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For Love Alone

02/09/2016 - 6:30am
There’s something beautiful in love stories, something that sparks our interest. We want the boy to get the girl, and the maiden to find true love and in that love, happiness. These stories of true love are everywhere. Even if it is not a romance you’re watching, there is always some love interest. I mean, […]
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The Lord God Will Be Their Light

02/08/2016 - 7:56am
While it is important to consider the mysteries of the life of the Lord as the Church’s calendar presents them to us, it is also helpful to contemplate them throughout the year. Ordinary Time can offer us an opportunity to see both how the events of Jesus’ earthly life formed part of a unified plan […]
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Virginity and Human Happiness

02/05/2016 - 6:33am
Can anyone esteem any beauty greater than a virgin’s…?   Why ascribe such a mystique to virginity?  Are we listening to the voice of a love-stricken Romeo from a bygone era? In fact, the statement comes from St. Ambrose of Milan (c. 337-397 AD); he continues, “…[the virgin] is beloved by her King, approved by […]
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Rivalry

02/04/2016 - 6:30am
“Rivalry ought really to be considered a good.” The Dominican saint Catherine de Ricci wrote this provocative statement in a letter on Palm Sunday. Her words seem to parallel those of Gordon Gekko, the notorious villain from Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, who proclaimed, “the point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a […]
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Coughdrops or Candles?

02/03/2016 - 6:32am
An attentive Christian will pick up on many quirks in the course of the liturgical year, and today’s blessing of the throats can certainly be numbered among them. Yesterday was a bit easier to understand. On Candlemas, the Church commemorates Christ’s presentation and dedication 40 days after His birth. It is a joyful day, one […]
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Interceding Discreetly

02/02/2016 - 6:32am
Shepherds, you that go Up through the sheepfolds to the hill, If by chance you see Him I love most, Tell Him that I sicken, suffer, and die -St. John of the Cross, “The Spiritual Canticle”, Stanza II As a student friar with limited external ministries, I have the privilege of being able to devote […]
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The Blessing of Curses

02/01/2016 - 6:30am
If you are public with your faith in today’s cultural climate, you probably know what it’s like to be cursed. Opportunities for civil debate seem few and far between when making any appeal to an objective morality results in being immediately dismissed as a bigot. Acts motivated by love and a desire for another’s salvation […]
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Biases and Nudges

01/29/2016 - 6:31am
Snickers is obviously the best candy bar. It’s also strategically placed at the checkout line of most grocery stores. This convenient and predictable location makes it easy to verify the aforementioned laudatory status. And if you disagree and think another candy bar – say Milky Way – is better, well, that is fortunately available at […]
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The Profession of Brother Thomas Aquinas

01/28/2016 - 6:22am
Throughout her history the Church has witnessed the countless ways that God has called men and women to become saints. In his youth, and against the will of his family, St. Thomas Aquinas chose the Dominican life as the surest path for his own sanctity, even though this way of life was still quite novel. […]
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Dominicans and the Message of Knock

01/27/2016 - 6:30am
Angels adore the victorious Lamb as St. John proclaims the glorious revelation to which he was witness. Mary, the Queen of Heaven, and St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse, give thanks and praise before the altar of the Most High God. This celestial scene, which we all hope one day to behold in Heaven, was […]
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A Universal Memory

01/26/2016 - 6:30am
In his discussion on the virtue of prudence, St. Thomas Aquinas follows Cicero in describing the power of memory as a part of prudence. Memory, defined by St. Thomas as the ability to make present that which is not currently apprehended, informs our decision making. We can all relate to this. Our past experiences affect […]
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Hounds of the Lord

01/25/2016 - 9:06am
A new biography of Dominican saints has recently been published, Dr. Kevin Vost’s Hounds of the Lord (Sophia Institute Press, 2015)—the title based on an early Latin nickname for the Order, Domini canes, dogs of the Lord. Though educated by Dominicans as a young boy, the idea for his present book came from a bookmark, […]
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Jesus in the Flesh and the Problem of Abortion

01/22/2016 - 6:21am
Back in November Dominicana’s own Br. Dominic Bouck, O.P., wrote a post in which he cited Abbot Jean-Charles Nault’s book on acedia or sloth.  Br. Dominic notes that “acedia is a sadness at the gifts God gives us, often because receiving them fully may also involve a renunciation of some lesser, material goods.”  The desert […]
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The Lamb and the Dumb Ox

01/21/2016 - 6:41am
Today, the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Agnes. Among her many devotees, there stands a very special one: Saint Thomas Aquinas. You might say the Dumb Ox had a special love for this saintly lamb. Out of devotion to her, Thomas carried Agnes’s relics with him. He had recourse to Agnes and her relics […]
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Beyond the World and Me: A Challenge to Ta-Nehisi Coates

01/20/2016 - 6:24am
Reading outside the strictures of academia is one of the joys of the Christmas break. I like to go to Barnes and Noble and pick out a book that has been influential in the last six months and “catch up” with the world. This Christmas’s pick was Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. […]
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The Gift of Work

01/19/2016 - 6:32am
In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus instructs the Pharisees that “the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27). The Sabbath is a gift from God for man: a day for people to set aside their usual work, to focus on worshipping God, and to enter into the Lord’s rest. Echoing Jesus’ […]
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The Solid Rock of Brotherhood

01/18/2016 - 6:06am
Today we take a national holiday to recall a man who demanded from his country the riches of freedom and the security of justice. Freedom is an easy thing to celebrate, but we talk about freedom so often that it can become trivialized. So today it is good to take a moment and reflect upon […]
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Macbeth & the Culture of Life

01/15/2016 - 6:37am
It may seem absurd to leave after seeing director Justin Kurzel’s new adaptation of Macbeth and to think, “Now that’s pro-life.” That is because, true to the Shakespearean original, the film abounds with violence and blackened, gory blood. The eponymous character’s name rhymes with death, and his tragedy traffics in it. A cast of fresh […]
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Learning to Entreat

01/14/2016 - 6:37am
In today’s Mass readings, the Church proposes two contrasting accounts of religious entreaty.  In the pericope from the First Book of Samuel, we read how the Israelites, having been defeated once by the Philistines, placed the ark of the covenant in the midst of their army as they began a second battle.  The plan fails […]
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Explanation and Experience

01/13/2016 - 6:27am
A parent will usually allow his children to learn from their own mistakes when it doesn’t involve considerable danger. Trying to tie their shoes when they’ve yet to acquire that skill or attempting to reach a shelf still too high for them teaches children to ask for help. When I was learning to drive, my […]
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