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On this, the ninety-third birthday of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, we offer this essay on his inspiring vision of the ends and means of Catholic education. Today, we are in the midst of a great renewal in Catholic higher education. Colleges and universities founded after the Second Vatican Council with the intention of cultivating a...
Subscribe to Jasper. Man of the Day: Elijah the Prophet When Jesus took Peter, James, and John to the top of the mountain, he was transfigured before their eyes, and his robe and his face were suddenly as bright as the sun. And they saw beside him the two great prophets of the Old Testament,...
Subscribe to Jasper. Painting of the Day: THE LAST SUPPER, by Tintoretto (1594) Do you kneel to receive the Lord in Communion? That’s what we did when I was a small boy.  There was a marble rail that went from one end of the sanctuary to the other, with an open space in the middle...
Beginning on Easter Monday, we will launch a new online magazine for families entitled “Jasper,” featuring the inimitable writing of Anthony Esolen. These essays are perfect for reading together as a family over or after dinner and are the very types of writing that you will want to share with other families. The online magazine...
Father Richard John Neuhaus famously distinguished hope and optimism: Optimism is a matter optics, of seeing what you want to see and not seeing what you don’t want to see. Hope, on the other hand, is a Christian virtue. It is the unblinking acknowledgment of all that militates against hope, and the unrelenting refusal to...
“The quest for Wisdom will not be stopped by a mere pandemic!” one our faculty members was overheard to say. During the last few weeks, the students and faculty of the college have embraced the challenge of online courses whole-heartedly and are improvising, adapting, and overcoming the obstacles. A few snapshots: Last week in a...
During this time, there are numerous ways for our collegiate community and friends to engage with our students, alumni, and faculty while also cultivating a life of prayer and the habits conducive to spiritual grow. The college has just completed the first in a series of videos that feature alumni and current students. The first...
Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts has begun a new, four-part video series. This series will feature a student or recent graduate of the college speaking of the impact that the college has had on his or her life. In the first video of the series, alumnus Sean Haefner ’19 invites you to ask yourself...
Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts is delighted to announce that students and alumni of the College have been selected to participate in an iconography workshop under the renowned iconographer George Kordis.  This extraordinary program, “Writing the Light,” will be held in Athens and Crete late this summer.   Through generous benefactors, Ms. Keri Wiederspahn, who...
The following remarks were offered by one of our theology professors, Karl Cooper, at a recent conference on Wendell Berry. Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical Rerum Novarum (1891) inaugurated the modern economic age and placed the Catholic Church right in the middle of it.  The Church’s answer to the industrial revolution, Rerum Novarum describes two worlds,...
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