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O’BRIEN: Embrace a ‘Holy Boldness’

O’BRIEN: Embrace a ‘Holy Boldness’

We crossed over the verdant hills of Nairobi and made our way north in a small propeller plane built in the 1970s. There were 12 of us from Georgetown cramped in the plane, about to embark on a two-week immersion program during which we’d learn about the social justice work of[Read More…]

by August 30, 2012 0 comments Opinion

O’BRIEN: President Snow on Hope

I recently finished “The Hunger Games,” the first part in Suzanne Collins’ best-selling trilogy, about a post-apocalyptic America where an oppressive government orchestrates a grim spectacle in which two teenagers from each of the nation’s 12 districts battle to the death in a competitive reality television show of sorts. I[Read More…]

by April 19, 2012 0 comments Opinion

O’Brien: To Err Is Only Human

Every Wednesday evening, I join a group of seniors for dinner and conversation about life before, during and after Georgetown. Senior year, with all of its transitions, is a natural time for such deep, reflective conversations. Thus far, our topics have ranged from faith to dating, from regrets to family.[Read More…]

by February 22, 2012 0 comments Uncategorized

O’BRIEN: Which Career Is Right For You? God Knows

Around this time every year, seniors drop by my office with the same anxious expression and the same pointed question: “What am I going to do next year?” They’ve just taken the LSAT or GRE, interview season is in high gear and grad school or Teach for America applications are due soon.[Read More…]

by October 28, 2011 0 comments Opinion

O’BRIEN: Using the Three D’s to Guide a Modern Life

Earlier this year, leaders from Jesuit universities and colleges around the world gathered in Mexico City to reflect on the challenges in Jesuit higher education today. The Superior General of the Jesuits, Adolfo Nicolás, (my boss in Rome) opened the conference with a challenging talk. He warned against what he[Read More…]

by September 16, 2011 0 comments Opinion

O’Brien: The Pursuit of Imperfection

In these cold days of winter, I pleasantly remind myself that spring training is only a month away. I grew up in South Florida, the son of a former minor league baseball player, so March always meant seeing great baseball players at cheap prices. I’m no athlete, and I admit[Read More…]

by February 8, 2011 0 comments Opinion

A Call for Renewed Civility

We are Georgetown! In these words, Georgetown students exclaim their enthusiasm at Hoya sporting events. But it is more than just a cheer. The chant says something profound about who we are. Georgetown is a “we”: a diverse community of students, faculty and staff who call the Hilltop “home.” A[Read More…]

by November 16, 2010 0 comments Opinion

Silence and the Soul

I’m noticing the airplanes again. For new students on campus, one of the ways that you know you have finally made the Hilltop your home is when you stop noticing the jets flying overhead. There came a point during my freshman year here when that happened, and again when I[Read More…]

by September 21, 2010 0 comments Opinion, Uncategorized

Hope Springs Eternal on Easter Morning

Guadalupe led our group from Georgetown to the wall on the edge of San Salvador’s central park. It looked very much like the Vietnam War Memorial on the National Mall – slabs of granite with etched names that were too numerous to count. 25,000 names, she told us, out of[Read More…]

by April 9, 2010 0 comments Uncategorized

Confirming Faith After Haiti

Seven years ago this month, my 15-year-old cousin, Alex, was skiing with six of his classmates in the mountains east of Vancouver, Canada. The young skiers – bright students from a prep school in Calgary – were caught in an avalanche. All of them died. I flew to Alex’s funeral,[Read More…]

by February 4, 2010 0 comments Opinion