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“He took utmost care and heed for his study. Not one word spoke he more than was necessary; And that was said with due formality and dignity And short and lively, and full of high morality. Filled with moral virtue was his speech; And gladly would he learn and gladly teach.” Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales

Four Meditations for Advent: Week Two

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When it is suggested that Mary is at the pinnacle of the history of Israel, sometimes people object. They say, “Jesus Christ is at the summit of that covenant history.” This sounds like a robust defense of the place of Christ, but

Are Participation Trophies Replacing Coaches?

coachOur President Dr. Thierfelder weighs in on the recent debate about participation trophies started by James Harrison, a Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker.

“The problem with the participation trophy is that it is replacing what a coach ought to be doing–motivating players to perform at their best.The key is understanding

The Useful Uselessness of the Liberal Arts


Many schools today call themselves liberal arts colleges, and if one refers to the liberal arts in conversation, people generally seem to understand what one means. In fact, everyone seems to use the term so confidently and easily, one usually just assumes

A Judge’s Reversal and Catholic Health Care Ethics

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In the sad story of Casey Kasem’s final days, Judge Daniel Murphy was right to require doctors to feed Kasem and right to reverse that decision a few days later.


I remember Casey Kasem’s voice so well. Just that memory made it sad

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