Why Catholics should study the Classics

The classics have been in the news recently—and not always in a good way. From colleges shutting down classics departments as students flock to more “practical” majors to criticisms that books written by “dead white men” cannot be separated from …

In defense of a classical education

Listen to Jeremy Tate on the value of a classical education with the hosts of Jesuitical: Classical education is making a comeback in America. Over the past few decades, hundreds of new classical schools have launched in the United States, …

Saving Sequoias During Climate Change – NPR

The 2020 Castle Fire burned the Alder Creek sequoia grove with extreme intensity, killing many of the 1,000-year-old trees there. Without any green foliage, the trees can’t survive or resprout. Lauren Sommer/NPR hide caption toggle caption Lauren Sommer/NPR On a …

Want greatness? Serve the suffering

In the first reading and the Gospel, we hear about the importance of service, which builds on themes from last Sunday’s readings. Today we are prompted to reflect on ways that we can serve one another. We are also challenged …

To be Christians, we must first serve the poor

Scripture can challenge our ways of thinking and living. It calls on us to grapple with the world, and it can inspire good and bad actions with its diverse texts. The first reading and the Gospel should prompt appreciation and …

Trauma Studies

Tears rush forth from           a jagged chasmand we study them undera microscope to determine exactly           what kind of weepingthis is. I seekan unknown grandfather, research genetics andepigenetics,            rest in the …

The Year I Was Conspicuous

How eyes would track me on the street, in the store.How people would pause, double take,a cluster of faces looking on as I askedfor apples or air mail envelopes. Sometimes a cautious hand reaching outto touch my arm, my hair.Sometimes, …

Mapped: Afghan refugees headed to 46 states – Axios

The Biden administration notified governors and mayors on Wednesday of the number of Afghan evacuees their state is expected to receive in the coming weeks, two senior administration officials told Axios. Why it matters: Although their exact immigration pathway is …

Friction In the Taliban Leadership Grows – NPR

FILE – In this Aug. 15, 2021 file photo, Taliban fighters take control of Afghan presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. Zabi Karimi/AP hide caption toggle caption Zabi Karimi/AP FILE – In this Aug. …