Students gather for prayer in front of the grotto of Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, on "National School Walkout" day. Joe Moore photo
Voices and prayers bring about change.
That was one message from teenagers within the Diocese of Trenton as their voices joined those of tens of thousands across the United States March 14 for "National School Walkout," an event for public and nonpublic students alike to show solidarity with victims of school violence.
Over the public address system of St. John Vianney High School, Jeff Johnson led a prayer that set a distinct tone as students gathered in the hallway at 10 a.m. to join hands, hearts and voices in solidarity with communities scarred by violence.
Frank DeAngelis may have illustrated his talk Feb. 13 at Georgian Court University with a slide presentation, but he never relied on notes to tell the story of Columbine High School.
He didn’t have to.
Throughout his two-and-a-half hour talk at the Lakewood institution, it was clear that DeAngelis, the principal who steered the Colorado High School community through its darkest hours, remembers every moment of the tragedy that began unfolding April 20, 1999.
St. Paul’s second letter to the people of Corinth, Integrity in the Ministry, stresses, “For God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of Jesus Christ. But we hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us (2 Corinthians 4:6-7).” More ... Friday, February 23, 2018
The question is a familiar one in the wake of a disaster or tragedy, as it was for many after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico and left the American citizens there without electricity, food and other necessary supplies.
“Spiritus contra Spiritum” was the wisdom that Dr. Carl Jung gave to Bill Wilson, one of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, in 1961.
“‘Spiritum’ in Latin is the word for alcohol, whereas ‘Spiritus’ is the Latin word for a high, godly spiritual experience. Therefore, ‘Spiritus contra Spiritum’ means that high spirit can fight low spirit,” retreat director Nina Marie Corona explained to about 50 people gathered Feb. 16 in St. Aloysius Church, Jackson.