Friday, May 9, 2014

Final Blog Post

Hi All,

As this semester comes to a close I have completed one final, a paper almost complete and then two finals next week I wanted to say thank you for following my life at Rockhurst over the past few years. There are a lot of fun events this coming week.

If you are in Kansas City and want to attend or want to just learn more about the end of year events at Rockhurst. Make sure to check out the link

Baccalaureate Mass - 2 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014.
(St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 1001 E. 52nd St., Kansas City, MO 64110)
Commencement Ceremony - 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014.
(Municipal Auditorium, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, MO 64105)


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Individual Year-End Examen

This was in Campus Ministries weekly e-newsletter. Thought I would share.

Individual Year-End Examen   

Recall that you are in the presence of God. 
No matter where you are, hilltop or valley, country or city, in a crowd or alone, you are a creature in the midst of creation.  The Creator who called you forth is concerned for you.  The Spirit of God, sent by Christ, will remind you that you are gifted to help bring creation to its fullness, to restore it to the Creator's way.  Ask the Holy Spirit to let you look on all you see with love.  "Love is patient, love is kind, love is not jealous or boastful, it is not arrogant or rude.  Love does not insist on its own way; . . . it does not rejoice in wrong but rejoices in the right. . . Love hopes all things." (1 Cor 13).
 
Give thanks to God for favors received.
Pause and spend a moment looking at this year's gifts.  Be concrete!  Recall the smile brought forth by an interaction with another, an act of patience, a success savored, a joy shared.  Take stock of what you received and gave.  Notice these clues that guide living.
 
Now look at your more permanent gifts that allowed your participation in this year and in this day.  Recall your particular strengths in times of difficulty, your ability to hope in times of weakness, your sense of humor and your life of faith, your intelligence and health, your family and friends.  God the Creator gives these things to you to draw you into the fullness of life.
 
Ask for awareness of the Holy Spirit's aid.
Before you explore the mystery of the human heart, ask to receive the Holy Spirit so that you can look upon your actions and motives with honesty and patience.  "When the spirit of truth comes she will guide you into all truth." (John 16:13)  The Holy Spirit inspires you to see with growing freedom the development of your life story.  The Spirit gives a freedom to look upon yourself without condemnation and without complacency and thus open to growth.  "Love hopes all things." (1 Cor 13:7)

Now examine how you have lived this year.
Recalling the events of your year, explore the context of your actions.  Review the year, month by month, searching for the internal events of your life.  Look through the experiences to see your interaction with what was before you - in the classroom, in your living situation, in your relationships with family, friends, your significant other, mentors and peers, in your work, in your service, in your leisure time, personally.  Ask what you were involved in and who you were with, and review your hopes and hesitations.  Many situations may show you that your heart was divided - wavering between helping and disregarding, scoffing and encouraging, listening and ignoring, rebuking and forgiving, speaking and silence, neglecting and thanking.  See the opportunities for growth in faith, hope, and charity and how you responded.  In each instance that comes to mind, what moved you to act the way you did?
 
Notice where you acted freely - picking a particular course of action from the possibilities you saw.  See where you now sense you were swept along without freedom.
 
See where the Spirit entered your decisions and where you might have paused to receive this influence.  "Test yourselves," St. Paul urges, "to see whether you are living in faith; examine yourselves.  Perhaps you yourselves do not realize that Christ Jesus is in you." (1 Cor)
 
Pray words of reconciliation and resolve.
"The word of God is very near to you, it is in your mouth and in your heart for your observance.  See, today I set before you life and prosperity, death and disaster. . . Choose life." (Duet 18) 
 
Now, having reviewed this year of your life, look upon yourself with compassion and see your need for God and try to realize God's manifestations of concern for you.  Express sorrow for sin, the obscuring darkness that surrounds us all, and especially ask forgiveness for the times you resisted God's light this year.
 
Give thanks for grace, the enlightening presence of God, and especially praise God for the times you responded in the ways that allowed you to better see God in your midst.
 
In these acts of sorrow and gratitude, you grow in knowledge of God's gentle labor for you.  "As the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in mine." (Jer 18:6)
 
Closing
Close with a word of gratitude, expression of love, or the Our Father.

Last weekend before Final

Hi All,

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekends! I am sure students across the country are prepping for finals at this very moments. Rockhurst has two more days of classes before a study day then finals!!! For me this is my final set of finals. Ahhh!!! I am so excited if you cant tell or guess! I have one final this week (Christian Mysticism) and then two next week. As well as a group paper/presentation and then my final for my English class is a paper I am doing on Alternative History Novel.

I have done some of the research this week for my paper so that I can get a jump start on it. I hope to start writing it later today or tomorrow. My goal is to get the paper done this week so that next week I can just focus on the two finals I have to do.

This week as you might know Rockhurst has a study day (which I personally find nice). Last year spring semester we did not have a study day we started finals on a Monday and ended them on a Friday. It is so hard to believe I only have two days of actual classes left then finals. It is crazy to think that two weeks from now I will be graduating and on my way back to Chicago to start a whole new chapter of my life. Where I will be working is still up in the air. All I know is that I have to trust in God that he will show me when the time is right.

It is not the school work that is going to be crazy this next week and a half but all the other stuff I have to get done. Like, interview(s) for jobs, saying good bye to colleagues and friends here in Kansas City and then finishing up my internship.

This weekend has been gorgeous it is like 75 out today. Absolutely perfect. I sat outside this morning doing some studying and just enjoying the nice weather.

The picture below is from a Tazie prayer service we had a Rockhurst back in lent.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Great Week

Hi All,

This past week has been so quick but good. Sorry for two As I mentioned in my previous blog post this past week was a short week due to the Easter break.

For all those who are part of Greek Life (which I am not) it was Greek week for them. From what I hear it is a really fun but exhausting week packed full of all sorts of events.

Also, this week we had our senior dinner for all Nonprofit Leadership Studies major or minors. We had a small group this week but it was really nice to all go out to dinner. Most of our Nonprofit professors also came to the dinner.

A construction update picture. As most of you know we are building a new academic building here at Rockhurst. See below for a picture. I can not wait to see it when I come back to visit Rockhurst University in the future. Rockhurst has a lot of big plans in store.

In honor of Pope John Paul II I want to quote a few sections:

-The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.-Pope John Paul II

-Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.-Pope John Paul II

-When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society.-Pope John Paul II



Back at it

Hi All,

Sorry for the delay again in falling off the blogging world for a few weeks. This last semester has been a really crazy one. For most seniors your last semester is pretty crazy because of on top of the full class load most seniors are applying for jobs and working a part time job. Almost all seniors I know are either doing an internship, student teaching or working a part time job at a restaurant or baby sitting.

This is my last full week of classes at Rockhurst (well it is not even a full week for me anymore because I got asked to come back to Chicago for an in office interview with a nonprofit). :) :) :).

Anyway, last weekend I went home for the long Easter Weekend. Part of the advantage to being at a Jesuit University is that we get a four day weekend for Easter Weekend. It is really nice for those like me who are a little further away from home. It gives us the opportunity to go home. I left Thursday and did not come back till Tuesday morning because I did not have class on Tuesday till 11am.

This was a really great Easter for me. It was so nice to be home with the family. I also got the chance to catch up with a few friends who I had not seen since Christmas. Also, I love my home faith community so it was great to be home to go to all the masses there. On Monday of Easter break I had an interview with a nonprofit and also had a meeting with a friend who is in the nonprofit sector as well.

This is the awesome view I got on the plan flying back into Chicago's Midway Airport. I love flying into the Chicago.

Have a great weekend! Enjoy this spring weather.

Here is an awesome picture from Campus of the flowers!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pictures from the Virutal Conference/My Office

Enjoy these photos :)



 
All the pictures are taken from 1100 Walnut downtown Kansas City. It is so pretty in the morning with the sun coming up. I just had my one year anniversary at my internship. Crazy to think that I have been there for over a year now and worked over 1,000 hours for them!
 
Have a great day!

A evening in my life

Hi All,

I just wanted to post a quick reflection I did for two Christian Mysticism readings I just did as an example of the type of work I do on a weekly basis for classes I have never before posted an assignment I have done. So it goes as a first one!

Readings 13.2 and 13.3
These are both great readings in my opinion. Just putting that out there. I really enjoyed these readings. To begin with reading 13.2 from Clairvaux, I believe this is our second reading from Clairvaux this semester. I found it interesting how Clairvaux choose to structure this around the four degrees of love. Additionally, I found it interesting that out of all the parts they could include in this book the section they took was from the fourth chapter, "Man Loves Himself For The Sake of God". When one takes a minute to think about loving himself for the sake of God alone gives a new meaning to life. Two of the passages that struck me for various reasons are as follows. "When will this sort of affection be felt that, inebriated with divine love, the mind may forget itself and be come in its own eyes like a broken dish hastening towards God". This quote stuck out to me because I liked how Clairvaux describes the experience as becoming inebriated with the divine love. From what I hear the experience of being inebriated is a very powerful experience. Also the analogy to the mind forgetting itself and becoming like a broken dish was
an interesting way to think about it that I have not thought of before. The second quote I have found interesting is, "For it is impossible to assemble all these and turn them toward God's face as long as the care of this weak and wretched body keeps one busy to the point of distraction".
For the second reading it was also at least our second time reading Eckhart. Maybe it is just because I am a Nonprofit Leadership Studies major but I have always enjoyed the analogy to/relationship to poverty in both ways that Eckhart discusses at the beginning of this selection of Sermon 52. The one quote that I really found interesting was after he gives the definition Bishop
Albert has of poverty and then Eckhart says, "A poor person is one who wants nothing, knows nothing and has nothing. We shall speak of these three points". I like this definition. I think that it is simple and really powerful. I like how it says that a poor person is one who wants nothing and desires nothing. It is certainly interesting to meditate upon that.

Have a great evening!
 Cool sunrise looking out over the edge of campus :)