Category: College

New Year’s Dreams

New Year’s Dreams

[ 1 ] January 8, AD 2015 |

The shiftiness of college years does not always create the best circumstances for keeping New Year’s Resolutions.  Though I hardly ever pass up an opportunity to make a list, my typical resolutions seemed like they would only put more pressure on me in the midst of an already demanding schedule rather than encourage me to be […]

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Curiosity, Wonder, and Wisdom

Curiosity, Wonder, and Wisdom

[ 27 ] January 6, AD 2015 |

In a short but provocative reflection, Prof. J. Budziszewski calls curiosity the enemy of wonder. In so doing, he is drawing a distinction between the desire for knowledge—itself a good thing—and the elevation of that desire to the highest good, one which can then seek fulfillment at all costs: The problem is that the curiosity-as-holiness […]

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Clinging to Tradition

Clinging to Tradition

[ 3 ] December 31, AD 2014 |

This time of year is usually filled with traditions: both family traditions and liturgical traditions, which shape our experience of Christmas. Traditions serve a great purpose in our lives. We are creatures of habit, and circling back to favorite traditions year after year helps us focus on those things that are most important, and it […]

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Helpful Advent Links

Helpful Advent Links

[ 2 ] December 11, AD 2014 |

Advent is my favorite liturgical season. I become extremely excited when Advent is coming, and love observing it by wearing my purple “Advent scarves,” painting my nails to mirror the Advent wreath, and putting up my La Posada statue in my room. Unfortunately, during my first year of college Advent passed me by before I […]

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Crawling to Heaven

Crawling to Heaven

[ 4 ] November 17, AD 2014 |

If studying the saints has taught me anything, it is that there are many ways to travel the narrow road to Heaven.  While some lived shorter lives which were filled with spiritual difficulties, but ultimately ended early and sweetly, others suffered great pains and tortures to their bodies before finally reaching their resting place, their […]

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Seven More Books for Catholic College Students

Seven More Books for Catholic College Students

[ 4 ] August 28, AD 2014 |

The college semester is upon us again, and at most universities the new academic year is either now beginning or has recently begun []. For the returning students, this means a return to familiar stomping grounds and reunions with friends before the courses really buckle down into the semester grind. For the new students, it […]

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Searching for Truth in the Modern Academy

Searching for Truth in the Modern Academy

[ 7 ] April 29, AD 2014 |

“Universities have failed in modern society because of their rebellion against the sacred tradition. They have become monumental pyramids, hospices for the remains of what once was learning, now sustained by growing numbers of administrators and shrinking numbers of teachers, surviving on grants and measuring their viability by their endowments, static as the latter-day Egyptians […]

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Is Religious Life Repulsive?

Is Religious Life Repulsive?

[ 32 ] January 18, AD 2014 |

The vows of religious life are repulsive, at least according to an article Br. Justin Hannegan recently wrote in Crisis Magazine provokingly titled: Sacrificing Religious Life on the Altar of Egalitarianism. He writes: All forms of religious life, at their very core, consist of three vows—poverty, chastity, and obedience—and each of these vows is repulsive […]

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Why Bother to Learn Anything At All, Anyway?

Why Bother to Learn Anything At All, Anyway?

[ 4 ] January 17, AD 2014 |

There are way more things to know in this Universe than you have the brain cells to record, and any one field of human study has probably by this point generated more data than a human mind, with a lifetime of study, could internalize. We should feel small standing up against the ocean of numbers, […]

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Open the Door…

Open the Door…

[ 1 ] January 14, AD 2014 |

A reflection written in the midst of my first semester of college… Flirting starts based off of an initial attraction: a girl notices a guy, likes what she sees, and starts playfully teasing him in an effort to show him she’s there and interested-  though ultimately it’s up to him to make the first move.  […]

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Getting Back to the Basics

Getting Back to the Basics

[ 2 ] October 8, AD 2013 |

You’ve graduated from college, found yourself in your (dream) job and find that taking the time to pray just isn’t as easy/conducive as it was in college when you had your cozy Newman family, FOCUS Missionaries, and a quaint little chapel right in your backyard. In your college days you were, in a sense, awesome. That’s right. You […]

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Opening Hands

Opening Hands

[ 2 ] October 6, AD 2013 |

Before I left for college, I wrote about how my tendency to control and plan every aspect of my life often hurt more than it helped, leaving me frustrated and stressed because I was counting on my own strength instead of God’s.  As the weeks leading up to college quickly passed, I made a daily […]

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My Teacher Says I’m Special

My Teacher Says I’m Special

[ 0 ] April 12, AD 2013 |

Growing up, my school assemblies would always talk about self-esteem. It seems that elementary schools in the late 80’s and 90’s (sorry for my older readers-I don’t mean to rub it in your face) had this one major issue on their minds. It would seem to be up to the teachers of that decade to […]

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Religion: Virtue of Temperance

Religion: Virtue of Temperance

[ 7 ] December 18, AD 2012 |

A little over a month ago, I decided to give up drinking until I was 21 years old; until I was of age to legally drink. Now, I’m not a huge party person or even a big drinker. I don’t even think I’ve been drunk before. (I think.) I just enjoy going out with my […]

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Dear College Students

Dear College Students

[ 4 ] August 29, AD 2012 |

“Honestly, I don’t think Jesus was against beer or alcohol. But I definitely think he would have a problem with Natty.”

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Margeaux Tells Her Story: The Catholic Teen That Took a Stand for Religious Freedom

Margeaux Tells Her Story: The Catholic Teen That Took a Stand for Religious Freedom

[ 11 ] June 4, AD 2012 |

Guest post by Margeaux Graham, the Catholic teen who refused to miss Mass for a rare academic honor Desire, doubt, honor, excitement, shock, and disappointment are the emotions preceding discrimination in the modern world. I have felt all of these towards a very unsuspecting organization, the Florida Girls State program sponsored by the American Legion […]

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Things I Learned after College

Things I Learned after College

[ 6 ] May 30, AD 2012 |

It’s hard to believe that it has only been a year since I graduated from college.  At that time, I wish someone would have prepared for me for the enormous change I would endure in the post-college life.  From discerning not to do a year of service, to finding myself unemployed for a few months, […]

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Margeaux’s Stand: Catholic Teen Defends Her Right to Attend Mass

Margeaux’s Stand: Catholic Teen Defends Her Right to Attend Mass

[ 5 ] May 28, AD 2012 |

“The American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. Through its nearly 10,500 units located in every state and some foreign countries, the Auxiliary embodies the spirit of America that has prevailed through war and peace. Along with The American Legion, it solidly stands behind America and her ideals.” Well? While the nation discusses […]

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Things you won't hear at FUS…

Things you won't hear at FUS…

[ 8 ] March 23, AD 2012 |

Alright, I know today’s post rides on the heels of a recent post of mine.  If you were hoping to hear from your favorite blogger and got me instead, then offer it up.  The symposium on Catholic education is closing soon so I offer the “Top Ten Questions You Never Hear at Steubenville.”       […]

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Heads or Tails?

Heads or Tails?

[ 1 ] March 2, AD 2012 |

Roughly a decade ago (ok, yes I KNOW it has been longer than ten years, but humor me here), I was making my final decision of where to go to college. During my senior year of high school I had toured several different colleges and universities, both public and private, and had narrowed down my […]

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French Fries vs. The Bread of Life

French Fries vs. The Bread of Life

[ 12 ] January 9, AD 2012 |

I had been overweight for as long as I can remember. The pictures tell the story. By fourth grade I had chipmunk cheeks and extra padding. By sixth grade I was plain old fat. In fact, when I started middle school, I weighed more then I do now, as a 28 year old woman. There’s […]

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Catholic Education?

Catholic Education?

[ 11 ] January 7, AD 2012 |

SOCIALIS Saturday is a weekend event where we discuss specific topics.     If we host a symposium at Ignitum Today about Catholic education, what issues would you like addressed?   Elementary education? University education? Interaction with the secular institutions? Courses? Seminaries?   What are your experiences with Catholic education?

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“Since he clings to me in love, I will free him.”

“Since he clings to me in love, I will free him.”

[ 1 ] November 19, AD 2011 |

I was merely a freshman coming to the close of a busy year at the University of Notre Dame. I had made friendships that seemed miraculous, but my life was also hit every once in a while with stress. Architecture itself can be stressful and I was having trouble trying to balance studio, friendships and […]

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I Could Have … And Entering College

I Could Have … And Entering College

[ 0 ] November 15, AD 2011 |

After five years in college, I’m finally going to get that degree in marketing. All that hard work and pressure shall finally end…And would pave way for a new batch of obstacles; unemployment’s probably one of them. Entry into college was pretty hard for me. I had to make new friends who could also keep […]

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Education = Virtue?

Education = Virtue?

[ 7 ] November 7, AD 2011 |

“The more money we spend on schools today, the less we’ll have to spend on missiles tomorrow.” New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote that in his column today, praising a man whose charity has opened 12,000 libraries around the world. That’s a staggering and laudable accomplishment, but it may not contribute to world peace, […]

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Back to school

Back to school

[ 7 ] September 5, AD 2011 |

For the first time in my life I am no longer a student — in the formal sense, at least. Whether you’re starting a new year of school or trying to learn on your own, here follows a reflection from The Imitation of Christ (Thomas a Kempis). As the academic year begins, it’s important to keep […]

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