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The Way of Beauty
July 30, 2014
A treasury of blessing and gift for the world
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

“The only known way to physical fitness is through physical exercise; wishing is not good enough,” writes W.A. Orr, Chief of the Air Staff in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). In 1961, an exercise plan was published for the RCAF, one for men and a corresponding plan for women. This old school, no-frills, no-nonsense program is intense, tightly structured, and personalized; it contains directives, cautions, and progress charts. The idea is to work all the muscle groups through...

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July 23, 2014
Vacation-pilgrimage to sheer beauty
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

If you’re among those who plan ahead of time, you might want to combine a vacation and pilgrimage to Florence, Italy.  Most people visit Florence for its cultural attractions.  Strictly speaking, Florence is not a place of pilgrimage in the way Assisi is.  Yet so much of Florentine culture is embedded in Renaissance religious history that the city can serve as both a vacation and pilgrimage. In Florence, there is hardly a street or avenue that does not reveal some aspect of faith,...

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July 16, 2014
The Glenn Miller Sound
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

In 1954 when the American film, “The Glenn Miller Story” was released, it was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay and Best Score.  The film won the Oscar for Best Sound Recording.  The figure of Glenn Miller was artfully played by James Stewart. 

Glenn Miller’s story takes us to music and beyond.  In the 1940s, Glenn Miller (1904-MIA 1944) rose to critical acclaim as a trombonist, jazz musician, leader of his own band in the Big Band era, and an Army Air...

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July 09, 2014
The First Amendment and Religious Freedom
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has long championed universal access to health care.  Nonetheless, it continues to voice moral concerns about the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act because it forces opponents of abortion-related services to pay for them. The mandate, advertised as ‘preventative health’ for women is a misnomer. A few years ago, President Obama assured Cardinal Dolan that religious concerns would be protected in the crafting of the ACA.

According to...

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July 02, 2014
'The House I Live In'
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

On this Friday and the extended weekend, Americans will proudly display the American flag outside homes and buildings to celebrate America’s independence.  We celebrate the wisdom of our Founding Fathers to establish a “house” that we would live in, one based entirely on a common idea of rights—of life, liberty, and the pursuit of freedom.  It was self-evident to them as it must be for us on this our nation’s birthday—our 238th.

Our Founding Fathers secured American...

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June 25, 2014
Sacred Ground
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States is found throughout Upstate New York and northward to the St. Lawrence Seaway into Canada.  Two pilgrimage shrines are located in this region.

The bucolic hamlets of Auriesville, New York and Midland, Ontario celebrate the lives of the North American Martyrs, six French Jesuit priests and two assistants or donnés. There they ministered to the Iroquois confederacy of five nation-tribes. With the growing number of Indian converts,...

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June 18, 2014
Vacation as Pilgrimage?
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Today, more and more people are using vacation time to go on a pilgrimage.   A pilgrimage is a journey to a sacred site or shrine.  Reasons for doing so vary.  Pilgrimages may be done for physical healing or spiritual healing thus effecting a person’s inner transformation.   A pilgrimage is not a retreat.  One does not go into solitude for a few days to pray and to reflect on one’s life in silence.  Pilgrimages are often made in groups where there is interchange and sharing about...

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June 11, 2014
A tribute to fathers and to the Triune God
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

This year, Father’s Day and the feast of the Most Holy Trinity fall on the same day.  First, some thoughts on Father’s Day.

‘The father-child relation is irreplaceable.’ Every day of his life, President Obama lives with this reality, for he grew up without his father’s presence and without his father’s love. Recently in Chicago, he lamented that “in entire neighborhoods like Hyde Park, young boys and teenage boys don’t see an example of fathers or grandfathers who are in a...

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June 04, 2014
The Gift of a Lifetime
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

In the court of justice, lawyers mediate, advocate, and plead for their clients.  They stand with and for them.  An advocate is one who is called to help someone in need of counsel.  They help them make wise decisions.   In Italian, the word for lawyer is avvocato.  The Greek word parakletos is a legal term signifying advocate, helper, and mediator. 

When Jesus told the Twelve at the Last Supper: “I shall ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you forever,” he...

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May 28, 2014
Reflections on Catholic education
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

In the 1986 film, “Hannah’s Sisters,” Woody Allen, its producer and director, also plays the role of Mickey who bemoans his fragmented life.  He has had his fill of breakdown. Negation, no more! Thinking that the Catholic Church will bring meaning to his life, Mickey visits a priest who asks “Why do you want to become a Catholic?”  “It’s such a beautiful religion, it’s such a strong religion, and it’s so well structured,” replies Mickey in his Brooklyn twang....

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Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest

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