#ComingSoon Learn about Ursuline’s campus and the people who built it in the upcoming issue of VOICES Spring ’14.
Ursuline showcases the community’s talent with the recent launch of the 2014 edition of Inscape.
The College began producing a fine arts magazine in 1945. Every spring since then, the English Department, in conjunction with the Art Department, publishes Inscape, an award-winning magazine featuring the writing and artwork of faculty, staff and students of the College. Submissions, including essays, reviews, poems, short stories, photographs, and artwork, are evaluated by an editorial staff made up of students and supervised by a faculty member of the English Department.
As this time of year is often associated with making personal and professional renovations, I am excited to announce that Ursuline’s blog platform has developed into an online edition of the College’s magazine, VOICES. Having been published since 2008, VOICES is the main news source for everything Ursuline. The online edition will feature all the great things that Ursuline fans have grown accustomed to reading about in the printed version plus online stories added weekly, providing an interactive and relevant experience for our readers.
Below is my editor’s letter from the printed edition of VOICES (out February 1). The theme of this issue is community, how strong Ursuline values have carried the institution even through difficult times. We also showcase the great things that individuals in the Ursuline Community are doing and the lives they continue to touch. I hope you feel a sense of hope in how a small, Catholic, women-focused College in Ohio can work together to make a positive difference in the world.
While many (even most) people look at Pope Francis as an important world leader, my hunch is that he understands himself to be primarily a follower, not a leader. Like all Christians, Pope Francis is a disciple of Jesus Christ, and the meaning of the word “disciple” is one who follows. And as a disciple of Jesus, Pope Francis strives every day to become more like Jesus in what he says and does, and in how he speaks and acts.
Each day, Pope Francis prays and reads (and rereads) the stories of Jesus in the Gospels. Each day we witness this humble person speaking and acting very much like Jesus did. Facing such overwhelming responsibilities every day, Pope Francis is a model of Gospel simplicity. He shows us the meaning of the Beatitudes through his poverty of spirit, his meekness, his thirst for justice. He also clearly displays how one can perform the corporal works of mercy no matter who you are, no matter where you are. As we read in Matthew 25:35-36, every disciple is charged to feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty; to clothe the naked and visit the lonely and imprisoned.
As Pope Francis performs these very simple and humble actions, they shine brightly before all who see them, or hear about them, or read about them. Like the sun’s rays warm our faces, these acts of mercy warm our hearts and souls. Like Jesus feeding the multitude with bread and fish, Pope Francis feeds us – and the world – with hope. In the midst of the darkness of evil that too often blankets our world, Pope Francis shines as a beacon of light, reminding us of Jesus, the Light of the World.
As we continue to pray for Pope Francis, we should also learn from his example. Each Christian is a disciple, a follower of Jesus. Each of us is called to be a person of the Beatitudes, a person of the corporal works of mercy. Each of us is asked to bring the light of Christ into the world in our own way. This is especially relevant during the Advent season, in which we recall the coming of Jesus, the Light, into the world. May our light join the brilliant light of Pope Francis in bringing mercy and hope into the world during this holy season and throughout the coming year. Amen.
George S. Matejka, Ph.D. is the Chair of the Philosophy Department at Ursuline College.