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O’BRIEN: On The Blessing of Our Belovedness

I met Nancy on my first night at Georgetown in August 1984. I had moved into my room on New South 1 (which looks very much the same today) and wandered anxiously over to a party on the Harbin patio. I was overwhelmed and felt way out of my league.[Read More…]

by January 26, 2015 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top
O’BRIEN: The Beauty of Our Individual Chaos

O’BRIEN: The Beauty of Our Individual Chaos

A proverb tells us, “God writes straight with crooked lines.” When I look back on my 48-year-old life, I celebrate satisfying successes and reckon with painful regrets and losses. I try to draw connections between all the stops and starts, all the ups and downs, all the straight and curved[Read More…]

by December 5, 2014 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top
O’BRIEN: From Grief, Perspective and Hope

O’BRIEN: From Grief, Perspective and Hope

Last month, Andrea Jaime (NHS ’17) died just weeks after beginning her sophomore year at Georgetown. A few hours after she died at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, students, faculty and staff gathered in Dahlgren Quadrangle for a prayer service of remembrance. We tried to fashion a message of comfort, though[Read More…]

O’BRIEN: Aspiring to Be Free, Good and Loving

With graduation just over a month away, seniors are wisely looking back and trying to make sense of it all. Such reflection is very Jesuit — reflecting on one’s experience to discern its meaning. Memory is a powerful tool as you retrace your steps from New Student Orientation to Senior[Read More…]

O’BRIEN: Appreciating Those We See in Passing

O’BRIEN: Appreciating Those We See in Passing

I missed a great opportunity. I go up to Yates to work out three or four times a week. Often there was an older man, with a ruddy face, ready to swipe my card. We only exchanged pleasantries. After countless exchanges, he probably figured out that I was a Jesuit,[Read More…]

by February 14, 2014 0 comments Commentary, Opinion
O’BRIEN: Finding Fulfillment in Our Limitations

O’BRIEN: Finding Fulfillment in Our Limitations

I teach a theology class composed mostly of seniors. They are great company, reminding me of my 22-year-old self as a student here on the Hilltop long ago. This generation of Georgetown students is asking age-old questions to which theology can offer some compelling answers: What gives my life meaning?[Read More…]

by October 21, 2013 0 comments Opinion
O’BRIEN: For MLK and Ignatius, Dreams Ignite Change

O’BRIEN: For MLK and Ignatius, Dreams Ignite Change

Tomorrow the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. About a quarter million people — including members of the Georgetown community — congregated on the National Mall in 1963 for what the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. called “the greatest demonstration for freedom[Read More…]

by August 26, 2013 0 comments Opinion
O’BRIEN: New Pope a True Jesuit

O’BRIEN: New Pope a True Jesuit

Yesterday, for a few moments, the world fell silent. About an hour after the white smoke appeared above St. Peter’s Square, inciting the crowds to cheer and chant, the new pope, Saint Francis I, stepped out on the balcony to thunderous applause. After a few words of thanks and prayer[Read More…]

by March 14, 2013 0 comments Opinion
O’BRIEN: Intellectual Risks Yield New Insights

O’BRIEN: Intellectual Risks Yield New Insights

Emile Allais died last year at the age of 100. Few outside of the realm of competitive skiing would recognize his name, but his popularization of the tactic of keeping skis parallel to each other to maintain speed on turns revolutionized the sport in the 1930s. According to The New York Times’ Hugo Lindgren,[Read More…]

by January 25, 2013 0 comments Opinion
O’Brien: Vatican II Legacy Felt 50 Years Later

O’Brien: Vatican II Legacy Felt 50 Years Later

At a university, ideas matter. Here on the Hilltop, we have the privilege of learning about and wrestling with ideas that have percolated across the ages. We do this in conversation with great thinkers of the past and fellow students and teachers of the present. In this community of scholars,[Read More…]

by October 12, 2012 0 comments Opinion