Pushing against the rock

"Frost and chill, bless the Lord,
Ice and snow, bless the Lord."
- Daniel 3: 69 - 70

Winter is not my favorite time of the year.  Unlike the three young men in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3) I often neglect to bless the Lord for frost, chill, ice, and snow.  I tend to plod along through the winter, counting the days until spring.  

The festivities of Christmas are long past and liturgically we find ourselves in “ordinary time.”  It might be natural to think of ordinary time as a bleak, boring season in the church, but that is not what ordinary time is about.

During my training in Catech...

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Second Quarter Academic Honors

Announcing academic honors for the second quarter of the 2021-2022 school year. Read More

Student Reflection on the March for Life

Reflections on the March for Life

This past Friday I was fortunate enough to attend the 49th annual March for Life in Washington D.C. The March is always a powerful and encouraging experience. Being surrounded by thousands of pro-life advocates (largely teenagers and young adults), is encouraging in a way nothing else can be; the joy and zeal for life is palpable.

It is easy to be pro-life at the March for Life, making our voices heard in a very real way and bearing witness to the beauty of life. At the March, it is easy to see Roe’s end. Bringing an end to abortion seems almost easy, but as ...

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Can you help us vision our future?

Dear Mount Royal Academy Community,

It’s not often that I take the time and opportunity to address the school and its community.  I’d like to begin by saying that I’m extremely proud of our school, the MRA community (Board, Administration, Teachers, Students and Families) and how we’ve not only weathered the last couple of years but have set the example and lead our community.

With the philosophy that “there is always room for improvement” and that it is better to be proactive rather than reactive, the Board has decided that we should review and update the schools long-term “Strategic Plan”.  

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Being Ordinary is Good

“The living, the living give you thanks,
as I do today.
Fathers declare to their sons,
O God, your faithfulness” - Isaiah 38

What does it mean to be ordinary? Are we made to assert our own individuality radically separate from others? What is freedom for? Are we free so we can tell others how different we are?

How do we help children balance the tension between developing a sense of self and the reality that our communal life requires at times a denial of self?

These questions come to me frequently and I suspect it has to do with the vocation I live. I imagine paren...

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The Season of Waiting

“A voice proclaims
In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD!
Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!” (Isaiah 40:3)

Another Advent.

How can this one be different from prior Advents? Will I succumb to the frenetic pace that obstructs my capacity to immerse myself in the prelude to the ultimate waiting season, life itself? Is not life itself one massively ultimate preparation for the coming of Christ? Will I be ready? Am I doing enough to ready my loved ones? Will my loved ones be ready even when my efforts fail? When I get to that point where Christ is com...

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Called to Greatness

For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. – Deuteronomy 10:17

I was listening to a podcast on my drive home from school last week. Half-listening, really, but then the host uttered a sentence that resounded with me -- “You were made for greatness.”

Of course, I have heard this sentiment before, but for some reason, this time it stayed with me. I began reflecting on how the end of the liturgical year and the beginning of the next highlight this reality in a profound way. I also pondered the many wa...

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First Quarter Academic Honors

Honors recipients of the first quarter of 2021-2022 are announced. Read More

What is the most important truth a parent wants his or her child to know?

“We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that,
just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father,
we too might live in newness of life.” - Romans 6:3

What is the most important truth a parent wants his or her child to know?

As an institution of learning, if there was one idea we strive to successfully teach our students, what would it be?

What is the singular least deniable truth in our shared common humanity?

One day, we will be somewhere else. Now, where is this elsewhere precisely located, or rather, what state of being shall we transce...

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Knights Theater: Announcing Oliver Twist

Question: What is bringing together over 50 students from eleven different grades, has taken two months of daily review to prepare, has received support/donations from more than 6 local businesses, and is helping us achieve our goal of accentuating beauty as a pathway to discover our transcendent purpose?

Answer: MRA Knight’s Theater’s OLIVER TWIST! 

Theater is the unique human exercise wherein the audience, cast, and crew together enter into another world, experience life from a new perspective, and work as a single organism to make something beautiful. Just like the Trinity who exists...

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