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The Birth of the Baptist

06/24/2016 - 6:30am
Today, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. John the Baptist is part of an elite company (with Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary) whom the Church honors the births of in Her liturgical calendar. Typically, a feast day commemorates the entire life, work, and death of a saint […]
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The Roots of Charity

06/23/2016 - 6:30am
This summer, I have been working in Youngstown, Ohio, at the St. Vincent de Paul Society Soup Kitchen. Each day, we feed about 200 of the poor in the city. Some are homeless, some have been abandoned, some are sick or disabled, but all of them need mercy, and all of them are beloved of […]
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It’s Good to Serve the King

06/22/2016 - 6:30am
“The Lord, our All-Powerful God, is King; let us rejoice, sing praise, and give Him glory! Alleluia!” In our society of the popular vote, rejoicing under the domination of a king is inconceivable. We view kings as despotic and tyrannical, the scourge of the medieval world, and the bane of many a hapless peasant. Even […]
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Christianity in Diversity

06/21/2016 - 6:30am
In our contemporary culture, one Christian claim is harder than all others for people to accept: that Christianity is not merely true, but that it is the truth. Few deny that Christ is a helpful guide or an admirable model, but they also avoid those heavy words of his: “I am the way, and the […]
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Between Creation and the Kingdom

06/20/2016 - 6:30am
While it is true that single-celled organisms like yeast are alive and that certain pine trees can survive for over 5000 years, they can only begin to resemble the complex, gregarious, and highly active life of the honey bee. Yet no other creature on earth compares to the vitality which enables humans truly to live. […]
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Embarrassed Dignity

06/17/2016 - 6:00am
The parable of the Prodigal Son is among the most famous teachings of Our Lord Jesus Christ. This parable has been proposed as the icon of God’s mercy in the preaching of our three recent Popes, who have stressed how the father’s mercy restores his son to the dignity he lost by sin. In the […]
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The City of Dreaming Spires

06/16/2016 - 6:30am
A university is much like heaven—or the medievals meant it to be, at least. Take, for instance, Oxford University: the quintessence of higher learning for English speakers since the eleventh century.  In his poem “Thyrsis,” Matthew Arnold famously termed Oxford “that sweet city of dreaming spires,” and declared that “she needs not June for beauty’s […]
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Holy Diversity

06/15/2016 - 6:30am
Who are the saints? What are they like? I recently heard a priest explain, “saints are like stained glass—they let the light in.” I have had ample opportunity to reflect upon this beautiful image while living at St. Vincent Ferrer Church in New York City this summer, which is adorned with several, striking stained glass windows. […]
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Strange Birth

06/14/2016 - 6:30am
It’s not unusual to hear comments and field questions about the outlandish life-choice and—with vigorous finger-waggling—“call” that have marooned me and those of my vocational ilk in a life of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Many, if not most, of these imply, with varying degrees of candor, that our hold on reality must indeed be precarious […]
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A Few of My Favorite Sins

06/13/2016 - 6:30am
ABANDON ALL HOPE YOU WHO ENTER HERE. Dante sees these words engraved on the archway over the Gates of Hell as he follows Virgil on their journey down through the nine circles of hell. Dante witnesses in The Inferno how the punishments of the damned reflect their sins during life. Among the multitude of punishments, […]
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Offer It Up

06/10/2016 - 7:00am
“Offer it up.” This three-word phrase was commonplace in my upbringing. A hardship comes along? Offer it up. You’re made to obey against your preference? Offer it up. Behind these three words, there is actually a beautiful understanding of our connection to Christ and the salvific potential of suffering as Christians. In Lumen Gentium, the […]
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Against Zoos: A Thomistic Argument

06/09/2016 - 9:15am
Cha Cha the Chimp swinging from power lines in Japan, Harambe the Gorilla shot after dragging a child in his pen in Cincinnati . . . zoos have been news lately. Zoos have always made me uncomfortable, but it wasn’t until I became a Dominican that I think I can more clearly articulate why that […]
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Losing Ourselves

06/08/2016 - 6:30am
¨Bob is Bob,” and “Dan is Dan;” these statements are tautologically true. Yet we also say that “Bob isn’t himself today,” and this manner of speaking gets at something profound. We can, somehow, be more or less “ourselves.” But what does that mean, exactly? It doesn’t mean that personhood changes or disappears, or that someone […]
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A Modern-Day Job

06/07/2016 - 7:00am
I met a modern-day Job. It happened last summer, at a men’s homeless shelter in Louisville, Kentucky. Let’s call him Joe. Joe wasn’t like the other men living at the shelter. His homelessness wasn’t precipitated by drug abuse or alcoholism, as was the case with each of the other men I met there. As a […]
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Take This Goat

06/06/2016 - 6:30am
Ever since the description of their separation from the sheep, goats have gotten a bad rap, and perhaps justly so. Goats have a tendency to destroy everything in their path. Tearing up the ground as they eat the grass, they’ll eat anything in front of them: oats, rose bushes, or clothes hanging out to dry. […]
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His Eucharistic Heart

06/03/2016 - 7:30am
A little over a month ago, the bishop of Legnica, Poland, announced that the relics of an apparent Eucharistic miracle would be made available in his diocese for the adoration of the faithful. The episcopal approval comes at a propitious time, when Poland is set to host World Youth Day in Krakow, July 25-31. The […]
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Suffer the Little Children

06/02/2016 - 6:30am
Marriage is being threatened by the law in many nations, and it seems that the best that can be hoped for in the legal sphere is some small semblance of protection for religious liberty. Sheltered in the care of Mother Church, we also know that the truth will be preserved until the Lord comes again. […]
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Abandoning the Body?

06/01/2016 - 6:30am
Is the soul by itself man? No; but the soul of man. Thus are words from an early Christian text on the Resurrection attributed to Justin Martyr, the sainted philosopher and apologist commemorated by the Church today, explaining the connection between the human spirit and the whole human being. Today many have been persuaded to […]
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Book Review: Cunningham’s Responses of the Roman Missal

05/31/2016 - 6:30am
And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. […]
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Sacred Repetitions

05/30/2016 - 6:30am
Repetition is a fact of life. But not all repetitions are the same. On the one hand, there’s a repetition that imposes and sustains a natural order. Think about the repetitive cycle of traffic lights or the weather of the four seasons—these repetitions are good and welcome because their predictable patterns allow us to plan […]
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