August 2015 Link RoundUp

Here’s a list of some of my favorite reads from this past month:

The Eucharist: Food for Us Wild Things
“There is often a strong connection between an intense love for something and the desire to consume it—to break down any barriers of separation so that there is nothing between us and the object of our affections, and this desire is often understood from an alimentary point of view, a desire which has deep resonances with the Eucharist. Love—in its myriad forms—is, ultimately, a desire for knowledge of and union with the beloved…”

10 First-Week Mistakes You Must Avoid This Year
“If you really want to get the students engaged right at the beginning of the year, then you must focus on your WHY on day one. Remember that your students are excited to be there on that first day. They don’t know what to expect so they naturally have a curiosity about you and your course. Cultivate that curiosity. Give them something to be excited about.”

Finding Middle Ground Between “Churchy” and “Secular” Events
“We offer experiences that are either completely “churchy” in nature or completely secular in nature. We are not helping people find God in all things—something that St. Ignatius taught should be at the heart of our spirituality. If we are going to become a Church on the move, we need to invite people to participate in a variety of everyday experiences and help them to find God in these experiences. In other words, we need to bring the two poles together and invite people to experience the sacred in the secular.”

Marshall McLuhan and Liturgical Change
“Although not entirely conscious of it, perhaps the desire for “more traditional” liturgical rites is in fact a response to the rise of the internet, social media, and the IPhone alike. In a world that involves constant engagement with media, perpetual encounter with image, the use of Latin in the liturgy is a return to a kind of “coolness” where whispers rather than total clarity of speech are available.”

What You’ve Been Taught About Management is Wrong

Use This Hashtag to Talk To God
“Unlike traditional models of prayer, the hashtag variety comes too easily. But this is a criticism that extends to all social media, as Samuel Loncar, a Ph.D. student in Philosophy of Religion at Yale, points out. The nature of the virtual world, he says, is ‘rapid stimulus without any real commitment,’ which means in the case of praying for social media friends there’s no risk associated with it, ‘literally no skin on the game.'”