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The Liturgy as Formation

16 hours 48 min ago
Oftentimes friends and family ask me, “Well, how long until you become a priest?” I usually respond with a condensed version of our lengthy and seemingly complicated formation program. More questions ensue, and I continue to explain to them the whole framework of reasoning behind all the things formation involves. There’s a great deal that [...]
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Ite Ad Joseph

03/19/2018 - 11:30am
Ite Ad Joseph. “Go to Joseph.” These were the words of Pharaoh to the people of Egypt during the years of famine (Gen 41:55). These are the words inscribed at the base of the statue of St. Joseph in front of St. Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal. This Oratory was founded by St. André Bessette, [...]
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Lenten Conference Audio: Temple of the Spirit: The Importance of Place in the Spiritual Life

03/17/2018 - 2:00am
Dominicana is happy to offer this audio recording of “Temple of the Spirit: The Importance of Place in the Spiritual Life.” It was given by Br. Elijah Dubek, O.P. as part of the 2018 Lenten Conferences at the Dominican House of Studies. Listen to past Lenten series on our Audio Page.
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03/16/2018 - 2:00am
No one shall appear before me empty-handed.  –Ex 34:20 That photo on your desk at work. Or on your nightstand. Or on your lockscreen. It obviously means a lot to you, but how often does it actually make an impression on you anymore? How frequently do you really notice it? The Word of the Lord... Go [...]
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Humility as Desire

03/15/2018 - 2:00am
As one plods through the modern city of Bologna, crossing the Piazza del Nettuno into the Piazza Maggiore, one is greeted by an unsightly, unfinished façade of the Basilica di San Petronio. The basilica as it stands is one of the largest in the world, but the commune and Alduino degli Ariguzzi, one of the [...]
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Failed Fathers

03/14/2018 - 2:00am
Recently, I saw Marvel’s Black Panther in the theaters. I recommend watching it, but be forewarned that this post has a few spoilers. Besides being visually stunning and rather entertaining, the movie is surprisingly thoughtful. It presents nuanced perspectives on Africa and its peoples, their historical plights and their cultural treasures. It features women in [...]
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What Love Looks Like

03/13/2018 - 2:00am
To read about the life of a saint is to glimpse a world illuminated by a hidden light. The saint’s actions seem wild yet effective, spontaneous yet motivated by deep insight. As a dog responds to a whistle pitched far higher than the human ability to hear, so the saint responds to directives imperceptible to [...]
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Laetare, Jersualem

03/12/2018 - 2:00am
An old tradition still permits priests to wear rose-colored (not pink) vestments on two Sundays each year: Gaudete Sunday (Third Sunday of Advent) and Laetare Sunday (yesterday, the Fourth Sunday of Lent). Both are named for the first word of the entrance chant at Mass. Those of you who love your Latin may immediately link [...]
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Preferring the Light

03/09/2018 - 3:00am
Are you happy? Or, at least, happier? We’ve hit the halfway point of Lent—three weeks down, three weeks to go. That’s three weeks without whatever little pleasures we sacrificed for this penitential season. Three weeks deprived of coffee, or soda, or the snooze button on our alarms. Things that, we think, get us through the [...]
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How Lonely Sits the City

03/08/2018 - 3:00am
How lonely sits the city that was full of people! How like a widow has she become, she that was great among the nations! She that was a princess among the cities has become a vassal. -Lamentations 1:1 In 589 BC, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon laid siege to Jerusalem for the second time in ten [...]
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Hitting the Mark

03/07/2018 - 3:00am
When I first saw curling I was confused: what are they doing sweeping brooms in front of a giant hockey puck? Why do they start barking out calls as soon as it is released? What are they even trying to do? What is the goal? A curling match usually settles into a predictable pattern. The [...]
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Youth, Beauty, and Promise

03/06/2018 - 3:00am
A few years ago, my father “was a young man, strong, virile, athletic, handsome, chaste, and disciplined; the kind of man one sees sometimes shepherding sheep, or piloting a plane, or working at a carpenter’s bench.” Even today, he is something of a renaissance man; a bonafide Leonardo da Vinci, precocious as a child and [...]
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The Light of Conscience

03/05/2018 - 3:00am
Our friend Tom is in a moral pickle. His elderly mother—bedridden with dementia and slipping in and out of consciousness—nonetheless clings to life. There is no telling how long until she will “shuffle off this mortal coil.” In the meantime, her continued tenuous existence causes her tremendous suffering, not to mention the pain experienced by [...]
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03/02/2018 - 3:00am
Before I entered the Order, I had a chocolate labrador retriever, whose full name was “Abbot the Dog.” Though a generally well-behaved dog, Abbot once gnawed to pieces my iPhone 3G. (Don’t laugh at its obsolescence—at the time it was very expensive, and I was very fond of it.) Later, he went after several cell [...]
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Where Are the Poor?

03/01/2018 - 3:00am
There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man's table. Dogs even used to come and [...]
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Measuring My Maturity

02/28/2018 - 3:00am
Maturity is a difficult word to define. It’s also a difficult state to reach definitively, saying to ourselves, “Finally, I’ve arrived!” How do we know when we’re considered mature? Do we reach it by a certain age? Proverbs says so of parents: Hear, my son, your father’s instruction,    and reject not your mother’s teaching; for [...]
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A Vision of Fiery Chariots

02/27/2018 - 3:00am
“Why?” It’s a common enough question, even from a very young age. We tend to ask the question differently as time goes on, though: “Daddy, why is that squirrel’s belly white?” becomes “Why didn’t my son come home from Iraq?” To be sure, toddlers have a certain grasp of tragedy—“Why don’t we visit grandpa any [...]
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A God Who Cannot Feel

02/26/2018 - 3:00am
In this season of penance, we ask God to have mercy. Human mercy involves compassion, looking upon someone’s misery and feeling it as your own. But God, in his eternity, can’t feel misery—he can’t feel anything. I don’t mean that the Holy Trinity doesn’t know what our misery feels like, nor that he does not [...]
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Stopping in Smyrna

02/23/2018 - 3:00am
My family are beach people. Growing up in coastal New England, our summers always involved lengthy days on sandy shores and in cool waters. But occasionally, we would trade the chilly waters of the Northeast for the warmer waves of North Carolina. On one Sunday drive down to the Outer Banks for a week’s vacation, [...]
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Rock Solid

02/22/2018 - 3:00am
Today is the feast of the Chair of St. Peter, a celebration of the teaching authority of the Vicar of Christ. We don’t usually think of authority as a blessing, but instead as a cost worth paying for the security we enjoy—upon such philosophy was our democracy founded. Yet today we rightly revel in the [...]
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