The Way of Beauty

Some Reflections on Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton

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

In his address to Congress last month, Pope Francis mentioned four exemplars of the great American enterprise: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther... (Read more)

Recapping the Papal Visit

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

Last week, Pope Francis held much of the nation riveted on his presence, words and gestures. Millions gladly stood for hours in long lines to... (Read more)

Pope Francis: Missionary of Mercy and Peace

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

The warm familial approach of Pope Francis imitates the way Jesus was present to others. The early disciples followed Jesus because he spoke... (Read more)

Mercy

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

Mercy is active compassion.  This concise definition from the Encyclopedia of Catholicism drives the Hebrew Scriptures where the title “Lord of... (Read more)

Catholic Education IV: Grace under Pressure

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

Catholic education is pedagogy of values and principles that prompt our students to aim high for excellence.  It also prepares them for... (Read more)

Catholic Education III: Fully Alive for Virtue

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

“I have come that they may have life, life to the full (Jn 10:10),”—the assurance of Jesus.  In the second century, St. Irenaeus of Lyons gave... (Read more)

Catholic Education II: Quality and Non-Quality

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

In November 1980, Barbara Tuchman, a noted historian and twice-winner of the Pulitzer Prize, published a controversial essay in the New York... (Read more)

Catholic Education I: Jesus the Teacher

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

The new academic year is just around the corner. For the next few weeks, this column will address some topics concerning the education our... (Read more)

Lessons from the Mozart Playbook

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

From the end of July and for four weeks thereafter, the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center dominates other musical offerings in New York... (Read more)

Beauty Rising from the Ashes

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

Tomorrow and this Sunday, the Church celebrates the feasts of the Lord’s Transfiguration and that of St. Teresa, Blessed by the Cross.... (Read more)

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