Armed with a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in science, Ciskanik landed in a graduate nursing program. With the support of her enthusiastic husband, an interesting career unfolded while the family grew: a seven year stint mostly as a neurology nurse, 15 years as a homeschooling mom of six, and a six year sojourn as curriculum developer and HS science teacher (which included teaching students with cognitive differences). These experiences added fuel to her lifelong interest in all things related to God’s creation and the flourishing of the human spirit—which has found a new home on the Magis blog.
Blog Post by Maggie Ciskanik, M.S.
Maggie Ciskanik, M.S. March 22, 2022 3 min read
The Discipline of Lent: Peter Tse on Freedom and Mastery
A look at Dr. Peter Tse's thoughts about 'freedom within constraints' vs 'freedom from constraint' and how to apply it to the Lenten season.
Maggie Ciskanik, M.S. August 9, 2021 9 min read
The Ongoing Hunt for Dark Matter: A Conversation with Dr. Paolo Beltrame
Italian physicist, Dr. Paolo Beltrame spent 15 years on the hunt for dark matter, and this hunt led him to God.
Maggie Ciskanik, M.S. May 21, 2021 7 min read
The Life of James Clerk Maxwell
James Clerk Maxwell is considered the father of modern physics. Here we will present his contributions and influence within the timeline of his life.
Maggie Ciskanik, M.S. May 12, 2021 3 min read
Fr. George Coyne, SJ: Astrophysicist, Priest, and Former Director of the Vatican Observatory
Fr. George Coyne, SJ, passed away February 14, 2020. As an astrophysicist, priest, and former director of the Vatican Observatory, he was a remarkable man.
Maggie Ciskanik, M.S. April 30, 2021 9 min read
How These Scientists’ Belief in God Helped Them Understand Nature
Here we highlight just a few of the many scientists whose belief in God helped them understand nature and gave them confidence to pursue scientific truth.
Maggie Ciskanik, M.S. April 25, 2021 3 min read
Fr. Angelo Secchi: Priest and the Father of Astrophysics
Fr. Angelo Secchi, SJ a pioneer in the field of astrophysics. He wrote that 'even scientific intelligence is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.'
Maggie Ciskanik, M.S. April 20, 2021 8 min read
Nikolas Steno: Father of Modern Geology
Blessed Nikolas Steno was not only the father of modern geology, but also a faithful Catholic. His love of science only enhanced his belief in God.
Maggie Ciskanik, M.S. February 26, 2021 4 min read
Fingerprints: From Crime Scenes to Fighting Disease
Fingerprints are often used to solve crimes, but DNA sequencing (from the Human Genome Project) provides other promising benefits: fighting diseases.
Maggie Ciskanik, M.S. February 12, 2021 11 min read
Fr. Georges Lemaitre, 'Father' of the Big Bang Theory
There is a great deal of misunderstanding of the Big Bang theory. Many don't know about Fr. George Lemaitre and the state of cosmology at the time.
Maggie Ciskanik, M.S. January 25, 2021 6 min read
Dr. Jerome Lejeune: Holiness and the Genetics of Disease
On January 21, 2021, the Vatican announced that Dr. Jerome Lejeune’s cause for canonization has moved forward, declaring him venerable.
Maggie Ciskanik, M.S. January 12, 2021 5 min read
Atheism and Religion: Stephen Hawking and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences
In 1968, Pope Paul VI appointed Stephen Hawking, a brilliant theoretical physicist, and atheist to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
Maggie Ciskanik, M.S. December 17, 2020 3 min read
Advent Season: What Are We Waiting For?
Waiting and watching is a characteristic of the Christian. However, Advent feels like a whirlwind of distractions rather than a time to prepare for Christ!