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The Way of Beauty
October 08, 2014
October, the Beautiful
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

October invites us to her fall fashion show. Throughout the United States, Canada, and other parts of the world, she primps before us decked out in a litany of spectacular colors.  Her wardrobe appears in hues and tints like vivid greens and subtle chartreuse, in scarlet, cranberry and Indian reds, burnt sienna, pumpkin orange, coral, and peach, goldenrod, canary and pale yellows, and finally golden amber. Then toward the end of the month, her leaves gracefully descend to form a carpet...

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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 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 17, 2014
Complaining to God with the Psalms
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

‘More bad news in the world?  How much can we assimilate? What of our own personal difficulties? What next?’ We hear these sentiments from neighbors and from chance conversations.

Although at the close of their nightly programs, news anchors try to report one nugget of good news, should we turn off and tune out the bad news that daily enters our homes?  Well, there is no escaping our world, for it’s the only one we have to save.   

We live in a world of uncertainty, of dependency, of...

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September 10, 2014
Variations on the Selfie
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

The rise of a therapeutic culture in America emphasizes self-importance, self-awareness, and self-expression—Me. If you want the social media to know who you are, the Internet will do nicely. Just take a Selfie.  What does it say?  “Look, here I am!” Trivial pursuit!

The Search for Self

There is a more certain way to solidify your identity, although this less-traveled road is steep; the climb asks for self-discipline. Nothing is more exhilarating or more fulfilling than to discover...

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September 03, 2014
Catholic Education: 'Charged with the Grandeur of God'
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

In the late second century, Cyril of Alexandria established a catechetical school in Egypt, the first of its kind.  In addition to theology and philosophy, its curriculum included science, mathematics, logic, Greek and Roman literature, and the arts. The best and brightest pedagogues were invited to teach there. The so-called dark Middle Ages were not as dark as skeptics would have us believe. The facts report that the Church established universities and centers of learning and of...

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August 27, 2014
Bringing Up Baby
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

With the opening of another school year, the spotlight shines on the education of America’s children and young adults.  At the same time, the nation grieves in utter shock at the murder of James Foley who worked as a photojournalist for GlobalPost.  He died for being an American and for professing Christianity.

Whether educators teach in schools overtly Catholic or in public schools, they know that children are our most valued treasures.  Or, they should know. The gifts of children await...

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August 20, 2014
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci: A Man for Others, a Universal Treasure
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

As the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1984, Dr. Anthony Fauci, an immunologist, is regularly invited on television for his expert information about infectious diseases.  Among the most visible and distinguished physicians in the world, he has spent his professional life in research, care of patients, and in public health policy.

The current national anxiety regards the deadly Ebola virus. Emotions run high. Dr. Fauci has been praised for his measured, rational...

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August 13, 2014
The danger of being a Christian
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

In 2013, about 100 million Christians were persecuted and/or martyred around the world simply because of their faith; this number has escalated from the previous year. The persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt has lasted longer than many others. The word E-gypt derives its name from the ancient Copts (Gypts), Eastern Coptic Christians, who have lived there since Early Christianity and long before the Muslims.  Egypt is one of the 111 countries where Christian persecution has become...

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August 06, 2014
A treasury of blessing and gift for the world, concluded
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Despite the distress and unrest in the world, nothing can dispel the truth that we live in a universe of God’s grace.  The human and the holy need each other.  The Judeo-Christian ethos believes in Divine Providence, and God is at work prompting us to press on toward the good. We’re on the wrong side of faith if we thwart God’s Providence by doing nothing. It is not Judeo-Christian, it is not Catholic, and it is not Ignatian to do nothing. The armed conflicts in the Mideast and...

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