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My Secret is My Own

10 hours 36 min ago
When Blessed John Henry Newman sat down to write a defense of his decision to enter the Catholic Church, he said, “the words, ‘Secretum meum mihi,’ keep ringing in my ears.” “Secretum meum mihi”—“My secret is my own.” Who was he to share the details of his long, confusing, and often painful path to Rome? [...]
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Spiritual Warfare and the Sign of the Cross

01/17/2018 - 2:00am
St. Anthony of the Desert is considered the Father of Monasticism. Not because he was the first monk but because he was the first to venture deep into the wilderness. St. Athanasius reports that although there were monks in Egypt before Anthony, they all remained near their homes. Anthony lived with an old man for [...]
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Dominicana Journal: The Winter Issue Is Here!

01/16/2018 - 10:00am
The editors are pleased to announce that the newest issue of the print journal is now available online. This issue of Dominicana takes as its theme the deep ties between food and the Catholic faith. Our feature articles cover a range of topics, from the place of genetically-modified crops in Catholic social teaching to St. [...]
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Moments of Light

01/16/2018 - 2:00am
Do you ever have moments when you just know—in a way you did not before—that something you do all the time or a way you think about things is a bit off or wrong? Perhaps you often say things that are not quite true. Perhaps you find yourself in an immoral friendship or harbor an [...]
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Two Kings

01/15/2018 - 2:00am
Saul was anointed King of Israel at a difficult time in the nation’s history. Borders were volatile, idolatry rampant, and the Philistines a constant threat of destruction. In many ways, Saul was a good king who did much for his people. He failed, however, to be more than a human king. God would seek instead [...]
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01/12/2018 - 2:00am
The word discernment usually implies privacy. We often speak of it as an activity that is uniquely my own, as I try to scrutinize God’s will for me, or hear the voice of the Lord speaking within the secret chamber of my heart. The communal dimension to this discernment expands only wide enough to include [...]
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Glowing in Christ

01/11/2018 - 2:00am
People often remark at how dazzling-white our Dominican habits are. The question they frequently ask goes something along the lines of, “How do you not get it dirty?” I usually respond to this question, “Well, it does get dirty, but we clean them often enough.” I realized that this shows the symbolism in our habits. [...]
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Holiness is Ordinary

01/10/2018 - 2:00am
Each year in early to mid-January, the Church’s celebration of Christmas comes to a close, meaning that we now find ourselves in what the English-speaking world calls “Ordinary Time.” The priests return to wearing green vestments; we hear a continuous flow of the Gospel readings from Sunday to Sunday; and hymn choices switch out of [...]
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01/09/2018 - 9:19am
The Son of Man came eating and drinking . . .           – Luke 7:34 Food is a fitting subject for Dominicans to consider. Accounts of the life of our founder St. Dominic are replete with foodstuffs, and God worked a number of alimentary miracles through him. The narratives are delightful [...]
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What Were You Waiting For?

01/09/2018 - 2:00am
What were we waiting for, again? Advent gave us a time to wait for something. And then waiting ended, and we celebrated. What were we waiting for, and what were we celebrating? “Christmas, you doofus!” I hear you yelling. “What a pedantic question!” But while you may know what Advent is preparing for on paper, [...]
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Earendel’s Light

01/08/2018 - 2:00am
N.B.- O Earendel was the Old English poetic rendering of the Antiphon “O Oriens,” the fifth of the Great “O” Antiphons chanted in the seven days before Christmas Eve.  It was an inspiration to J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings, and his poetic structure inspired the following poem. Difficult these thoughts to render: What have I received as [...]
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Spirituality. Fashion. Resistance.

01/05/2018 - 2:00am
Spirituality. Fashion. Resistance. One sees many things while biking in Washington, D.C., but these three words from a mural (pictured above) jumped out to me immediately. I suppose that was the artist’s intention, and it worked, provoking me to even make a full stop and take a picture.   Beyond the portion in the above [...]
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The Teacher of Theologians

01/04/2018 - 2:00am
The boys in the nave raised their short, scrawny necks above the congregation, gazing ruefully in the direction of the sanctuary. Before the altar, the priest joined his hands and bowed his head, saying: Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Pleni sunt caeli et terra gloria tua: Hosanna in excelsis. Benedictus qui venit in nomine [...]
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Named Jesús

01/03/2018 - 2:00am
A few weeks after his birth, when he was baptized, he was named Jesús. The life story of more than a few Latinos might include a similar sentence. Jesús, the Name of Our Lord and Savior, is a common household name south of the border and wherever there are communities of Spanish-speaking Catholics. Growing up, [...]
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In the Silent Hours of Night

01/02/2018 - 2:00am
On summer nights in the forest, the call of a Great Horned Owl rises over the cacophonous layer of crickets and katydids. To identify its long, mournful hoot, ornithologists have devised a mnemonic, imagining that he’s slowly calling, “Who’s a-wake? . . . Me too.”   On the other hand, the Barred Owl belts out [...]
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Circumcision of Heart

01/01/2018 - 2:00am
Happy New Year! As we begin 2018 with a civic holiday, the Church rejoices in her own major feast: the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. What’s the origin of celebrating a major liturgy on New Year’s day? From the Church’s infancy, there have been pagan or secular festivities marking the dawn of the [...]
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The Place He Has Chosen

12/29/2017 - 2:00am
What is place? Why does God choose to make some places holy? Carved in the stone floor in the northwest transept of Canterbury Cathedral are two scratches. On December 29th, 1170, the first groove received, as though it were a chalice, the blood of St. Thomas Becket. While the saint was preparing for vespers, a [...]
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The Flesh Lusteth against the Flesh

12/28/2017 - 2:00am
Sometimes the Christian life feels like an interminable war against the cravings of the flesh. There’s a sense in which we pit our desire for heaven against the demands of our bodies, holding out hope for a reward at the end of a long and difficult road. “The spirit is willing but the flesh is [...]
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Motives of Credibility

12/27/2017 - 2:00am
Think of somebody who loves you dearly. It could be your mom, your wife, your best friend—someone who really loves you. Now, let me ask you: Do you really know that they love you? Do you know for certain? Can you prove it to me? If you appealed to all their seemingly loving words and [...]
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When Christians Banned Christmas

12/26/2017 - 2:00am
Walking through Boston on December 25, 1659, you would see no Christmas trees and hear no caroling. There was no exchanging of gifts and greetings, no dressing in holiday garb, and no celebratory feasts. There was only another day of work. It was Christians, the Puritans, who outlawed what they deemed “satanic practices,” just as they [...]
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