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The Way of Beauty

The Way of Beauty

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

Pearls of Great Price

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

The Trinity by Andrei Rublev via Wiki Commons.

The Way of Beauty

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

Temples of God

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

The Way of Beauty

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

Pope Francis and a dream for Pentecost

This Sunday, the Church brings to completion the Paschal Season by bestowing the Holy Spirit on us in the Liturgy,... Read more

The Way of Beauty

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

A Tribute to Mothers

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

The Way of Beauty

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

'Little Boy Lost'

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

The Way of Beauty

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

The Beauty of Catholic Poetry

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

The Road to Emmaus by Duccio via Wikicommons.

The Way of Beauty

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

'Don’t Go. Stay with Us.'

Most of us have seen war movies in which families are exchanging good-byes with loved ones.  The parting evokes few... Read more

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio via Wikicommons.

The Way of Beauty

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

Doubt and Faith

Last week, the New York Times published an article entitled, “God Is a Question, Not an Answer.”  Its author William... Read more

The Way of Beauty

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

Peter and the Lord’s Resurrection

Reading the Gospel narratives of the Resurrection can be confusing. They break off suddenly and contain contrasts and contradictions that... Read more

The Way of Beauty

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

Bitter Tears

The sudden death of a spouse or a family member, or problems with children—these experiences can evoke bitter tears.  Betrayal... Read more

The Way of Beauty

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

The Making of a Disciple II

On May 13th, 1940, Winston Churchill, the newly-elected Prime Minister of Britain, delivered a memorable speech to the Ministers of... Read more

The Way of Beauty

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

Walking with Peter: The Neophyte

He stood tall, burly, and hot-headed, an uneducated common man, a seasoned fisherman from Bethsaida, a town on the Sea... Read more

Image by Aaron Burden via Unsplash.

The Way of Beauty

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

Love among the Saints

In mid-February, the BBC broke a story concerning the friendship between Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II... Read more

The Way of Beauty

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

Almsgiving and Creative Ways to Give Alms

Despite Gospel counsels about almsgiving, this ancient practice can arouse negative feelings. Every day whether by phone or mail, agencies... Read more

The Way of Beauty

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

Fasting and the Taste for God

In the epic film, “Gandhi,” Mahatma’s fifty-day fast is undertaken to bring about reconciliation between Hindus and Muslims. His extreme... Read more

The Way of Beauty

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

Putting on Christ: A Plan for Lent

The festive days of Christmas have given way to the forty days of Lenten asceticism. During this time, the liturgy... Read more

The Way of Beauty

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

Letter Writing

The electronic age may have displaced cursive writing, but love letters, thank-you notes, and letters to Santa, for example, are... Read more

The Way of Beauty

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

National School Choice Week

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

The Way of Beauty

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

A Tribute to the Church's 'Single Ladies'

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

Photo by Josh Byers

The Way of Beauty

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

Shine, Shine in Use

At the end of each year, WQXR, the classical radio station originating in New York, asks its listeners to vote... Read more