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The Son of Tears

08/28/2015 - 6:30am
Fra Angelico’s painting, The Conversion of St. Augustine, offers a great insight into the spirituality of the Doctor of Grace. At the forefront of the painting, commanding the immediate attention of the viewer, is the figure of St. Augustine sitting and weeping. The painting portrays the moment of St. Augustine’s conversion as it is described […]
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A Simple Adventure

08/27/2015 - 6:30am
Every so often, we come across a news story about an adventurer. Maybe someone is sailing around the world, or biking from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, or hiking the Appalachian Trail from end to end. We know that such a person leaves behind the comforts of daily life and a job, regular meals, padded […]
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Mother Teresa’s Gift Registry

08/26/2015 - 5:30am
Today marks what would have been Mother Teresa’s 105th birthday. Rather than muse on what she might have wanted, here’s a list of some of her favorite gifts, recounted at her 1979 Nobel Lecture (video) for all the world to hear: Cigarette Money: “The other day I received 15 dollars from a man who has […]
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Wealth, Power, and Holiness

08/25/2015 - 5:30am
Recall the story of the rich young ruler (Luke 18). He walks away sad because he cannot accept Jesus’ call to sell his belongings and follow him. Is it his riches and power that are the obstacles? Being rich and a ruler doesn’t seem to be the heart of the matter here. If riches were […]
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On the Right Side of Eternity

08/24/2015 - 5:30am
Whenever a sweeping social change is proposed, champions of the cause often claim to be “on the right side of history.” The reasoning is that, since history is always progressing, any major shift in public opinion signals the dawn of yet another little age of enlightenment.   Nowhere is this more pronounced these days than […]
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The Prodigal Son In Us All

08/21/2015 - 7:30am
A few years ago, my cousin Rebekah and her young family moved out of the big city to settle on a farm, taking a chance at country living. While her husband commutes to work, she homeschools her three children. What happens, though, when the children have had enough of the curriculum which the Board of […]
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Secular Sciences and the So-Called Liberal Arts

08/20/2015 - 7:30am
I figured it would come up eventually, but it took until the end of the very last class. I had wrapped things up, giving a few tips about the final and a reminder about the optional review session. As the students packed up to leave, I reminded them that I would be skipping town the […]
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Should I Give the Dollar?

08/19/2015 - 7:30am
It’s a situation that often makes me uncomfortable.  Sometimes I’ll cross a street or turn a corner in an attempt to avoid the encounter.  Usually the request haunts me, especially when the person looks me in the eye.  If you live in a city, it’s a moral dilemma you probably face every day.  What do […]
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A Life Off Limits

08/18/2015 - 7:30am
I recently went to a Trappist abbey with some of my Dominican brothers near where we were spending our summer. We were blessed to be able to attend Vespers and a Holy Hour with the monks. While we all had a wonderful experience there, we remarked afterward that we wished we could have seen more […]
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It’s In the Eyes, Jackie

08/17/2015 - 7:30am
In the spirit of both the Year of Consecrated Life and of earworm worship ditties (viz. Laudate #821, “Kingdom of God”, source of the line, “the Kingdom of God / is challenge and choice”), I offer the fruits of some recent contemplation: “the vows that we make / are jackpot and death.”   I think […]
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The Demands of Faith

08/14/2015 - 7:30am
This is the ninth and final video in a series on St. Thomas Aquinas and the virtue of faith. Faith makes demands upon the believer, just as love does the lover. Such demands are not burdensome, however. Instead they are quite beautiful, as they are intended to lead us to beatitude. To conclude our series, […]
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Three Dead-End Streets of Unbelief

08/13/2015 - 7:30am
This is the eighth video in a series on St. Thomas Aquinas and the virtue of faith. We’ve all been misled by a confusing road sign or traffic pattern, or learned too late that we turned down a dead-end street. These exist in the life of faith as well: erroneous beliefs that lead one down […]
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The Dialectic of Faith and Unbelief

08/12/2015 - 7:30am
This is the seventh video in a series on St. Thomas Aquinas and the virtue of faith. To have the faith is not part of human nature, but it is part of human nature that man’s mind should not thwart his inner instinct, and the outward preaching of the truth. –St. Thomas Aquinas Faith is […]
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Faith-Based Fear Is Nothing To Be Afraid Of

08/11/2015 - 7:30am
This is the sixth video in a series on St. Thomas Aquinas and the virtue of faith. The most frightening part of being in love is the knowledge that we are capable of hurting the person we love. Because when our love is genuine, that’s the last thing we want—to say or do something that […]
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The Faith of Angels

08/10/2015 - 7:30am
This is the fifth video in a series on St. Thomas Aquinas and the virtue of faith. Unlike humans, angels don’t have or need faith, do they? Or even if they did, it would be easy–effortless, even–for them to believe in God, right? Not so fast. In some ways, as Fr. Serge-Thomas Bonino, O.P., of […]
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Habitus and Caritas: The Legs that Enable Faith to Stand and Walk

08/07/2015 - 7:30am
This is the fourth video in a series on St. Thomas Aquinas and the virtue of faith. When St. Thomas finally turns his attention to the virtue of faith itself in the Summa Theologiae, he appeals to some unexpected subjects: the nature of human habits (meaning stable dispositions or abilities), the demons’ faith in Christ, […]
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Faith’s Explicit Content

08/06/2015 - 7:30am
This is the third video in a series on St. Thomas Aquinas and the virtue of faith. We cannot have faith without having faith in something. So what precisely is the content of our faith, especially when it comes to our faith in Christ? Offering commentary on St. Thomas’ insights into these matters is Fr. […]
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Faith and/as Thinking

08/05/2015 - 7:30am
This is the second video in a series on St. Thomas Aquinas and the virtue of faith. What does it mean to believe? What precisely is an act of faith? In this video, Fr. Liam Walsh, O.P., a member of the Irish Province, considers the relationship between faith and thought. ✠ Image: Claude Monet, Meditation, […]
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What Faith is and What It Isn’t

08/04/2015 - 7:30am
This is the first video in a series on St. Thomas Aquinas and the virtue of faith. What is faith? Is there such a thing as false faith? Most Rev. Charles Morerod, O.P., a member of the Province of Switzerland and Bishop of the Swiss Diocese of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg, offers reflections on St. […]
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The Conviction of Things Not Seen

08/03/2015 - 7:30am
The Christian faith is about God—not only because God is its subject-matter, but also because God is its source. God had something to say to us, something he thought it would be good for us to know, and something which, if he had not told us, we would not otherwise have known. The Christian faith, […]
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