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Quiet in the City

15 hours 24 min ago
You’ll find it written on several signs throughout one of the major hospitals in New York City: “Quiet helps our patients rest and recover.” Some floors of the hospital also promote a daily “quiet hour” from 3:00 to 4:00 each afternoon with the slogan: “Quiet hour promotes wellness and healing.” Taking the point even further, […]
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Are Saints Just Catholic Celebrities?

06/30/2015 - 5:30am
Are saints just Catholic celebrities?  In some ways they seem similar. Hollywood and the Vatican each place certain people in the public eye, even though they promote different kinds of people and values. Also, like celebrities many saints were born with incredible talent, or into wealthy families. Thomas Aquinas fulfills both categories—he was both exceptionally […]
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On Living Large

06/29/2015 - 5:30am
Notes for preaching re: Solemnity of SS. Peter and Paul, June 29th: Step 1. Summarize/repeat Gospel passage. Step 2. Note: Peter wasn’t always the Pope. Recount various Petrine foot-in-mouth episodes. (NB: Great potential for laughs/comic relief.) Step 3. Note: Peter is not so different from us, etc. Encourage listeners to relate and identify. Step 4. […]
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Thank God for Priests!

06/26/2015 - 5:30am
There has been an increase in the number of ordinations to the priesthood in recent years, according to the annual report of “The Ordination Class Survey” by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). This is fantastic news for the Church in America! More priests means better management to hold up the infrastructure […]
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That Time David Brooks Sounded Like A Thomist

06/25/2015 - 5:30am
A lot of us are clearer on how to be successful than on how to be virtuous. — David Brooks Alan Alda counsels graduates that everything in life takes time. Bill Nye exhorts them to change the world. Katie Couric advises, “get yourself noticed.” But David Brooks dares to philosophize about happiness. Indeed happiness and […]
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Abandonment and the Church of Martyrs

06/24/2015 - 5:30am
The Scriptures tell us that Medes, Elamites, and inhabitants of Mesopotamia were present during the famous sermon given by St. Peter on the Day of Pentecost. If these people were like most converts, eager to share their newly-found faith, then it is safe to assume that their zeal would naturally lead them back home to […]
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All Ye Flying Squirrels, Bless the Lord

06/23/2015 - 5:30am
St. Paul says that in God we live and move and have our being. I often wonder how to best envision this reality. St. Hildegard of Bingen said that each of us should be like a feather on the breath of God. This is a pleasant enough image. But it is also kind of limited. […]
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A Faith for All Seasons

06/22/2015 - 5:30am
It was the year 1535. For almost a millennium England had been a Christian nation, its culture, traditions, and morality informed by the faith. Marriage, like most things, was understood according to the teachings of Jesus Christ, as preserved and taught by His Church down through the generations. About fifteen years earlier, rumors began to […]
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Out Damned Spot

06/19/2015 - 5:30am
Out, damned spot! out, I say!—One: two: why, then, ’tis time to do’t.—Hell is murky!—Fie, my lord, fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?—Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him. (Macbeth: Act V, […]
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Call Me Hyacinth

06/18/2015 - 5:30am
There’s been a lot of buzz on the internet about a recent name change: an Olympian who used to go by “Bruce Jenner” has very publicly adopted a new name, “Caitlyn Jenner.” I can somewhat relate. A little less than two years ago I started going by a new name and title, “Brother Hyacinth” (which […]
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06/17/2015 - 5:30am
“Okay, well, why don’t you try that again, maybe a little slower this time?” I must have heard my piano teacher say this hundreds of times as a child. Despite his great patience, the extent of which I didn’t understand until years later, this was one of the most difficult musical lessons for me to […]
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Feed When Hungry

06/16/2015 - 5:30am
Searching for a leaking oil cask deep in the hold of Captain Ahab’s Pequod, the ship’s crew begins to transfer the contents of the hull up to the deck—stores of food, casks of water, coils of rope, packets of tools, and barrel after barrel of whale oil—until all that was stored in the hull of […]
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11 Catholic Things to Do This Summer

06/15/2015 - 5:30am
The high holy days of Christmas and Easter provide plenty for Catholics to meditate on and do during the seasons of winter and spring, but what about the great frontier of summer? What’s a Catholic to do now? Allow me to provide a non-comprehensive list of ideas for the serious, fun-loving Catholic to enjoy during […]
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A Heart Unprofaned

06/12/2015 - 5:00am
The thumb and forefinger of God pinched up the northern part of Paris. The terrain rises above the Seine and is now crowned by a white, honeycomb dome: Sacré-Coeur. Anglicized it’s known as the Church of the Sacred Heart, and its beehive silhouette dominates the panorama of the 18th arrondissement. The hill it caps is […]
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Barnabas – Son of Encouragement

06/11/2015 - 5:30am
In the Scriptures a person’s name often signifies something important about that person.  When Barnabas is first introduced in the Acts of the Apostles, it is noted that his given name was Joseph, but that Barnabas was a nickname given him by the apostles.  Acts interprets “Barnabas” to mean a son of encouragement (see 4:36). […]
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The “Bun of Life”

06/10/2015 - 5:30am
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first recorded use of the colloquial expression “a bun in the oven” appeared in a mid-twentieth century novel, Nicholas Monsarrat’s The Cruel Sea. Others suggest that the imagery goes as far back as Greek mythology. According to Beryl Rowland, “The ancient gods such as Zeus were conceived as […]
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Take Up Thy Bed

06/09/2015 - 5:30am
A Southern Baptist often hears something like “Brother Bill and Sister Susan are going to give their testimony tonight.” This semi-formal autobiographical account details the events leading up to a once-in-a-lifetime moment (known as ‘getting saved’) at which an individual confesses one’s sinful state and pledges to live for God, forever sealing one’s Heavenly destiny. […]
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Escape from Humanity

06/08/2015 - 5:30am
Saint Dominic famously didn’t sleep, except for a bare minimum.  Instead, he held vigil in the chapel, weeping.  Alone in the darkness with the Blessed Sacrament, St. Dominic would sob loudly, “What will become of sinners?” He had the gift of tears – he knew what it was to mourn.  And, knowing Christ, he also […]
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Noisy Boredom

06/05/2015 - 9:17am
Bored by the void of interior noise, We kill for the thrill of a wearier choice. Moved up to lose on material joys, Never knew enough the true love We always avoid. Bored. A word saying much for one syllable. Not just for the lethargic, boredom touches the active and inactive alike. The busiest person […]
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Compliments to the Chef

06/04/2015 - 5:30am
“Compliments to the chef,” you tell the waitress. You never met the man behind the meal. He could be a big burly fellow with tattooed arms and a booming voice. Or maybe he’s tall and trim, straight-laced and no-nonsense. You’ve never seen him, because the cook plies his trade of spice and heat, meat and […]
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