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How to Talk About Homosexuality

05/27/2017 - 9:30am
Editor’s note: This post was originally published on August 6, 2014. Fr. Gabriel Torretta was ordained a priest in 2015 and now serves as a parochial vicar. How do we talk about homosexuality? Christians are caught on the horns of a dilemma: if we do talk about homosexuality we are told that we’re sex-obsessed and […]
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The True Axis of the Earth

05/26/2017 - 9:30am
In C. S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce, dead souls ascend by bus from a hellish suburbia to the edge of heaven. For the dead souls, everything in this new land overwhelms. The leaves are heavy, the light blinding, even the grass hurts to walk on because it feels “hard as diamonds” to the “unsubstantial feet” […]
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At the Hedge

05/25/2017 - 9:30am
The Word of God, solitary, magnificent amid the vicissitudes of human history, turns to me, his face shining from his vision of the Father, and speaks to me. As in all human love, only more so, I am exposed; I have no one to hide behind. Each occasion is the first and only time, and […]
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Dominicana Journal: Summer 2017 Is Here!

05/24/2017 - 3:00pm
The newest issue of the print journal is now available. Focusing on the theme of the family, this issue of Dominicana takes as its inspiration the words of Pope St. John Paul II, “As the family goes, so goes the nation, and so goes the whole world in which we live.” This issue explores the […]
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An Image of Sanctity

05/24/2017 - 9:30am
“Why isn’t she a saint yet?” This was the reaction a classmate of mine had to seeing an image of Mother Teresa. And it makes sense. This was a woman known around the world for her charity, compassion, and love of God, and she had yet to be canonized. The timing of his question was […]
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First Mass

05/23/2017 - 9:30am
Clenching the wheel of his community’s beat-up beige Ford Taurus so tightly the color had fully drained from his hands, Father Eugene Felusiak raced up the Jersey Turnpike. As he successfully steered the vehicle from one lane to another, finding a way through the accumulated traffic, he half-wondered to himself whether his maneuvers were being […]
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A Life: Measured, Packed, Shaken, and Overflowing

05/22/2017 - 10:35am
Author’s Note This article concerns the life of Fr. Tom Heath, O.P. (1920-2005), who was a son of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph from his first profession in 1944 until his tragic death in 2005. The uniqueness of his life makes it noteworthy. The value it has, however, is magnified because, on a more […]
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Hearts Like His

05/22/2017 - 9:30am
You’re always hurt most by those closest to you. The sharpest knives are wielded by family, religious brothers, or intimate friends, for they have a particular access to our hearts that is born of the strength of the bond between us. Through familial ties, religious profession, or the affection of friendship, we have given our […]
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The Look of Divine Love

05/19/2017 - 9:30am
“It is godlike to love the being of someone” (Gilead, Marilynne Robinson). In this short sentence from her novel Gilead, the author, Marilynne Robinson, expresses the deep, unflinching love of a father for his son. The Gospel of Luke provides an image of this love as the father runs toward his scraggy, prodigal son. Resolved, […]
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What’s Up with Sacrifice?

05/18/2017 - 9:30am
Sacrifice is tough. It is even more so because it’s hard to make sense out of why we should bother in the first place. As one who also struggles with sacrifice, I turned to a trustworthy brother (Thomas Aquinas) for some clarity on the matter. We usually take “sacrifice” to mean “giving something up” or […]
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We Are Travelers

05/17/2017 - 9:30am
Memorial Day weekend approaches. And with it will come the beginning of the summer vacation season. According to one survey, close to half of all Americans took a long-distance vacation in the summer of 2014, traveling an average of nearly 300 miles from home. They went to beaches and big cities, lakes and resorts. But […]
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Check Yourself

05/16/2017 - 9:30am
“Yo, priest! You best check yo’self!” A priest who taught me the faith when I was a boy used to tell this story. Once, when he was leading a group of high school students on a pilgrimage to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., he was accosted by a homeless man on the steps […]
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Seeds from Reading

05/15/2017 - 9:30am
“Pick up and read, pick up and read.” While in a garden, St. Augustine heard these words spoken by a child and was inspired to pick up Paul’s Letter to the Romans. Reading, he received the grace of conversion which spurred him to entrust himself to Christ and seek baptism. Like St. Augustine, St. Ignatius […]
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Mary’s Peace Plan

05/13/2017 - 9:30am
Editor’s note: This piece was originally published in Dominicana in September 1947 by Br. Vincent Ferrer McHenry. He was ordained a priest on June 9, 1949. In his almost sixty-five years as a priest, Fr. McHenry served as a college professor, chaplain to Dominican sisters, and hospital chaplain. He passed away in 2014. “He that […]
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Repent and Pray

05/12/2017 - 9:30am
Tomorrow, May 13, the Church celebrates the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s first apparition to the three shepherd children of Fátima. It is an occasion for us to thank God for the loving care He shows us through His Mother, who is also our Mother. How appropriate that it should fall just the day before […]
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A God of Failures

05/11/2017 - 9:30am
The Presentation in the Temple looks like a failure. In memory of the slaying of the firstborn of the Egyptians—man and beast alike—the Israelites were commanded to sacrifice their own firstborn to the Lord. This in general seems to have required the death of the firstborn, with two exceptions. There’s an option to ransom a […]
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The Message: Remix?

05/10/2017 - 9:30am
The apostles held fast to Christ’s message (Liturgy of the Hours, Common of Apostles). Their message goes out to all the earth (Ps 19:4). There is something I hate about the word “message.” Probably through no fault of its own—it sounds like a fine old frenchish word—it sounds to me like the weakest of words […]
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A Voice I Did Not Know

05/09/2017 - 9:30am
God never appeared to me and told me in clear and audible words what I was supposed to do with my life. He never told me to be a Dominican. Or maybe He did, and I just didn’t recognize His voice. Life can seem very confusing. You might have heard or said a thousand times […]
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Toward a Spirituality of Sloths

05/08/2017 - 9:00am
It is difficult to be Catholic and also a fan of sloths. “Why do you like something named after a deadly sin?” I have been asked on no few occasions. When I try to justify myself by pointing out that animals cannot sin, the response I usually get is, “Well they’re still pretty lazy.” It […]
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This April

05/05/2017 - 9:30am
This April, Spring’s familiar scents— Easter lilies, fresh mown fields, Mulch, warm rain on blacktop roads— Rise again from their winter sleep Stirring the lovely forgotten past Experiences of Spring. So all these childhood memories wake: Tired feet and grass-patterned skin, Reading in the humid shade, The green porch with peeling paint, Summer evenings playing […]
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