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The Way of Beauty

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The Way of Beauty

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

The North American Martyrs

Some the most breathtaking scenery in the United States is found throughout Upper New York and northward to the St.... Read more

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The Way of Beauty

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

A Tribute to Vin Scully

He’s been dubbed: “The Poet-Philosopher of Baseball,” “A Voice for the Ages,” “The Velvet Voice.” He’s been compared to Walter... Read more

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The Way of Beauty

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

Yeast as a Metaphor: Élisabeth and Félix Leseur

It’s a wonderful phenomenon—yeast.  It permeates lifeless flour and causes it to rise and expand.  The power of yeast effects... Read more

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The Way of Beauty

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

Leadership

Everyone has a theory about leadership, but all of us want strong, effective, and moral leaders. They’re in great demand... Read more

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The Way of Beauty

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

The President Who Nearly Was

In this political season—some call it the theater of the absurd—discussions about women presidents evoke strong views. In the1960s, there... Read more

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The Way of Beauty

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

The Dark Night of the Soul and The Dark Night

Search the Internet, and you’ll find literature in abundance regarding the hackneyed phrase, dark night of the soul. Last week,... Read more

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The Way of Beauty

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

Proud of employment, willingly I go

We have just celebrated the last civic holiday of the summer. On Labor Day, we reflect on our role as... Read more

Matteo Ricci by Emmanuel Pereira (public domain image)

The Way of Beauty

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

Spotlight on education at Matteo Ricci College

Matteo Ricci College (MRC) is one of eight schools and colleges that form part of Seattle University, a Catholic institution... Read more

Classroom.

The Way of Beauty

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

Jane and John go to college, and so do their parents

In a week or two, freshmen from around the country will begin their college education. The first year, the most... Read more

Students in the classroom. Alvin Trusty via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

The Way of Beauty

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

Back to School: The Catholic Philosophy of Education

“It’s back to school,” the many ads remind us.  The noble work of education will soon begin anew.   The... Read more

Statue of St. Edith Stein in Brockton, Mass.

The Way of Beauty

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

Martyrdom Then and Now

The brutal end for Edith Stein and her sister Rosa came quickly.  On August 2nd, 1942, the Nazis arrested and... Read more

St. Peter's Square by Dennis Jarvis via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Way of Beauty

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

Can the Catholic Church die?

In the first three hundred years of Christianity, it was entirely possible for the fledgling Christian religion to be killed... Read more

St. Louis and Zelie Martin. Public domain image.

The Way of Beauty

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

Needed: More Canonized Mothers and Fathers

When Zélie and Louis Martin, the parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, were canonized in 2015, it must have crossed... Read more

New York by Jason Briscoe via Unsplash.com (CC BY 2.0)

The Way of Beauty

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

The House We Live In

The photos tell heartrending stories of a nation and a world in great pain.  In America, racial division and violence;... Read more

Image by Lance Anderson via Unsplash.com (CC BY 2.0)

The Way of Beauty

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

Leisure and Summer Time

With the celebration of Independence Day, the door to summer activities is opened wide.  Leisure is taken more seriously than... Read more

The Way of Beauty

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

Two Pillars, Two Heroes of the Church

Apostles of the Lord—two pillars, two heroes of the Church. June 29th belongs to Saints Peter and Paul. Of Pillars... Read more

The Way of Beauty

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

The Bishop and the Chancellor: Martyr-Saints

They stood with the few who resisted his insatiable power. During the reign of Henry VIII (1509-47), John Fisher served... Read more

The Way of Beauty

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

A Tribute to Fathers

From ancient times, men have reflected on the role of fathers and their family relationships.  In the 1972 crime film... Read more

The Way of Beauty

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

Chair for the Study of Atheism at the University of Miami: II

(Last week’s essay focused on the implications of the new Chair for the Study of Atheism at the University of... Read more

The Way of Beauty

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

Chair for the Study of Atheism at the University of Miami I

Just days ago, the New York Times reported that the University of Miami has established a Chair of Atheism, Humanism,... Read more