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In this, our third issue of a newsletter focusing on spirituality, religion, and related events—we have expanded our offerings to include a wider diversity of articles, books, and events that focus on a variety of religious traditions. We invite you to take advantage of the myriad of religious and spiritual resources available on campus and online.

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Join us online for a series of weekly Advent Reflections authored by Randy Sachs, S.J., professor at BC's School of Theology and Ministry. A new reflection will be posted each week throughout Advent, beginning on December 2. The series will culminate in a Christmas message.

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Upcoming Spirituality Events

Nov. 1—Agape Latte Grande: Was It Really a Bachelor's Degree? Why You Never Really Learned to Date in College and What to Do About It Now
6:30 p.m., Cadigan Alumni Center; free.
Professor Kerry Cronin and Daniel Zepp '07, First Year Experience staffer and resident minister, will focus on the ups and downs of dating and relationships in your 20s. Cosponsored by the Boston College Alumni Association and the Church in the 21st Century Center.

Nov. 4—Alumni Memorial Mass

11:00 a.m., Trinity Chapel, Newton Campus
Walter "Skipp" Conlan, S.J., presiding

Alumni and friends are cordially invited to attend the Annual Alumni Memorial Mass to honor the memory of all deceased alumni. A complimentary light lunch reception will immediately follow in Stuart Hall dining room adjacent to Trinity Chapel on the Newton Campus. Click here to RSVP or call 617–552–2950.

Nov. 4—A Spirituality of Work
1:30–3:30 p.m., Former Alumni House, Newton Campus, $10 per person,
With Joseph O'Keefe, S.J., Professor, Lynch School of Education

Fr. O'Keefe will share his thoughts on the dignity of work and the importance of infusing your work with your faith. There will be time for small group discussions and refreshments will be served.

Nov 12—12th Annual Veterans Remembrance Mass and Ceremony
9:30 a.m., Mass, St. Ignatius Church, Chestnut Hill
11 a.m., Remembrance Roll Call Ceremony at Veterans Memorial, Burns Library Lawn

Join the BC community in honoring veterans who gave their lives in the service of this country and in celebrating all the men and women who have served in the armed forces. Registration is requested for this event. Register here.

Save the Date—Feb 28: "Meeting Jesus in Your Life" with James Martin, S.J., in New York City
St. Ignatius Church, 980 Park Avenue at 84th Street, New York, N.Y

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Alumni in the News

"Jesus, Politics, and Pop Culture"
The hits just keep coming at The Jesuit Post, a new web and social media site that Sam Sawyer, S.J., '00, MDiv '14, and three fellow Jesuit scholastics launched earlier this year. The site is dedicated to Jesuits thinking and writing at the intersection of faith and culture.

Jeff Thielman and Cristo Rey Boston's Turnaround

Cristo Rey Boston President Jeff Thielman '85, JD'92, was published in Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice. This article was an in-depth look at the turnaround North Cambridge Catholic and Cristo Rey Boston schools went through.

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Boston College kicked off its Sesquicentennial Celebration with a Mass at Fenway Park on a beautiful September afternoon. See and hear Fr. Michael Himes's homily, and learn more about the event by exploring the links below:

Fr. Michael Himes's Homily
Boston Globe Article
Boston Globe Photos
Boston Globe Video
Boston Herald Article
Boston Herald Photos
WBZ–TV Video

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Other Spirituality Events

Tuesday, Nov. 6:
Encountering Christ Through Service—Panel Discussion
Click here for more information.

Wednesday, Nov. 7–Tuesday, Dec. 11: C21 Online Workshop—What Makes Us Catholic, Part 2: Leap of Faith, Justice, Loving Beyond Borders, and Growing Spiritually.
Click here for more information.

For additional C21 offerings, visit C21 Online

Thursday, Nov. 8 to Friday, Nov. 9: Religion and the Liberal Aims of Higher Education.
Click here for more information.

Thursday, Nov. 29: Two There Are—Understanding the Separation of Church and State
Click here for more information.

Sacred Music for the Holidays
Check the University Event Calendar throughout the months of November and December for upcoming holiday concerts including Irish music, chamber music, and the annual Christmas concert.

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Faculty News

Good, Evil, Saints, and Strangers
Seelig Professor in Philosophy Richard Kearney explores contemporary views of good and evil.

Dayton Literary Peace Prize
The Sojourn by Andrew Krivak, a faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, has been awarded the 2012 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the only international literary peace prize awarded in the United States, in the fiction category.

APA Peace Award
The Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence of the American Psychological Association has awarded Lynch School of Education Professor M. Brinton Lykes its prestigious Ignacio Martin-Baro Lifetime Peace Practitioner Award.

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Recently Published Books on Spirituality by BC Authors

The Promise of Christian Humanism: Thomas Aquinas on Hope
Boston College theologian Dominic F. Doyle has published a book that "shows how the Christian virtue of hope breathes new life into humanism, enabling believers to approach God as the human good."

Cursing the Christians?: A History of the Birkat HaMinim
A book by Rabbi Ruth Langer, a professor of theology and associate director of BC's Center for Christian–Jewish Learning has been hailed as "masterful" by Jewish Ideas Daily. Rabbi Langer is an expert in Jewish tradition and Jewish–Christian relations.

Keys to the Council: Unlocking the Teaching of Vatican II
School of Theology and Ministry Professor Richard R. Gaillardetz has co–authored (with Catherine Clifford) a book that offers an accessible take on the vision of the Second Vatican Council. Gaillardetz is the president–elect of the Catholic Theological Society of America.

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Last spring, we asked alumni, parents, and friends to respond to the campus prayer map by sharing some of their own sacred spaces on campus, and St. Mary's Chapel received the most votes. Check out all the responses here.

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On Eagle's Wings

The BC community extends its arms to those in need of prayer. Submit your confidential prayer requests by clicking here, and we will pray for them at St. Mary's Chapel.

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Prayer for Autumn

We see signs of summer's passing in golden leaves,
shortening days, misty mornings, autumn glow.
We sense its passing in rain that dampens,
winds that chill, Harvest's bounty placed on show.
Creator God, who brings forth
both green shoot and hoar frost,
sunrise and sunset,
we bring our thanks
for seeds that have grown,
harvests gathered,
storehouses filled,
mouths fed.
And, as your good earth rests
through winter's cold embrace,
we look forward to its re–awakening
when kissed by Spring's first touch.

(Credit: John Birch, www.faithandworship.com)

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