‘Life Must Be Guarded’

Facts of Life

On April 11, Pope Francis reiterated that human life is sacred during a meeting with Italy’s Pro-Life Movement, saying that every civil right is based on the "first and most fundamental right," the right to life, reported Vatican Radio.

"The unborn child in the womb is the most concrete example of innocence," said Pope Francis. "Let us remember the words of the Second Vatican Council: From the moment of its conception, life must be guarded with the greatest care, while abortion and infanticide are unspeakable crimes" (Gaudium et Spes, 51).

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.

Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, April 17, 2014.

Recalling the Unlikely Ginsburg-Scalia Friendship

Justice Antonin Scalia’s love of debate was one of the things that drew him to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a woman with whom he disagreed on many things, including many aspects of the law.