Mom's Many Virtues

Facts of Life

Motherhood not only makes females smarter, but it also makes them calmer under pressure and more courageous than females 1 who do not mother offspring, a U.S. researcher says. Neuro-scientist Craig Kinsley of the University of Richmond in Virginia, writing in the journal Physiology and Behavior, called the phenomenon “maternal-induced neural plasticity.”

Source: LA Times, Oct. 29 Register Illustration by Tim Rauch

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.