Why Do Catholics ...?

The Nicene Creed and Apostles’ Creed say that Jesus descended to hell, and on the third day, he rose again. The word ‘again’ makes me wonder if he had already risen at least once before — and if so, when? Have I misunderstood the use of the word ‘again’?

"Nothing as interesting as a second time," says Colin Donovan, vice president of theology at EWTN.

"It’s just that the Latin resurrexit is literally ‘he rose again,’ as distinguished from surrexit — ‘to rise’ — as in, ‘get up’ in the morning. Hence, also the word ‘resurrection.’"

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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.