Look up: Madonna and Child, above the stairs in St. Joseph’s Hall on the SCU campus. Photo by Charles Barry
Matt Smith said on Apr 11, 2013
There are so many places I pray...the train, when I'm with friends, at the table with my wife before a meal, the Mission Gardens, walking around campus with SCU students, on a mountain road on my bike, in the redwoods on a hike. The list goes on. I'm struck recently with how many opportunities there are for wonder all around me.
Lulu Santana '97 said on Dec 17, 2013

One place on campus that always sparks a moment of prayer is by the Adobe Wall. Right after 9/11, I noticed one olive tree leaning onto the roof tiles and seemingly pulling its roots out of the ground. It reminded me of the fragile nature of our world. Shortly afterwards, the tree was cut down. Over time, the bare trunk began to sprout sprigs and now it looks like a full-sized bush! The sight of this bush draws me to pray for the areas of my life and our world that long for hope.

Diane Dreher said on Dec 19, 2013
In this frantic world, I pray a lot lately. I meditate in the morning, do a daily examen at night, and begin all of my classes with a few moments of centering meditation. Sometimes I pray for guidance, for greater peace and understanding, or pause for a moment of gratitude just looking at the sky.
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Spring 2014

Table of contents


Radiant house

Building a house for the 2013 Solar Decathlon. That, and changing the world.

Américas cuisine

Telling a delicious tale of food and family with chef David Cordúa ’04.

Lessons from the field

Taut and tranquil moments in Afghanistan—an essay in words and images.

Mission Matters

Carried with compassion

The Dalai Lama’s first visit to Santa Clara.

Farther afield

Building safer houses in Ecuador. Research on capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica. Helping empower girls in The Gambia. And this is just the beginning for the Johnson Scholars Program.

What connects us

The annual State of the University address, including some fabulous news for the arts and humanities. And the announcement of Santa Clara 2020, a new vision for the University.