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Love and the Vanity of Labor

05/25/2018 - 2:00am
What are you working for? Our lives are a bustling whirl of labor, occupying our hands during the day and often our minds at night. How overwhelming and toilsome this work can become. There are moments when the words of Ecclesiastes resonates poignantly with our harried hearts: “For what profit comes to a man from [...]
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Why Wine?

05/24/2018 - 2:00am
At Mass, bread and wine become, through Christ’s power in the actions of the priest, Christ’s body and blood. Why bread and wine? Well, because that’s what God decided. He was free to choose anything at all when instituting the Eucharist, and he chose bread and wine. But even if we can’t show that bread [...]
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Short-Term Evangelization

05/23/2018 - 2:00am
“Let us offer each other the sign of peace.” The amphitheater housing thousands of high school-aged teens erupts in a joyful rumble of handshakes, hugs, and hubbub. The kiss of peace lasts a good five minutes before the sound of a Yamaha keyboard fixed on the “church organ” setting belts out the introduction of the [...]
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My Mother’s Keeper

05/22/2018 - 2:00am
The Church is a Mother. We are her children. As with our earthly mothers, some of us stay near and devoted to our Mother, the Church. Others keep their distance. For those Catholics struggling to love the Church as their Mother, it’s good to ponder the natural relationship between a mother and child and how [...]
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Letter to My Brother

05/21/2018 - 2:00am
Hey Brother, So, we’re off. It’s one day after Pentecost and we’re getting a taste of the apostolic life, jumping into cars and hopping onto planes. Sorry I didn’t catch up with you before departure day. Summer assignments arrive so quickly after finals, especially when we have to prep for the ordination of 9 priests. [...]
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Walk Close to Jesus

05/19/2018 - 2:00am
Editor’s note: This is the thirteenth and final post in our newest series, reflecting on the Hillbilly Thomists’ recent, self-titled album. The series has run throughout the Easter season. Read the whole series here. This post concerns the song “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” which you can listen to here. “Just a closer walk [...]
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“Barb, I Love You?”

05/18/2018 - 2:00am
Theodore is in a dilemma. Over the past few months, he has fallen head-over-heels in love with Barb. She is the woman of his dreams: beautiful, affectionate, gentle, and compassionate. Whenever he treads in Barb’s presence, Theodore’s heart is close to bursting within him. Never before has he loved such a woman as this. The [...]
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GPS pro Anima

05/16/2018 - 2:00am
I was speaking with someone recently who confessed that, even when she knows where she is driving, she’ll use her GPS. “I like having a voice there talking to me,” she explained with a sheepish laugh. “It keeps me company.” No one likes to feel alone. Aristotle famously claimed that a man who is able [...]
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Until He Comes: The Apocalypse and the Catholic Novel

05/16/2018 - 12:00am
Apocalyptic novels shock and terrify, assaulting the imagination with jarring spectacles. Fire and famine, death and destruction, disasters and deluges. Cities erased and civilizations blotted out. And—perhaps worst of all—the evil and shameful deeds of our fellow men. These scenes might lead to despair: If, in the end, all will come crashing down, what matters? [...]
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Long and Drawn Out

05/16/2018 - 12:00am
The monkey sauntered through the brush on the forest floor. The hair on its head, light brown and inexplicably patchy, waved in the breeze. And the head itself was grotesque, enormous, and lopsided. Its legs, roughly identical in length, carried the monkey over a series of knobbled tree-roots belonging to a great trunk, smooth and [...]
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Rotten from the Root

05/15/2018 - 4:30pm
Patrick Deneen, Why Liberalism Failed. New Haven: Yale, 2018. Patrick Deneen, in his new book Why Liberalism Failed, blames the United States’ founding political philosophy as the root cause of many of our contemporary woes. He contends that liberalism—the political philosophy as distinct from the position of the Democratic Party—imposes “an ideological remaking of the [...]
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Faith, Hope, and Love Towards Canaan’s Land

05/15/2018 - 2:00am
Editor’s note: This is the twelfth post in our newest series, reflecting on the Hillbilly Thomists’ recent, self-titled album. The series will run each Tuesday and Thursday throughout the Easter season. Read the whole series here. This post concerns the song “To Canaan’s Land,” which you can listen to here. “To Canaan’s Land” expresses a [...]
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Dare We Hope for the Last Judgment?

05/14/2018 - 2:57pm
Faith in the Last Judgment is first and foremost hope. — Spe Salvi, Pope Benedict XVI In Spe Salvi, Pope Benedict XVI proposes the Last Judgment as “not primarily an image of terror, but an image of hope; for us it may even be the decisive image of hope.” It seems shocking. Most associate the [...]
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I Have Called You Friends

05/14/2018 - 2:00am
The only apostle who died before the Resurrection of Jesus was the one who betrayed him, Judas Iscariot. The mission of Judas’ apostolic office went unfulfilled, and the number of apostles fell to eleven. After Christ's Ascension into heaven, however, St. Peter declared in the midst of the believers that another must fill this vacant [...]
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Celebrating 3,000,000 Views

05/12/2018 - 2:00am
“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” (Ps 127:1) This week, Dominicana Journal Online reached a count of three million views since our first post in September 2011. From its beginning, this project has been “the fruit of the Dominican student brothers’ desire to learn about God by contemplating [...]
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No One Will Take Your Joy

05/11/2018 - 2:00am
Joy is not the primary goal of the Christian life; rather it is one of the results or “fruits” of that life. Because we cannot fake true joy, the Christian life does not consist of a forced smile and the platitude that “everything will be alright.” This false or forced joy will ultimately let us [...]
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Do Not Be Afraid

05/10/2018 - 2:00am
Editor’s note: This is the eleventh post in our newest series, reflecting on the Hillbilly Thomists’ recent, self-titled album. The series will run each Tuesday and Thursday throughout the Easter season. Read the whole series here. This post concerns the song “What Wondrous Love Is This,” which you can listen to here. In this is [...]
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The Calculus of Love

05/09/2018 - 2:00am
How much does it cost to love someone? This is a difficult, if not impossible, question to answer. (Spoilers!) Several months ago, Bishop Robert Barron reviewed Lady Bird, a film which, despite its at times questionable treatment of sexuality, captures the struggles of family life. The film centers on the relationship between a young woman [...]
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The Vision of Friendship

05/08/2018 - 2:00am
Editor’s note: This is the tenth post in our newest series, reflecting on the Hillbilly Thomists’ recent, self-titled album. The series will run each Tuesday and Thursday throughout the Easter season. Read the whole series here. This post concerns the song “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” which you can listen to here. Christianity [...]
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Who is Your Shepherd?

05/07/2018 - 2:00am
Who is your shepherd? Whose sheep are you? We’re all sheep, following some shepherd with docility or butting against the goad. Either way, we’re all sheep who must decide in whose flock we wish to be counted. Sheep become like their shepherd, following his ways. The Scriptures present two fundamental types of shepherds. The prophets [...]
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