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Catholic Liberal Education as Pro-Life Education As thousands of young people gather on the Mall on Friday to witness to the dignity of unborn human life, they do so with one view primarily in mind:  we must bring the slaughter of innocents to an end. But what if the Supreme Court returned the decision to...
On January 12, students returned for the spring semester, eagerly anticipating the adventures that awaited them within and beyond the classroom.  Returning with them was Dr. Anthony Esolen who completed his first semester at Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts.  Dr. Esolen serves as professor and writer-in-residence, teaching in the college’s unique Humanities Sequence and...
On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, Catholic Education gave to me … a complete education.   In thinking of this completion, two sets of twelve come to mind (in addition to the completion of the twelve days of Christmas). There are twelve points to the Apostle’s Creed, a complete articulation of the fundamental principles of...
The challenges are real but there is great cause for hope. Most of us know families who have entrusted their children to Catholic educational institutions only to see them grow lukewarm in their faith. This is one of the greatest betrayals a family can experience. Sometimes this loss comes about through no fault of the...
In this series, “A More Complete Education,” we take up key authors, ideas, composers, and artists, who have contributed to the Catholic intellectual tradition and the patrimony of western culture. Topics related to this broad theme also find their place. Articles in this series introduce readers to subjects which are of interest to students from...
It happened in a classroom rather than a Church and it was caused by a man who had consigned popes, including the pope of his own day, to hell. It was the autumn of 1996 and I had enrolled in a course on Dante’s Inferno at a secular “great books” college. Little did I realize...
Alleluia, Christ has risen! Few traditions are more cherished and anticipated by students and alumni than the liturgies, services, and events of Holy Week and Easter. This year the college continued these traditions, including Palm Sunday, which began with a procession and the sung Passion narrative; Wednesday’s Tenebrae and its concluding strepitus; Holy Thursday and...
Gathering on Thursday night for a Lenten Lecture, students enjoyed a talk given by Rev. Fr. Volney DeRosia to help begin this year’s Lenten season.  During the talk, Fr. DeRosia called on students to enter the desert willingly through fasting, almsgiving, and prayer. Delving into the topics of fasting, almsgiving, and prayer, Fr. DeRosia explained...
“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” ― St. Catherine of Siena On Monday evening, students gathered together for a night of Mercy and Mary.  Last semester, Mercy and Mary hosted two of Fr. Michael Gaitley’s programs including The Second Greatest Story Ever Told, and 33 Days to...
Alumnus Br. Stephen Camara, MIC, ‘16, visited the college on Monday, March 11, to present a talk for current students about discerning one’s vocation in life. In the talk, entitled “Becoming Mercy”, Br. Camara discussed his own personal faith journey, relating the spiritual struggles that he has overcome with God’s help, and how God revealed His...
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