The Way of Beauty

July 15, 2015

Our Young People, Summer Time, and the Language Arts

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

With the close of the academic year, parents must find ways for their children to spend the summer in safe environments. If during the school year, texting others takes precedence over most activities, what is to be expected during the summer?  Statistics report that young teenagers text others more than one hundred times a day. Summer Chores Our young people deserve some respite from the typical structure of the school day. Still, the wise use of the leisure time is a lesson to...

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July 08, 2015

Is Life a Cabaret or a Pilgrimage?

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

Most of us have heard the refrain: “Life is a cabaret, old chum, come to the cabaret.” The 1972 film, “Cabaret,” was set in the night life at the KitKatKlub, a decadent restaurant in 1931 Berlin just as the Nazi regime was rising to power.   In stark contrast, Jesus describes life as a journey.  Speaking through Luke’s gospel, he cautions his disciples to travel lightly—detached from material things.  Though the word pilgrimage doesn’t appear in Jesus’ treasure trove of words, he is...

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July 01, 2015

The American Dream

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

In 1943, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen made a prescient observation: “A proof that we are in danger of losing our freedom is that everyone is talking about it. Picture a group of men on a roof-top proclaiming in song and story the glories of architecture, while below saboteurs have already knocked out half the foundations of the house–and here you have the picture of modern freedom.”  On this extended holiday weekend, Americans will proclaim in song and story the glories of our American...

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June 24, 2015

The Pope and the Planet

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

Behold and see, how beautiful, we who are brothers sun, wind, air, clouds, fire, and brother stars; we who are sisters, moon, water, and sky.  See how wonderfully made!   We who are visible and invisible matter, all living things—trees and flowers, birds of the air and living creatures large and small, animals, especially our canine companions and buddies:  Behold and see, how beautiful!   Question us, and we brothers and sisters will confess our praise of you, O Beauty who never...

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June 17, 2015

Fathers and Their Families

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

From the time of Aristotle, men have reflected on the role of fathers and their family relationships.  The philosopher writes that the family is society’s basic social unit.   Data about Fatherhood The National Center for Fathering, a non-partisan agency, reports some appalling facts about fatherlessness in America.  More than twenty million children live in a home without the physical presence of a father—four out of ten.  Half of these children do not see them.   Millions...

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June 10, 2015

Apostolate of the Laity: An Overview

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

Not until Vatican II was the vocation of the laity brought into sharp focus.  Two thousand years earlier, the early Church was made up of bishops and lay disciples, at first Jewish converts, followed by those from all walks of life. The timid and the weak came.  The deeply religious followed.  Paul of Tarsus embraced The Way only after being knocked to the ground.  Then he summoned others to serve as his emissaries.  How did the apostolic Church grow from a few frightened men and women to...

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June 03, 2015

Beautiful Minds, Beautiful People

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

Last week’s tragic death of John Forbes Nash, Jr. and his wife, Alicia Nash prompted an immediate outpouring of emotion praising the Nobel Laureate from Princeton University.  Defined as “a beautiful mind,” Professor Nash was a math genius whose life story inspired the Oscar-winning film by the same title.The BeautifulOne need not excel in academics or in any field to merit the descriptive, beautiful.  The beautiful may be seen in a nurse’s assistant who tenderly cares for the most basic...

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May 27, 2015

Stay with Us

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

The songs of Irving Berlin have woven their way into the fabric of American life.  They’re a national treasure.  Occasionally, the lyrics can raise our minds heavenward. Take for example, the song, “I’ll be loving you, always.”  In St. Matthew’s gospel for Trinity Sunday, Jesus speaks his final words to the disciples:  “I am with you always, yes, to the end of time.” In other words, ‘I’ll stay with you always . . . ‘I’ll be loving you, always, for I-AM-LOVE.’  The Plan of SalvationWith...

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May 20, 2015

Untying Knots

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

Most of us love television mysteries. We follow our sleuth in detecting clues that will ultimately loosen the knots and solve the mystery.  Whether it’s Agatha Christie with Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Jessica Fletcher, or Columbo, Sherlock Holmes, Inspectors Lewis and Foyle, or Father Brown, they delight us with their unique approaches to solving mysteries. Greek and Roman DramaIn Greek tragedy, like Superman, the gods insert themselves into a knotted problem—it may deal with a...

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May 13, 2015

Celebrating Our Lady of Chartres

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

While the story of Fatima is well-known, that of Chartres still needs to be told.In the 1940s, a French monk and a star-gazer made a curious discovery. He observed that in certain cities, the churches dedicated to Our Lady were strategically located in such a way as to outline the constellation Virgo.Now Virgo is the second largest cluster of stars that form the outline of a woman carrying two sheaves of wheat.  Virgo’s brightest star, Spica, is bluish-white, traditionally Our Lady’s...

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