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Melt the Frozen, Warm the Chill

05/22/2015 - 5:30am
In these days leading up to Pentecost, the Church, following the example of the Apostles, prays for the Holy Spirit to bestow His gifts upon us, in order to “lead [us] into all truth” (Jn 16:13) and bring us all into fuller fellowship with God.  But what exactly are these gifts of the Holy Spirit, […]
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Baltimorean Justice

05/21/2015 - 7:30am
Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy each to his brother; do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor; and let none of you devise evil against his brother in your heart.’ (Zec 7:10) The recent riots in Baltimore offer us another opportunity to consider […]
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The Power of Jesus’ Name

05/20/2015 - 7:30am
Today is the memorial of St. Bernardine of Siena (d. 1444), a preacher renowned for his love for the Holy Name of Jesus. As a young boy Bernardine’s love for Jesus overflowed into care for the sick during a time of pestilence in Siena.  He later joined the Franciscan Order and was assigned the task […]
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05/19/2015 - 7:30am
In the year 431, the Council of Ephesus gave Mary the title of Theotokos, or “God-bearer.” In light of this, she is commonly called today the Mother of God. Her calling was absolutely unique, as she (and no one else) was asked by God to consent to God Himself being born of her. This is […]
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Summer 2015 is Now Online!

05/18/2015 - 2:03pm
The student brothers of the Dominican House of Studies are pleased to announce the electronic release of the Summer 2015 issue of Dominicana Journal. From fiction to theology, interviews to book reviews, this issue of the Journal offers a uniquely contemplative and Dominican perspective on an expansive array of topics. For an overview of this […]
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Cat Cams & the Real Presence

05/18/2015 - 7:30am
Long-time readers of Dominicana will already be aware that I love cats—indeed, I love every kind of cat. (I also like monkeys.) I was thus delighted recently when two of my confrères at the Dominican House of Studies introduced me to iPet Companion, a website dedicated to providing people without cats (or lacking glass boxes […]
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Locating Heaven

05/15/2015 - 7:30am
There is something proper about being astounded and in awe of a mystery, but there is something dangerous about being embarrassed by it. Sometimes it seems like we drift too close to the second option with the mystery of the Ascension. In addition to the nagging “why” questions, wondering if things wouldn’t have been better […]
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Announcement: Dominicana Summer 2015 Release!

05/14/2015 - 9:30am
The student brothers of the Dominican House of Studies are pleased to announce the release of the Summer 2015 issue of the Dominicana Journal. From fiction to theology, interviews to book reviews, this issue of the Journal offers a uniquely contemplative and Dominican perspective on an expansive array of topics. The print issues have been […]
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Jesus Is Lord

05/14/2015 - 7:30am
When the apostles walked away from the site of the Ascension, they possessed a certain kernel of knowledge. Having lived with Jesus during the time of his humbling, in which he took on our lowly state, they had now seen Jesus’ exaltation in his resurrection and ascension to the Father. By witnessing this exaltation, they […]
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The Atrocities Against Christians in Iraq and Syria

05/13/2015 - 7:30am
When describing the effect of tragedy on an audience, Aristotle employs the term “catharsis” in his Poetics to denote the purgation of emotions, namely of pity and fear, which the audience experiences while the tragic hero learns something new of himself. Pity is not meant in its pejorative sense, wherein a strong but haughty person […]
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Just Like Hogwarts!

05/12/2015 - 7:30am
I was just beginning a tour of the chapel here at the Dominican House of Studies for a small group of visitors when a young woman about my age said it. “It looks just like Hogwarts!” she exclaimed, interrupting my introductory remarks about the overall design of the building. The rest of the group quickly […]
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Review: Arriving at Amen

05/11/2015 - 7:30am
While scrupulous people like me like to know the rules so that we can keep up with them, saints know they fall short of their duties and ask for help and mercy. When God answers their prayers, they spill over with grace and light, filled by something more potent than they could have thought to […]
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Sent at His Mother’s Request

05/08/2015 - 7:30am
The Lives of the Brethren, which chronicles the experiences of the first Dominican Friars, relates how before the foundation of the Dominican Order a good monk was caught up in ecstasy: [He] saw the Lady Mary Mother of God kneeling with her hands joined and begging her Son to wait for the human race to […]
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Musical Man

05/07/2015 - 7:30am
“But it’s not of God!” he exclaimed, shocked. We had been discussing our musical interests, and I had said something about my great fondness for Beethoven; I had recently listened to his Sixth and was making my way through a biography. “Wait, you like classical music?” he had asked, incredulous. “Um, yes,” I had said, […]
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Mad Men

05/06/2015 - 7:30am
Hear me, heathens and wizards And serpents of sin! All your dastardly doings are past, For a holy endeavor is now to begin And virtue shall triumph at last! Thus says Don Quixote in The Man of La Mancha. This musical, based upon the classic novel by Miguel de Cervantes, is a play within a […]
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Review: A Short Guide to Praying as a Family

05/05/2015 - 7:30am
This is not your usual prayer book.  Earlier this year—on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, to be exact—the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia released a new prayer book entitled A Short Guide to Praying as a Family.  This book compiles prayers familiar to most Catholics and brings them together in a way that is intelligent, […]
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Mary, the Flower of May

05/04/2015 - 7:30am
“April showers bring May flowers.” You remember that little rhyme, don’t you? Growing up in Buffalo meant that sometimes these showers were of the snowy variety, but those flowers did spring up in May. And at my house there were plenty of them, especially roses, my mother’s favorite part of the garden. But May is […]
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Joseph/Jesus the Worker

05/01/2015 - 7:30am
Hanging on the wall in my childhood home was a simple image of Joseph the carpenter, working with a plane on a piece of wood. My dad for most of his life was also a carpenter, building homes for his small business, “The Village Carpenter,” and thus, especially liked this image. Today we celebrate the […]
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That Smell

04/30/2015 - 7:30am
What does holiness smell like? An odd question, perhaps. But we frequently use such sense-metaphors to describe things spiritual. We talk (usually metaphorically) about seeing holiness, hearing the Lord’s voice, feeling the presence of God, or even tasting that the Lord is good (Psalm 34). But smelling? In the world of the early Church, it […]
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A Patron for Pyros

04/29/2015 - 7:30am
  Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire. This is undoubtedly St. Catherine of Siena’s most famous saying. Originally intended to challenge and embolden, this directive, however, has become rather domesticated. It floats along on a vast sea of comforting spiritual quotes on Pinterest. It’s available for […]
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