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Community Wins and Losses

Kayla Cooper

A view of the IC Chapel from nearby Echo Field

Community: a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

Whether you're a die hard sports fanatic, or a casual viewer, there's no denying that this past week has been a big one for the Mount community. Even the mix of rainy weather and colder temperatures couldn't dampen the buzz of excitement around campus. 

I'm not personally a basketball fanatic, but let me tell you, that didn't stop me from partaking in and noticing the Mountain Home's good mood! Leading up to the Men's game against Texas Southern, there were murmurs of anticipation everywhere you went, from Patriot Hall to the classroom. This general, inescapable feeling of community was evident, and even as someone who isn't heavily invested in sports, it felt amazing to be a part of. 

The night of the big game, I was grabbing dinner in Patriot, and in line before me was a group of Seminarians. The seminarians, the Patriot staff, along with myself and other students in line, couldn't help but lean over to get a good view of the TV around the corner, in hopes of catching the game. The truth of the matter is, whether you know much about basketball or not, the joy around campus this past week has been infectious. It's something simple, yet wonderful, that brings every facet of the Mount community together in celebration. Our little Mount St. Mary's University was at the big dance!

This past week was also a big, yet difficult one for the LGBTQ+ community, particularly for LGBTQ+ Catholics. The Vatican had released a statement for The Doctrine of the Faith on the blessing of same sex unions, which had concluded to be negative. Upon reading it, many LGBTQ+ Catholics felt as though the CDF statement was contradictory of previous statements, believing it to be counterpogressive and homophobic in nature. LGBTQ+ Catholics and their families are feeling hurt, and I too, feel deeply hurt over this community loss. In fact, I feel outraged. After all, how I was raised and educated as a Catholic is what has equipped me with the tools to theologically defend my Queer existence in Catholic spaces.

What this past week has taught me is that communities face wins and losses. Through the ups and downs of triumph and loss, one thing remains constant: the community itself. People are inclined to continue moving forward, even after a loss. I wholeheartedly believe that the fight for Queer affirmation and inclusion in Catholic spaces is far from over. 

Both our Women's and Men's basketball teams sadly lost their games, although not without a valiant effort.The energy on campus, however, is still hopeful as we reflect on the triumphs of this past season, and look forward to the next one. The Mount community, despite the this loss, is still buzzing with excitement at having had both our Men's and Women's teams play at March Madness this season. As communities often do when facing a loss, they reflect on the progress they had made together, and continue moving forward towards their goal. 

As always, thank you for reading! Be sure to check out the other My View of MSMU blogs this week!

Kayla Cooper