Humans of Cortina

Monday Meditation: On Vulnerability

Life is full of little phases, phases we have to go through as we shape our character and find who we really are. This past semester has been an interesting journey in the process of finding who I was. I thought the answer was clear every morning when I looked at my self in the… Continue reading Monday Meditation: On Vulnerability


Advocacy Alerts

Thanks so much to the Advocacy team in the CCSJ for these reminders. Sierra Club No More Deepwater Horizons Three years ago, the Gulf experienced one of the worst environmental disasters in our nation's history, when an explosion on BP's Deep Water Horizon rig left an oil well gushing. The damage from that disaster will… Continue reading Advocacy Alerts


Life in the Cortina Community Students from current and past Cortina years reflect on what they learned in Cortina and why the experience was so meaningful for them. Thanks to all who were interviewed and to to Nico Sandi and Emma Rasmussen for producing capturing the beauty of the interviewees and of the Cortina Community.


Monday Meditation: On Learning to Live

Although this time of the year is quite busy, frantic even, I think it is important to continue to think and reflect on life. Life consists in learning to live on one’s own, spontaneous, freewheeling: to do this one must recognize what is one’s own—be familiar and at home with oneself. This means basically learning… Continue reading Monday Meditation: On Learning to Live

Community, Humans of Cortina

Madi’s Thoughts on Community: It Depends on Us

Hi my name is Madi and I am a member of the Cortina community. Cortina. What is there to say about Cortina? It’s one of those things in life where words really don’t do justice to the meaning, entity, and experience that Cortina is. I hope that my short post here will sufficiently express the… Continue reading Madi’s Thoughts on Community: It Depends on Us

Community, Faith, Formation

Monday Meditation: On Authentic Selfhood

"Hold still, we're going to do your portrait, so that you can begin looking like it right away." -Helene Cixous These words are chilling, and rightly so. The idea that we position ourselves to begin looking like a version of ourselves that someone else has determined is best  is no less than frightening. Cixous, a brilliant feminist theorist, meant… Continue reading Monday Meditation: On Authentic Selfhood