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  • If you haven't seen it already, I'd like to direct readers' attention to the essay in last week's edition of America by Katherine Luchette ("Finding My Foundation"). Luchette, now a freshman at Brown University, writes about her spiritual journey while attending St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago. She shares some of the challenges of finding God as a high school student and eloquently discusses how her experiences at St. Ignatius helped her work through those challenges....

  • Here’s how young Pip learned that he had great expectations. One day the lawyer, Mr. Jaggers, showed up at the forge, where young Pip lived and worked, and said to Joe the blacksmith, Pip’s adult brother-in-law,

  • The daylight hours of Election Day bring story after story, tweet after tweet, about voter turnout. This is insanely boring, and the stories have little predictive value about the election results: Long lines in certain places prompt speculation about unexpectedly high turnout, and only later do we learn about declines in voter participation elsewhere. This year, we’re getting plenty of voter turnout stories weeks before the election, partly because everyone is sick of talking about...

  • It probably would not surprise anyone to hear that one of the biggest stories in the video gaming industry right now involves men not knowing how to properly treat women.

    But what exactly that entails will almost certainly stun you.

    In 2013, a video game developer named Zoe Quinn released a choose-your-own-adventure-type game called Depression Quest, in which you play a main character living with depression.  Quinn was inspired by her own experiences struggling with...

  • Cambridge, MA. As readers of this blog know, I occasionally post a reflection related to a homily I’ve just given on a given Sunday, in the parish where I help out. Preaching of necessity clarifies my thinking, and though I never write out a homily, I don’t mind sharing it with you. But for this coming Sunday, Oct. 26 (30th Sunday of Year A), there is an interesting challenge in the first reading, on which I have decided to seek your input several days in advance. Namely, we have...

  • This is part three of a three-part series on Catholic colleges and universities led today by lay leaders after a history of priests or women religious at their helms. Read Part 1 on Trinity University Washington here and part 2 on the Catholic University of America...

  • We're less than two weeks from election day, so it's time to start writing the post-mortems, just to be prepared. Here are some of tomorrow's headlines today.

  • As I mentioned last week, I've lately been making my way through Jim Manney's A Simple Life-Changing Prayer: Discovering the Power of St. Ignatius Loyola's Examen (Loyola Press). It is a brief but substantive primer on Ignatian prayer and spirituality, ideal for personal reading or for reading groups. It's also accessible for students.  

    Manney's book has provided a nice refresher for me on some of the topics I know well but can never read about enough. Here is...

  • The New Republic’s Alice Robb writes that concern/hysteria over the Ebola virus may have Republicans whistling a happy tune in two weeks: “A growing body of literature in psychology suggests that feelings of fear make people’s political outlook more conservative.”

  • This is part one of a three-part series on Catholic colleges and universities led today by lay leaders after a history of priests or women religious at their helms. Read Part 1 on Trinity University Washington here.

    John Garvey, The Catholic University of America