Cultivating Virtue to Battle Vice
Jul22

Cultivating Virtue to Battle Vice

We all have an innate desire for happiness. We all crave and want it. Nobody says they want to be miserable, nor that they want to have a life of pain and suffering. Everybody wants a fulfilling, happy life; but what do we need in order to be happy? Most people have come to realize that what we need is love. A life without any love — without a spouse, friends, children, parents, or any of these relationships that provide meaning —...

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Developing Character at Home and on the Court
Jul15

Developing Character at Home and on the Court

My name is Sandy Brondello and I am a mother of two beautiful children: my son Brody is 9 and my daughter Jada is 6, and they both attend St. Thomas the Apostle School in Phoenix. I am a wife to my husband Olaf Lange, and I am also the coach of the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA. I grew up in Australia, and I was the youngest of 4 children. My mother worked extremely hard. I did not quite realize the teaching points that my mother handed...

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Defining Virtue in the Business World
Jul08

Defining Virtue in the Business World

A prominent feature of the current culture we live in is that we are a self-focused, self-centered society. We have the iPhone, the iPad, the iMagazine; we function as though everything is about us. But really, without God’s breath, we can do nothing. This self-focused way of life is a danger to our culture. However, that danger can be combatted by all of us in the body of Christ. We can revitalize a culture by showing how to live a...

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Re-wiring Our Brains for Good
Jul01

Re-wiring Our Brains for Good

My name is Dr. Karen Villa. I am a developmental neural psychologist who works with children and families. My focus is on providing learning characteristic evaluations and working with children who are showing anxiety, attention, and concentration disorders. The field of study I subscribe to is called interpersonal neural biology. The basic idea is that there is a developmental pathway that leads to wellness and mental health in...

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Creating An Army of Goodness
Jul01

Creating An Army of Goodness

I believe one of the reasons why living a virtuous life is thought to be so difficult is because our culture says, “Do whatever you feel like doing at any given moment.” Our culture encourages us to simply be responsive to stimuli; we are subliminally urged by our consumerist culture to buy the things we see on television. We are encouraged to respond to stimuli in an unorganized, undisciplined way. That is not what a life...

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