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Joseph Cionni III – On Receptivity in Learning Pastoral Counseling

From what I’ve gathered from our assigned readings and class discussions Pastoral Counseling is: Counseling performed by someone affiliated with a particular religious institution Is not a form of Spiritual Direction (counseling is generally not directive) Is more specific to the particular faith tradition in which it is being carried out in contrast to a…

Priest Lifting the chalice

“To Be One With the People”

On May 29, 2017—Memorial Day—the Most Reverend Timothy Broglio, JCD, archbishop for the Military Services, announced that the United States Armed Forces might soon have a patron saint. After a four-year inquiry, the archdiocese had formally submitted Father Vincent Capodanno’s cause for sainthood to the Vatican. In Queens, New York, Father Mark Bristol ’11 couldn’t…

St. John Paul 2 Library

“A Kind of Inheritance”

In the final scene of his masterpiece novel, Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh captures the radically different nature of freedom Christians are called to embrace compared to the kind of freedom championed by the secular societies in which they live. Legally divorced from their spouses, protagonists Charles Ryder—at that point an agnostic—and Julia Flyte—a “half-heathen,” in…

Closeup of wooden Crucifix

Nettina: Finding Beauty in Holy Week

There’s a common phrase we hear when discussing our faith. Perhaps you’ve heard it in class. Possibly, you’ve read it in a blog post. Maybe, you heard your favorite Catholic speaker lay claim to it, nodding your head and thinking, “yeah man, that.” The good, the true, and the beautiful. We’re asked to consider what…