Each September as the school year begins, we feature Catholic Education as our theme for the magazine. As I thought about the current state of affairs in our society, I am compelled to share some thoughts on how this relates to Catholic education.
The Triangle Cross Therapeutic Ranch & School is a 50,000- acre cattle ranch in northwest Wyoming near Yellowstone National Park. Founded in 1992, it serves “at-risk” boys ages 10 to 17 who spend a few months to a few years as cowboys caring for the cattle.
Lizette Lantigua has always loved reading good books and encouraging others to read good books. Yet when the former journalist volunteered at her three daughters’ school book fairs in southern Florida ten years ago, she was dismayed at some of the content available. The purpose of book fairs is to raise literacy and money, but these fairs raised concerns.
I take it as self-evident that the desire to do sexual things with children is wicked and perverse. That includes self-display, enticement, and talk – and where the talk takes place does not matter, except that if it is public, in a school, or on television, or on posters at your local fast-food joint, the harm done is incomparably greater, because it reaches more children, and it acquires all the force of public approval.
During the past year and a half, individuals, families, and communities have experienced the fullness of social isolation, unfamiliar public health restrictions, long-term uncertainty, elevated anxiety, depression, suicidality, and escalations of mental health uncertainty.
Catholic religious education for adults is at its heart the quest to be a lifelong learner of our precious faith. Scripture tells us the key to such an adventure: “With humility comes wisdom” (Prov 11:2).
As we consider Catholic education, we tend to focus on our elementary and secondary schools as well as colleges. One could also include CCD (or PREP), RCIA, adult education or enrichment, Pre-Jordan and Pre-Cana.
The rejection of reason and nature has taken root … through the replacement of critical thinking with critical theory. The latter has been the engine of academic thought for decades, and its methods pervade every discipline and subject.
Executive families have many privileges, as well as demands on their time. Balancing them while focusing on the Kingdom can be a serious challenge. Choosing how to spend time, whom to spend it with, and what to invest it in are questions every person faces throughout life.
St. Bernard was born into a wealthy Catholic family in France. Originally trained as a soldier, he subsequently joined the Cistercians, and led 12 monks to start a new community in Clairvaux (“the valley of light”).
In June, I had the privilege to join our Indianapolis Chapter for their monthly event. Aside from being a great chapter of 62 members, our third-largest chapter in the organization, they hosted a phenomenal chapter speaker who is apropos for this month’s magazine theme: Heroes in Uniform.
One of the forgotten – but integral – tenets of Catholic teaching is that of objective truth. This is the reality of hard moral truth, even if societally unpopular, or nonconforming to someone’s newfound ‘identity.’