Self-Discipline and Catholic Schools – Evidence from Two National Cohorts

Regardless of where you stand on the debate currently raging over school discipline, one thing seems certain: Self-discipline is far better than the externally imposed kind.

Over the years, Catholic schools have been particularly committed to the formation of sound character, including the acquisition of self-discipline. But how well has that worked? We wanted to know whether students in Catholic school actually exhibit more self-discipline than their peers—and if so, what those schools can teach other public and private schools about how it can be fostered.

College Board C.E.O.: Religious schools have gifts for everyone

There is a division that haunts us in education. It diminishes the human spirit and too often brings us into conflict. I am talking about the divides between religious schools and secular schools in this country, whether in grade schools or in colleges. We need a more productive relationship between faith and education, where we not only tolerate the diversity of educational institutions but cherish it.

We need a conversation that fosters a deeper respect for the learning that happens at these institutions, and this dialogue can only occur if we adopt shared virtues. In the rancorous times we live in, we must move beyond disagreement to the patient devotion that allows us to learn and grow. – David Coleman, College Board CEO

It all has to do with love: Homily for Friday, January 5, 2018

Readings for Today

Love.  This word is at the center of the gospel.  Without love, little in the gospel makes sense.  However, today it is difficult to understand exactly what love is. It has been weakened so much.  Love, in popular language, can apply to just about anything.  In fact, the way it is used, love can be applied to people or things.  But someone once said, we love people, and use things, not the other way around.

At the heart of any ministry there is the call to love.  But not a sugary sweet love, but one that really challenges.  The gospel sees love as the way we are fulfilled, because God is love.

Ordinary person, Extraordinary Grace: Homily for Thursday, January 4, 2018

Readings for Today

I have to confess that I am not a big fan of shrines for saints. The reason is that when I am at a shrine, it always seems like the saint is someone so “plastic” they could not possibly have been a real person.  The shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is not like that.  Rather, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is presented as an ordinary person, who quest for God was a response to extraordinary grace.

This means that we cannot let ourselves off the hook.  We too are called to holiness, and even though we might feel ordinary, we have available to us God’s extraordinary grace.  And if we respond to this grace, we too can become a saint.

Catholic School Reflections: What does Advent mean to me? December 21, 2017

Catholic school teachers, staff and administrators were asked the question, “What does Advent mean to you?” Here are there answers. If you are a Catholic school teacher, staff member or administrator and would like to answer the question for possible use in this video series, send an email to deporres@deporres.net

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Catholic School Reflections: What does Advent mean to me? December 20, 2017

Catholic school teachers, staff and administrators were asked the question, “What does Advent mean to you?” Here are there answers. If you are a Catholic school teacher, staff member or administrator and would like to answer the question for possible use in this video series, send an email to deporres@deporres.net

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Catholic School Reflections: What does Advent mean to me? December 19, 2017

Catholic school teachers, staff and administrators were asked the question, “What does Advent mean to you?” Here are there answers. If you are a Catholic school teacher, staff member or administrator and would like to answer the question for possible use in this video series, send an email to deporres@deporres.net

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Catholic School Reflections: What does Advent mean to me? December 18, 2017

Catholic school teachers, staff and administrators were asked the question, “What does Advent mean to you?” Here are there answers. If you are a Catholic school teacher, staff member or administrator and would like to answer the question for possible use in this video series, send an email to deporres@deporres.net

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Catholic School Reflections: What does Advent mean to me? December 17, 2017

Catholic school teachers, staff and administrators were asked the question, “What does Advent mean to you?” Here are there answers. If you are a Catholic school teacher, staff member or administrator and would like to answer the question for possible use in this video series, send an email to deporres@deporres.net

To listen to other Catholic School Reflections, click here.