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Positions of Prayer

10/07/2015 - 11:20pm
Over the summer I was living in St. Dominic Priory in Washington, DC, while doing hospital ministry across town. Since I could not stay around for the community Mass, I would catch one of the parish Masses early in the morning before heading off to visit the sick. On the first morning I sat down […]
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Lux in Tenebris

10/07/2015 - 6:12am
In The Lord of the Rings, the Lady Galadriel gives Frodo a gift upon his departure from Lothlórien: a phial, somehow filled with the light of Eärendil, the star that serves as a sort of Polaris or Morning Star to guide the Eldar (elves) to the Undying Lands.  When Galadriel gives Frodo the phial, she […]
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Living or LARPing for God?

10/06/2015 - 6:30am
I currently reside in the Kingdom of Atlantia, the royal highnesses being Logan Ebonwoulfe and Esa Kirkepatrike. Should I want to join a local canton or clan, I would need to contact Duchess Kalisa Aleksandrovna, the Chatelain for Atlantia. You too live within some kingdom, with its own royalty, and can locate it on this […]
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Understanding Rachel

10/05/2015 - 6:46am
The heroes in our lives play a large role in shaping our personalities. They symbolize our understanding of perfection since they often possess positive attributes for which we yearn, such as courage, strength and self-sacrifice. More importantly, they prove that we are deficient in these attributes. We need heroes in our lives to supply for […]
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If Jiminy Cricket Had a Halo

10/02/2015 - 7:30am
I dub you Pinocchio’s conscience, Lord High Keeper of the Knowledge of Right and Wrong, Counselor in Moments of High Temptation, and Guide Along the Straight and Narrow Path. Arise, Sir Jiminy Cricket. -Blue Fairy Pinocchio dreams of becoming a real boy, and to do so he must be “brave, true, and unselfish,” just as […]
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The Little Flower Is No Disney Princess

10/01/2015 - 7:30am
The Little Flower is no Disney princess. Yet in the Catholic imagination, she sure comes close. Her biography almost lends itself to the stuff of fairy-tales: A long, long time ago, in a land far, far away, there lived a beautiful maiden named Thérèse, the youngest of five daughters. Her mother died when she was […]
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On Stones, Gourds, and Hissing

09/30/2015 - 7:30am
1600 years after his death, St. Jerome is remembered, fondly, for his Vulgate—a corrected Latin translation of the Scriptures. This endeavor certainly stands tall among the accomplishments of Western literature, and his critics, such as they were in the fifth century, have largely been forgotten. But that’s just it. Looking back in hindsight, trials always […]
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Be Perfect… Really?

09/29/2015 - 7:30am
“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt 5:48). Really? That seems like an impossible demand. If there is one thing about myself that I am absolutely sure of, it’s that I’m not perfect. And I’ve never met anyone else who is. A few years ago I was on retreat at a Benedictine […]
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The Places We Don’t Belong

09/28/2015 - 7:30am
Last week, the Dominican House of Studies was on lockdown. Fences were put up in front of the priory. And beside the priory. And around the back of the priory. We were forbidden to go out into our backyard or even to open our blinds. The front entrance was still accessible for us, but we […]
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The Embers of Evangelization

09/25/2015 - 6:30am
“I have come to set the world on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” Luke 12:49 Jesus began to ignite the world by providing His apostles with the kindling of His teaching and example.  These men were the embers that the Holy Spirit would fan into a flame at Pentecost—a flame that, […]
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The Poor and the Personal

09/24/2015 - 6:41am
She has done a good thing for me . . . She has done what she could . . . Amen, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed to the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her (See Mk 6-9). At Bethany, just before the events of Jesus’ […]
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A Challenging Encounter

09/23/2015 - 6:27am
St. Pio of Pietrelcina was a Franciscan priest living in the small Italian village of Pietrelcina between 1887 and 1968. The center of his life was Jesus Christ in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  He deeply desired to unite himself to Christ’s passion and would be drawn into mystical prayer for hours while celebrating […]
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The Laudato Si’ Revolution: Pope Francis, Fukuyama, and the End of History

09/22/2015 - 6:30am
Editor’s note: This is the fifth and final post in a series on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, in honor of the Holy Father’s first visit to the United States. He has the keys to the papal apartment, but lives in a humble guest house. He dutifully shakes hands with dignitaries, but embraces the disfigured. He has […]
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Ecology Without Tyranny: How to Implement Laudato Si’

09/21/2015 - 6:30am
Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a five-part series on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, in honor of the Holy Father’s first visit to the United States.  Only by cultivating sound virtues will people be able to make a selfless ecological commitment (Laudato Si’, §211). The issue of man’s use of the environment has taken on […]
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Against Soap Bubbles

09/18/2015 - 7:30am
Editor’s note: This is the third in a five-part series on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, in honor of the Holy Father’s first visit to the United States, occurring next week. It’s worth asking, what is it exactly that keeps you and me from living the kind of “ecological conversion” that Pope Francis is calling […]
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Technology and Vision

09/17/2015 - 7:30am
Editor’s note: This is the second in a five-part series on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, in honor of the Holy Father’s first visit to the United States, occurring next week. “Why is the Pope so concerned about air conditioning?” This isn’t a bad summary question for much of the reaction to Laudato Si’. The […]
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Sister Earth

09/16/2015 - 7:30am
Editor’s note: This is the first in a five-part series on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, in honor of the Holy Father’s first visit to the United States, occurring next week. When the news first broke that Pope Francis was writing an encyclical on environmental issues, the media reactions were predictable.  The prospect that the […]
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Mother in Sorrows

09/15/2015 - 7:30am
And meanwhile his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen, had taken their stand beside the cross of Jesus. And Jesus, seeing his mother there, and the disciple too, whom he loved, standing by, said to his mother, ‘Woman, this is thy son.’ Then he said to the disciple, […]
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Splintered History

09/14/2015 - 7:30am
When the people of Israel complained against God during their wandering in the desert, God sent saraph serpents among them.  It was not until Moses, at the Lord’s command, raised a serpent on a pole that all who looked upon it were cured (Num 21:6-9).  The Church Fathers saw in this a prefigurement of Christ’s […]
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Christ in a Cassock

09/11/2015 - 6:30am
Walking through the windy city in a cassock— with his messy hair and unruly beard, Tom Chiarella must have cut a figure like “Father James” in the movie Calvary. This was his own ad hoc sociology experiment to see what wearing different “uniforms” would call out of bystanders, and even himself. Uniquely, the cassock seemed […]
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