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SCHENDEN: Leaving a Transcendent Legacy

SCHENDEN: Leaving a Transcendent Legacy

In Robert Bolt’s play “A Man for All Seasons,” there’s a brief but brilliant exchange between Sir Thomas More, lord chancellor of England under Henry VIII, and Richard Rich, a bright and talented young man trying to make a name for himself in the world. Rich is unsure of himself[Read More…]

SCHENDEN: Life as Pilgrimage

SCHENDEN: Life as Pilgrimage

Last weekend, the Catholic Ministry hosted our Loyola retreat for first-year students at the Calcagnini Contemplative Center, Georgetown’s retreat center in Bluemont, Va. The Loyola program serves as the first in a four-year series of retreats — Loyola, Montserrat, Manresa and La Storta — named for key moments in the[Read More…]

SCHENDEN: Revolutions of the Heart

SCHENDEN: Revolutions of the Heart

Artistic works rendering the process of conversion and transformation are often externally dramatic – be it Caravaggio’s Conversion of St. Paul or Flannery O’Connor’s Revelation. While such depictions capture the power of human transformation, they also might sway one to believe that a conversion – in belief, attitude, way of[Read More…]

SCHENDEN: Embracing Our Essential Love

SCHENDEN: Embracing Our Essential Love

Go ahead. Type it in. Those four little letters – L O V E. Having just done so myself, 7.5 billion Google results  popped up on my screen. That’s a whole lotta love. So, with Valentine’s Day today, and so much love out there, it is worth our consideration to[Read More…]

Finding Faith Within Democracy

In his coverage of the 1972 presidential election between George McGovern and Richard Nixon, journalist Hunter S. Thompson wrote that “the whole framework of the presidency is getting out of hand. It’s come to the point where you almost can’t run unless you can cause people to salivate and whip[Read More…]

by October 28, 2016 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top

SCHENDEN: Inspired Reflection Through Pilgrimage

In every epoch, culture and faith tradition, there have been tales of and from the road: Odysseus’ journey to return to Ithaca from the Trojan War, Jesus’ quest to his destiny in Jerusalem, the Prophet Muhammad’s trek from Mecca to Medina, Jack Kerouac’s American sojourn “On the Road,” even the[Read More…]

Deep Silence Spurs Reflection

How does the whirlwind that is New Student Orientation at Georgetown conclude? Not with cries and cheers, nor with blaring horns. Rather, it concludes in a sustained hush, in great silence. Allow me to recount NSO’s final moments in McDonough Arena this past Tuesday night. The 1,600 new members of[Read More…]