Assisi

Assisi is absolutely magical.  It is small and quaint, restful, and pleasant to all five senses.  The gentle spirit of Francis permeates the town, and the poverty of Clare shines brightly through the region.

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Best Day Ever

   Yesterday, our family had the day off.  We spent many hours at the pool.  The other families here joined us, and oh, what fun it was!  The philosophers among us talked philosophy.  The theologians in the group talked theology.  UD faculty all together is SO MUCH FUN.    I came away from the conversation…

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Ongoing Reflections on the Human Person

    In my course, we are finishing Augustine, having looked at the will of the human person.  His analysis of what strengthens the will versus what weakens the will is, to my mind, extremely thought provoking.    We are starting Thomas Aquinas, and looking at his argument for the subsistent soul.  I am curious…

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Jacob

    This past year, Jacob has made friends with all sorts of students at Cistercian.  He has gotten to know a few of the students who come from backgrounds very different from Jacob’s–particularly in being not very religious or not very educated.    Last night, Jacob sat down next to me and, with a…

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Teaching Philosophy of the Human Person

   In my class here this summer, Philosophy of the Human Person, we are asking: How do we give a description of the dignity of the human person, an account that would show clearly what’s wrong with genocide and other impingement of human rights?  Why are we a species that destroys itself?  Why do we…

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Holy Doors for the Jubilee of Mercy

Here is the sign by the holy doors at the entrance of the basilica: walking through the doors during this jubilee year is a special action which is the occasion of God’s MERCY on that person.  What an amazing event for me, getting to walk through the doors! What a delight to have our own…

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salve regina

     I am sitting in the hallway, and I can hear my four older children singing “Salve Regina” in their dorm rooms down the hall.  They have taken to saying night prayer together after our family Rosary or decade.       It is just amazing when your children do something you did not…

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Leah’s Birthday

Happy Birthday, Leah!    Leah is an extra-ordinary woman.  She is giving her life to help those in need, to reform our economy, and end racism.  She galvanizes those who care about making this a better world and enables them to support social movements.  Here is a link to her organization:       http://www.solidairenetwork.org   …

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