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Taking the long viewMichael Reardon

One of my favorite prayers is the Prayer of Oscar Romero. The irony of this prayer is that it was never spoken by Romero, it was actually written by Saginaw Bishop Ken Untener for Detroit Cardinal John ...

Don't let the noise drown out the good news Michael Reardon

To say that the last few months have been challenging is probably the understatement of the century. The United States went from having one of the lowest unemployment rates in history in February to a ...

Now is the time to actMichael Reardon

Generally, this time of year, we are celebrating the end of school, with teachers and school leaders looking forward to a break from the daily routine -- schools quiet, floors being waxed, walls painted ...

The extraordinary gift of perspective Michael Reardon

Walking across the stage in the McNeice Pavilion at Boston College High School on May 29, 1993, to receive my diploma is forever ingrained in my brain. The previous four years of effort, sometimes lack ...

Viewing challenges in the light of hopeMichael Reardon

''Public districts might want to look at the state's Catholic schools for a model." This quote from Jim Stergios, CEO of the non-partisan Pioneer Institute for Public Policy, is from his March 31, 2020, ...

Worry cannot be turned to joy by a kind word alone Michael Reardon

''Worry weighs down the heart, but a kind word gives it joy." (Proverbs 12:24) There are a lot of unknowns right now that are causing anxiety and disruption. Focusing on the unknowns in life and letting ...

Building minds, changing livesMichael Reardon

''Building minds, changing lives" is not just the tagline for the Catholic Schools Foundation (CSF); it accurately reflects what happens with our students and our schools every day with the support entrusted ...

The story of a Christmas mouse Michael Reardon

As the last ornaments were being put on the tree, my wife excitedly asked, "Where is the mouse?" The kids quizzically looked at their mom. Generally, when we have a mouse, it is a matter of excitement ...