Did You Know?

Proponents of the birth control pill have always put a premium on the “sexual freedom” they say it provides. But Dr. Ellen Grant, once a proponent of the pill, changed her mind after taking part in a study of its side effects. Side effects Dr. Grant lists are:

The cessation of normal menstrual cycles and hormone production, migraines, loss of libido, depression [which Grant claims can lead to child abuse and suicide], severe mood swings, thrombosis, brain hemorrhage, visual disturbances, accidental deaths, weight gain, gall bladder disease, diabetes, vascular disease, cervical, ovarian and breast cancer, allergies, immune diseases, post-pill infertility, mental illness, cervical erosions, ectopic pregnancies, miscarriages and fetal abnormalities.

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.