BY DOMINICK WONG
I’m sorry for making your name visible to everyone who follows this scrappy, little, Christian magazine… but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to publicly embarrass you (winky face).
This letter is being written a week from your first day at Cal and, honestly, I envy you and the boatloads of jittery excitement that just drip off of every text asking: “do you think I need three binders or one?”, “is sixteen units too many?”, “what if I don’t have enough time to walk to my next class?”
As you know, I’m speaking here from the opposite side of the college experience. Having just graduated, my feelings towards the future are characterized less by excitement than they are by… dread, haha. Four years (give or take) at the, “Number One Public University in the World Go Bears!” hasn’t afforded me any greater certainty of what I’m supposed to do with my life.
So believe me when I tell you that, in many ways, I feel no better off than you for having completed my college education. And yet, I have confidence that God has brought me to this university for a reason; that He has used this crazy crazy place to grow me in ways that might, in turn, inform your growth. Continue reading “To My Sister (and any incoming students who happen to be reading this),”
BY ANDREW SUM
If we are to understand anything in this world, we must understand it the way God ordains it. It follows that if we are to understand justice in any sense, we must understand God’s absolute justice as revealed to us in His Word. In doing so I hope that a theological foundation would be laid, upon which the Church might proceed with regards to the issue of justice here on Earth without crumbling under the weight of secular influence. Some might argue over the practical implications of such a study, “What does this have to do with human suffering? How does this affect those in poverty? What about prison reform? I don’t need your pie in the sky theology, give me something practical!” Continue reading “The Justice, Glory and Gospel of God”
BY EMILY PALMER Dear orphan, Do not despair. You are my beloved. The world may overlook you; you may feel utterly alone. But I am with you. I know the number of tears you have shed. You lack parents in this world, but I have adopted you as my child. I am watching over you. I smile as you grow more and more into the … Continue reading Dear Orphan
BY MONICA MIKHAIL
“The hungry are perishing, the naked are freezing to death, the debtors are unable to breathe, and will you put off showing mercy until tomorrow?”
– On Social Justice, Saint Basil the Great
The celebration of the Eucharist—union with Christ by partaking in His Body and Blood—was central to the identity of the early Christian community. The Mystery of the Eucharist, which means ‘thanksgiving’ in Greek, extended beyond its immediate celebration and permeated all facets of the early Christian life. The early Christian community attained a deeper understanding of the reality of the world by their continuous participation in the sacramental life of the Church. Through the liturgy of the Eucharist, they were able to see beyond the ephemeral nature of the present world and experience a taste of the everlasting Kingdom. Because the early Christian community centered itself around this mystery, they could not neglect the social injustices within their society. They strived to have their community and society mirror the complete flourishing in the age to come by addressing social needs despite this world’s temporality. They attempted to create an image of the Kingdom here on earth. A new and radical mode of living resulted from this awareness of their unity with Christ and each other through their communal participation in this mystery. Continue reading “Social Justice and the Eucharistic Life”
BY JENNIFER YIM A pearly-white picket fence borders a two–story house, offering the impression of a safe embrace. The fence stands waist high—not actually providing protection or keeping intruders out, but there’s no real threat in this neighborhood anyway. Or this city. Maybe even in this state. Really, it stands to keep the squabbling puppies from running wildly out into the vast unknown. And rightfully … Continue reading It is Well