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Facts of Life

Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario found that singling out one child for positive or negative attention can throw the entire fam ily into a tizzy. Not only does the singled-out child feel pressured (if favored) or rejected (if scapegoated), but siblings also feel resentful toward favorites.

Source: Child Development, Sept. 2004

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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.