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12/02/2016 - 3:30pm
Dominicana is happy to offer this audio recording of “The Dark Light of Sister Elizabeth.” It was given by Br. Isaiah Beiter, O.P. as the first installment of the 2016 Advent Conferences at the Dominican House of Studies. Series flyer with more info found here. Listen to past Advent series on our Audio Page. ✠ […]
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Let It Linger

12/02/2016 - 9:30am
Perhaps it’s due to the oft-decried commercialization of Christmas, but it’s awful easy to just drift toward the big day itself, pushed and pulled by the currents of consumer culture until we wash up on the shore of December 26th, and haul down our trees and lights and head out to return that hideous orange […]
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Tradition Old, Tradition New

12/01/2016 - 9:30am
The opening number of the Broadway classic Fiddler on the Roof contains a striking line: “Because of our traditions, every man knows who he is and what God expects him to do.” A modern viewpoint may well suspect the customs of a traditional society to be rigid, confining, and even retrogressive. Yet Fiddler’s protagonist Tevye […]
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Act Like a Man: 5 Tips with St. Thomas

11/30/2016 - 9:30am
“What is man that you are mindful of him, and a son of man that you care for him?” (Ps 8:5) In the face of gender theory and feminist ideologies which challenge the notion of manhood, the Church needs real men. We need to respond to the Biblical command viriliter agite found frequently in the […]
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Dwindled Infinity

11/29/2016 - 9:30am
It is not uncommon for the priory where I live in Washington, D.C. to host guests for dinner. On occasion, our guests will be a family. From time to time, that family will include a baby. Seeing a baby become the focal point at a table of male religious is a beautiful if perhaps surprising […]
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Religion is Not Race

11/28/2016 - 9:30am
There is a troubling tendency in our public discourse to reduce religion to race or ethnicity (the complex case of Judaism aside). On this view, religion is a more or less superficial feature of one’s identity—something akin to skin color or any other historical “accident.” Just as it would be absurd to criticize someone for […]
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Tsk tsk tsk

11/25/2016 - 9:30am
“If it’s one thing I am,” Mrs. Turpin said with feeling, “it’s grateful. When I think who all I could have been besides myself and what all I got, a little of everything, and a good disposition besides, I just feel like shouting, ‘Thank you, Jesus, for making everything the way it is!’ It could […]
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Grateful To Be One

11/24/2016 - 9:30am
Editors Note: On behalf of all the student brothers here at the Dominican House of Studies, we would like to thank all of you, our friends and benefactors, for helping us to pursue our Dominican vocation. Without your prayers and financial support we could not receive the wonderful religious formation which we enjoy today. This marks […]
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As You Wish

11/23/2016 - 9:30am
You are my friends if you keep my commands. (Jn 15:14) Although we can be obedient out of fear, perfect obedience is the result of love. We obey those whom we love. The Princess Bride begins by introducing Westley and Buttercup. Buttercup had no greater pleasures in her young life than riding her horse and […]
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A Prayer of Christian Philosophy

11/22/2016 - 9:30am
Why, O Eternal Wisdom, do the heavens move as they do, the rains fall, and the windows fog? Why does my breath make clouds? Why does the oil hover on the water and the light burn up the darkness? Why, O living Source of Life, does sickness come and go, do friends stand by and […]
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The Very Stones Will Cry Out

11/21/2016 - 9:30am
Lucius walked the dusty streets, twisting his fingers in careful patterns, practicing yesterday’s lesson. He was a clever and talented student, so the pebble he was looking at obediently skipped alongside him. By now the route was familiar, although he remained fascinated by the great stone bridges that connected his father’s barracks to the courtyard […]
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God’s Work of Art

11/18/2016 - 9:30am
“We are God’s great, wondrous work of art” may sound like a cheesy lyric from a modern hymn, but it conveys a surprisingly challenging theological message. While it is true enough that good art is appreciated around the world, works of art don’t make themselves, and they are inextricably linked with the mind of their […]
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The Standing Now

11/17/2016 - 9:30am
In a few days we will celebrate Christ the King, which anticipates the moment when Jesus returns, time ends, and eternal life begins. But what do we mean by “eternal”? Is it the same sort of eternity as a traffic jam or a long line at the grocery store, when we notice every passing second? […]
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Straightening Out the Golden Rule

11/16/2016 - 9:30am
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” We’ve all heard the Golden Rule a thousand times. We’ve all told people to remember the Golden Rule another thousand times. It seems, though, that nine times out of ten, when someone tells you to remember the Golden Rule, what they’re really saying is […]
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Known By Your Fruits

11/15/2016 - 9:30am
Today the Church celebrates the feast day of a Dominican saint and doctor of the Church, St. Albert the Great. The list of his contributions to Western thought is staggering. He was one of the first to comment on many of Aristotle’s works in Latin, wrote numerous works on the natural sciences and animal life, […]
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The End of Mercy

11/14/2016 - 9:30am
During my novitiate year, I visited residents in an assisted living facility every week. Sometimes the interactions were whimsical (once, a resident advised me on cheap places to take a girl on a first date—I don’t think he quite understood the meaning of the habit). But one particular resident left a lasting impression on me. […]
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The Poor Face of Mercy

11/11/2016 - 9:30am
Today we celebrate St. Martin of Tours, a saint marked by and remembered for his mercy. We can hear him asking us this question: “Do you give alms? And tell me, when you give alms, do you look into the eyes of the man or woman to whom you give alms?” This question has haunted […]
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A New Christmas Album

11/10/2016 - 2:00pm
Nearly seven hundred years ago, a Dominican friar named Henry Suso had a vision of angels singing and dancing with joy about the birth of the Infant Jesus. The German preacher and mystic poet was soon swept up by the angelic song, and penned the Christmas hymn In Dulci Jubilo as a result. In the […]
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Loving Disappointment

11/10/2016 - 9:30am
“I’m not angry, I’m just disappointed.” If you’ve ever stolen a cookie from the cookie jar and subsequently gotten caught, you’ve likely heard these words from your parents. And boy does it hurt to hear that. More than if your parents had blown up and yelled at you and grounded you for weeks on end. […]
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No Trust in Princes

11/09/2016 - 9:30am
Soon we’ll have a new president. At the time of writing (last week) we were still waiting for the election, still embroiled in pre-election scandal and controversy in a political spectacle that just wouldn’t stop. Today we make the transition to post-election scandal and controversy. Although I didn’t know who would be elected, I’m confident […]
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