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Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

~ by Monika Minehart ~ “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We hear this question repeated again and again to our children from a very young age. It seems to be a harmless question, and in many ways it is; but it also is an instructive question that can mislead...

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What a Year Teaching C.S. Lewis Has Taught Me

What a Year Teaching C.S. Lewis Has Taught Me

~ by Casey McCall ~This school year I’ve had the privilege of teaching two new classes at Scholé Academy on the writings of C.S. Lewis, one for middle schoolers and one for high schoolers. As a new instructor, I was excited about the school’s concept of the “Great...

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Fortitude in Science

Fortitude in Science

~ by Dr. Kathryn Morton ~ I recently broached the subject of fortitude with my high school science students.  Initially we reflected on figures like Nelson Mandela, Naboth and his vineyard, and Atticus Finch.  Then we turned to famous physicists and biologists to...

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Let No One Fear Death

Let No One Fear Death

~ by Sarah Roumas ~On Lazarus Saturday, Orthodox Christians celebrate the day that Jesus raised his beloved friend Lazarus from the dead. This feast is a wonderful and fascinating day! It is celebrated on the day before Palm Sunday. Fasting is relaxed over the...

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The Joy of Anonymous Craftsmanship

The Joy of Anonymous Craftsmanship

~ by Randi Maria Sider-Rose ~When art was severed from God, when the anonymous craftsperson became rather an "artistic superstar," a vital connection to creativity was lost.  Saint Raphael iconography instructor Randi Maria Sider-Rose reflects on how all visual art,...

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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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