St. Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2017

“Valentine’s Day, also called St. Valentine’s Day day (February 14) when lovers express their affection with greetings and gifts. Although there were several Christian martyrs named Valentine, the day probably took its name from a priest who was martyred about ad 270 by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus. According to legend, the priest signed a letter to his jailer’s daughter, whom he had befriended and with whom he had fallen in love, “from your Valentine.” The holiday also had origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, held in mid-February. The festival, which celebrated the coming of spring, included fertility rites and the pairing off of women with men by lottery. At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day. It came to be celebrated as a day of romance from about the 14th century.

Formal messages, or valentines, appeared in the 1500s, and by the late 1700s commercially printed cards were being used. The first commercial valentines in the United States were printed in the mid-1800s. Valentines commonly depict Cupid, the Roman god of love, along with hearts, traditionally the seat of emotion…”



Encyclopedia Britannica Online, s.v. “Valentine’s Day”

CC Image courtesy of Etolane on Flickr”Valentine-in-mid-X” (Public Domain)

Word of the Week: Proffer

February 6, 2017

As in:  “Wilson ingeniously proffers hope in Rose’s views, her words providing a sense of renewal and reconciliation” (Bogumil, 1998, p.50).bookcoverbogumilunderstandin-augustwilsonr

Bogumil, M. L. (1998). Understanding August Wilson. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press.

From the Archives: Emmanuel Magazine Available

January 24, 2017

The Emmanuel Magazine is now available for viewing on the Archives website.


Word of the Week: Epistemological

January 23, 2017

As in: “Augustine explains the Academic position in three steps: first, man is not able tobookcoverhappinessandwisdom have knowledge about those things that pertain to philosophy (quae ad philosophiam pertinent); second, nonetheless, man is able to be wise by seeking (in conquisitone) the truth; the third step and moral implication of the above is that the wise man will not assent to anything—since assenting to what is uncertain, and potentially false, is shameful (nefast est). There is, in other words, both an epistemological and an ethical dimension to the skepticism of the New Academy” (Topping, 2012, p.105).

Topping, R.N.S. (2012). Happiness and wisdom: Augustine’s early theology of education. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press.

As the semester begins, the library staff hopes that you’re on your way to both wisdom and happiness!

Inaugural Facts: FDR

January 19, 2017

Inaugural Facts: FDR was the first President Inaugurated on January 20th, a change made by the 20th Amendment to the Constitution. To read the US Constitution click here.  Top read FDR’s speech (the first given on January 20) click here. #TheUSPresidents



Inauguration Facts: George Washington

January 17, 2017

George Washington was sworn-in as the first US President on April 30, 1789. To read his inauguration address, click here.


FLO Turns 30!!

January 6, 2017

Fenway Libraries Online (FLO), a consortium of Fenway academic libraries was created thirty years ago today!! #CardinalCushingLibrary @EmmanuelCollege