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Laura Brekke

"If you have a practice that you hate, then you’re resistant to the relationship. But if you find a practice that brings you joy or peace, then you will be open to hear the whispering of God, or to see the ways God has been moving in your life."

Lulu Santana

The Spirituality Spotlight of the week is Lulu Santana, Director of Campus Ministry! When discussing her practice of her spirituality, Lulu says: "I can’t help but smile when, in the course of a day, God interrupts my plans and stirs my heart in ways I could not imagine."

Sarah Lawley

Our Spirituality Spotlight this week is Spirituality Facilitator Sarah Lawley. When asked what she has learned about herself from practicing her spirituality, Sarah said that through yoga and "[a]s a 'recovered perfectionist,' I have learned to be much more relaxed with myself and with my life in general. I am able to 'go with the flow' now in a way that I never could before."

Matt Smith

The Spirituality Spotlight this week is Associate Director of Campus Ministry, Matt Smith. When Matt was asked how he practices his spirituality, he responded saying, “Food (where it comes from, how it nourishes me, who was involved in making it), active lifestyle (biking, soccer, running, walking with my wife), minutes of mindfulness, prayer.” Read more about more about Matt’s spiritual journey on the next page.

Julia Claire Landry

“Spirituality is the permission we give ourselves to get real -- real with ourselves, real with what's happening right now in the world and in our relationships, especially to get real with the relationship we have with the Divine.”

Dennis Jacobs paints in response to Laudato Si

A Drive to Create

You may have heard that SCU's Provost, Dr. Dennis Jacobs, is an avid painter. We were curious if he considered painting a spiritual practice and decided to sit down with him. What we learned was insightful and interesting.

Mass of the Holy Spirit 2016

After offering a broad welcome, Fr. Engh explored three questions: Why do we gather here today? How do we wish to live? and What do we want this year to be? Read his insightful reflections here.

Work Hard. Play hard. Pray hard.

At Santa Clara, we work hard and play hard, but we also pray hard. The time, effort, and love put into each and every liturgy is nothing short of amazing. It creates a true experience of welcome and calmness that's conducive to true and honest prayer. Everyone at Santa Clara that I talk to says that Mass helps them stabilize themselves in the midst of an otherwise hectic life. It allows them to truly have time for themselves and the Almighty, which allows them to have an experience here that is truly whole. -Gus Hardy '16, Hospitality Ministry Intern

An Invitation to the Humble Life

Rev. Laura Brekke, the director of religious diversity in Campus Ministry, said in her concluding remarks at last week's shared Catholic and Protestant Ash Wednesday service, "I hope you shrug off the need for validation by a world that is interested in monetizing and consuming you. I hope that you see the gift and grace that grows from a life of prayer, and honest relationships, and of seeking justice for those oppressed." Read her entire sermon here.

Day 2: The Parliament of The World's Religions

A personal experience about a student's journey to Utah to experience an incredible and life changing event. An event in which 10,000 people from 50+ faiths come together as one, praying for peace and justice for all humanity.

Day 1: Parliament of the World's Religions

Summary and reflection on the first day of the Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah from the perspective of one student.

The End

Some final reflections from an SCU senior on how his faith grew, didn't grow, and was refined by Santa Clara University.

The Drive

What should the role of ambition be in our faith?

Chapter One

A student's reflections and lessons learned from her first year at Santa Clara University. College is a short season of life - with its fair share of challenges and blessings- but one that is to be cherished and embraced.

A Sophomoric Season

Our first, junior, and senior years are full of cliches. But what is sophomore year all about? Discuss.

The 35th Anniversary of the Death of Oscar Romero

Oscar Romero died 35 years ago from today. What does his life, his death and his beliefs mean for all of us?

Real Recognize Real

Sophomore Aidan O'Neill digs into the deeper meaning of the passing "Hello, how are you?" and ensuing "Pretty good" response.

Sin, Guilt and Forgiveness

We're always making mistakes. What do we do with ourselves if we keep making the same ones? How do we forgive the hardest person to forgive?

Is it Even in English?

Junior Gus Hardy explains how an overlooked theological concept may help shed a new perspective as we begin lent this season

Lessons from Abroad and from Within

Junior Kendra Clark examines the ways in which she learned about herself and about God through her study abroad experience, and what it is like readjusting to college life at Santa Clara. In addition, she offers insights on the Ignatian tradition of finding God in all things.

Admiring God's Creation

It's a gift to be able to acknowledge the beauty of God's Creation surrounding us every single day.

The Next Level to Service

Santa Clara University upholds the Jesuit value of "being a man for others." But Father Boyle, a Jesuit and author of Tattoos on the Heart, challenges whether service is the ultimate goal, or merely the means to an end.

Thanksgiving

How can we be thankful in the world we live in? How can we think about Thanksgiving in its idealistic and realistic context? What does a Christian have to say about this?

The Houses That Eight Bullets Built

When it comes to commemorating the UCA martyrs, their legacy can have global implications. Gus Hardy reflects on how the murder of the Jesuits has affected his study abroad experience in the Philippines.

Lay Your Burden

As we struggle to find peace in the challenges we face in our daily lives at college, let us turn to One who is bigger than our circumstances.

    • Chocolate Syrup

      A Prayer of Yes

      Campus Ministry's retreats director, Victor Lemus, wrote a prayer of yes that he shared as the prayer in the Campus Ministry team meeting.

    • I am Thankful for My Faith

      A Gay Man’s Reflection on His Faith and Church

      A gay student reflects on his place in the Catholic Church after attending the Parliament of World Religions.

    • An Invitation to the Humble Life

      Rev. Laura Brekke, the director of religious diversity in Campus Ministry, said in her concluding remarks at last week's shared Catholic and Protestant Ash Wednesday service, "I hope you shrug off the need for validation by a world that is interested in monetizing and consuming you. I hope that you see the gift and grace that grows from a life of prayer, and honest relationships, and of seeking justice for those oppressed." Read her entire sermon here.

    • The Value of Presence

      A few weeks ago, a group from the Communitas RLC visited a nursing home to deliver tulips for Valentine’s Day. While we intended to bring cheer to homebound seniors, we also faced the uncomfortable reality of not knowing what to do...Pope Francis reminds us to bring God’s mercy to the world through our daily lives. But what if mercy is not so much an action, but a way of being?

    • On the Ignatian Retreat

      "We were sharing a meal in total silence when I began to feel full--whole. As if all my scattered pieces had been collected and put back together." Read Irene's poem on the next page.

    • Day 2: The Parliament of The World's Religions

      A personal experience about a student's journey to Utah to experience an incredible and life changing event. An event in which 10,000 people from 50+ faiths come together as one, praying for peace and justice for all humanity.

    • The End

      Final Reflections from a Graduating Senior on Faith, SCU and how both influenced each other

      Some final reflections from an SCU senior on how his faith grew, didn't grow, and was refined by Santa Clara University.

    • The Drive

      Ambition and Faith

      What should the role of ambition be in our faith?

    • Chapter One

      First Year Reflections

      A student's reflections and lessons learned from her first year at Santa Clara University. College is a short season of life - with its fair share of challenges and blessings- but one that is to be cherished and embraced.

    • A Sophomoric Season

      An often overlooked year has some significance

      Our first, junior, and senior years are full of cliches. But what is sophomore year all about? Discuss.

    • Real Recognize Real

      Sophomore Aidan O'Neill digs into the deeper meaning of the passing "Hello, how are you?" and ensuing "Pretty good" response.

    • Sin, Guilt and Forgiveness

      Why this post being 3 days late won't weigh on me anymore

      We're always making mistakes. What do we do with ourselves if we keep making the same ones? How do we forgive the hardest person to forgive?

    • Is it Even in English?

      Junior Gus Hardy explains how an overlooked theological concept may help shed a new perspective as we begin lent this season

    • Lessons from Abroad and from Within

      Junior Kendra Clark examines the ways in which she learned about herself and about God through her study abroad experience, and what it is like readjusting to college life at Santa Clara. In addition, she offers insights on the Ignatian tradition of finding God in all things.

    • Admiring God's Creation

      It's a gift to be able to acknowledge the beauty of God's Creation surrounding us every single day.

    • The Next Level to Service

      When volunteering isn't enough

      Santa Clara University upholds the Jesuit value of "being a man for others." But Father Boyle, a Jesuit and author of Tattoos on the Heart, challenges whether service is the ultimate goal, or merely the means to an end.

    • Thanksgiving

      Historical and Religious musings on a holiday of Gratitude

      How can we be thankful in the world we live in? How can we think about Thanksgiving in its idealistic and realistic context? What does a Christian have to say about this?

    • The Houses That Eight Bullets Built

      When it comes to commemorating the UCA martyrs, their legacy can have global implications. Gus Hardy reflects on how the murder of the Jesuits has affected his study abroad experience in the Philippines.

    • Lay Your Burden

      As we struggle to find peace in the challenges we face in our daily lives at college, let us turn to One who is bigger than our circumstances.

    • Check your privilege, y'all

      Marissa recently had an impassioned interaction with friends on Facebook about privilege. Her blog entry here is a response she posted to the thread on hr profile, which was prompted by the following article: http://groupthink.jezebel.com/to-the-princeton-privileged-kid-1570383740/+Jessica

    • Breaking Routine

      Aidan's back to consider how to live as a Christian on a daily basis. How do we orient ourselves? How do we find God in all things, even the most mundane tasks? Enjoy reading it and feel free to make comments and ask questions in the provided section.

    • Lenten Lessons

      Kendra Clark challenges popular views of Lent and invites us to consider other ways of acting during the Lenten season. What has your Lenten practice been? What do Kendra's words invite you to consider?

    • God's Grace and the Power of Words

      Campus Ministry blogger, Marissa Minnick, recently wrote about her journey from disappointment to peace at not getting a ticket to the Dalai Lama. Last week she received some news, which she writes about here.

    • Passive or Passion

      First year student and Campus Ministry blogger Aidan O'Neill introduces a new verb and wonders what it means to actually live your faith.

    • Getting What I Need

      Many students were disappointed when they couldn't get tickets for the Dalai Lama. Here Marissa Minnick grapples with her own response to it and what that means for her.

    • Bearing Fruit in Winter

      Sophomore Kendra Clark offers a gentle nudge to action in your faith life through the symbols of winter in this first blog entry of 2014.

    • We Wish You an Ironic Christmas

      Aidan's back with a reflection on the irony of Christmas. Perhaps ironically, he wrote it during Advent. We hope you enjoy reading this and will let us know your thoughts on Aidan's and other blog entries contained herein.

    • The Freshmen Foibles

      First year blogger Aidan O'Neill explores what it's like to move from one faith community before college to a different one in college.

    • The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love

      An SCU alumna and Former Peace Corps Volunteer, Alexandra Angel is passionate about social justice, solidarity, and seeing the world. She loves immersing herself in new cultures and traditions. Here she shares a reflection on finishing her Peace Corps experience in Ukraine. She is currently working in France as a teacher, returning to a place she fell in love with as an undergrad. Read more at her blog "Notes of Wonder" (http://notesofwonder.wordpress.com/)

    • Remembering JFK

      4 SCU Faculty and Staff reflect on what JFK's life meant to them.

    • What are my roots?

      A reflection on the challenges and graces of staying centered and motivated in a fast-paced college environment.

    • Who's Calling Me?

      Molly Walker, a sophomore and campus ministry eucharistic ministry intern, shares her answer to the question, "Who Is Calling Me?" from this week's Weekly Wednesday Worship.

    • The experience of a lifetime

      Casey Clarke shares his thoughts about what it was like to be in Brazil for Magis and World Youth Day in the Summer of 2013. Clicking will bring you to a Flickr gallery where you can read his captions explaining his experience.

    • Threads of Life

      Senior Marissa Minnick explores what it's like to be a senior facing the last moments of each activity in her Reaching Within blog entry.

    • Where am I?

      In this week's blog entry, Niki Amundsen talks about her struggle to maintain her faith after things didn't go as expected as she began at SCU.

    • Nature and Water

      What role does water play in your life? Take a walk with Mallory Miller as she brings you on a walk through the rainforest.

    • Identity Crisis

      First year student Aidan O'Neill talks about redefining himself in college in one of this week's entries in the Reaching Within blog. Aidan and two other students will be blogging for us regularly throughout the year.

    • Opportunity

      Katherine Sanderson, one of our new bloggers for Campus Ministry, talks about opportunity in this week's installment of the Reaching Within Blog.

    • Just What I Needed

      Alex Nauman ('15) reflects on the experience of God's love he had on the Search retreat

    • Faithful Citizenship

      Laura Snowden, a SCU senior and Campus Ministry Intern for Christian Diversity, reflects on what it means to be a faithful citizen.

    • Notice and Choose

      What prevents you from experiencing the fullness of life? Julia Claire Landry, Director of Retreats, reflects on the readings for Sunday, September 30, imploring us to notice and choose.

    • Freshman Kate, Meet Senior Kate

      Senior Kate Flannery describes her growth while at SCU through the lens of her experience on Campus Ministry's Ignatian 5-Day Retreat.

    • Work Hard. Play hard. Pray hard.

      At Santa Clara, we work hard and play hard, but we also pray hard. The time, effort, and love put into each and every liturgy is nothing short of amazing. It creates a true experience of welcome and calmness that's conducive to true and honest prayer. Everyone at Santa Clara that I talk to says that Mass helps them stabilize themselves in the midst of an otherwise hectic life. It allows them to truly have time for themselves and the Almighty, which allows them to have an experience here that is truly whole. -Gus Hardy '16, Hospitality Ministry Intern

    • We remember Fr. Jim Reites, SJ

      Santa Clara University President Michael Engh, S.J. sent the linked e-mail to the Santa Clara University campus community the evening of April 16, 2016, following the unexpected death of a Jesuit priest who has impacted the lives of so many people through education, faith, compassion and more.

    • A Merciful Response from Queer Catholics to “The Joy of Love”

      When "The Joy of Love" was released by the Vatican in June, now alumnus Glen Bradley '16 decided to write a response to the piece. We share this with the Pope's recent statement in mind that LGBTQ+ individuals "must not be discriminated against, that they must be respected and accompanied pastorally."

    • Mass of the Holy Spirit 2016

      Michael Engh, S.J.'s Homily

      After offering a broad welcome, Fr. Engh explored three questions: Why do we gather here today? How do we wish to live? and What do we want this year to be? Read his insightful reflections here.

    • A Drive to Create

      Provost Dennis Jacobs and the Spirituality of Painting

      You may have heard that SCU's Provost, Dr. Dennis Jacobs, is an avid painter. We were curious if he considered painting a spiritual practice and decided to sit down with him. What we learned was insightful and interesting.

    • Julia Claire Landry

      “Spirituality is the permission we give ourselves to get real -- real with ourselves, real with what's happening right now in the world and in our relationships, especially to get real with the relationship we have with the Divine.”

    • Rethinking Mercy

      Lulu Santana, Director of Campus Ministry, briefly reflects on what the topic of mercy means for us during some challenging times at SCU. This past July, a group of colleagues across campus offered an adapted form of Examen, an Ignatian approach to review one’s day and discern the invitations for future response and action, to reflect on the ongoing violence in our country and world. We will again offer this adapted Examen to the campus community on October 26, 4-5:30 p.m. in the California Mission Room. Our intention is to create a space to review and reflect on events of violence near and far, and to consider the invitations for personal and communal engagement. We look forward to the shared participation of students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

    • Matt Smith

      The Spirituality Spotlight this week is Associate Director of Campus Ministry, Matt Smith. When Matt was asked how he practices his spirituality, he responded saying, “Food (where it comes from, how it nourishes me, who was involved in making it), active lifestyle (biking, soccer, running, walking with my wife), minutes of mindfulness, prayer.” Read more about more about Matt’s spiritual journey on the next page.

    • Sarah Lawley

      Our Spirituality Spotlight this week is Spirituality Facilitator Sarah Lawley. When asked what she has learned about herself from practicing her spirituality, Sarah said that through yoga and "[a]s a 'recovered perfectionist,' I have learned to be much more relaxed with myself and with my life in general. I am able to 'go with the flow' now in a way that I never could before."

    • Lulu Santana

      The Spirituality Spotlight of the week is Lulu Santana, Director of Campus Ministry! When discussing her practice of her spirituality, Lulu says: "I can’t help but smile when, in the course of a day, God interrupts my plans and stirs my heart in ways I could not imagine."

    • Laura Brekke

      "If you have a practice that you hate, then you’re resistant to the relationship. But if you find a practice that brings you joy or peace, then you will be open to hear the whispering of God, or to see the ways God has been moving in your life."