Honoring King by Living Our Vocation

January 16, 2023

This week the Benedictine community takes time to remember, honor, and learn from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Most of us have heard of King our whole lives. Some […]

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Remembering Pope Benedict XVI

January 3, 2023

Remembering Pope Benedict XVI (1927-2022) Ten years ago, around this time, I was beginning to teach a course on Pope Benedict XVI—as far as I know, the only full course […]

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Benedictine Christmas Every Day

December 12, 2022

“Always winter and never Christmas.” That’s how Mr. Tumnus the Faun in C. S. Lewis’s classic “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” describes for Lucy Pevensie the state of […]

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Fifteenth Annual Faith and Reason Symposium

November 15, 2022

Benedictine’s Fifteenth Annual Faith and Reason Symposium: Nov. 15-16 “Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.” With these words […]

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Visiting Scholars in Catholic Thought are a Signature Tradition

October 7, 2022

The annual Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought Lecture, sponsored by the Center for Benedictine Values, is a signature tradition of Benedictine University. Every year we bring a prominent thought-leader in […]

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Lots of kids grow up thinking their grandmothers are saints

September 16, 2022

Lots of kids grow up thinking their grandmothers are saints. Martha Hennessy’s actually is. Or almost is. It depends on your definition. According to the technical language the Vatican has […]

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Benedictine has a Motto

September 8, 2022

Benedictine has a motto. Do you know what it is? Almost every college has one. Other institutions have them too. Aristocratic families have them. States and territories have them. Bishops […]

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Autocorrect is not always correct

August 19, 2022

It’s almost blasphemy in the digital age, but it has to be said: autocorrect is not always correct. The same goes for spellcheck. I suppose every profession has its way […]

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Each Life…

August 15, 2022

“Each life,” Frederick Buechner once observed, “is not just a journey through time, but a sacred journey.” Today, the celebrated spiritual writer’s own journey through time came to an end. […]

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Popes go to confession. Like everyone else, they have personal sins to acknowledge.

August 4, 2022

Popes can also confess the sins of the entire church. At the beginning of the new millennium, John Paul II famously offered a litany of mea culpa’s, asking forgiveness for, […]

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