with food from local grocers and the university dining program. It’s basically a great recycling/re-purposing program. We made salad, egg bake, a GIANT fruit salad, sandwiches, fruit trays, and baked salmon. This was a fun and creative time for us to explore the pillar of Mission in CLC. Through acting with the spirituality that is developed in CLC meetings, I find myself really learning what it means to work for Christ.
First, a quick introduction! My name is Trish, and I’m a sophomore Nursing student at SLU. I’m from a small town in Kansas where my parents, my sister, and my puppy Sparky (who looks like Toto from the Wizard of Oz) live.
Second, you should know that I truly LOVE the Saint Louis University…
Welcome to the SLU Campus Ministry blog! My name is Julia, and I am a sophomore studying Psychology and Spanish. To give you a little more information about me, I am a member of the Christian Life Community (fondly known as CLC) Program through Campus Ministry, and am also on the Companion…