BlackFriars Volume IV, Issue II - Page 5

“Time and again, the Dominicans have reminded me that I’m not alone in my journey.” Have you encountered resistance standing up for the sanctity of life? in For the most part the people that I’ve debated here at Dartmouth have been reasonable, but at times I’ve been insulted and yelled at. I’ve seen a whole range of reactions. What has changed is my own way of responding and the manner in which I engage these conversations. When I first got here, I tried to fly under the radar. Now if someone asks me to have a conversation about a controversial issue, I’m there - I’m ready. The shift is the result of praying for courage and the ability to articulate my beliefs. the Dominican student brothers arrived for the summer and brought fresh energy, knowledge, and support. Time and again, the Dominicans have reminded me that I’m not alone in my journey. I can feel the power of their prayers. I’ve written articles and I’ve done radio interviews, and they’ve always prayed me through it. I am certain I wouldn’t be at this point in my faith journey without their prayers. How have our friars supported you in facing controversy? The friars have been an intellectual resource. Fr. Thomas More Garrett taught a summer series on campus about religious liberty and the Constitution [in connection with The Waterman Institute] that helped me frame life issues in terms of legislative history. Many friars have pointed me to bo