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Catholic schools play prominent role in shaping future leadership

January 12th, 2018 Posted in Education and Careers, National News, Opinion

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Millions of Catholics in the United States were educated in Catholic schools during the past two centuries. It is no secret that such education has yielded amazing fruits for this particular faith community and for the larger society.

One could highlight the impact of Catholic education in “worldly” measures such as exposure to a holistic curriculum, preparedness to attend and complete higher education, and even social mobility.

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Faith-filled children’s Christmas books to read this season

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One of the best ways that parents and children can get into the Christmas spirit is to spend time reading Christmas books! There are many excellent choices. Here are just a few that are definitely worth a look.

“The Clown of God,” written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola is a beautifully illustrated book that retells a traditional story. Giovanni is an orphaned beggar boy who earns his food by juggling. Before long, Giovanni becomes a famous performer who travels across Italy. Read more »

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Two words to live by in the Christmas season: Rejoice always

December 22nd, 2017 Posted in Opinion, Our Diocese

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or so it’s been said.

You’ve probably heard that refrain more than a few times over the last several weeks. Or has it been more than a month since the inundation of Christmas carols began?

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Viewpoint: Remembering the ones who won’t be home for the holidays

December 10th, 2017 Posted in Opinion Tags: , , ,

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Catholic News Service

This season sparkles with joy. We open our homes to family and friends, greeting each other at wreath-decked doors under twinkling lights.

But a small moment often catches in our throat. We set one less place for Thanksgiving dinner. Or we cross a name off this year’s Christmas list. Read more »

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Viewpoint: ChitChat best left elsewhere

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I’m not exactly sure when it happened, but at some point in my life I turned into my parents.

I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, only that I didn’t see it coming. Read more »

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Thanksgiving: A unique holiday for a uniquely diverse nation

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PHILADELPHIA — What does Thanksgiving really mean to you? Is it just a really big dinner, or is there something more about it that maybe you’ve forgotten?

It is unique among American holidays in that it is both civic and religious in its origins. It is unlike Christmas and Easter which are, strictly speaking, religious holy days that were adopted by the general culture as holidays, or Independence Day which is completely civic. Read more »

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Viewpoint: Count your blessings and give thanks for each moment

November 22nd, 2017 Posted in Opinion, Uncategorized

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Poet John Milton is thought to have said, “Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.”

There are so many things for which to be grateful to God. What’s amazing is that once you start finding blessings, they multiply. Read more »

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Viewpoint: ‘The cry of humanity: peace, peace’

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That Halloween season Strategic Air Command bombers with bright orange markings started flying low over our schoolyard to land about four miles away at Philadelphia’s airport. It’s a memory confirmed by histories that report it was Oct. 26, 1962, when B-47s were deployed to civilian airports in a DEFCON 2 alert during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

As an 11-year-old following the news, I assumed the problem of Communist Russia’s missiles in Cuba would be resolved by the United States invoking the Monroe Doctrine to keep the Soviet Union’s weapons both out of Cuba and the entire Western Hemisphere. Read more »

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Catholic Schools: Believe, learn, serve, lead, succeed

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As we begin a new school year, allow me to quiz what you remember about grammar in English Language Arts.

Q1 – What are the eight parts of speech?

A1 – If you remember at least five parts of speech, you’re doing okay. The ones you probably recall are noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, and adverb. (If you read to the conclusion of this essay, you’ll learn the missing three parts of speech.)

Q2 – What is a verb?

A2 – A verb is an action word. Right! Everyone should have this answer.

As you glance back at the title of this essay, you will see that the five words describing what Catholic Schools do are all verbs. Catholic schools are about actions. Let’s look a bit more deeply into the “verbs of Catholic schools.”

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Viewpoint: Think before you act, speak, tweet

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“Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.”

This maxim, often attributed to American essayist and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, raises the question: “When, if ever, have we conducted a thought check, and why is it so important?” Read more »

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