Hi PAX people!
As this semester comes to a close it only seems natural to reflect on the year and the lessons we all have learned along the way. I personally feel so lucky to have been even partially involved in PAX during my senior year on The Hill. This magazine has opened countless doors to the introspective aspects of my experience of social justice, globally, and even more so through Spring Hill College.
We are given such incredible opportunities as students at this institution to take on social injustices and make changes. We are surrounded by so many injustices and inequalities, locally and globally, that demand our attention and crave our assistance. I have seen through the faculty and the students how well Spring Hill equips us for this challenge. The Jesuit ideals supply us with the knowledge to see the injustices, hand us the tools to take up the calling, then motivate us to take action.
These PAX writings have inspired me to find and pursue my passions using every tool this education has given me. I hope and know they will do the same for you.
Thank you to all the talented and brilliant people who submitted their beautiful works, and thank you to Dr. Jamie Franco-Zamudio for all the hard work she does for PAX, and for all those that cross her path.
Abby Coakley, PAX Editor
Hello PAX Readers!
I hope everyone is off to a great semester, along with a great 2016. This past New Year, I had a multitude of wishes. I had so many wishes that it would be nearly impossible to list each and every one. However, above everything, my most important wish was for everyone in this world to find a little more peace. May we as a society stop feeding into and creating the bad news and negativity in this world and may we as individuals find more peace within ourselves during a time when anxiety, depression, and so much more plague so many of us. Perhaps the first step to happiness for many is simply to find a little peace in life, with a situation, with the world or within oneself.
So many events infected the world this past year: the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the Nepal Earthquake, and the Charleston Church shooting. Nevertheless, despite these terrible events there were also numerous positive occurrences: Supreme Court decision for marriage equality, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her legacy, Target announced the end of gender-labeling its toys, and New Horizons spacecraft gave the world the clearest views of Pluto we’d ever seen. We need to remember that with all the bad, there is still so much good. To some, the New Year (or this new semester) was just another day. To others, it was a page-turn to a new chapter someone so desperately wanted to write. Whatever it may have been for you, I hope above all that you PAX readers find a comforting sense of living peace in 2016.
I would like to thank Dr. Jamie Franco-Zamudio for all her help with this edition along with all of those who contributed!
Peace and Love,