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The Gift of Fortitude

The Gift of Fortitude

~ by Amy Morgan ~ Noah was commanded by God to build a boat and declare to his neighbors that a flood was coming to destroy them. For decades of cloudless skies, he persisted in his message and in his carpentry despite the ridicule of his community.  Ester found...

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Remembering the Fortitude of Mary and Joseph at Christmas

Remembering the Fortitude of Mary and Joseph at Christmas

~ by Fr. Christopher Marchand ~ It is possible [for a man] to be genuinely brave only . . . when, with a clear view of the real situation facing him, he cannot help being afraid, and, indeed, with good reason. If in this supreme test, in face of which the braggart...

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Prayer and Fortitude in Learning

Prayer and Fortitude in Learning

~ by Gabe Quinodoz ~ “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1). When it comes to education, both learning and teaching, we often think in terms of study...

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The Glory of Fortitude in Grammar School

The Glory of Fortitude in Grammar School

~ by Emily Brigham ~I don’t think I’ve ever seen fortitude replete with such glory as when I watched Terrence Malick’s film “A Hidden Life” last year. In this film, Franz Jäggerstätter decides that he cannot fight for the Nazis, and he then endures the agonizing...

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Courage, the Truth, and Persuading toward the Good

Courage, the Truth, and Persuading toward the Good

~ by Phaedra Shaltanis ~ “And when the fight is fierce, the warfare long, Steals on the ear the distant triumph song, And hearts are brave again, and arms are strong. Alleluia! Alleluia!” -William W. How, “For All the Saints”   Between All Saints Day and Veteran’s...

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Debate and Discussion: An Invitation to Walk in Humility

Debate and Discussion: An Invitation to Walk in Humility

~ by Amy Morgan ~ Early in the first chapter of Dr. Shelley Johnson’s book, Everyday Debate & Discussion, she defines “debate” in a number of ways including etymologically. She points out that “debate” comes from the Latin battuere, to beat, and the preposition...

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How C.S. Lewis Helps Us Grow in Wonder

How C.S. Lewis Helps Us Grow in Wonder

~ by Casey McCall ~ When C.S. Lewis was just a child of seven or eight, he was already creating fictional worlds. Before there was Narnia, there was Boxen, replete with talking animals and realistic political drama. Lewis’s biographer James Como notes, however, that...

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Exchanging our Tools for Summer

Exchanging our Tools for Summer

~ by Phaedra Shaltanis ~ And now for the kiss of the wind, And the touch of the air's soft hands, With the rest from strife and the heat of life, With the freedom of lakes and lands. -Paul Laurence Dunbar, “In Summer” Here at last! We’ve planned and toiled, studied...

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Why I Study Latin

Why I Study Latin

~ by Amanda Reeves ~ A quick internet search for why students should study Latin offers many defenses of the language. Articles suggest that Latin students perform better on standardized exams, have a wider English vocabulary, and learn other languages more easily. I...

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The Habit of Liturgy

The Habit of Liturgy

~ by Emily Brigham ~ Before teaching for Scholé, I previously taught at another school, and one of my favorite traditions was the “morning circle.” My first grade class and I began our days circled around, going through a repertoire of poems, verses, and songs. This...

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Justify Your Answer

Justify Your Answer

~ by Alison Haley ~ Student: “Do I need to show my work?” I can still remember sitting in middle school algebra and hearing our much-loved teacher urge students over and over to show their work. In my mind, it was to prevent cheating and the copying of answers from...

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Making Christmas New—The Old-Fashioned Way

Making Christmas New—The Old-Fashioned Way

~ by Fr. Chris Marchand ~An underlying concern lies at the heart of how we go about our annual Christmas customs: how do we pass meaningful traditions down to our children? Indeed, in many ways children are the primary consideration behind nearly all our Christmas...

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From Slander to Sanctity

From Slander to Sanctity

~ by Phaedra Shaltanis ~ Our culture is suffering a grave injustice, and I’m distressed about the effects it’s having on us. For months we’ve been nearly smothered by conflicting reports on public health, political intentions, and social justice. Polite disagreement...

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