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The Way of Beauty
April 23, 2014
Emmaus: Don't go. Stay with us.
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

What could Jesus have been up to walking along the road to Emmaus with Cleopas and his friend?  He heard them venting sadness, not to mention bewilderment, at all the recent events.  ‘Why are you so excited,’ Jesus injected?

‘It’s the breaking news,’ they blurted out, ‘where have you been for the past few days? Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard the buzz about an empty tomb?  Everyone’s talking about it! How could you have missed the news,’ they...

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April 16, 2014
Holy Week and Resurrection Sunday
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Who can fathom the events of Holy Week?  For observers of all things Catholic, the liturgies in Holy Week are great theater.  But for Catholics, the liturgies are grace-filled encounters with Jesus Christ as we celebrate and re-live the week of redemptive love.  It’s not a time for analysis as to how and why the events happened but sacred hours for the liturgies to wash over us in awe, silence, and prayer.

Holy Thursday

It is customary for Jews to invite intimate friends to the festive...

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April 09, 2014
Sounding silence
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

The March 25th issue of The Wall Street Journal printed an eye-catching article by Jen Murphy entitled, “CEO’S Secret to Decision-Making:  Total Silence.”  To reduce mounting stress and noise, internal and external, Khajak Keledjian, CEO of Intermix, went on a ten-day retreat of guided meditation in complete silence where television, reading, and even eye contact were forbidden. “I came out of that completely transformed,” he writes.  “It gave me clarity, and clarity leads to...

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April 02, 2014
Turning the corner
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

The apostles were ready and eager to follow the Lord as companions until he began predicting the manner of his own suffering and death.  His words repelled them.  What they wanted was Mount Tabor and not the dreaded hill of Golgotha. He told them off. At the very end, only one of them stood at the Cross.

As Passiontide and Holy Week approach, the tone of the liturgy changes. The Church shifts from focusing on personal sin and asceticism to gazing on Jesus during his last days.  From here...

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March 26, 2014
Science and the Catholic Church
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Last week, Stephen Colbert, the satirist and prominent Catholic, playfully scolded Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, an American astrophysicist, author, director of the Hayden Planetarium and current host of the television science-documentary, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.” Why did Colbert chide his guest?

In part one of this documentary, the Church’s Roman Inquisition is scorned for its harsh treatment of Giordano Bruno, a sixteenth-century Dominican friar and his cosmological views.  In...

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March 19, 2014
Joseph’s Annunciation
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

In all likelihood, most of us would not make important decisions based on a dream we had. According to psychoanalysts, dreams tell us a truth about ourselves but in confusing ways.  The individual must decode the images so that the truth will emerge clearly.  In the psychological thriller, “Spellbound,” and in the musical, “Fiddler on the Roof,” this is what happens thanks to dream sequences.  But make a decision over a dream?

Joseph’s Dilemma

The Matthean Gospel narrative is...

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March 12, 2014
Ukraine and Religious Faith
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

During these past two weeks, the chilling conflict between Russia and Ukraine has escalated over the eastern Ukrainian province of Crimea. This volatile stand-off is changing by the day. 

This is a four-hundred year conflict. Tensions between these two Slavic countries have flared up once again, this time during Vladimir Putin’s presidency. The issue is not just political and economic but religious as well, all knotted together. 

Last week, Metropolitan-Archbishop Sviatoslav Schevchuk,...

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March 05, 2014
The Color Purple
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

The color purple has a regal history, rich in symbolism. In our own country, the Purple Heart carries significance beyond the present, for it is awarded to those men and women in the Military who have been wounded or killed in battle. Their courage was ‘grace under fire.’ Since the first award given in 1932, almost 2 million service men and women have been honored with the Purple Heart.

As Lent begins, the color purple, rich in symbolism, assumes center stage in the Church’s...

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February 26, 2014
And the Oscar Goes to . . . .
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Oscar mania is in the air.  TCM has been showcasing the “The 31 Days of Oscar” featuring those films which, in the past eighty-five years, have merited Hollywood acclaim.

Power of Social Media  

Today the motion picture, television, and the Internet are the most powerful of all social media, powerful for influencing masses of people at any one given moment.  They have become the chief means of entertainment after the day’s work.  Quick and attractive ways of delivering experiential...

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February 19, 2014
'The winter of our discontent'
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

For most of the country, it’s been cold enough, icy, snowy, and dry enough to give a literal meaning to Shakespeare’s metaphor, “Now is the winter of our discontent,” from “Richard III.”

Judging from the reportage on radio, television, and the Internet, the weather is not just one of many news stories.  It’s the only news story that has overshadowed virtually all others.  Extremes of weather patterns, whether of drought in the western part of the country, or of sub-zero...

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