Babies vs. Bullies

Babies are teaching empathy and fighting bullying at the same time.

“Four-month-old Indigo might not know how to walk or talk yet. But she’s already a formidable weapon in the fight against bullying.” So began a recent CNN story.

Baby Indigo’s visits to Denyse Stewart’s third-grade classroom in Toronto are part of the Roots of Empathy program that teaches empathy to students.

Mary Gordon, the program’s founder, said, “There’s something so engaging between watching the love between a parent and a baby, and since that relationship of attachment and attunement is how we develop our empathy, I thought, Well, why not bring the teachers in, the tiny teachers?”

The students enjoy the visits, according to their teacher. And the results speak for themselves.

Reported CNN, “Independent studies have found decreased aggression and increased emotional understanding among kids who have been through the program.”

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.