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The Way of Beauty

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The Way of Beauty

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

Annunciations of Suffering

When Jesus began his ministry, he chose to make us men and women his cherished followers.  Wanting us to be... Read more

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The Way of Beauty

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

Go to Joseph

St. Joseph’s role in salvation history celebrates the mystery of God’s dealing with a special man and his special vocation. ... Read more

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The Way of Beauty

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

The Taste for God

Of the 21,000 restaurants in New York City, more than half specialize in Italian cuisine.  Whether the 12,000 serve Milanese,... Read more

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The Way of Beauty

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

The Beauty of Catholic Education VI: The Delicate Sense of Touch

In his earthly ministry, Jesus healed those in need by touching them.  Today, educators are wary of broaching the topic... Read more

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The Way of Beauty

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

Balancing Our Lives: 'The Great Game'

Imagine a painting that depicts a young girl taking one step at a time along the top of a fence. ... Read more

CNA

The Way of Beauty

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

Praying with the Psalms during Lent

The Psalms are a masterpiece of prayer, a treasury for prayer.  King David is considered their chief author, but this... Read more

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The Way of Beauty

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

Coptic Christians and the White House

Pope Francis has called them martyrs, the twenty-one Coptic Christians executed in Libya.  “Jesus, help me,” were the last words... Read more

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The Way of Beauty

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

'The Picture of Dorian Gray:' A Parable for Lent

The Lenten spring has come as planting and dying give way to rising and harvest.  If we have been buried... Read more

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The Way of Beauty

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

Lourdes and beyond

The town of Lourdes in southwestern France is one of the world’s most frequently-visited pilgrimage sites. Its tourist industry has... Read more

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The Way of Beauty

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

The Beauty of Catholic Education Part V: Teaching Troubled Children

It is a little-known fact that Beethoven came from a dysfunctional family.  Even music historians skim over this fact to... Read more

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The Way of Beauty

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

Boys and Girls Town and the Cristo Rey Schools

Catholic education begins with the early Church which took Jesus as its exemplar.  Not only was he a rabbi, a... Read more

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The Way of Beauty

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

A man of frugal speech

He is honored as a Doctor of the Church, the Angelic Doctor, the Church’s “very own theologian and philosopher,” and... Read more

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The Way of Beauty

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

From Paul's Desert to His Garden of Wonder and Delight

Several years ago, I went to see Philip Gröning’s movie, “Into Great Silence,” chronicling the life of Carthusian monks, the... Read more

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The Way of Beauty

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

Study and Beauty in the Family and Consecrated Life: Part II

The Catholic Church has a long, deep, and abiding respect for the habits of the minds and for the pursuit... Read more

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The Way of Beauty

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

Charism and Consecrated Life: Part I

In popular jargon, the word charisma is used to describe a person with dazzling gifts of charm or grace. Charismatic... Read more

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The Way of Beauty

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

Renaissance and Baroque Christmas Music

Every year, Händel’s Messiah seems to claim the center stage of Christmas performances. Yet, there are other classic works no... Read more

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The Way of Beauty

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

Here Is Your God! He Comes to Save Us!

In many respects, 2014 has been a dark year.  One tragedy after the other has befallen Americans while our brothers... Read more

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The Way of Beauty

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

The Beauty of Catholic Education III: Classroom Preparation for the Coming of Christ

During the month of December, children of Christian families dream about the gifts they hope to receive on Christmas Day.... Read more

CNA

The Way of Beauty

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

Francis, This Is Your Mission

This was not the plan.  Not the human plan. Xavier, the gifted, debonair hidalgo-turned-Jesuit was destined for great things.  At... Read more

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The Way of Beauty

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

A Hymn of Thanksgiving

The thirteenth-century German mystic, Meister Eckhart once noted that “if the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank-you,’... Read more