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The Voice of God

7 hours 49 min ago
Today at Mass we hear, “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts” (Ps 95:8). What does the voice of God sound like? How will I know that it is him when I do hear it? Does God even have a voice? One reason why we want to know that God is speaking [...]
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Misplaced in the Woods

01/16/2019 - 2:00am
I once got lost in the woods. I had spent the day hiking with much of my novitiate class, and four of us toured an off-trail route later in the afternoon. Because of a hurt ankle, I lagged behind at a point where what the trail was—if there even was a trail—grew increasingly unclear. I [...]
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What Must Be Done

01/15/2019 - 2:00am
And so it’s Ordinary Time again. Even the die-hard observers of the liturgical season of Christmas have pulled down their trees and their nativity scenes. And it’s not even the first day of Ordinary Time anymore. Every Monday is at least special as the first day of the work week, but Tuesdays… We can really [...]
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The Wisdom of Friends

01/14/2019 - 2:00am
There abides in the human heart a desire for deep and expansive vision. This is proven by the yearning we have for building skyscrapers that provide stunning views of a city’s downtown or skywalks like the one overlooking the Grand Canyon. The reason for this is simple: we are rational beings who desire to know. [...]
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Announcing the Winter 2018 Issue of Dominicana Journal: Christian Manliness

01/13/2019 - 2:26pm
Be strong, and show yourself a man, and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his ordinances, and his testimonies, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn (1 Kg. 2:2-3). It might be a difficult time to hear [...]
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Rules for the Game

01/12/2019 - 9:10am
Jordan Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. Toronto: Random House Canada, 2018. In a chess game, there are lots of things you can do, although you can’t break the rules of the chess game and continue to play chess. Your biological nature is somewhat like that: it sets the rules of the [...]
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Shew Thyself a Man: Inheritance and Manliness in the Bible

01/12/2019 - 8:50am
It is difficult, even with the Bible in hand, to sketch an image of that special excellence we call manliness. In fact, it is generally easier to describe false images of manliness. We might think first of machismo, a frequent target of Pope Francis, which is an image drawn from the maleness of beasts and [...]
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The Murderer’s Wife

01/11/2019 - 2:00am
There lived in fourteenth-century Rhineland a young woman of a respectable family. Raised by such a family in a land under the Christian Gospel for centuries, she became a pious young woman. She must have been full of hope for the future and probably looked forward to a simple life as a Christian mother married [...]
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Loving God Is Useless

01/10/2019 - 2:00am
Something is useless if it fails to produce whatever product we use it to produce. For instance, if the head breaks off of a hammer, the hammer can no longer be used to produce what we use it to produce—namely, the product of nails-being-compressed-into-wood—and it has thus become useless. We could attempt to fix the [...]
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Dulce et Decorum Est

01/09/2019 - 2:00am
Can we glorify death? The Roman poet, Horace, did. Celebrating stouthearted soldiers in his Odes (III.2), he wrote, “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori—Sweet and fitting it is to die for the fatherland.” His poem captured the hearts of many Romans and even the hearts of our own countrymen. Arlington National Cemetery incorporates Horace’s [...]
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Your King Comes

01/08/2019 - 2:00am
See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples; but upon you the Lord shines, and over you appears his glory. The entire cosmos speaks of Christ, announces his coming, yet only a few dare look to the sky and seek the light in the darkness. Three wise men, gazing heavenward as much [...]
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Loving Lawyers

01/07/2019 - 2:00am
You should also learn to understand and—dare I say it—to love canon law, appreciating how necessary it is and valuing its practical applications: a society without law would be a society without rights. Law is the condition of love. -Benedict XVI, Letter to Seminarians on October 18, 2010 You don’t often hear an exhortation to [...]
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In Dulci Jubilo

01/04/2019 - 2:00am
It might be tempting to treat the upcoming weekend as just another regular ol’ weekend. Christmas Day and New Year’s Day have gone. Friends and family are away. Most have gone back to work or will be soon. In fact, this can be a sad time for many. After all, how often do we get [...]
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I Decided to Bow My Head at the Name of Jesus

01/03/2019 - 2:00am
I decided to bow my head at the name of Jesus. I wish I could say I was led to this by feelings of pious devotion. I was not. I just saw some priests doing it and it seemed like a good idea; we call His name holy after all. So I decided to bow [...]
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Suffering in the New Year

01/02/2019 - 2:00am
At the beginning of every new year there is a sense of hope. We take stock of where we are as individuals in our life, where we want to be in a year’s time, and how to go about accomplishing these new resolutions. This may apply to many different aspects of life, such as health, [...]
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New Year’s Day Is Mother’s Day

01/01/2019 - 2:00am
For the Church, New Year’s Day means Mother’s Day. The Church rounds out the Octave of Christmas by celebrating the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. The Savior born in Bethlehem was truly human—like us in all things but sin—and truly divine. In her arms Mary cradled the second Person of the Trinity, the Word [...]
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Make No Resolutions

12/31/2018 - 2:00am
10, 9, 8, 7, 6,...It’s New Year’s Eve and as the countdown to the new year draws near you may be thinking that you should make a resolution to change your life. We’ve all heard it before, and usually the resolutions are aimed at growing in the life of virtue. To desire to grow in [...]
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The Subversive Shoot

12/28/2018 - 2:00am
Christmas is subversive. The eternal, immutable, transcendent, and all-good and powerful Son of God deigned to descend from the heavens and take on our very flesh. He was conceived in the womb of a virgin. Mary’s womb became a tabernacle wherein the Lord’s assumed humanity would gestate into an embryo, and then a fetus, and [...]
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St. John’s Advice

12/27/2018 - 2:00am
There are few saints more esteemed than St. John the Evangelist. He was one of Jesus’ closest disciples; he witnessed the transfiguration; he stayed at the foot of the Cross when the other disciples fled; he took care of Mary in her old age; and he did much else besides. Jesus revealed truth in abundance [...]
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Filled with the Spirit, Conformed to Christ

12/26/2018 - 2:00am
After the one who had betrayed Jesus died, the apostles gathered to choose someone to replace him, someone who had “accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men [...]
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