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GRAY: Easter’s Crucial Reflections

GRAY: Easter’s Crucial Reflections

During this challenging winter, I often returned to the final lines of Shelley’s “Ode to the West Wind:” “The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind, If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?” The Romantics in general, and perhaps Shelley in particular, have minimal resonance in the hearts of most[Read More…]

by March 30, 2015 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top

GRAY: Climbing Mountains, Dreams and Ambitions

At 3:25 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgensen ended a 19-day free-climbing expedition, ascending El Capitan’s Dawn Wall in Yosemite National Park. Although others had climbed that mountain before, none had used only their hands and feet to pull their way up the 3,000 foot mountain[Read More…]

by February 9, 2015 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top
GRAY: Patience is Key to Self-Discovery

GRAY: Patience is Key to Self-Discovery

I’ve been on the road a great deal this academic term, a temporary inhabitant of the terminals in various cities on the East Coast, the West Coast and sites in between. In those journeys it has become clearer and clearer to me that waiting remains a major part of contemporary[Read More…]

by November 14, 2014 0 comments Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top
GRAY: Jeter’s Career Modeled Grace in Game of Life

GRAY: Jeter’s Career Modeled Grace in Game of Life

Derek Jeter will retire from the New York Yankees at the conclusion of this season. You don’t have to be a Yankees fan (full disclosure, I’m not) to recognize that Jeter’s professional career has been remarkable and his professional demeanor admirable. Both aspects of Jeter’s accomplishments were eulogized in a[Read More…]

by September 19, 2014 0 comments Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top
GRAY: Ignatius’ and Francis’ Exemplary Journeys

GRAY: Ignatius’ and Francis’ Exemplary Journeys

A number of recent retrospective evaluations of Pope Francis and his first year as the leader of the Catholic Church have attempted to discern what the influences of his personality and style of leadership could be. Several observers have suggested that as a Jesuit, Francis inherently reflects that tradition. But[Read More…]

GRAY: Transcending Age in Music and Faith

GRAY: Transcending Age in Music and Faith

In the flurry of excitement that has come to Georgetown this fall with the founding of the McCourt School of Public Policy and the arrival of a new mascot, I’d like to take this time to focus on two special events that may have flown under your radar. First, “The[Read More…]

by November 4, 2013 0 comments Opinion
GRAY: Learn to See Peers as Gifts to Be Valued

GRAY: Learn to See Peers as Gifts to Be Valued

Recently, I heard a fellow Jesuit give a homily about the gift we are meant to be to one another. His words confirmed a reality I have come to cherish in my own life: Throughout our ordinary days, we are surrounded by other women and men who are gifts —[Read More…]

by September 17, 2013 0 comments Opinion