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Be Still

11/27/2015 - 6:30am
Oooff. Ate too much. Hard to type. Tired. Need nap. It’s fascinating that people have the energy to beat the dawn for some savings the day after Thanksgiving. Every year brings more stories that lessen one’s faith in American exceptionalism: brawls at retailers, traffic issues, campouts in parking lots. No need to nag, though, it’s […]
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Three Sonnets for Thanksgiving

11/26/2015 - 6:30am
The chill in autumn with damp, dreary weather, The harvest all gathered before the storm. The November feast brings family together, With great delights of fall the soul to warm. Preparations first on the football field, The kitchen next with oven hot blazing, The smells, the spices, the potatoes all peeled, Sautéing, seasoning, sour-dough raising. […]
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Newman on Vatican II

11/25/2015 - 6:30am
This December 8th will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the close of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65). The Council treated a wide range of themes, many of which were anticipated by the nineteenth-century convert to Catholicism, Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman. Recently, Newman’s preeminent biographer, Fr. Ian Ker, has written a short book on how […]
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Quia pius es

11/24/2015 - 6:30am
November is traditionally devoted to prayer for the holy souls in Purgatory, and in the Requiem Mass the Church offers us a powerful way to intercede on their behalf. The prayers of this Mass, perhaps most well-known from Mozart’s setting of them, guide the Christian through the terrors of death and judgment to confident rest […]
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Christ’s Kingdom

11/23/2015 - 6:30am
As the Church year ends, the focus of liturgical readings becomes especially apocalyptic.  In a certain sense, it is particularly appropriate that the feast of Christ the King was moved to the final Sunday in Ordinary Time, for these two things coincide: the second coming of Christ is when His Kingdom will be perfectly and […]
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What is It about Mystery?

11/20/2015 - 6:55am
What do “mystery-buffs” want to see in a summertime page-turner or an addictive Netflix series?  Besides basic motivations to relax or to pass one’s time, many people are simply fascinated by a good mystery.  And this is true not only for those who frequented the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew volumes in the stacks of […]
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On the Bills and the Blessed

11/19/2015 - 6:58am
“Ladies and gentlemen: thank you for joining us on Dominicana today for this analogical journey! The train (of thought) on which you have embarked is an express line with nonstop service to Buffalo, NY. Please ensure that this is your desired destination. In the event of a blizzard, your seat cushion may be used as […]
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Like Superheroes? Try the Saints!

11/18/2015 - 6:31am
Superheroes! Our culture seems obsessed with them.  Witness the many adaptations of DC heroes like Batman and Superman, the 23 Marvel movies scheduled for release, and even the most recent animated Disney movie, Big Hero 6.  Once superheroes were the subject of only occasional interest, relegated to the checkout aisle or to a small but […]
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When Led into Temptation

11/17/2015 - 6:26am
There is no need for me to explain temptation to you. It is something that comes to all of us, every day, in ways corresponding to the particular quirks of our own, fallen, individual selves. It seems certain that we will not be set free from daily temptation on this side of death. How then […]
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You’re My Home

11/16/2015 - 6:04am
How to find stability in an ever-changing world? Ought we even to seek stability at all? The Letter to the Hebrews teaches us that we have here no abiding city (Hebrews 13:14), and the Lord Himself said that He had nowhere to lay His head (Matthew 8:20). How, then, can the disciples of the Lord […]
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The Heartbeat of the Universe

11/13/2015 - 7:30am
Editor’s note: This post is dedicated to Fr. Sylvester Willoughby, O.P., a much beloved friar of the Dominican House of Studies. At the time of publication, Fr. Willoughby is gravely ill and close to death. For a while I hoped the relatively steady beeping would simply fade, peacefully, into the background like the ticking of […]
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Our Journey Home

11/12/2015 - 7:30am
I find space movies very interesting. I am always fascinated by the visual effects and images that captivate the imagination and spark in me a greater sense of wonder at God’s creation. I recently watched Ridley Scott’s The Martian, and besides the beautiful, red Martian sunsets and vast deserts, I also found the plot very […]
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Quantitative Judgments

11/11/2015 - 7:30am
While walking with a few brothers through the neighborhood of Brookland the other day (where the Dominican House of Studies is located), we ran into members of four other religious communities in the space of twenty minutes: a Dominican sister, an Alma Mercy sister, a Franciscan T.O.R. brother, and six Missionaries of Charity. We often […]
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The Lion’s Share

11/10/2015 - 7:30am
This was not in his job description. For five centuries, the Romans marched from strength to strength under the banner “Senatus Populusque Romanus.” Even under the Emperors, every commission, whether architectural or military, was undertaken in the name of the Senate and People of Rome (SPQR for short). By Pope Leo’s time, this tattered banner […]
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Leaning Lateran

11/09/2015 - 7:30am
As he walks about the Lateran Basilica, he finds himself enamored of its majesty and nobility. Suddenly, and without warning, the earth beneath the structure begins to move and fall away, threatening to collapse that wondrous edifice: the Lateran Basilica is toppling before his very eyes! What could possibly be done to prevent this calamity? […]
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There is Cause for Rejoicing Here

11/06/2015 - 6:22am
Editor’s note: Tomorrow, November 7, marks not only the annual celebration of the Feast of All Saints of the Order of Preachers but also the opening of the Order’s 800th Anniversary Jubilee. We’re turning 800 years old! In honor of these feasts, Dominicana offers the following reflection on Dominican life, taken from a letter by […]
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The Four Loves

11/05/2015 - 6:50am
In the last chapter of the last gospel (Jn 21), there is something strange going on. It is the scene where Jesus asks Peter three times “Do you love me,” to repair the three times he betrayed him. What is lesser known is that they’re using two different words for “love.” Jesus asks Peter if […]
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Portrait of a Saintly Bishop

11/04/2015 - 6:37am
St. Charles Borromeo is an eminent example of the blessed man spoken of in the readings for today’s Mass who, at the Lord’s command, renounced his own life and possessions to carry the cross of Christ.  St. Charles strove to imitate Christ and so brought others to him. He accomplished this in particular through his […]
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A Saint Like Us

11/03/2015 - 6:25am
I once came across a prayer card of St. Martin de Porres that referred to him as the “Glory of the black people”. This language may at first sound a bit jarring to our modern ears. Why mention the ethnicity of St. Martin at all? I don’t think the author meant harm by it. In […]
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Trusting in the Hand of God

11/02/2015 - 6:40am
Justorum animae in manu Dei sunt. In 1605, English composer William Byrd published his motet based on this text from the Book of Wisdom. The souls of the just are in the hand of God, the sacred author asserts, and the torment of death does not touch them. Pointing to the privileged position the saints […]
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