Core decorum: time

Fulton J. Sheen, in an excerpt from From the Angel's Blackboard, reminds his readers of this seemingly simple, yet profound capability of mankind. Human beings are aware of time in a threefold...

Core Decorum: Homecoming

This year, parties turned into group video chats and heartfelt talks became long phone calls at ridiculous hours because of different time zones. Rolling out of bed to grab your laptop replaced...

Core Decorum: humor

Southern writer Flannery O’Connor writes in “Mystery and Manners” that, “either one is serious about salvation or one is not. It is well to realize that the maximum amount of seriousness admits...

Core Decorum: honesty

The great Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky writes in “The Brothers Karamazov” that “the man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish...

Core Decorum: Advent

Ah, December. What beauties you bring.  Dropping temperatures accompany the crunch of leaves on the paths through the Art Village and signal the imminent end of the semester. 

Core Decorum: Loving in the little ways

Having recently celebrated St. Therese’s feast day, I’ve been reminded of the particular value she found in loving God through all her actions, even the most minuscule.   St. Therese...

Core decorum: families

Undoubtedly, this time of the COVID-19 quarantine has introduced many changes to our lives. For many of us, one of the chief changes includes much more time spent home with our families. 

Core decorum: flattery

Upon reading Act 1 of Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” Cordelia’s refusal to participate in her sisters’ competition of flattery is striking. She refuses to flatter her father with words she does not mean,...

Core Decorum: Do not tire!

I rolled out of bed at 6:30 a.m., right as my alarm went off. Even my sleepy brain knew that I had no time for the snooze button. But that doesn’t mean...

Core Decorum: humility

As we enter a new decade and yet another semester at the University of Dallas, it would be fitting to pause and think of what practices, virtues and habits we would wish...

Core Decorum

All human beings struggle with various personal and moral problems throughout their lives. One thing that most people share and have had in common since the beginning is a problem with balancing...

Core Decorum: your Sunday best includes rest

What do my Sundays look like?  I asked myself this question when I came across a beautiful poem by George Herbert, my focal poet for the JPo project. This...

Core Decorum: thankfulness

As Thanksgiving draws closer, we seek to renew the spirit of thankfulness within our hearts.  On that day of the year, we find ourselves surrounded with plenteous food, beloved...

Core Decorum: social media

It has been less than 20 years since the creation, and surge of social media. Because it is a relatively recent invention, there are many unknown aspects as to how it affects...

Core decorum: the Eucharist

During these days of quarantine and social distancing, we realize how often we take for granted physical presence and contact.  As most of us are experiencing, this is true...