The Way of Beauty

Martyrdom Then and Now

By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

The brutal end for Edith Stein and her sister Rosa came quickly.  On August 2nd, 1942, the Nazis arrested and transported them by cattle train in... (Read more)

Can the Catholic Church die?

By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

In the first three hundred years of Christianity, it was entirely possible for the fledgling Christian religion to be killed off, for it was this... (Read more)

Needed: More Canonized Mothers and Fathers

By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

When Zélie and Louis Martin, the parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, were canonized in 2015, it must have crossed the minds of many in the Church: ... (Read more)

The House We Live In

By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

The photos tell heartrending stories of a nation and a world in great pain.  In America, racial division and violence; elsewhere, religious... (Read more)

Leisure and Summer Time

By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

With the celebration of Independence Day, the door to summer activities is opened wide.  Leisure is taken more seriously than at any other time in... (Read more)

Two Pillars, Two Heroes of the Church

By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Apostles of the Lord—two pillars, two heroes of the Church. June 29th belongs to Saints Peter and Paul. Of Pillars and Heroes At the... (Read more)

The Bishop and the Chancellor: Martyr-Saints

By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

They stood with the few who resisted his insatiable power. During the reign of Henry VIII (1509-47), John Fisher served as the Bishop of... (Read more)

A Tribute to Fathers

By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

From ancient times, men have reflected on the role of fathers and their family relationships.  In the 1972 crime film “The Godfather,” Don Vito... (Read more)
(Last week’s essay focused on the implications of the new Chair for the Study of Atheism at the University of Miami established by Louis J.... (Read more)
Just days ago, the New York Times reported that the University of Miami has established a Chair of Atheism, Humanism, and Secular Ethics, believed... (Read more)
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