“The eraser is an instrument of the devil” Sez Credentialed Moron

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They give degrees out to just anyone these days: The eraser is an instrument of the devil because it perpetuates a culture of shame about error. It’s a way of lying to the world, which says ‘I didn’t make a mistake. I got it right first time.’ That’s what happens when you can rub it [Read More...]

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Verbum Bible Software Gets Into High-School Education

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And they’re giving away $5 million in grants to get schools up and running on their new four-year high-school curriculum, called Lumen. Verbum, the Catholic version of the bestselling Logos Bible Software, has created a program to provide $5 million in grant money to help high schools implement its new religious-education curriculum. The new program [Read More...]

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“The Rule” Documents a Benedictine Success Story in Newark

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I’m working on a story for the Register about a film called The Rule, which documents the monks of St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark and their success in applying the Rule of St. Benedict to the education of at-risk youth in Newark. This is a film that needs to be seen and a story that needs to [Read More...]

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Faust Disapproves of Satan: Harvard Pres Responds to Black Mass

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Harvard University President Drew Faust released the following statement today in response to plans for a Black Mass on campus: The reenactment of a ‘black mass’ planned by a student group affiliated with the Harvard Extension School challenges us to reconcile the dedication to free expression at the heart of a university with our commitment [Read More...]

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The Mass Explained Volume 1 [App o the Mornin']

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The full title of this amazing app is The Mass Explained Volume 1: The Introductory Rites & The Liturgy of the Word (iPad: $25), and its title page lays out its goals: “Fostering a deeper understanding of and appreciation for thee Ordinary Form of the Roman Catholic Mass.” And boy does it do that: in [Read More...]

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Storytelling With Maps

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Here’s a fine site for map lovers. Storytelling With Maps uses annotated maps to explain and teach. I found it through the interactive map of the journey of Odysseus, but there are plenty of other interesting ones as well, such as Santas Around the World and the flight of Wiley Post. They’re not deep, but they’re [Read More...]

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My Wife Replies to “Are You Being Called?”

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My wife decided to reply to my post Are You Being Called?, and I thought it was worth its own post. So, here’s the perspective from my (much) better half. Since Tom kind of called me out in his post, I decided to chime in too. I remember sitting in Mass that morning 10 years [Read More...]

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Are You Being Called?

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One Sunday evening, ten years ago, my wife went to a meeting at church. Our parish had a new DRE, and she was attempting to create a real religious education program for the parish’s growing number of children. My wife can speak to her own reasons for going to that meeting, and maybe she will [Read More...]

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