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The Silent Truth

05/27/2016 - 6:30am
With such tumult in the public square, it seems almost laughable that silence would be a remedy for it. Robert Cardinal Sarah recently exhorted Americans at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast to be prophetic, to be faithful, and to pray. He gave these counsels as a remedy for the demonic influence which seeks to eclipse […]
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God or Nothing

05/26/2016 - 6:30am
If you had a choice between God and nothing, which would it be? The answer is obvious. But given the option “God or something,” many of us will choose something besides God. This is really a senseless choice, though, because in comparison with God even the greatest thing is nothing. This is the ultimatum that […]
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Hope

05/25/2016 - 6:39am
When Alexander the Great first went on military campaign, he gave away to his relatives all of his inherited property in Athens. Asked what he would keep for himself, he replied, “Hope.” It’s easy to be hopeful at the beginning.   I love beginnings. I love the opening of a movie or book more than […]
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A Cure for Death

05/24/2016 - 6:30am
The aim of the newest technology boom in Silicon Valley: curing death. Over the last few years new research companies and grants have been established to fund this enterprise. One of the main assumptions in this area of inquiry is that age is something like a disease, and so it’s treatable. Biological entropy does not […]
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Theodicy and The Odyssey

05/23/2016 - 6:30am
“How could a good God permit evil?” This question has plagued the faithful and armed the faithless for as long as there have been sufferings to endure. The topic is vast, but for the purpose of this post, the following from St. Augustine will suffice: “Since God is the highest good, He would not allow […]
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Dominicana Journal: Summer 2016—Jubilee Edition is here!

05/20/2016 - 1:00pm
An interview with Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M Cap., of Philadelphia; comparing and contrasting the Dominicans and ISIS; a new Bonfire of the Vanities; the “Last Dominican”: Dominicana Summer 2016 is here! As we celebrate 800 years of Dominican life and 100 years since the first Dominicana was published in 1916, we wanted to offer […]
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Mother’s Eyes

05/20/2016 - 6:30am
What color are the eyes of the Blessed Virgin Mary? I fancy they may be green, the rarest, which is slightly more likely among Mediterranean peoples than elsewhere in the globe. But perhaps, most likely, they are dark brown—the most common eye color in the world. Regardless, I am sure her eyes are beautiful for […]
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Christ, Under Construction

05/19/2016 - 6:30am
Across the street from the Dominican House of Studies, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, one of the largest Catholic churches in the entire world, dominates the skyline with its tremendous tower and signature blue dome. Tens of thousands of people come each year to worship God and to invoke the […]
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A Light in Darkness

05/18/2016 - 6:30am
At the Saint John Paul II Shrine, just up the road from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, a series of exhibits chronicles the life of the holy Pontiff and his significance for the Church and the world. The first room, which gives an overview of the chronological tour from his birth in […]
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Holding on to Easter

05/17/2016 - 6:30am
With the passing of Pentecost, the Church returns, in a sense, to business as usual. The fifty-day celebration that is the Easter season has come to a close, and we are back to Ordinary Time. But has the annual trip through the depths of Lent and the heights of Easter left any mark on us? […]
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The First Comes Last

05/16/2016 - 6:30am
“The first in the order of intention is the last in the order of execution.” This philosophical principle, drilled into the minds of all aspiring Aristotelians, can seem at first to be quite discouraging. Simply put, it means that goals can only be achieved once intermediary steps have been completed. For example, if someone intends […]
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Do Whatever He Tells You

05/13/2016 - 6:30am
Today is the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, marking the day when the Blessed Mother first appeared to the three Portuguese children. What makes this particular apparition really stand out from the other times and places at which the Mother of God appeared? There are the three secrets, the call for the consecration of […]
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Distinguish to Unite

05/12/2016 - 6:31am
“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” Isaiah Berlin once quoted this adage of the Greek poet Archilochus in his essay “The Hedgehog and the Fox,” using it to classify authors and intellectuals into two categories.  Berlin’s hedgehogs, like Plato, Dostoevsky, and Nietzsche, demonstrate a tendency to reduce things to […]
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Daily Christian Living

05/11/2016 - 6:30am
In this seventh week of Easter we remember the brief time between Christ’s Ascension to the Father and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Nestled between two major feast days, this week often passes without notice. But since most of our Christian lives are spent trying to follow Jesus to the best of […]
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Saints for Studying

05/10/2016 - 9:05am
While some people talk about the end of the academic year as “winding down,” for me it is more like accelerating, as the papers and exams pile up, caffeine intake increases, and sleep is a luxury that I can barely afford. Perhaps this is why so many saints have a direct connection to education—to help […]
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Bearing Reality

05/09/2016 - 6:31am
Sometimes T.S. Eliot is a grade-A sad apple. “Go, go, go, said the bird: human kind / Cannot bear very much reality.” But that does seem fair: we’re fragile beings, easily broken by the burden of truths we can’t anticipate. We don’t have time to brace ourselves, lift with our knees, and bear with grace […]
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Gifts Galore

05/06/2016 - 6:30am
Sometimes the best gifts we receive are the ones we didn’t know we wanted. It’s kind of marvelous when this happens. With such gifts, we enjoy more than the present itself (though that’s quite nice in its own right). We also gain a gift of self-knowledge, together with some insight about our relationship with that […]
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The Good in Goodbye

05/05/2016 - 6:30am
“Where is the good in goodbye?” sings the barbershop quartet standard, a song musical buffs will remember from The Music Man. This wordplay expresses a common experience: goodbyes are often sorrowful, if not downright heartbreaking. Just think of the curbside of airports and the lingering embrace of tearful lovers. A poignant goodbye is captured in […]
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The Insufferability of Sanctity

05/04/2016 - 6:30am
Saint Therese of Lisieux, upon hearing that her sister Celine would be attending a ball, responded not with sisterly encouragement but something different, and rather surprising: I felt unusually anxious, so much so that, in a torrent of tears, I begged Our Lord to prevent her dancing. My prayer was answered literally! Normally she danced […]
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“Did I Do That?”

05/03/2016 - 6:30am
Connoisseurs of early 90s sitcoms can easily identify the nasal refrain of Steve Urkel. For those who aren’t as familiar, Urkel was an awkward but lovable boy who got into frequent laugh-track-inducing mischief, to which he frequently responded with the famous phrase, “Did I do that?” (Here’s a two-minute refresher of every such moment.) Often […]
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