What’s an Education?

What’s an Education?

By Ian Skemp I teach high school at a private Catholic academy in the Twin Cities. That seems like a pretty simple statement; I wish I could leave it at that. However, teaching and education belong to that class of common words that deserve more consideration, like...
Review: Sacred Art Series Rosary Book

Review: Sacred Art Series Rosary Book

One of the most difficult parts of praying the rosary is keeping focused on the mysteries. Most of the time, I name the mystery and immediately get distracted. However, I have found that praying with beautiful images of the mysteries is a good way to focus. My...
A Cancer Shave for Jesus

A Cancer Shave for Jesus

            One of the things my high school students frequently ask me is “Mr. Hester, how can I be a better disciple of Our Blessed Lord?” Stop laughing.  It could happen. I am, however, summarizing and conflating their many, many questions about the faith into that...
Dust if You Must, Because You Must

Dust if You Must, Because You Must

I recently came across this poem: Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better To paint a picture or write a letter, Bake a cake or plant a seed, Ponder the difference between want and need?   Dust if you must, but there’s not much time, With rivers to swim and...
5 Things To Do When You’re Unemployed

5 Things To Do When You’re Unemployed

Unemployment can be the pits. Long-term unemployment can feel like a soul-sucking hell from which there seems to be no end. It just so happens that I am an veteran at this, so I write from experience. 15 years later, I find myself in another long-term unemployment...