The Way of Beauty

Doubt and Faith

By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Last week, the New York Times published an article entitled, “God Is a Question, Not an Answer.”  Its author William Irwin asks if we should avoid... (Read more)

Peter and the Lord’s Resurrection

By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Reading the Gospel narratives of the Resurrection can be confusing. They break off suddenly and contain contrasts and contradictions that... (Read more)

Bitter Tears

By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

The sudden death of a spouse or a family member, or problems with children—these experiences can evoke bitter tears.  Betrayal of one’s trust by a... (Read more)

The Making of a Disciple II

By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

On May 13th, 1940, Winston Churchill, the newly-elected Prime Minister of Britain, delivered a memorable speech to the Ministers of the Admiralty... (Read more)

Walking with Peter: The Neophyte

By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

He stood tall, burly, and hot-headed, an uneducated common man, a seasoned fisherman from Bethsaida, a town on the Sea of Galilee, and using human... (Read more)

Love among the Saints

By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

In mid-February, the BBC broke a story concerning the friendship between Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II and Dr. Anna-Teresa... (Read more)

Almsgiving and Creative Ways to Give Alms

By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Despite Gospel counsels about almsgiving, this ancient practice can arouse negative feelings. Every day whether by phone or mail, agencies plead... (Read more)

Fasting and the Taste for God

By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

In the epic film, “Gandhi,” Mahatma’s fifty-day fast is undertaken to bring about reconciliation between Hindus and Muslims. His extreme act of... (Read more)

Putting on Christ: A Plan for Lent

By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

The festive days of Christmas have given way to the forty days of Lenten asceticism. During this time, the liturgy arouses in us the desire to... (Read more)

Letter Writing

By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

The electronic age may have displaced cursive writing, but love letters, thank-you notes, and letters to Santa, for example, are typically... (Read more)

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