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October 03, 2014
The Church’s Year of Grace in Catholic Education
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

(On the first Friday of every month, a special column dedicated to Catholic education will be posted on CNA’s website. Today’s essay is the first in the series entitled, “The Beauty of Catholic Education.”)

October is the perfect month to begin discussing the liturgical year and the importance of celebrating it in our schools and classrooms. 

Like most cultures, our Judeo-Christian tradition is guided by cycles of time.  Though distinct from civil time, sacred time is not...

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October 02, 2014
Each of us is a masterpiece of God’s creation
By Bishop James D. Conley

At Calvary, Jesus Christ hung upon the cross, suffering for the sin of the world.  He hung in agony suffering for our sins, yours and mine.  He suffered a death on the cross he had not merited; he innocently suffered torments he did not deserve.

Mary, his mother, and John his beloved disciple, and the holy women of Jerusalem stood on Calvary as Christ was put to death.  They stood in darkness, and rain, amid callous crowds and rough soldiers.  They stood together in a place of cruelty for...

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October 01, 2014
Thérèse’s 'Little Way,' Little No More
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

What could have prompted Pius XI in 1925 to canonize her and her “little way?  What could have prompted John Paul II in 1997 to declare her the thirty-third Doctor of the Church, the third woman, and the youngest woman of them all?  What was so remarkable, so cosmic about picking up pins and not flinching when water was splashed in her face by another nun? On October 1st, questions like these come to mind when the liturgical calendar registers the feast of St. Thérèse of Lisieux....

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September 29, 2014
The poison of cynicism
By Alice von Hildebrand

It is hardly conceivable that one, having lived in this imperfect world of ours, could say of his death bed: “In my whole life, I have never heard a remark that was either unkind or offensive.”

Alas, most of us will acknowledge that they have often been wounded by nasty and unkind words, thrown at their face, at times, for no reason at all. It would be sheer naiveté ever to forget that we are living in a world of sinners (with the one exception of the Holy Virgin), and that...

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September 26, 2014
'The Equalizer' review
By Carl Kozlowski

Denzel Washington has long established himself as one of the classiest actors in Hollywood, rarely if ever engaging in sex scenes and nearly always playing men of deeply heroic character. His new movie "The Equalizer" - a reinvention of a beloved 1980s TV thriller that ran on CBS, about a retired British secret agent who stepped in vigilante-style to solve New Yorkers' crime-related problems when the police could not - maintains those moral traditions, but there are a few elements of...

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September 25, 2014
The Great Nunquisition response
By Chris Gilbert

What does the Church want from her Religious Sisters?  A response to Jo Piazza’s “Great Nunquistion.”

Every nun stands before a “Grand Inquisitor” when she makes her final promises.  Why would she freely commit to obedience on that day? Let us return to that question and first respond to the claim: The Church is uncomfortable with women.  Since this statement appears to be serious, let’s highlight that one church lady, known affectionately to Catholics as, “Our Lady,”...

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September 24, 2014
Two powerful Psalms
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Last week’s essay, “Complaining to God with the Psalms,” elicited a number of responses from readers, one from mainland China.   Many are devoted to the psalms.  They read them and reflect on them every day.  Their enthusiasm for the Psalter, which Jesus himself prayed, has prompted another essay on the power of the psalms to humanize our prayer and sanctify our activity. 

Metaphors for God

The psalms, which anticipate the coming of the Messiah, describe God in metaphors, strong,...

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September 24, 2014
Training, information, education: treacherous labels
By Alice von Hildebrand

Our indebtedness to Plato is great for having left us magnificent insights as to the meaning and purpose of education. A worthy son and disciple of Socrates, this great and noble Greek thinker tells us that it should aim at “creating a type of human character that heaven can approve.”  (Republic, 209) No pagan could possibly come closer to Christian teaching: to aim at being transformed in Christ. He fully deserves to be dubbed “a preparer of the way of Christ.”    

Let us compare...

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September 23, 2014
The Parable of the Talents
By Father Robert Barron

The attendance at our daily Mundelein Seminary on Labor Day weekend was sparse. Many of the students had gone home while others were on a special tour of Chicago churches. The celebrant and preacher for the Sunday Mass was Fr. Robert Schoenstene, our veteran Old Testament professor. Fr. Schoenstene offered the best interpretation I’ve ever heard of a particularly puzzling parable of the Lord, and I wanted to make sure his reading got a wider audience.

The parable in question is the...

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September 23, 2014
Discerning a call to Priesthood?
By Father Thomas Berg

Here are some questions about sexuality and affective maturity you should be asking yourself.

As seminaries across the country commence a new academic year and re-engage in the crucial work of priestly formation,  so too a throng of young Catholic men throughout the U.S. will continue the task which might lead them one day to seminary, namely, the work of discernment.  And they will continue to be assisted in that effort by friends, family, spiritual directors and diocesan vocation...

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