The Way of Beauty

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)

National School Choice Week

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

This week, the spotlight focuses on effective education for every child in this country.  It’s a week dedicated to the theme of school choice. ... (Read more)

A Tribute to the Church's 'Single Ladies'

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

An essay entitled, “St. Teresa and the Single Ladies” recently appeared in the New York Times.  Its author, Jessa Crispin, was prompted to write... (Read more)

Shine, Shine in Use

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

At the end of each year, WQXR, the classical radio station originating in New York, asks its listeners to vote for their favorite pieces of... (Read more)

Untying Knots with the Mother of Mercy

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

The New Year fittingly began under the protection of Mary, the Mother of God. With so many other titles accorded her, this most famous woman of... (Read more)

Kneeling before the Mystery

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

It is the day before Christmas Eve and the Holy Night. The Church prays at Morning Prayer: Your light will come, Jerusalem; the Lord will... (Read more)

Beauty Rising from the Ashes

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

‘Holiday’ cheer is in the air. For weeks, the Hallmark channels have delivered it non-stop. Ubiquitous Santas make their annual promises to... (Read more)

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