Category: Catholic Education

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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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 [1]. 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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We Don’t Call Her “The Virgin Mary” For Nothing.

We Don’t Call Her “The Virgin Mary” For Nothing.

[ 3 ] July 18, AD 2014 |

Whenever we talk about Mary, we address her with many different titles: Mother of Jesus, Mother of God, Holy Mary,  Blessed Mother. However, out of all these, the one most often heard across Catholic (and Protestant) aisles is The Virgin Mary. Virtually every person that claims the Christian faith accepts that Mary miraculously conceived Christ […]

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Know Mary, Know Jesus. No Mary, No Jesus.

Know Mary, Know Jesus. No Mary, No Jesus.

[ 5 ] July 4, AD 2014 |

During my days as a Southern Baptist, my opinion of Mary, the Blessed Virgin, was the same as every other Protestant. I saw her as just another character in the Bible, one who was given a particular task, and when God was finished with her, she faded into the background with the rest of the […]

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Healing the Body of Christ

Healing the Body of Christ

[ 28 ] June 4, AD 2014 |

You may have heard about the controversial Cincinnati Catholic school contracts, which require teachers not to publicly support things contrary to Church teaching. If you haven’t heard about it, here’s CNN’s story highlighting all the teachers that are terrified of being fired; for whatever reason, the reporter didn’t bother to find anyone who thought 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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If You Let Them, They Will Build

If You Let Them, They Will Build

[ 0 ] January 20, AD 2014 |

I recently read an article about childhood and play and the increasingly all pervasive place of school in the lives of children. School work which runs all day, followed by extra-curricular activities such as sports, followed by hours of homework, does not leave a lot of time for playing. The author of the article argues […]

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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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Simon Says & Christ’s Supper

Simon Says & Christ’s Supper

[ 1 ] January 6, AD 2014 |

“Eh, Bart, I’m glad you had fun, but I wouldn’t get too into that Catholic Church. With all the sitting and standing and kneeling, it’s like Simon Says without a winner.” – Marge “Mom, that’s blasphemy! I’ll say a rosary for you.” – Bart – The Simpsons, Season 16 Episode 21 (“The Father, the Son, […]

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Distance Learning with Holy Apostles College and Seminary

Distance Learning with Holy Apostles College and Seminary

[ 0 ] January 6, AD 2014 |

Holy Apostles College and Seminary (HACS) is one of two non-residential Colleges recommended by the Cardinal Newman Society—a huge honor and privilege for any school making the short list. See that recommendation here. With a robust catolog and an honorary team of professors, HACS is the best kept secret in Catholic education. A humble size of online students […]

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It’s Biblical to Ask Saints to Pray for Us

It’s Biblical to Ask Saints to Pray for Us

[ 26 ] September 15, AD 2013 |

(This was originally shared here on AnsweringProtestants.com, as part of a longer post.) There is nothing wrong with asking the heavenly saints to pray for us. Many Protestants argue that asking the saints to pray for us is “unbiblical,” while throwing around verses like 1 Timothy 2:5. But they are incorrect. 1 Timothy 2:5 — […]

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Children and Online Porn: Five Quick Stats

Children and Online Porn: Five Quick Stats

[ 6 ] August 31, AD 2013 |

In our media world children will almost certainly be exposed to images and material that can have a negative impact on their moral and psychological development. Exposure to pornography is one such concern that should be on every parent’s radar. First, some statistics about children and exposure to online pornography: 1. One study in the […]

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An Easy Essay

An Easy Essay

[ 1 ] August 8, AD 2013 |

Peter Maurin believed in teaching ancient principles to the man on the street in the language of the man on the street. Peter Maurin believed that the man on the street could understand and believe in ancient principles if someone took the time to explain it to him in his own language. Peter Maurin believed […]

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Tradition before Scripture

Tradition before Scripture

[ 3 ] August 4, AD 2013 |

[Author’s note: This is a post made originally on my blog that a number of people found useful. I’m still reading and studying for my follow-up piece on the “gay marriage” debate. I wanted to present this to the Ignitum Today readers precisely because of the backlash I got from a number of Protestants (outside […]

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Called to Love

Called to Love

[ 12 ] October 10, AD 2012 |

There are a number of states where marriage is on the ballot this fall.  Some states seek to clarify the definition of marriage by adding the language that marriage is only to be legally valid between one man and one woman.  Other states are seeking to legalize gay marriage by popular vote, something which has […]

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Mary, Icon of the Holy Spirit by Deacon Antonio

Mary, Icon of the Holy Spirit by Deacon Antonio

[ 2 ] September 12, AD 2012 |

In his Last Supper discourse Jesus told his apostles, “If you know me you will also know my Father.  From now on you do know him and have seen him.  Philip said to him, ‘Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us’.  Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you […]

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Lights for Christ

Lights for Christ

[ 6 ] June 25, AD 2012 |

I hadn’t thought much about Catholic education as a young adult. I attended a public school for K-12 and then chose my small, liberal arts college (which happened to be Catholic) not because it was Catholic, but because they gave me an excellent academic scholarship. Then I fell head over heels in love with God […]

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Ave Maria Law School Tribute Video

Ave Maria Law School Tribute Video

[ 0 ] May 25, AD 2012 |

This video was produced using pictures taken between 2009 and 2012 while I was a student at Ave Maria School of Law.  Pictures include various events associated with Ave Maria School of Law and the Naples pro-life community.    Events include: Vitae Fest, AMSL Mass, Law of Life Summit, 40 Days for Life prayer vigils, March […]

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Occupy THIS!

Occupy THIS!

[ 1 ] May 3, AD 2012 |

Pope about The Pope   Mnsgr Pope recently quoted some remarks the Pope made to the US Bishops during their ad limina visit.  One thing that struck me was this statement by Pope Benedict XVI:  “Here once more we see the need for an engaged, articulate and well formed Catholic laity endowed with a strong critical sense […]

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Aquinas for Educators

Aquinas for Educators

[ 5 ] March 23, AD 2012 |

Guest post by Edward G. O. Radler Rice First, I want to extend my thanks to Stacy Trasancos for giving me the opportunity to present a guest symposium. Ignitum Today is a Godsend. Here we – the frontline in the New Evangelization – have a forum to share our faith and knowledge.     Now, I’m simply […]

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“Standing on the shoulders of giants”

“Standing on the shoulders of giants”

[ 0 ] March 21, AD 2012 |

My earliest memory of Catholic education was my first year of Kindergarten at Our Lady of Victory School in Victoria, TX.  Catholic education is many things, has lost many things, has gained many things, is going many places, places many in wonderful places, and so many other things.  But I am going to give you […]

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The Purpose of Higher Education

The Purpose of Higher Education

[ 5 ] March 20, AD 2012 |

Guest post by Dr. Jeff McLeod Outward Appearances and Inward Capacities This is a rare occasion in which I would actually like to introduce a straw man argument. I do so because I can think of no better way to illustrate the point I would like to make than by way of the wickedly clever […]

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Apologia pro vitis suis

Apologia pro vitis suis

[ 5 ] March 17, AD 2012 |

“It may easily be conceived how great a trial it is to us to write the following history of ourselves; but we must not shrink from the task.” I was in fifth grade when Quill and his best friend (he goes by the handle Aecusim– that’s a bit of a story) came to my school. […]

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The Twelve Fruits Of Catholic Education

The Twelve Fruits Of Catholic Education

[ 36 ] March 17, AD 2012 |

Please welcome a very special guest post for our Catholic Education symposium by the famous Sister Patricia Owens O’Flannery, from LarryD’s award-winning blog Acts of the Apostasy.  The year was 1972. It was my first year teaching elementary school in the Diocese of Walla Walla, and a most exciting time to be involved in Catholic education. We were […]

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Education is Priceless

Education is Priceless

[ 5 ] March 15, AD 2012 |

Children vaccinated against river blindness in a school in Ewoku. Ghana. Photo by Lynn Johnson for the National Geographic. There is an Arabic proverb about Education that goes like this, “Seek education from the cradle to the grave.” This is very true indeed. I have seen some arguments and sentiments about whether attaining education in […]

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All for the good

All for the good

[ 2 ] March 14, AD 2012 |

I went to public school until the eleventh grade. After that, I attended a small Catholic school until the end of volleyball season, then begged my parents to homeschool me. I was homeschooled the rest of that year, then my senior year, going to the local community college for the fall semester to finish up […]

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