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July 7, 2020

Planning for Ordinary Times

In an age of turbulence, Lucia A. Silecchia, IHE Fellow and Professor of Law, explores how the anxieties that accompany uncertainty can offer an invitation to trust in God, whose plan is greater than what we can imagine.
June 26, 2020

What Am I to Say?

Theologians have more to offer a troubled world than "hot takes." Dr. Joseph Capizzi, Executive Director of the Institute for Human Ecology, reflects on the power of silence for Comment Magazine's new project, Breaking Ground for a World Renewed.
June 24, 2020

The Peace of Advent – and of Ordinary Times

By IHE Fellow Lucia A. Silecchia 2020 is the year of Advent! Well, that is a presumptuous declaration to make as there has been a “year […]
June 19, 2020

IHE Fellow Jennifer Frey Speaks on Boredom, Solitude, and Grace in Flannery O’Connor

IHE Fellow Jennifer Frey joined Amy Alznauer, Jessica Hooten Wilson, and Christine Flanagan on 3 June 2020 for the Collegium Institute's webinar on Flannery O’Connor and her relevance during the quarantine. The speakers probed into themes of philosophy, ordinary experience, and creativity in O’Connor’s work, which led to a deeper conversation on God’s grace as brought about by solitude, violence, and boredom.
June 15, 2020

Guides Through Ordinary Times

Lucia A. Silecchia, IHE Fellow and Professor of Law, reflects on mentorship and how we can use our gifts and talents to become mentors to others.
June 4, 2020

Washington Insider – Pro-life Issues

Program Director Professor William Saunders provides an in-depth look at where pro-life issues stand in Washington. From the March for Life to Executive Orders and Policies to the Supreme Court, particularly highlighting the June Medical decision and its implications for unborn children.
June 1, 2020

On Reading Literature in Difficult Times

IHE Fellow Jennifer Frey, host of the "Sacred and Profane Love" podcast, reflects on the pandemic and on how suffering leads many to seek out literature, philosophy, and theology.
May 26, 2020

Thanks, Class of 2020, for Our Ordinary Times

Lucia Silecchia, a Fellow with Catholic Distance University, reflects on the “ordinary” aspects of what she will miss about the class of 2020 as they remotely graduate and her hopes for their future.
May 26, 2020

No, We Can’t Just Get Along

The EU finds itself stuck between recognizing the predatory intentions of China and seeking harmony with this Communist regime. Rather than confront China’s desire for expansionism and its egregious human rights violations, the EU mixes postmodern jargon with empty slogans, thus giving China the green light to continue its ways. Let’s take a look at how dangerous this precedent has become for the EU and the countries it represents.
May 8, 2020

Amid a Pandemic, the American Spirit Prevails

IHE Director of Research and Planning, Emmett McGroarty, addresses why greater centralization and larger bureaucracy lead to a lack of accountability and widen the distance between government and its constituents. While reliance on experts is a necessary part of dealing with a crisis, such as COVID-19, this reliance cannot be an excuse for ignoring the normal system of check and balances, which keep the government tethered to the people.

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The Catholic University of America

620 Michigan Avenue NE
339 Caldwell Hall
Washington, DC 20064