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The Long View

01/20/2017 - 9:30am
The Dominicans are almost 800 years and 1 month old. Tomorrow the Order of Preachers officially concludes its 800th Jubilee Celebration on the anniversary of the second bull issued by Pope Honorius III concerning the friars, which granted additional privileges and protections to the new religious community he had established a month earlier on December […]
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5 Tips on Prayer with St. Thomas Aquinas

01/19/2017 - 9:30am
Editor’s note: This post was originally published on November 25, 2014. Fr. John Sica, O.P. was ordained to the priesthood in May 2016. Prayer, St. John Damascene says, is the unveiling of the mind before God. When we pray we ask Him for what we need, confess our faults, thank Him for His gifts, and […]
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Moved to Remain

01/18/2017 - 9:30am
I have never mended a net. It seems like a tedious enterprise. As of now at least, there is no talk of the Dominican House of Studies entering into a net-mending apostolate, and for that I am grateful. In this Sunday’s Gospel, we’ll hear of a family of net-menders: Zebedee and his two sons, James and […]
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Baptized Beyond Nature

01/17/2017 - 9:30am
Some think that to be a Muslim, it is sufficient simply to be born, or to be born to a Muslim father. Likewise, some think that to be a Jew, it is sufficient to be born to a Jewish mother. But to be a Christian, it is not sufficient simply to be born, or to […]
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What are you?

01/16/2017 - 9:30am
“So, what ARE you, anyway?” This is a question Dominicans get asked frequently. People don’t expect to see a bunch of young and joyful men wearing 13th-century garb—who are not play actors. I typically give the answer that we are friars, sort of like St. Francis, but in the particular fashion of St. Dominic. We […]
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Flash of Fire in the Fog

01/13/2017 - 9:30am
Editor’s note: This is the seventh post in a series commenting on the first words of Christ as presented in the Gospels. What do you seek? … Come and see. (Jn 1:38-39) At the very core of our being, there is a longing, an aching desire for happiness. We strive to fill this day after […]
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Jesus, Storm-Bearer

01/12/2017 - 9:30am
Editor’s note: This is the sixth post in a series commenting on the first words of Christ as presented in the Gospels. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me… to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. (Lk 4:18–19) He stands up. He is handed the scroll. He unrolls the scroll. He begins to […]
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Something Reliable

01/11/2017 - 9:30am
Editor’s note: This is the fifth post in a series commenting on the first words of Christ as presented in the Gospels. The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel. (Mk 1:14) Believe in the Gospel. With this sentence, Jesus directs our attention away from […]
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A Word for Bread

01/10/2017 - 9:30am
Editor’s note: This is the fourth post in a series commenting on the first words of Christ as presented in the Gospels. It is written,“One does not live by bread alone.” (Lk 4:4) With our modern dietary aversion to gluten and carbohydrates, bread has fallen on some hard times. The full weight of these first […]
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Highway to Heaven

01/09/2017 - 9:30am
Editor’s note: This is the third post in a series commenting on the first words of Christ as presented in the Gospels. Let it be so for now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness. (Mt 3:15) In the beginning of the Old Testament, God’s first recorded words are “let there […]
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Jesus Hasn’t Moved Out

01/06/2017 - 9:30am
Editor’s note: This is the second post in a series commenting on the first words of Christ as presented in the Gospels. How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house? (Lk 2:49) Teenagers can be awfully irrational. I know because just 10 years ago, […]
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When the Word Speaks

01/05/2017 - 9:30am
Editor’s note: This is the first post in a series commenting on the first words of Christ as presented in the Gospels. The words of Christ are powerful. In the beginning, God spoke, and through his Word, the heavens and earth were made. As the Incarnate Word, Christ speaks with this same power. His word […]
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Resolutions

01/04/2017 - 9:30am
Is it better to make resolutions or to keep them? To keep them, obviously, you might huffily reply. Then why do we continue to make resolutions, seeing as we so often and easily break them? New Year’s resolutions in particular seem destined to end up as fodder for comedians’ punchlines. Yet if the point of […]
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Tolkien and Hope

01/03/2017 - 9:30am
I sit beside the fire and think   of all that I have seen, of meadow-flowers and butterflies   in summers that have been; Of yellow leaves and gossamer   in autumns that there were, with morning mist and silver sun   and wind upon my hair. I sit beside the fire and think   of how the world will […]
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Embrace of the Cross

01/02/2017 - 9:30am
The idea of a hug from Jesus can bring to mind the figure of a blue-eyed man with tousled brown hair, probably a big beard, and a cheesy grin with his arms stretched wide waiting for you. Or this time of year, we might think of a cute baby stretching out his hands with a […]
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Hardly Idyllic

12/30/2016 - 9:30am
The Holy Family had a rough start, don’t you think? To begin with, it almost ended before it started. Mary was found to be with child, in a pregnancy planned by God but unplanned by men. So “Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly” (Mt […]
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The Eyes of the Heart

12/29/2016 - 9:30am
“Here is my secret. It is very simple: one sees well only with the heart. The essential is invisible to the eyes.” In Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novella The Little Prince, a wise fox whispers this secret into the Prince’s ear. He does so after the two begin a friendship bound for the pain of separation. […]
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The Twelve Days of Emmanuel

12/28/2016 - 9:30am
Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel (which means, God with us) (Mt 1:23) The joy of Christmas is the joy of Emmanuel. Our God is not distant from us: he is in our very midst. Nor is his presence some abstract proposition. His closeness is […]
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I Spy with My Little Eye

12/27/2016 - 9:30am
And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger… And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. Lk 2:16, 20 Sometimes the shepherd boys in the manger scene look a little too young. Isn’t […]
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The Face of an Angel

12/26/2016 - 9:30am
Yesterday we celebrated the birth of the Son of God. Today we remember the death of a man. Through Advent we watched for the coming of God, before being surprised to see angelic hosts and to hear the cry of a baby. Now, the day after Christmas, we see a man whose “face was like […]
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