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The Way of Beauty
November 06, 2013
The Invasion of Mobile Devices
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

In 1532, Thomas More resigned his position as Lord Chancellor of England because he refused to take the Oath of Supremacy acknowledging Henry VIII as the Supreme Head of the Church in England. In Robert Bolt’s play, “Man for All Seasons,” on hearing of her husband’s resignation, Alice scornfully asks:  “What will you do now – sit by the fire and make goslings in the ash?” 

To which More replies: “Not at all, Alice, I expect I’ll write a bit. I’ll read, I’ll think....

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October 30, 2013
Saints galore: a triduum of beauty
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

In the very first days of November, the Church celebrates a triduum of saints galore, a triduum of beauty. The liturgies of November 1 and 2 commemorate more saints and virtual saints than in the entire liturgical year. Both feasts are anticipated by a vigil, All Hallows Eve. The opening antiphon for November 1st exudes unbounded joy: “Oh, how glorious is the kingdom where all the saints rejoice with Christ!  Clothed in white robes, they follow the Lamb wherever he goes!”

In Medieval...

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October 23, 2013
A world of beauty
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Lately, the words beauty and beautiful have been featured in essays among Catholic writers. Perhaps they have been prompted by the document, “The Way of Beauty,” issued by the Pontifical Council for Culture (2006), urging our church leaders to promote the ways of bringing beauty into the culture, thus evangelizing the culture. 

October is the month of beauty, of lovely fall colors spread across the landscape of our country. So, it is fitting to revisit the beautiful once again.
Beauty...

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October 16, 2013
Leadership in a leaderless world
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Leadership styles affect us all. The Mideast conflict has raised questions about the inability of world leaders to resolve the crisis without violence. In this country, discussion of strong leadership has further expanded as it affects matters of debt, spending, and health care – all burning issues.

Leadership styles come in different guises. Tyrants wield power and make decisions without opposition. CEOs may delegate, while others micro-manage it. Weak helmsmen fear initiative and...

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October 09, 2013
Yeast in the dough
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

On her TV program, “Martha Bakes,” the talented Ms. Stewart cannot contain her delight when she makes a yeast dough. She swoons: “Look at the sheen—so soft and shiny! The aroma is bee-you-tee-ful, and the fragrance gratifies all the senses!” Her exuberance is preceded by meticulous instructions: proofing active yeast, blending it into the flour mixture, and letting it rise to double the size.  The yeast dough serves as the basis for baking a variety of baked goods from breads...

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October 02, 2013
Is the world growing more secular? Is religion on the decline?
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

What is the status of religious belief in America? Those who say that the world is growing more secular are convinced that religion has withered away. It is a psychological illusion, a myth to which the uneducated, the weak, and the superstitious cling to as a crutch. Many use the arts as their god. With so many other options to religion, secularization is inevitable. 

Others affirm that religion is not on the decline say that the problem is wrongly stated and needs clarification. It is...

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September 25, 2013
The papacy in a new key
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

It is said that Jesuits don’t sing. But recently, Pope Francis broke with the tradition of his Order. He is singing and conducting in a new key, at least metaphorically. The key, it seems, is F Major. To explain:

When composers begin a new work, they choose a key that will suit an overall feeling they wish to convey.  Every key, major or minor, suggests its own ethos, but there is a decided difference in feeling between major and minor keys. A major key typically sounds dynamic and...

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September 18, 2013
'Q' and 'non-Q' in Catholic education
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

In November 1980, Barbara Tuchman, the historian and twice-winner of the Pulitzer Prize, published an essay in the New York Times Magazine entitled “The Decline of Quality.” It is still timely. She argues that, despite our improved material progress, a deterioration of standards has taken hold in craftsmanship, the arts, morals, and education, and politics. This deterioration is due to the era of the mass output. We are a culture dominated by commercialism, directed to popular...

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September 11, 2013
That fateful day; that day of faith
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

That clear, crisp Tuesday morning began quietly.  By the end of the day, a city and a nation had witnessed horror and grace.  Minutes after the explosions at the Twin Towers, the police and fire departments were helping to evacuate the most vulnerable.  Ubiquitous emergency crews—first responders and volunteers, some wearing purple vests, others, grey, others orange, were issuing orders, raising their hands, prompting the stunned crowds to come, go, or wait.  The intense, controlled...

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September 04, 2013
Catholic Education
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Once again, the new school year is in session. Once again, a quality education for our youth claims center stage for solicitous parents and dedicated teachers. The word education, from the Latin, educere, means to lead out. Education is a journey intended to lead students out of darkness in to the light.

The Judeo-Christian view of education is based on Genesis 1:26 that esteems man and woman as replicas or mirrors of God. Brokenness did not destroy their original vocation.Through their...

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