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May 5, 2019

What is "peace"? I believe it was Saint Augustine who described peace as tranquillitatis ordinis - "the tranquility of order." A run of the mill dictionary defines tranquility these days as "freedom from agitation or disturbance" and order as "the rule of law or proper...

June 13, 2018

I will never forget my first parent-teacher conference shortly after beginning my job as a high school theology teacher. I had a student who, from day one, wasn’t about to hide the fact that she disagreed with practically everything the Catholic Church stands for. To t...

November 4, 2017

The whole vast expanse of the cosmos lies before me, around me, even right in the midst of my beating heart if I will but awaken. Far too often I bury myself deep in distraction, busy-ness, "productivity" or whatever you wish to call it. Why? Because it's easy. Because...

August 2, 2017

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." I doubt there's a single person among us who hasn't heard that old rhyme at some point. Usually we hear it as children when we've just encountered a bully's taunts or a parent or teacher is trying to...

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