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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
CARNES: In Silence, We Find Room for Reflection

CARNES: In Silence, We Find Room for Reflection

The life of a university is filled with words. We professors use them constantly, putting one after another for hours on end in our lectures, hoping to communicate the wisdom and knowledge our research and study have produced. We assign hundreds, or sometimes thousands of pages of reading, again filled[Read More…]

by January 28, 2014 0 comments Opinion

SCHALL: Sometimes, Wrong Can Be Right

For Christmas, a friend sent me a pleasant book with well-known facts that everyone gets wrong. For example, “Where is Scotland Yard?” The answer is “Scotland Yard is in England.” Another example of a question is, “Where in the Bible is gambling condemned?” It turns out that it isn’t —[Read More…]

by January 26, 2014 0 comments 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
CARNES: Carroll Calls on Us to Gaze Past the Gate

CARNES: Carroll Calls on Us to Gaze Past the Gate

I have never sat on John Carroll’s lap. In fact, I’ve never even been tempted to try. But each time I cross Healy Lawn, I find my eyes drawn to that iconic statue that welcomes each person to the Hilltop. Over my four years as a professor here, I’ve come[Read More…]

by October 1, 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
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
As End Nears, Keep Finals in Perspective

As End Nears, Keep Finals in Perspective

I will never forget a gift that a Jesuit brother of mine named John gave me during my first semester at Fordham University, where I studied philosophy many years ago. The gift came on a cold December morning after I had been studying all day for a final examination I[Read More…]

by April 18, 2013 0 comments Opinion
CARNES: As Semester Closes, Minds Should Open

CARNES: As Semester Closes, Minds Should Open

Amartya Sen, an Indian philosopher and economist, calls it the “capability to lead the kind of lives we have reason to value.” American philosopher Martha Nussbaum says it entails a diverse set of capabilities, including bodily health and integrity, imagination, emotion, practical reason and a connectedness to other species and the environment. St.Irenaeus,[Read More…]

by April 4, 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