Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

August 28, 2012

Kelsea Worcester

Sophomore, Economics and Marketing - Double Major

2 Thess 2:1-3a, 14-17
Ps 96:10, 11-12, 13
Matt 23:23-26

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, stand firm
and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught,
either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3a

Tradition. Aside from being the title of one of the most memorable songs from the musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” what does this word mean to you? Perhaps when we think of traditions visions of Christmas trees and hot cocoa come to mind; perhaps we see our father carving a turkey for Thanksgiving, or are reminded of our grandmother’s egg hunts every Easter. Or, perhaps, this word makes us think of the Church.

The Catholic Church is full of traditions, which is part of its beauty. The traditions are also what often yield the church the most criticism. Throughout my life, I have often wondered how we could justify the actions and rituals of the Church which could not be found within the text of the bible.  I knew they had been passed down through generations, but it didn’t seem possible for them to be on the same level as those traditions clearly written in scripture.

Perhaps this is why I found the verse above to be so reassuring- it is support for our Tradition, evidence that Paul knew that not every aspect of our faith could be contained within the words of the bible. Oral Tradition played a huge role in the early church, as it does in the Church today, and was meant to. We are to hold fast to our Tradition, whether passed down verbally or in writing, for together they make up the fullness of our faith.

Let us go forward today, strong in our faith and the faith of our fathers.

Loyal Readers,

It is with a thankful and saddened heart that I inform you that today marks the final reflection that Kelsea will write as our Student Daily Reflections Coordinator.  Her unwavering dedication is what revived and blossomed this program into the beautiful service that it is today.  Her two solid years of leadership are highlighted by an exponential growth in the number of reflectors and the incredible feat of offering these reflections year-round.  Kelsea’s delightful attitude, ready smile, and positive encouragement have helped innumerable reflectors step out of their comfort zone.  I sincerely hope that each of you gets the opportunity to meet Kelsea at some point.  This will not be the last you hear from her, for thankfully, she will be staying on as a reflector.

On behalf of all of the student reflectors, I want to extend the warmest of thanks to Kelsea for the countless hours of dedicated service she gave to this program.  She will be sincerely missed.

Out of admiration, respect, and sincere gratitude,
Sam Pierre - for the Student Daily Reflectors

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