October 30, 2017

October 30, 2017

Center for Campus Ministry October 30, 2017

The News for the Week of October 30th

Center for Ministry

Center for Campus Ministry October 30, 2017

What's Happening in the Center for Campus Ministry this Week

Words from Our Chaplain

Reflection from the Associate Chaplain

In Case You Missed It

Vespers of Rememberance this Week

Rosary at the Mary Garden

Halloween Night at Tommie Catholic

A Vocation to Love

Knights of Columbus Card Night

Mid-Day Dialogue of Faith

Fight the New Drug

Words from Our Chaplain

Aliens and Immigrants

By Fr. Larry Blake

There is a great deal of discussion, not all of it civil or respectful, in our nation today about immigrants and aliens.  DACA, the executive order established by the previous administration is under review by the present administration.  Ultimately, the members of Congress will need to find a way to address the laws regarding immigration.

The First Reading for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time has some advice for all of us.  In it God is speaking to the people of Israel through Moses.  The words though spoken centuries ago are relative to today.

Thus says the LORD:
"You shall not molest or oppress an alien,
for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt.
You shall not wrong any widow or orphan.
If ever you wrong them and they cry out to me,
I will surely hear their cry.
My wrath will flare up, and I will kill you with the sword;
then your own wives will be widows, and your children orphans. Exodus 22:20f

These are strong words and they issue a severe warning against the mistreatment of aliens. 

Here at the University of St. Thomas welcoming the alien/immigrant is deeply woven into our history. Archbishop John Ireland established this school for the very purpose of educating immigrants who at the time had come from Ireland.  It may surprise you to know that those immigrants from the Emerald Isle experienced discrimination and were subjected to mistreatment. Help wanted ads appearing in major metropolitan newspapers often contained the discriminatory tagline: "Irish need not apply."

As Tommies we should be grateful for our heritage and welcoming of those who come here from other countries to pursue their education, and ultimately a better life.  The text reminds us that God hears their cries.  


Dreams, Decisions and "Du'a"

By, Tamara Gray

"I dreamt that I had cattails growing out of my head, and I couldn't get them out. I kept pulling and they would break, but their roots remained."

"I dreamt I stood in front of a large door, and if only I would take the handle, I would find a beautiful garden, with many fruit trees behind it. But to get to the door, I had to cross a rocky path."

"I dreamt there were mice in my house and my house was shrinking while they pulled out my hair."

Dreams can have many sources, but all of these dreams were the result of a special Muslim prayer, or supplication (du'a in Arabic), that is meant to help us make decisions.

The aforementioned dreams were seen following the special 'prayer of decision' and interpreted as such:

  1. Do not invest your money in that company!

  2. Marry him, but know that the beginning will be difficult, though the bulk of your life together will be fruitful and lovely

  3. Do not go to school at that university.

The prayer is called "istikhara", and it is a common tool in Muslim cultures for people faced with big decisions. Historically some of the great spiritual leaders would pray the prayer in the early morning in order to help them throughout the day. Many young people rely on the istikhara prayer when choosing a spouse, a career, and even a university.

While many Muslims hope to see a dream (makes that decision so much easier!) after the istikhara prayer, it is actually not meant to be a prayer that brings on a dream, but rather a prayer that seeks the guidance of God. It is meant to build a trusting spirit, and to consign the matter, whatever it may be, to God Almighty, and to participate with faith in the events that unfold.

As you face big and little decisions in your day to day life, remember to turn to God for help. Truly His guidance is the best of guidance.

The prayer:

O God, verily I seek the better [of either choice] from You, by Your knowledge, and I seek ability from You, by Your power, and I ask You from Your immense bounty. For indeed You have power, and I am powerless; You have knowledge and I know not; You are the Knower of the unseen realms. O God, if You know that this matter is good for me with regard to my religion, my livelihood and the end of my affair then decree it for me, facilitate it for me, and grant me blessing in it. And if You know that this matter is not good for me with regard to my religion, my livelihood and the end of my affair then turn it away from me and me from it; and decree for me better than it, wherever it may be, and make me content with it.

And in Arabic:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْتَخِيرُكَ بِعِلْمِكَ وَأَسْتَقْدِرُكَ بِقُدْرَتِكَ وَأَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ الْعَظِيمِ فَإِنَّكَ تَقْدِرُ وَلَا أَقْدِرُ وَتَعْلَمُ وَلَا أَعْلَمُ وَأَنْتَ عَلَّامُ الْغُيُوبِ اللَّهُمَّ إِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ خَيْرٌ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي فَاقْدُرْهُ لِي وَيَسِّرْهُ لِي ثُمَّ بَارِكْ لِي فِيهِ وَإِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ شَرٌّ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي فَاصْرِفْهُ عَنِّي وَاصْرِفْنِي عَنْهُ وَاقْدُرْ لِي الْخَيْرَ حَيْثُ كَانَ ثُمَّ أَرْضِنِي


Happy Choosing! May God's guidance be your shining light.

In Case You Missed It...

Here is a link to another podcast from our associate chaplains. This one is from Fr. James-Peter Trares

When you visit this site you will also see a link to subscribe to the podcast RSS feed.

All Souls Vespers of Remembrance

Remembering All the Faithful Departed of Our Community

November 1, 6 :00 P.M.

Chapel of Saint Thomas Aquinas

October is the Month of the Rosary

Join us tonight for our last rosary for this month dedicated to the rosary.

Halloween Night at Tommie Catholic

The Saints are not Spooky!

Tuesday October 31
Woulfe North

Ever wanted to meet a Saint? Now's your chance! Come meet 4 awesome saints and learn about how they can help bring us closer to Christ.

Don't forget to come dressed as your favorite saint.  The best saint costume will win a tasty prize!

A Vocation to Love: A Reflection Based on Edith Stein's Writings on the Mystery of Women

Catholic Women's Leadership is welcoming a Carmelite sister to speak on Edith Stein and the Mystery of Women.

November 1, 6:00-7:15pm

OEC 103, Luann Dummer Center for Women

Sister Elizabeth Therese, Vocations Directress for the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, will be joining Catholic Women's Leadership to speak on

"A Vocation to Love: A Reflection Based on Edith Stein's Writings on the Mystery of Women". Join the CWL community for a talk, small group discussion, and pizza!

For more information, contact Olivia Steeves at stee3627@stthomas.edu


Catholic Women's Leadership is a campus club and meets weekly on Wednesdays, 6-7:15pm.

For more information on the Carmelite Sisters of Los Angeles , visit www.carmelitesistersocd.com.

Mid-Day Dialogue of Faith

Don't Call Me a Saint

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 12:30-1:30p.m.

MSL 244

Dorothy Day once said, "Don't call me a saint; I don't want to be dismissed that easily," expressing with this a deeper idea of sainthood. Join others on the feast of All Saints as Prof. Susan Stabile leads this dialogue on the meaning of holiness and why saints matter to us and ought not to be dismissed.

This will be a brown bag event, cookies and coffee will be provided. All are welcome.

For more information contact: spirituality@stthomas.edu