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The Importance of Family : Personal and Institutional

“As the family goes, so goes the nation, and so goes the whole world in which we live”

– Blessed Pope John Paul II

Much can be said about the importance of ‘family’.  Many, it seems are quick to acknowledge the positive influence drawn from their own personal experience within a family.  Plainly, much of the successes individuals have accomplished throughout their lives, while certainly indicative of a personal initiative, very well may not have been possible without the personal support, development, and community found within one’s personal ‘family’.

Yet, perhaps there can be a different forms of ‘family’ – or rather, communities other than just immediate families that are nevertheless bound by similar principles as immediate families.  Binding principles that come to mind may include common values, motivations, and understandings of the importance of the individual’s relationship with the community in which they are an integral part.

As Student Affairs professionals in a community driven by a unique mission and purpose (particularly here at Boston College in a community defined by its Eucharistic principles), perhaps we are bound in a familial way in our role as administrators by a common mission, a commitment to personal and professional development.  In the least, if indeed a family is that which provides support in individual development that otherwise be impossible, it seems as though both the role of the Boston College professional ‘family’/community as a whole and our place within it might be a fruitful source of reflection.   Perhaps there is much professional development to be gained through this ‘Boston College family’ that would otherwise be impossible.  It is in this way that we might realize our dependence on others, and others’ dependence on us!  Whether it is immediate personal family or a broader ‘family’ through a common community, what humility it requires for individuals to recognize their dependence on others for their own sake!

To this end, on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 12pm, Ernest Collamati, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Regis College will present a lecture on ‘The Eucharist: The Center of Family Life’ in the O’Neill Library Reserves Room.  This lecture is sponsored by Boston College’s Church in the 21st Century (and is a continuing component of this semester’s Eucharistic theme) and the Office of Employee Development.

It is a striking paradox of Christian principle: in the realization of one’s own personal limits by virtue of his/her individuality, one is drawn into a community brought together precisely by this realization and through this community, transcends those individual limitations.  Perhaps it is in this way that at this Catholic institution, we as professionals are brought into, and are constituents of the ‘Body of Christ’!

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An Evening In Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tonight Boston College will honor the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his promotion of non-violent activism on behalf of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.  Join us this evening at The Boston College Annual Martin Luther King, JR. Memorial Gathering.  Special Music by: The United Voices of Freedom, The Combined Music of Against the Current, B.E.A.T.S., Liturgy Arts Group, and the Voices of Imani. Tonight’s gathering will take place at 7:30pm at St. Ignatius Church.

On this blistering cold New England Monday in January, let us take a few moments respite from our busy days and hectic lives and invite Dr. King to guide us in prayerful reflection:

Now I say to you in conclusion,
life is hard,
at times as hard as crucible steel.
It has its bleak and difficult moments.
Like the ever-flowing waters of the river,
life has its moments of drought and its moments of flood.
Like the ever-changing cycle of the seasons,
life has the soothing warmth of its summers
and the piercing chill of its winters.
But if one will hold on,
he will discover that God walks with him,
and that God is able to lift you from the fatigue of despair
to the buoyancy of hope
and transform dark and desolate valleys
into sunlit paths of inner peace.

-eulogy for the martyred children – martin luther king jr. – 1963

For more information regarding tonight’s event, please contact: 617-552-2793.