So, here I am again! Well, I’m not quite here yet, truth be told, as I’m still at home recovering from a recent operation on my back! But after a long, exciting, and somewhat challenging year abroad, I am looking forward to being back in Oxford for my final year. […]

‘Coming Home’, by Christian Tofte

My name is Rebecca (but everyone knows me as simply ‘Becca’) and I’m now in my 2nd year studying Earth Sciences at the University. My first year in Catholic Oxford has been very enriching: the welcoming Chaplaincy community swiftly led me to joining the Newman Society committee as their Social Secretary for 2019. […]

A bit about me, by Rebecca Galbraith

You will know the truth and the truth will set you free. John 8:32 If freedom merely consists in choice, then surely being a fresher at uni is the freest we’ll ever be. There can’t be many other situations in which so many different opportunities are available in one go. […]

Finding freedom as a fresher

‘I no longer call you servants…but friends’ John 15:15 This line, I think, sums up how my faith has changed while at Oxford and how I feel God in my life. Before university, God was very much in the background; church was an obligation, an unalterable fact, but there was […]

I no longer call you servants, but friends

He shall sit alone and he shall be silent, because he has taken the yoke upon himself. Lamentations 3:28                       Discernment weighs heavily on many Catholic students, attempting to figure out how we’re called to spend the next sixty or […]

He shall sit alone and be silent

But He, passing through the midst of them, went His way. Luke 4:30 St. Luke, having just narrated that the Lord had been taken by force, ‘thrust out of the city’, and brought by a crowd angry to the point of murder, then goes on to make the bizarre statement […]

Passing through the midst of them

For where two or three are gathered in My name, I am there among them. Matthew 18:20 The importance of friendships rooted in Christ and community-building has been on my mind a lot during the last year. I remained in Oxford beginning a new course while most of my closest friends […]

There is nothing so precious as a faithful friend

I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask Him in my name.  I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another. John 15:16-17 I suppose one of the central questions, with which […]

I appointed you to go and bear fruit

Diffusa est gratia in labiis tuis, propterea benedixit te Deus in aeternum. Grace is poured out upon thy lips, wherefore God hath blessed thee eternally. Psalm 45:2 In a well-known prayer, Blessed John Henry Newman asks, ‘Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your fragrance wherever I go…shine through me, and […]

Diffusa est gratia in labiis tuis