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Easter and Building a Curriculum of Hope

May 18, AD2017 0 Comments
Easter and Building a Curriculum of Hope

I have been working in the field of education for more than twenty years now. And every time I come to reflect upon the fruits of Easter, I always try to connect it to the work of educating young people. This month, I have decided to write about the relationship between the Resurrection story and […]

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Catholic Schools Week 2017

January 29, AD2017 0 Comments
Catholic Schools Week 2017

Catholic Schools Week begins January 29 and ends February 4. Catholic schools all across the United States will be celebrating in their own unique ways. Established in 1974, the week celebrates the ongoing contributions of Catholic education in the United States. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”  (A good […]

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Why Do We Give Up on Teen Sex?

January 25, AD2017 24 Comments
Why Do We Give Up on Teen Sex?

I recently came across several articles which were based upon a large amount of excellent data that the Center for Disease Control collects annually. Thousands of students in grades 9-12 across the nation self-report the frequency of sexual activity, usage of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and weapons, and the amount of physical activity they undertake. This […]

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St. John Bosco, Education, and the Youth of Today

January 16, AD2017 1 Comment
St. John Bosco, Education, and the Youth of Today

Can the ideas of a nineteenth-century saint, known for his work among young people, say something relevant to educators of the twenty-first century? Don Bosco and Young People Every January 31st, the Church marks the feast day of St. John Bosco, who died January 31, 1888.  He is known in the Church as the Father […]

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Show Me Your Sportsmanship: I’ll Show You Your Culture

January 5, AD2017 5 Comments
Show Me Your Sportsmanship: I’ll Show You Your Culture

Having grown up in the United States, I thought it was common knowledge that playing sports is a school of morality, character training, and indispensable to a child’s upbringing. Now that I live in Portugal and am raising my children here, I see that is not the case in other places around the world; such […]

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More Doctrine for a Better Homily

January 3, AD2017 3 Comments
More Doctrine for a Better Homily

Doctrinal Homily Outlines, a lectionary-based aid for homilists, began as this layman’s response to the Year of Faith Pope Benedict XVI declared for 2012-2013. In Porta Fidei, Benedict’s apostolic letter announcing the Year of Faith, the Holy Father asked each of us to “rediscover the content of the faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and […]

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Strong Catholic Institutions: Offering Hope To A Fallen World

November 22, AD2016 0 Comments
Strong Catholic Institutions: Offering Hope To A Fallen World

Catholic colleges and universities offer unique and rewarding opportunities for today’s undergraduate students. They exist to enlighten, inspire and motivate. They also strive to nurture a desire within that seeks knowledge and purpose beyond the halls of academia. Many have witnessed memorable moments of spiritual enlightenment and fulfillment within such institutions. Sadly, however, others have […]

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SexEd: A Catholic Mother’s Conviction

October 16, AD2016 41 Comments
SexEd: A Catholic Mother’s Conviction

Imagine for a moment that an innocent inquiry throws you into what amounts to a political firestorm. Your only purpose was to defend your Catholic faith. You meant no malice towards anyone. There was no personal agenda. The intent behind your inquiry and concern was merely to ensure that the teachings of the Church were being respected and […]

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Catholic Teen Sexologists?

October 4, AD2016 41 Comments
Catholic Teen Sexologists?

Within the past two weeks the bishop of Nashville has come under fire for supporting his diocesan-wide high school sex education curriculum. He apparently has taken the position that parents who wish to opt their high school children out of the program may need to opt them out of the school altogether. According to one […]

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Bill Donaghy & TOB: Step Away from the Insanity Into Reality

August 19, AD2016 0 Comments
Bill Donaghy & TOB: Step Away from the Insanity Into Reality

  After interviewing Bill Donaghy from The Theology of the Body Institute about their upcoming Congress this September, I was filled with hope and joy for the Church. Bill lives out the core values of the gospel without pretention, probably because he is married with four children and is submerged in” the beautiful mess” of family life. One […]

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Bad Moral Theologians (BMTs)

August 4, AD2016 18 Comments
Bad Moral Theologians (BMTs)

There are evil things that some people really, really want to do. There are some people who not only want to do evil things but also want to be justified in doing them. They want others to say their evil deeds would be good. So, what to do if you are one of them? What if you […]

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“I Used To Be Catholic”

July 14, AD2016 10 Comments
“I Used To Be Catholic”

If you speak with enough Catholics, you will eventually become familiar with the phrase, “I used to be Catholic.” Sometimes, it seems as if being Catholic is more a matter of ancestry than anything else. Just as some choose to celebrate certain traditions that pertain to one’s ethnicity, so too, they accept only certain teachings […]

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Prayer to the Saints: One in The Body

June 1, AD2016 0 Comments
Prayer to the Saints: One in The Body

One of the major criticisms that Catholics often receive from most Protestants and others outside of the faith is that we worship the saints. The usual assertion is that Catholics are idolatrous for believing that a Christian can or should communicate with a “dead” person in heaven, and that we are wrong in thinking that anyone […]

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Why C.S. Lewis Would Want You to Join a Writing Group

May 13, AD2016 4 Comments
Why C.S. Lewis Would Want You to Join a Writing Group

When J.R.R. Tolkien retired from his post at the University of Oxford in 1959, he intended to spend his new-found free time finishing The Silmarillion. Though this book is less well-known than his Lord of the Rings, Tolkien considered it his real work—the work he’d spent decades trying to get back to. One can easily […]

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Religious Schools Are Fundamental to Liberty

May 11, AD2016 5 Comments
Religious Schools Are Fundamental to Liberty

Catholics who are not big on history may probably not be aware of the amount of anti-Catholic animus that existed in the U.S. from the early 1800s up to as late as World War II.  And even though we’ve had a Catholic president and currently have a Catholic Vice President and a Catholic Speaker of […]

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Angela’s Orderliness

May 10, AD2016 1 Comment
Angela’s Orderliness

Orderliness is an important human virtue. It is the good habit by which a person does what he ought to do, when and how he should do it. It is about properly managing time and tasks. Here is a parable about one person’s experience with order and the vice of disorder. Angela was bright but […]

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Modern Education and Catholic Schools

Modern Education and Catholic Schools

  Education is the means by which the future of a nation is sown and cultivated. There is hardly anything more important to the civic order than how the community’s young are educated.  The education of one generation will determine the success or failure of the next. If we took an honest look at our […]

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Lessons From Jerusalem’s First Sidewalk Counselors

April 22, AD2016 0 Comments
Lessons From Jerusalem’s First Sidewalk Counselors

Today many people, of all ages, stand or kneel and pray at abortion businesses. Some of them speak with the women and girls who are going there pregnant, many of whom will leave un-pregnant. The speakers have come to be known as “sidewalk counselors,” although “sidewalk saviors” or “sidewalk angels” better describes what they do. […]

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The Journey to Emmaus: A Model for Educators

April 20, AD2016 1 Comment
The Journey to Emmaus: A Model for Educators

One of my favourite readings during the Easter Season is the Gospel reading on the journey of Jesus  together with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. It is a personal favourite since it speaks directly to me as an educator. I have always seen this story as a good model for teachers. The […]

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Catholic Is As Catholic Does

March 26, AD2016 1 Comment
Catholic Is As Catholic Does

Every time I read about a Catholic institution honoring someone who harbors contrary views to the Church, I cringe. Now, I realize I should be used to this by now as these events are commonplace today. However, I become more and more disappointed at the complacency on the part of Catholic institutions of higher learning, […]

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