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Lenten Conference Audio: Blinding Darkness

7 hours 8 min ago
Dominicana is happy to offer this audio recording of “Blinding Darkness.” It was given by Br. John Paul Kern, O.P. as the second installment of the 2017 Lenten Conferences at the Dominican House of Studies. Listen to the whole series on our Audio Page. Series flyer with more info found here.     ✠ Image: Fr. Lawrence […]
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Unbeautiful Savior

13 hours 8 min ago
At first glance, I was viscerally repulsed by the above painting. It was the eyes in particular, and the mouth, both of the same shade of red. Eyes shouldn’t be that red. It was hideous. The feeling of revulsion reminded me of when—as a child—I turned the page of an illustrated fairy tale to be […]
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Dispelling Darkness

03/24/2017 - 9:30am
On a recent Sunday evening, another brother and I walked up to a snow-covered golf course at the edge of the grounds at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Up for the week visiting our campus ministry there, we had driven out to the course at the suggestion of the chaplain, who promised us a […]
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Homesick for Heaven

03/23/2017 - 9:30am
I recently came across a line by Samuel Johnson that struck me as having a particular relevance to Dominican friars: “A man uncommitted is at home everywhere; unless he may be said to be at home nowhere.” As mendicants, we are “uncommitted” to a place; we give up a stable home for the sake of […]
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03/22/2017 - 9:30am
Nails Now place the nail, my lovely lad         and grip your hammer low; Now raise it high above your head,         and firmly strike your blow. Once more raise up your arm again         once more hit hard your steel, But mind your hand, let not the weight         your gentle fingers feel. Well […]
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Suspect the Good

03/21/2017 - 9:30am
It’s nearly impossible to have a civil conversation nowadays with someone who disagrees with you. For example, take Sally, who is pro-choice, and her friend Alice, who is pro-life. Sally and Alice had never talked about this issue before, but now that they have, they suddenly find themselves at odds. Does this have to spell […]
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Remember Death

03/20/2017 - 9:30am
We are all going to die. We were reminded of this on Ash Wednesday when the priest put ashes on our heads saying, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” We need to be reminded about the reality of our death because we forget so easily. Our culture desensitizes us to […]
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5 Ways St. Joseph Can Help Your Lent

03/18/2017 - 9:30am
Editor’s note: This post was originally published on March 19, 2015. How can St. Joseph help you this Lent?  I propose five ways.  Simplicity In John 6, when Jesus boldly declares, “I am the bread of life,” his hearers murmur among themselves and ask, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph?”  (Jn 6:41).  Apparently, […]
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St. Patrick’s Slavery

03/17/2017 - 9:30am
Similar to the Irish people, St. Patrick moved from slavery to slavery. Looking at the life of today’s celebrated saint, we see three modes of slavery which are emblematic of the people he helped save. St. Patrick and his flock have been slaves to humans, sin, and Christ. The life of Patrick shows us the […]
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Lenten Conference Audio: On Christian Purgation

03/16/2017 - 2:22pm
Dominicana is happy to offer this audio recording of “On Christian Purgation: Following in the Footsteps of the Beloved.” It was given by Br. Augustine Marogi, O.P. as the first installment of the 2017 Lenten Conferences at the Dominican House of Studies. Listen to the whole series on our Audio Page. Series flyer with more […]
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Pixie Dust and Ash Wednesday

03/16/2017 - 9:30am
The Disney film adaption of Peter Pan ends (unsurprisingly) happily-ever-after. Gathered before the nursery window in a loving embrace, the Darling family fondly watches Peter and Tinkerbell fly their golden, pixie-enchanted ship through the moonlit clouds to Neverland. In the background, a 1950s chorus croons the reprise to “You Can Fly”: When there’s a smile […]
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I Am Able

03/15/2017 - 9:30am
If only we could have the confidence of James and John. “‘Are you able to drink the chalice that I am to drink?’ They said to him, ‘We are able’” (Mt 20:22). And lest we think that they don’t know what that chalice entails, this exchange comes immediately after Christ foretells his Passion for the […]
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Call Him Father

03/14/2017 - 9:30am
When meeting someone important, there is always one question that precedes every conversation: how do I address this person? Is it Your Highness, Your Excellency, Mr. President, simply Sir or Ma’am? It’s not an idle question. The importance of the person in question creates a dissymmetry, something like an inequality. To disrespect this dissymmetry and […]
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A Discerning Eye

03/13/2017 - 9:30am
My father once remarked that after years of eye exams, he had memorized the eye chart. This level of mastery of the material would guarantee success on an algebra or biology test, but it is not helpful in an eye exam. Unlike other tests, the goal in an eye exam is not to give the […]
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The Presence of God

03/10/2017 - 10:30am
Homes are not beautiful if they are empty. Things are beautiful by the presence of God. —St. Thomas Aquinas on Psalm 25 So many today never think of God, and some, even when they do think of God, consider him only as a puppet-master, a policeman, or a watchmaker. But God is much more marvelous […]
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The Six Effects of Confession

03/09/2017 - 10:30am
During Lent, many Catholics return to the sacrament of Penance, some after a few weeks, others after many years. Most of us approach Confession seeking forgiveness of sin and the alleviation of a guilty conscience. Perhaps to our surprise, the sacrament has even more to offer. In one succinct paragraph, the Catechism lists six spiritual […]
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Don’t Look Gloomy, Smile!

03/08/2017 - 10:30am
Today we are just a week into Lent, with five weeks to go before the holy Triduum and the glories of Easter. In the meantime, we Christians are praying, fasting, and giving alms in reparation to God for our sins and those of the whole world. These practices are right and just, but if we […]
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Do What Comes Naturally

03/07/2017 - 10:30am
Have you ever looked at a great work of art and considered what you share in common with the artist? Or maybe, what you share in common with the engineer of the Egyptian pyramids? Well, you too have an intellect, a will, and possibly the capability of drawing straight lines. Either way, there are fundamental […]
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Jesus Wants Your Baggage

03/06/2017 - 10:30am
I love flying on airplanes. As if traveling to a new destination were not exciting enough, my extroverted personality delights in being in the company of complete strangers, packed front to back in a Boeing 787. A cocktail of ginger ale and light conversation typically helps pass the travel time, and being thousands of miles […]
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Christ in the Bronx: Corpus Christi Monastery

03/04/2017 - 10:30am
Editor’s note: This post was originally published on August 30, 2013. It is part of a series on the Dominican Nuns, and you can read the rest of the series here. The Church is sometimes described as the Mystical Body of Christ, with Jesus as the head and the faithful as his members. The term […]
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