In the relentless tide of terrible news stories battering our Holy Mother Church, there is a harbinger of goodness on the horizon. So often in history we have seen the depth of the troughs of scandal, evil, disease, greed, war, and the list goes on. When things seem worst, a renewal is working through in the background, growing, gaining strength, and ready to rise when the corruption causes things to break to pieces. Who cannot remember the beautiful, humble hobbits pulling in various elements of a broken society who longed for a restoration of culture and freedom?
In a world saturated with electronic sounds and images, is it really a big surprise that learning struggles are on the rise? Granted, there are genuine physiological maladies which result in learning disabilities, but there are multitudes of children (and adults) who suffer learning issues which are not related to diagnosable disabilities. Even many good and bright children struggle in areas where they should shine more naturally.
Once again, I heard a speaker paraphrasing Chesterton in reference to his idea about a revolution, particularly, a revolution is always a return, a re-turning to some ideal that was lost.
The Catholic University of America welcomed the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education this summer as host of the National Catholic Classical Schools Conference.
This summer my wife and I were blessed to be able to go on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela with our son. The Camino, The Way, is a many-centuries-old pilgrimage across Spain to the resting place of the remains of St. James the Apostle: Santiago.
This is my third Camino, and like the others,
In my previous article, Graduation Speeches (Part 1), I proposed that valedictorian, salutatorian or student speeches given at graduations should be a primary point of judgment, or “assessment” to use the modern term, on whether a school is fulfilling its mission.