Trolling and online manners

Posted by - April 13, 2019

As a youngster I was taught to be nice to others, to be respectful and polite. There was even a course in school called “etiquette” which reinforced these lessons and helped us apply them to a variety of situations. Being polite was sort of a social lubricant that allowed people to interact in a reasonable

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Suicide and Terrorism

Posted by - April 6, 2019

A few weeks ago, some neo-Nazi in New Zealand shot up two mosques, killing about 50 people. It was the most recent in the rash of mass killings. A week later two survivors of the Parkland school shootings last year killed themselves. A few days later the father of one of the children killed in

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Pilgrimage and spirituality as journey (Part 2)

Posted by - March 30, 2019

Pilgrimage isn’t just a spiritual exercise but is a great metaphor for the spiritual life and our life journey to God. This idea was captured by John Bunyan in 1678 in his classic story, “The Pilgrim’s Progress.”  The story describes a pilgrimage that the protagonist of the story undertakes. The pilgrimage is not easy and

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Pilgrimage and spirituality as journey (Part 1)

Posted by - March 23, 2019

One of the most ancient religious practices is that of pilgrimage. A pilgrimage is a journey to some site that has a reputation for being a “holy” place. It is a location where it seems that the barrier between this earthly plane and the supernatural is particularly thin. We can feel the presence of the

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Overcoming negativity

Posted by - March 17, 2019

Recently the annual federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King’s birthday was celebrated. In addition to providing due recognition to the African-American community and an exceptional American hero, it was a much-appreciated opportunity for a day off from work. While I very much enjoy my job, it is nice to have an extended weekend now and

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On Catholic Education (Part 4)

Posted by - March 10, 2019

All of this raises another challenge with which Catholic schools struggle and for which there is little clarity. To what extent does a Catholic school have to model the values and attitudes found in the Gospels? The answer seems obvious. Catholic schools should be rooted in the Gospels and be the best example of Catholic

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On Catholic Education (Part 3)

Posted by - March 3, 2019

You can’t entirely fault the schools for the increase. It is expensive to operate a school. No longer can the schools rely on religious sisters who teach for a token salary. There are fewer sisters available to teach and they must be paid a living wage, not only out of justice but because their income

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On Catholic Education (Part 2)

Posted by - February 23, 2019

What is the purpose of Catholic education? The most basic response to this question is to form people in their Catholic faith and to prepare them to live out their call to Christian discipleship. This response treats Catholic education as a catechetical exercise.  That is, its focus is primarily on persons who are already baptized

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On Catholic Education (Part 1)

Posted by - February 16, 2019

This time of year is usually set aside to honor Catholic Education and to encourage families to send their children to Catholic Schools. A lot of schools register students for the next school year in March, so publicizing Catholic schools a month or so before is a reminder to parents to register their children. I

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On science, magic and so on Part 3

Posted by - February 9, 2019

The famous science fiction author, Arthur C. Clarke, once wrote that “Any technology that is sufficiently advanced, seems like magic to earlier generations.” Both magic and technology are exercises of power to better control the environment and our ability to function in that environment. Science is presented as practical and concrete in its focus on

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