A Place to Belong

An Ode to RooCatholic

By Sal Valeriano

As my calendar grew closer and closer to this date,
I circled my room, I fretted, I paced,
“What will I do, to whom shall I go,
To prepare an act for this talent show?”
I thought and I thought, I concocted a plan
Of course! I used to be a song and dance man
With a wide leather Stetson and a curly hairdo,
In high school, I once sang the same songs as Hugh… Jackman
I swaggered and I swooned, I did the whole role,
Of a strapping young cowboy who lived in the Dust Bowl,
But then I thought…eh, showtunes aren’t that great,
And I haven’t done much singing of late,
Then popped in my brain as if on command
Aha! I’ll play my trumpet! Strike up the band!
But it had been years since I picked up my horn,
And, not willing to inspire your scorn,
Laid that idea down quite toothlessly,
And chose to entertain more Seussically than musically.
And so now, without adeu,
I present this poem to share with you.
Though at the first glance it may seem strange,
It made perfect sense for the God who arranged
The salvation of man through His own Son’s pain,
To use four steel wheels and the hood of a car,
To bring a wandering soul into his arms,
And though at first at this church I didn’t fit in,
Here I was greeted with kind smiles and big grins,
Folks said “Pull up a seat, grab a chair,
For we have more than this space to share:
During your week this is a welcome break,
To rest easy with all the friends you’ll make,
They’ll stand by your side, show you times that are good,
Though they might mistake you for a beast stomping through woods
Come share a meal, the food’s first rate,
Although some nights you might find crocodile on your plate,
We’ll show you the world- or at least a few states,
And teach you new ways to grow in your faith.
But the people, these people, the best part of all,
What you’d be excused for believing was a tale too tall-
In an age where the young have abandoned the Church,
On these folks, the angels have taken their perch
Here you’ll find chemists, writers, and those who use paints,
Engineers and nurses, all yearning to be saints,

Who cry Jesus, and Mama, with no shame in their hearts,
This, oh this, is truly the best part.
Now I’m almost done with my little ditty,
Though you may have thought it… can’t say that here… not witty
And since I will not be back here next fall,
Please be patient as I leave parting words for you all:
Whether I’m at Benning, or Bragg, or Bliss,
Knox, Lee, or Drum, you all I’ll miss
No matter where I go,
Or how far I roam,
I know part of Akron I can always call home.
And to be frank, and to be fair,
This means more to me than my words can share-
To have spent these years with saints in the making
Who make me believe the Kingdom is ready for the taking,
So hold your heads high, stand up, stand tall,
Thank you for everything, and God bless you all.

Uniting Your Suffering with Christ’s this Holy Week

By Mary Greggila

A very wise friend recently shared an idea with me that completely changed my outlook on a situation that I think many of us are in. Throughout this experience, I know that the Lord was truly speaking to me, and I felt called to share it with all of you. He wants to speak to you, too.

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‘Tis the Season

By Katie Allensworth

It’s that time of year again. The snow has started to fall, churches are decorated in pink and purple, Christmas lights line the houses, and hot chocolate is all we drink. But we of course can’t forget it’s also the season of stress, testing anxiety, and cranky professors. All the papers and projects are due and tests seem to last for days. This is the season of life for any college student that is entirely too intense. It seems like an entire semester’s worth of work has come down to one test. I hope I haven’t put more fear in you than you already have at this moment. What can we do? How do we escape the cycle of stress and anxiety that finals bring?

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By Amanda O’Reilly

Hi Lord,

You’ve done it again – baffled me! This world You created – it’s unmatchable! How did You do it? The diversity, the creativity, the details… once again I experience Your creation and I am awestruck!

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Lessons from Gettysburg, the Fighting Irish, and Memorial Day

By Sal Valeriano

This past St. Patrick’s Day, I did not partake in the typical revelry associated with the feast of Ireland’s (and engineering’s) patron, as the annual ROTC staff ride called me to the fields and farms of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in search of another Irishman. The Gettysburg battlefield is littered with cannons, monuments, statues, and plaques, marking one unit’s movement from this hill to that hill, interpreting the conflict and causes for modern visitors, and paying mute testimony to the sacrifice and suffering that took place here “four score” and seventy-five years ago. One marker here stands out from the rest— a priest, standing on a boulder, with his right hand outstretched in a sign of benediction. His name is Father William Corby, chaplain of the 88th New York Infantry, and on the afternoon of July 2, 1863, he and his men were in a placed in a dangerous spot. Disobeying orders, another Union general had moved his forces forward and out of the center of the Union line, creating a gaping hole that was now being filled with Confederates- a hole the 88th New York was being asked to close.

Fr. Corby where he gave his general absolution.

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You Can’t Earn What You Already Have

by Katie Allensworth

Have you ever thought about God’s love for you? How vast and everlasting it is? Sometimes when I think about God’s love I wonder what I have done to deserve it. Or why would God give a sinner like me His everlasting love. Sometimes it is hard to know or feel God’s love. Despite my sins and my lack of feeling sometimes, I always must remember that I can’t do anything to change God’s love for me. God is so generous in His love for us. I always like to go back to John 3:16 to remember I cannot earn God’s love, “God so loved the world that He gave His only son, Jesus Christ”.  God gave us His only Son, who died on the cross for us because He loved us so much. Notice, that no where in the verse is there mention of God’s love for us it’s something we earned. Jesus came and died for us to know God’s love.

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Could One Picture a Day Change your Perspective?

By Katie Brumbaugh

Over the summer I started taking one picture a day, every day.  I wanted to be able to capture moments during my senior year (and life) that I wouldn’t otherwise remember.   I never expected a 10 second trivial act to change my perspective so much.

First day of school!

At this point in any semester, we are all tired and slightly burned out.  It’s a push to finish the projects, papers, presentations, and prepare for finals.  We miss being home, miss doing hobbies, and miss spending time with friends without the guilt in the back of our minds that maybe we should be doing homework and not having fun.  One thing I always seem to struggle with this time every year is being lonely.  I work best on my own and have work to do, but spending hours in solidarity in the library is never enjoyable.

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The Disk Golfing Works of Mercy

By Andy Udovich


So I just did something I have never done before: I went disc golfing by myself.  Now that all of you are in a state of utter shock and terror, let me explain.  First, let’s take a mulligan and rewind … What the heck is disc golfing?  Well, it’s an outdoor sport where you throw specially made frisbees into cages and count your throws like in real golf.  A good friend introduced the game to some of us a few years ago, and now it has become a popular pastime among many of us here at RooCatholic.  Ok, now that we are all on the same page with what disc golfing actually is, let’s move on.  While I was going through my solitary round, my mind started to wander (in a good way). I started thinking of all the ways that our Christian spirituality has drifted into this sport.  I pondered how the Holy Spirit has been working through this simple game to drive us closer to Him.  How? You ask …  Well let’s take a look at the Disc Golfing Works of Mercy:

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By Ally Rellinger

Happy summer everyone! The sun is shining, the sky is blue, and no school! For college students this can mean going home, staying near school, working, traveling, and so many different possibilities. This summer I (reluctantly) decided to go home and work at the same place I did last summer. After being home for three days I can honestly say that I was ready to be back in Akron. My parents, a few extended family members, and a couple of close friends are the only appeals to being back home. My brother and many others who I hold close to my heart are within an hour of Akron for summer, and I have missed them more than I thought possible.

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Why should I apply (or consider applying) for leadership?

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What a year it has been, can I get an amen?

And to think it isn’t even over yet…

It’s hard to believe the semester is slowly coming to a close especially with this weather. Honestly, I don’t even know how to dress myself properly when it’s 60 and sunny one day and the frigid arctic the next….

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