The Way of Beauty

Pearls of Great Price

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

Why are pearls considered the world’s most mysterious of gems? Because of their origin and the manner in which they are formed.   Pearls come... (Read more)

Temples of God

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

The feast of the Most Holy Trinity falls on this Sunday, one week after Pentecost. Ordinary time resumes with the Eighth Sunday of the liturgical... (Read more)

Pope Francis and a dream for Pentecost

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

This Sunday, the Church brings to completion the Paschal Season by bestowing the Holy Spirit on us in the Liturgy, rich and beautiful. The... (Read more)

A Tribute to Mothers

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

Every major tradition, culture, and nation celebrates Mother’s Day.  Each of us knows instinctively that this day belongs to those special women... (Read more)

'Little Boy Lost'

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

In September 1953, the movie “Little Boy Lost” starring Bing Crosby had its New York premiere to benefit the Overseas Press Club.  Bosley... (Read more)

The Beauty of Catholic Poetry

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

April has been set aside as National Poetry Month, and this Saturday marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth.   In an essay... (Read more)

'Don’t Go. Stay with Us.'

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

Most of us have seen war movies in which families are exchanging good-byes with loved ones.  The parting evokes few words; the unspoken feelings... (Read more)

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)

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