Daily Duty

"It takes uncommon virtue to fulfill with exactitude, that is, without carelessness, negligence, or indolence …
but with attention, piety, and spiritual fervor,
the whole combination of ordinary duties which make up our daily life!"
– Pope Pius XVI

Lent arrives, in my opinion, at the perfect time of year.  By the end of February or beginning of March, I am tired of the snow, the cold weather, and the short, dark days. In truth, I can sometimes be found having a little pity party for myself, and while in this state of mind, I might consider cutting some corners on the everyday, ted...

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Knights for Life Testifies at State House

CACR 2: Reproductive Freedom

Maryrose McLaughlin, ’23

Good morning members of the Judiciary Committee.

My name is Maryrose McLaughlin and I am a student and law intern from Sullivan County.

As you know, CACR2 proposes that an additional section on reproductive freedom be added to the New Hampshire Constitution.

CACR2 states “That an individual’s right to personal reproductive autonomy is central to the liberty and dignity to determine one’s own life course and shall not be denied or infringed unless justified by a compelling state interest achieved by the least restrictive means.”

Saying that...

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2nd Quarter Academic Honors

Mount Royal Academy has announced academic awards for the 2nd Quarter of the 2022-2023 school year. 

Grade 6

Headmaster’s list: Lucy Treece, Jubilee Tremblay

High Honors: Haley Elkind, Emma LeBlanc, Juliana Yost

Honors: Clare Holliston, Joy Joseph, Emma Kelley

Grade 7

Headmaster’s list: Ethan Hubbard, Charles Lee

High Honors: Allison Cass, Liam Swegart, Liam O’Brien

Honors: Isabella Acevedo, Kathryn McLaughlin

Grade 8

Headmaster’s list: Sophia Chimienti, Maia Dow, Katherine Messmore, Lindsey Smrkovski

Honors: Eva Gannon, Nicholas Lavertue

Grade 9

Headmaster’s list: Madeline ...

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Life, Love, and Dignity

Last Thursday, as I boarded the bus that would take us to Washington, D.C., and the March for Life, several questions percolated through my brain.  First and foremost were my anxious concerns about how effective my motion-sickness medicine would be on the 10 hour trip (It worked. Yay!).

More importantly, however, I wondered what the atmosphere would be like at the first March in the post-Roe era. Would there be more dissent? More protests? The marches I attended in the past were extraordinarily peaceful. How would this one differ?

I was also curious about the direction in which the pro-...

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Pope Benedict XVI on Catholic Education

Pope Benedict XVI is a hero to me, and I attribute my own intellectual and spiritual formation to the inspiration of his witness. He was both an intellectual giant and also a humble man. In college - which is when I first became enamored by this field of knowledge I never heard of before, theology - I would eagerly await every public address he made. And whenever I came into a little extra spending money, I bought books by Joseph Ratzinger. In fact, our little home library has more books authored by him than any other writer. 

He was an academic, but his impact on Catholic education ought to ...

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A Renewal in Mission

“Do to no one what you yourself dislike.
Give to the hungry some of your bread, and to the naked some of your clothing.
Seek counsel from every wise man." - Tobit 4:15-17

Life requires remembering. As I get older, I have come to realize God gives us grace in the sacrament of confession which clouds our recollection of mistakes but clarifies our remembrance of the good. Of late, I find myself thinking of the two best decisions I ever made in my life: to marry my wife and to join this community. 

I am so grateful for how this community is forming me and my family. These sentiments were ...

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Saints Behind the Saints

“Be patient, my brothers, until the coming of the Lord.
See how the farmer awaits the precious yield of the soil.
He looks forward to it patiently
while the soil receives the winter and the spring rains.
You, too, must be patient.” - James 5:7-8

Behind every saint is another saint. 

I am fond of Advent for several reasons, most especially because the season is filled with so many saints. And as we discover the stories of these saints, we quickly see how the lives of the saints are often shaped by other saints. 

Advent begins with the Feast of Saint Andrew. St. Andrew famously ...

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1st Quarter Academic Honors

Announcing our academic honors recipients for the 1st Quarter of the 2022-2023 school year. Read More

What did you learn today?

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up,
just as in fact you are doing." - 1 Thessalonians 5:11

The first quarter has come to a close which gives me cause to be a bit reflective, and I am surprised to find myself continually fascinated by the process of learning.

I remember my mother asking me the perennial “mom” question when I got home from school: “What did you learn today?”

The answer, always, without fail, was: “Nothing.”

I am absolutely sure that the parents of our students have had the exact same exchange with their children. I am also absolutely sure o...

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What is the nature of a child?

The living, the living, he thanks you,
as I do this day;
the father makes known to the children
your faithfulness. 
- Isaiah 38:19

Thank you to all of the parents and faculty for participating in our community conversations last week. There were over 50 parents who attended the evening sessions, and nearly all of our faculty discussed the findings of the community survey as well. If you were not able to attend or if you would like to revisit the survey results, we are sharing that slideshow in this week’s newsletter (see below). 

It was very formative to hear what others thought about our mission...

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