BY JORDAN OTERO
A recent survey shows that Americans viewed 12 times as many web pages about
Miley Cyrus as they did about Syria, even though there were 2.4 Syria news articles
published for every one about Cyrus. This is the world that we live in – one that is
more concerned about the distant happenings of pop culture than an impending war
that will affect every aspect of our lives.
It is the duty of those in the news media to present the general public with what’s
going on in the world. Likewise, it is the duty of The Troubadour to present relevant
news that will educate and inform to the student body at Franciscan University of
Bl. Titus Brandsma, a Carmelite priest martyred in the Holocaust and the patron of
journalists, said, “They who want to win the world for Christ must have the courage
to come into conflict with it.” Whether you’re a theo cat or a computer science
major, whether it’s your first or your last year at Franciscan University of
Steubenville, we are called to have courage to come into conflict with the world.
It’s easy to stay inside the “Franciscan bubble” and not venture outside of our
comfort zone. But we are not called to live life easily. How can we adequately live
out our Gospel calling without knowing how to meet society where it is?
This year at The Troubadour, we are aiming to come into conflict with the world.
Our goal is to bring you relevant campus news and events, from everything to
household-sponsored dances to Veritas talks. We will also feature national and
international news that is relevant to your life as a student, as a Catholic and as an
We don’t want to just preach to the choir. We want to give you food for thought
that’s a little more nourishing than Miley Cyrus’s latest scandal.
The Troubadour survives on presenting what you – our readers – want to know
about, so tell us. We want to interact with you. We’ve launched our brand new
Instagram account (@troubadourfus). We’re amping up our presence on other
social media sites like Facebook and Twitter and it’s pretty boring to have just our
own photos, Tweets and comments up there. We want to hear from you.
Let’s work together this year and challenge each other to go and make disciples.
Let’s encourage each other to come into conflict with the world head on. Let’s hold
each other accountable for being informed and knowledgeable in order to fully
participate in society as we are being called to as people of faith.