Post Tagged with: "as this jesuit sees it"

Maher: Jesuits Keeping the Hilltop’s Fire Ablaze

Not long ago, the College of Arts and Sciences posted a video about Jesuits at Georgetown on its website. My Jesuit brothers Chris Steck, Matt Carnes, Kevin O’Brien and I were interviewed for this video. At one point in my comments, I mentioned that part of what we Jesuits are[Read More…]

by January 25, 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

The Jesuit Mission: Guiding and Educating to Pursue the Truth

I LOVE BEING A JESUIT. ONE OF THE greatest joys of Jesuit life is that in joining the project of my life to the project of the Society of Jesus and its mission in service of the Church and the world, I have lived and worked with some truly remarkable[Read More…]

by October 5, 2010 0 comments Opinion

On Being Otherwise Normal

The novelist Walker Percy, before going to medical school, went to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He tells us that he “lived in an attic of a fraternity house with four other guys. God, religion, was the furthest thing from our minds and talk – from mine, at[Read More…]

by March 19, 2010 0 comments Opinion

Learning to Swim Amid Confusing, Conflicting Voices

Not long ago, my iPod shuffled up a song I hadn’t listened to in ages – a relic of my country-western period. It was by Kathy Mattea and its chorus included the line, “[We] go through life parched and empty, standing knee-deep in a river and dying of thirst.” It[Read More…]

by February 26, 2010 0 comments Opinion

A Liberal Education

My former student sent me a recent column published in Newsweek by its editor, Jon Meacham, on “liberal education,” the basics of which the students are supposed to receive here at Georgetown. The trouble is that few know what those basics are. Meacham, is taken both by Sewanee College in[Read More…]

by January 22, 2010 0 comments Commentary, Opinion

On Listening With Enjoyment

A friend told me that she, her husband and her family were to spend time on the Mendocino coast in Northern California, where “it should be very cold and foggy, a refreshing change after D.C.!” This area was the site of her family home, near the church where she was[Read More…]

by September 4, 2009 0 comments Opinion

SCHALL: Idealism Root of Political Problems

Plato was 40 years old (388 B.C.), as he tells us in his “Seventh Letter.” The Peloponnesian War had ended in 404. The Greek colony of Syracuse on Sicily was in the ascendancy. Along with Sparta, Syracuse was the victor in the infamous war launched by Athens, under the prodding on by[Read More…]

by January 18, 2008 0 comments Opinion