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Fraternity, Postmortem

11/17/2017 - 2:00am
When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled; and he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” (John 11:33-36) A few weeks ago, [...]
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Discursive Meditation

11/16/2017 - 2:00am
What can you think about in discursive meditation? Well, think about God, His attributes, and His Trinity. Think about How God is perfectly good, or how He is all-knowing or all-powerful or always everywhere. Think about how God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Think about how the three Persons are equal in dignity to [...]
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A Growing Spirit of Criticism

11/15/2017 - 2:00am
This game I’ll call “Guess This Conservative Author,” and it only works if played by the rules. Without reading ahead, consider these select criticisms of modernity: Against self-serving politicians: See the moral hypocrisy of the commanding class. They know no other way of protecting themselves from their bad conscience than by justifying themselves by maxims [...]
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Mi Casa Es Tu Casa

11/14/2017 - 2:00am
“Son, back in nahn-teen seh-vendy six your dad was…” Often in my household while I was growing up, my father, referring to himself in the third person, would start extravagant stories with this long, drawn-out introduction. My brother and I would beam with excitement anticipating what new story might come out of his mouth. This [...]
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The Flesh Is Willing

11/13/2017 - 2:00am
Any Christian wanting to pray will be tested. Difficulties in prayer often manifest themselves in weaknesses of our bodies that get in the way of our hearts and minds ascending to God. The apostles’ behavior in the Garden of Gethsemane exemplifies this common trial. Jesus had called them to keep watch with him, but three [...]
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A Road Towards Blinding Light

11/10/2017 - 2:00am
“The road that stretches before the feet of a man is a challenge to his heart long before it tests the strength of his legs” (Fr. Walter Farrell, O.P., My Way of Life). St. Leo the Great must surely have felt the truth of this as he walked out unarmed to halt the impending hordes [...]
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The Beauty of the Particular

11/09/2017 - 2:00am
Remember your creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come.   -Ecclesiastes 12:1 Margarita loved the country. She was a city girl herself, but after gang violence broke out near their apartment, Phil convinced her that they should move somewhere Jimmy could grow up without fear of stray gunshots. They [...]
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Light Pollution

11/08/2017 - 2:00am
They built the 7-11 when I was in middle school. I remember it vividly, not because it was the second gas station in town, but because it brought a set of parking-lot lights that cut into the night sky like a rusty knife and screamed into the mountain air like nails on a chalkboard. I [...]
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All Dominican Saints

11/07/2017 - 2:00am
Less than a week ago, the whole Church celebrated All Saints Day. Today in the Order of Preachers we celebrate All Dominican Saints. Are the Dominicans hosting some kind of exclusive afterparty? What is going on? First and most essentially, we should ask: why does anyone celebrate the saints? In a sermon that appears in [...]
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A Wealthy Man

11/06/2017 - 2:00am
Two years ago, a man was riding a subway at night in New York City. He was struggling not to fall asleep, knowing from experience that if he dropped off, a passerby on the subway would kindly relieve him of the contents of his pockets. These constituting the majority of his possessions, he was inclined [...]
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A Poor Friar for the Poor

11/03/2017 - 1:00am
Look at the photo that accompanies this post. What do you see? This is a depiction of St. Martin de Porres, a Dominican friar who lived in Lima, Peru, from his birth in 1579 until his death on this day in 1639. Without ornamentation or even a halo to denote his sanctity, this humble statue [...]
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The Mystery of Faith

11/02/2017 - 1:00am
It is tempting for the contemporary Catholic, especially an enthusiastic apologist, to try to explain and to prove the faith to others. I know many, myself included, who have discussed the faith with family or friends who have fallen away or even simply have a question to ask: nearly always, I overdid it. We want [...]
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Communion for Excellence

11/01/2017 - 1:00am
Saints are not made in a vacuum; they’re made in Christ. The saints belong to the Body of Christ, and within this Body, their lives intertwine, intersect, influence one another. Like a thread, the biography of one saint weaves into the biography of another saint. The threads stitch together forming a union. Ultimately, this union [...]
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Death and Dry Bones

10/31/2017 - 1:00am
Bones through a gap in the broken wall. Bones old and dry strewn in their subterranean tomb. Why stop and stare, why feast the eyes on the fleshless remains of some dead ancient fisherman? Should not these tokens be things to flee, to avoid contact with the horrors of death, which thrust this man out [...]
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Review: The Word Made Flesh

10/30/2017 - 1:00am
A Charlie Brown Christmas reveals something true of all Christians in our culture. Charlie Brown seeks meaning amid all the holiday hubbub. He feels lost, and his questions only further isolate him. The world’s noise threatens to drown him. Nearing despair, he yells: “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” All are [...]
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The Upside Down

10/27/2017 - 1:00am
As if middle school wasn’t horrific enough, the Netflix series Stranger Things adds an interdimensional monster, a government conspiracy, and a telekinetic “weirdo” (Ch. 2). Today, they release Season 2. Foundational to the gripping narrative of the show is what the characters come to name “the Upside Down,” a toxic copy of our world into [...]
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Divine Providence

10/26/2017 - 1:00am
The sun that paints the sky like fire: This red, that cloud, as sun sinks low. The wind springs up, the evening breeze, To stir the branches of the tree.   The tumbling leaf from rest on high, Its winding, spiraling, to and fro, Descending from the sky to earth, Its lying, waiting there—just so. [...]
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Dry

10/25/2017 - 1:00am
This is a kind of response to a Dominicana piece written in the print journal several years ago by Brother Timothy Danaher,  I Am Haunted by Waters. As he points out, one of the last lines of the New Testament goes, “And let him who is thirsty come, let him who desires take the water [...]
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From Fear to Fear

10/24/2017 - 1:00am
What are we afraid of? Exams, physical harm, awkward social situations, the loss of loved ones. All of our fears refer to some upcoming difficulty which we can’t see a way out of. And many of our fears seem reasonable—who wouldn’t be afraid of failure or injury or embarrassment? But one of God’s most regular [...]
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He Remains Faithful

10/23/2017 - 1:00am
The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he will also deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself. (2 Timothy 2:11-13) God always remains faithful. This is [...]
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