Nazareth Catholic Community

January 18, 2015 ~ Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Chaplain's Chatter: Thoughts, Reflections and Musings from the Catholic Chaplain

Greetings Everyone,

I hope this first week of classes is going well for each of you! As we get settled into the routine of this spring semester, a wonderful tradition at Nazareth is to host many events that honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Included in these sponsored events is the annual Commemoration of Rev. King's life that will take place Tomorrow, Monday, January 19th from 11:30 to 12:30 in Linehan Chapel (please note that classes are suspended during this time). Please see the complete schedule of events below.

It is unfortunate that 47 years after his assassination, the world is still in desperate need of Rev. King's insight and wisdom. Our campus, city, country and world are plagued with issues of racial tension and discrimination. At times it may seem that such tensions and divisions are so engrained in our culture that they will never be eradicated from our lives. At times hope can feel lost; the divisions can feel too wide and too deep.

This is why it is important that each of us take time to reflect on Rev. King's wisdom. Rev. King was a modern day prophet, especially reminding those of us who claim Christianity as a faith tradition that we have the moral obligation to turn our faith into action. All issues of discrimination and prejudice - racism, sexism, homophobia, etc - are faith issues. Our Christan faith calls to confront and challenge exclusion wherever it is found and work for lasting change.

Here is a short YouTube clip of King speaking describing the relationship between love and nonviolence in his theology and practices: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnoH2psiDhY

In the upcoming week, take time to reflect on the words and life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and ask yourself how you are being invited to respond.

Peace,
~ Jamie

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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Are You Free on Wednesdays at 12:30? Come to Mass!

Every Wednesday, we will celebrate Mass at 12:30PM in Linehan Chapel. Don't worry, you have the time! This Mass is shorter than a Sunday Mass, only about 25 minutes! What a wonderful way to find balance and spiritual nourishment in the middle of your busy week!

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Spring Break Service Retreat 2015!

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Clairvaux Service Retreat

You are invited to spend your spring break with fellow Naz students along with children and families who have been affected by homelessness. We will take the week to work with Deep Roots and the people they serve as we learn more about poverty and homelessness and the ways in which we can make a true difference. If you are looking for an opportunity to serve and to explore the intersection of spirituality and social justice, then we hope you will consider joining us in March!


"Deep Roots works with children and their families, who are disconnected through homelessness or other similar marginalization: connecting hearts. Our program will challenge children to envision a brighter future, to sustain healthy relationships and to navigate a course towards personal and social responsibility through better life experiences, with mentors, providing healthy life-models for all future relationships."


Contact Nadia Mullin at nmullin7@naz.edu for more information.


Applications are available from Nadia or Ruth on the 1st floor of GAC.


Sponsored by the Center for Spirituality

Pope Francis quote of the week:

"We are called to rekindle in our hearts an impulse of hope, that should result in concrete works of peace, reconciliation, and fraternity.”

Nazareth College Catholic Community

Sunday Mass 7:00PM
Wednesday Mass: 12:30PM
Gluten free hosts available upon request.
For the Sacrament of Reconciliation, please e-mail one of our priests to schedule an appointment.

Jamie R. Fazio, M.Div., Catholic Chaplain, Office: GAC 162

The Nazareth College Catholic Community is sponsored by the Nazareth Center for Spirituality. All are always welcome!

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