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Setting the stage for success

By Eric Butterman

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It all began with music and admiration. Long before Ryan Cunningham ’02 was writing musicals, he was looking up to his older brothers, Kevin and Thomas, as they played piano and sax at the Saint Joseph Summer Theatre in Needham, Massachusetts. He knew he didn’t quite have their talent for instruments, but he diligently built sets for Kiss Me, Kate

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Divining Rod

By Kerry Temple ’74

A few decades ago, when I began reading seriously about our search for the divine in nature, I ran across a quote from John Stewart Collis in The Triumph of the Tree

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Boys ... ARGHHH!

By Maraya Steadman '89, '90MBA

While driving around town in my minivan I stop at many lights, park in lots of parking lots, spend hours waiting for children to finish school or other activities. I have a great deal of time to notice the cars around me and read bumper stickers.

I have noticed, just as matter of interest, that you never see a pro-choice sticker on a minivan. I have also noticed a rather popular bumper sticker that reads “Who would Jesus bomb?”…

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The Seed of Exploration

By J. Lee Jacobson

Santa Cruz, in eastern Bolivia, offered plenty of nearby options for an adventurer. Yet six weeks after arriving to begin a new posting there, I still hadn’t left the city once. Why? I was pregnant.

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The order by which people are admitted to heaven

By Brian Doyle ’78

To be admitted without review by committee: children under the age of 12, sixth-grade teachers, the mothers of triplets, janitors, nuns (all religions), nurses, all other mothers, loggers, policemen with more than 10 years of service, Buddhists (see Appendix A).

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The Holy Moment

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The turning point in my long, bumpy and still-unfinished spiritual journey began on a bright summer day when I exited a busy highway outside Sturgis, South Dakota, and headed north into the seemingly infinite horizon of the Great Plains.

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Defending Sacred Places

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Imagine if Notre Dame lost legal ownership of its campus, and the Main Building with its Golden Dome was bulldozed to make way for the golden arches of McDonald’s.

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Sacramental Sites

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You don’t have to be an indigenous person living close to nature — or a Catholic worshipping at a grand cathedral — to be moved by sacred places.

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The Teachings of Rome

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It’s still early on a cold March morning that threatens rain, yet Rome’s Piazza Navona teems with life.

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