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Roots

8 hours 55 min ago
A tree’s fruit should reveal the quality of its root. What a man says and does should reveal the quality of his heart. The root of a righteous act is a heart converted to God. Rooted like this, one’s heart knows God, loves him, acts with him in mind…the fruits follow the roots. Almsgiving, prayer, [...]
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The Mind of Fear

11/19/2018 - 2:00am
Brother Phobos sat forlorn on one of the many rock formations encircling his small hermitage in Egypt’s Scetis Valley. With each gurgle of his stomach, his thoughts became increasingly distraught. He had prayed his psalms, tidied up his small monastic cell in the nearby cave, and weaved the requisite number of wicker basket he sold [...]
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Cries from the Depths

11/17/2018 - 1:00am
Dominicana is happy to offer this audio recording of “Cries from the Depths,” a reflection given at the Vigil of All Saints by Br. Joseph Martin Hagan, O.P. The vigil focused on readings from four saints: John Chrysostom, Catherine of Siena, Thomas More, and Mother Teresa. These readings accompanied by music from our Schola precede the [...]
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The Need to Abide in Love

11/16/2018 - 2:00am
In today’s liturgy, we read from the Second Letter of St. John. Tomorrow, we will read from his Third. And beginning next Monday, we will work through his Apocalypse (Revelation) until the beginning of Advent. Ending the liturgical year with John—Apostle, Evangelist, and Theologian—seems altogether appropriate when we consider that he was the last Apostle [...]
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A Humble Love

11/15/2018 - 10:15am
On March 7, 1274, Saint Thomas Aquinas died. His teacher Saint Albert the Great was around 80 years old at the time. Tradition tells us that St. Albert was profoundly affected by St. Thomas' death, as seems natural for men whose intellectual relationship and relationship in the Order was so close. In fact, according to [...]
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Poor Wayfaring Strangers

11/14/2018 - 2:00am
November is a month of hope for the Christian. In this time, both in the saints and the sinners, we remember those who have gone before us on this earth—those who have now crossed the threshold into eternity. We reflect on their lives, examples, and teachings in order to learn better how to be true [...]
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Roused by Hope

11/13/2018 - 2:00am
Pray without ceasing. (1 Thes 5:17) Sometimes we confuse what God wants with what we think God wants or expects from us. Take prayer, for example. It’s disappointing when you try to pray but all you do is doze off. You might wonder after waking, What must God think of that poor effort? Why did [...]
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Why Faith is Personal

11/12/2018 - 2:00am
Imagine you’re observing a sunset with a friend. Together you quietly watch the rays of light find their way through the now leafless trees, and you enjoy the brief warmth of the autumn sun. The evening is quiet and peaceful, and you are grateful for the beauty of the light and the trees and the [...]
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Mi Mamá Me Ama

11/09/2018 - 2:00am
I was taught to write cursive as a child back home in Venezuela. The typical method of instruction involved painstaking copying of letters or short sentences several times. I still remember that to learn how to shape the letter ‘m,’ my workbook presented the short alliterative sentence, “mi mamá me ama.” Mi mamá me ama. [...]
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Even This Cannot Stop True Love

11/08/2018 - 2:00am
Love hopes all things, bears all things, endures all things, but is blind to nothing. True love sees the faults and failings of the beloved, yet bears them out of a love that pierces through daily annoyances, faults, and failings to the heart. Love sees the innate goodness in the beloved and witnesses the greatness [...]
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A New Springtime

11/07/2018 - 2:00am
After the many sufferings of the twentieth century, the new millennium offered so much promise and hope for the Church. Though she no longer held sway over society, the Church, stirred by the person and thought of Pope John Paul II, began the twenty-first century with real, pregnant enthusiasm. Two years later, however, this enthusiasm [...]
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Why Doesn’t God Give Everyone Faith?

11/06/2018 - 2:00am
Those who do not believe the Christian faith fit into two categories: those who have heard the faith and rejected it and those who have never heard the faith. The former group was offered the gift of faith but did not accept the gift, whereas the latter group was never offered the gift of faith [...]
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A Good End

11/05/2018 - 2:00am
“He who endures to the end will be saved” (Mt 10:22) It is good to start something, but it is better to finish it (see Eccl 7:8). To endure to the end, our ultimate end, means to die well, to die with our loving trust in God. Blessed are those who die in the Lord, [...]
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Holy Souls?

11/02/2018 - 1:00am
Today we pray for the holy souls in purgatory. This idea of the holy souls in purgatory seems an odd notion to contemporary ears. One tends to think of heaven as the place where the holy souls go. Purgatory, one would think, is for unholy souls, an unpleasant place where it would be unfortunate to [...]
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Portal to Heaven

11/01/2018 - 1:00am
Editor’s note: This is the ninth post in our newest series, Beholding True Beauty, which consists of prayerful reflections on works of sacred art. The series will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of October. Read the whole series here. “The architect put sculptures of judgment, demons, and damnation … that way the [...]
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Neon Signs and Christ

10/31/2018 - 1:00am
Neon sign psychics. Reality TV mediums. Palm reading ads stuffed into the nooks and crannies of the subway. Anyone who does such things is an abomination to the Lord, and because of such abominations the Lord, your God, is dispossessing them before you (Deut 18:12). Not just tacky oddities, but abominations, and abominations that our [...]
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Sorrowful with God

10/30/2018 - 1:00am
Editor’s note: This is the eighth post in our newest series, Beholding True Beauty, which consists of prayerful reflections on works of sacred art. The series will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of October. Read the whole series here. Mary—the cause of our joy—is weeping. Dark clouds cover the sky, the spring [...]
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The Mirror of the Cross

10/29/2018 - 1:00am
Today has traditionally been celebrated as the feast of St. Narcissus, a second century bishop of Jerusalem. For a saint and bishop so close in proximity to the apostles, devotion to him has not been as popular as with other apostolic fathers. Perhaps it is due to the little known about him, as the Church [...]
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A Christian is Obedient

10/26/2018 - 1:00am
Several years ago a small board examined me, asking me to reflect on my time in the Boy Scouts of America. This examination was the last requirement necessary for earning the rank of Eagle Scout; and their questions took on a somewhat philosophical tone. One particularly memorable question they asked was what point of the [...]
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By Grace, Slaying Giants

10/25/2018 - 1:00am
Editor’s note: This is the seventh post in our newest series, Beholding True Beauty, which consists of prayerful reflections on works of sacred art. The series will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of October. Read the whole series here. Michelangelo’s David is arguably one of the most famous pieces of art ever [...]
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