Monthly Archives: January 2015

Going to Mass

It is more common to say, “I’m going to Mass” than it is to say, “I’m going to celebrate the Eucharist.”   Yet that is in fact what we do. When we go to Mass-we celebrate the Eucharist.   The Catholic Catechism … Continue reading

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The Virtue of Being Nice

I have always believed that being smart is not the greatest virtue–heavily a matter of genetics, I suspect.  The real virtue from my perspective is being nice: that takes work–hard work–and assumes a variety of other qualities like patience and … Continue reading

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As Perfect as Painful

Some biographies of Saints [canonized Saints, as opposed to common saints] read like instruction manuals on how to achieve instant sanctity.  The story often goes that some young person has a spiritual epiphany and decides to devote their life wholly to … Continue reading

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Swaziland Experience

Working with the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at an orphanage in the rural loveld of Swaziland makes one remember and appreciate the early work of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini.  The children and staff were so welcoming that … Continue reading

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St. Josephine Bakhita, Patron Saint of Victims of Human Trafficking

The Catholic Church marks February 8th as the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita. Patron Saint of Sudan and those enslaved, St. Josephine is invoked for victims of human trafficking.  Born in southern Sudan around 1869, she was kidnapped and … Continue reading

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Glimpsing a Panoramic Similarity: The Prose of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mother Cabrini

Like many Americans preparing for the Martin Luther King national holiday on January 19, it was a good occasion to reread the civil rights leader’s epic 1963 “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” That Letter (“letter” being a title that is … Continue reading

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Student Teachers

Our student teachers are a solid example of what “Education of the Heart” means to me.  Each semester we send our pre-service teachers out into schools to practice the fundamental teaching skills they learned in the classroom.  These skills would … Continue reading

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