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Open Wide Those Doors

13 hours 9 min ago
Forty years ago today, a clarion call rang from the celebrant’s chair in Saint Peter’s Square: “Do not be afraid. Open, I say open wide the doors for Christ!” With those resounding words—so familiar now to myriad Catholics across the globe—Pope Saint John Paul II initiated a pontificate that for nearly 27 years would penetrate [...]
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Look at Me

10/19/2018 - 2:00am
Imagine it is 8 a.m. on a Friday morning and everyone is preparing to rush off to work or school or whatever morning activity is in their schedule. Now when someone gets to work or school, it is usually the person’s desire to excel in the tasks he has to do that day, aiming to [...]
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What the Father Was Doing During the Crucifixion

10/18/2018 - 2:00am
Editor’s note: This is the fifth post in our newest series, Beholding True Beauty, which consists of prayerful reflections on works of sacred art. The series will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of October. Read the whole series here.   The Father speaks. The Word is spoken.   This is my beloved Son, [...]
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Desiring Martyrdom

10/17/2018 - 2:00am
The letters of St. Ignatius were some of the first writings of Church Fathers I ever read. One of my friends bought me a copy of The Apostolic Fathers, and the summer before I entered seminary, I read through them. Saint Ignatius’ excitement, even enthusiasm, for martyrdom, was striking and memorable: Fire and cross and [...]
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Contemplating Beauty in Music

10/16/2018 - 2:00am
Editor’s note: This is the fourth post in our newest series, Beholding True Beauty, which consists of prayerful reflections on works of sacred art. The series will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of October. Read the whole series here. Amidst the Church’s vast treasury of sacred music, there can be a tendency for [...]
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Dominican Carmelites

10/15/2018 - 2:00am
Often the Church blooms most illustriously when her members work in sync. Saint Paul presents the human body as a great image for the Church, elaborating on it extensively at least six different times in his letters. The Lord loves when the gifts that he has given to the different members of his body work [...]
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Self-Enclosures and Jammed Locks

10/12/2018 - 2:00am
I once spent a frigid night awake at a Florentine McDonald’s after getting stuck at the train station Firenze Santa Maria Novella. That part of the night wasn’t horrible. I conversed with a native Florentine who, among other things, boasted that the McDonald’s burgers there were superior to all others because they used Florentine beef. [...]
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Come Closer

10/11/2018 - 2:00am
Editor’s note: This is the third post in our newest series, Beholding True Beauty, which consists of prayerful reflections on works of sacred art. The series will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of October. Read the whole series here. How close can a work of art get us to God? In the case [...]
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Let This Cup Pass from Me

10/10/2018 - 2:00am
There are many fascinating stories about St. Catherine of Siena. She once almost got her head cut off. Another time, she caught the head of someone else just after it was cut off. Jesus literally removed her heart and replaced it with is own; she had the scars to prove it. Demons obeyed her. Popes [...]
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The Crucifixion at Isenheim

10/09/2018 - 2:00am
Editor’s note: This is the second post in our newest series, Beholding True Beauty, which consists of prayerful reflections on works of sacred art. The series will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of October. Read the whole series here. Indeed, an essential function of genuine beauty, as emphasized by Plato, is that it [...]
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Ignorance is Bliss?

10/08/2018 - 2:00am
We live in an age that is painstakingly well-informed, very aware of all types of news. Our awareness transcends the limits of distance: we can just as easily talk on the phone with a friend down the street as we can watch events unfold in real time on the other side of the globe. Thanks [...]
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Friendly Justice

10/05/2018 - 2:00am
The last time I set foot in a McDonalds, I witnessed an injustice. Not a grave injustice—something minor, but nonetheless a system which failed to respect the entirety of the human person. I saw, for the first time, automated and unmanned ordering stations at a fast-food restaurant. Now, I know what you’re thinking as you [...]
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Seeing the Crucified

10/04/2018 - 2:00am
Editor’s note: This is an introduction to our new series, Beholding True Beauty, which will consist of prayerful reflections on works of sacred art. In a culture saturated with superficially attractive and distracting images, turning to truly beautiful art can heal the agitation of the mind and draw its gaze towards the Source of all [...]
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The Unimaginable

10/03/2018 - 2:00am
I think that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “It’s Quiet Uptown” from the musical Hamilton is the best recent artistic expression of the inexpressible quality of human suffering. It is a powerful piece of music and poetry. Therefore, I want to let it sing for itself (listen to it here). I offer, by way of commentary on key [...]
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Your Guardian Angel

10/02/2018 - 2:00am
Just as parents rightfully seek the very best care for their children, God has done so in assigning us guardian angels. Since these creatures quite naturally evade direct human sensation, too often this gift goes unrecognized! However, Jesus himself draws the connection: “See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I [...]
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Unanswered Prayers?

10/01/2018 - 2:00am
God always answers our prayers. He doesn’t always give us what we ask for. If we ask for something bad, God will of course not give it to us. However, even if we ask for something good, it is often the case that we don’t get what we are asking for. So then, how must [...]
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The Spirit of Truth Novena

09/30/2018 - 10:44am
The Dominican Confraternities of the Angelic Warfare and the Holy Rosary in the Province of Saint Joseph are teaming up to co-sponsor a Novena for the intention that the Spirit of Truth would descend upon the Church with great power. In the Gospel of John chapters 14-16, the Lord promised to send the Spirit of [...]
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The Spirit of Truth Novena

09/28/2018 - 9:00am
The Spirit of Truth Novena   The Dominican Confraternities of the Angelic Warfare and the Holy Rosary in the Province of Saint Joseph are teaming up to co-sponsor a Novena for the intention that the Spirit of Truth would descend upon the Church with great power. In the Gospel of John chapters 14-16, the Lord promised to send [...]
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Repent: A Cry of Hope

09/28/2018 - 2:00am
In the opening scene, and recurring many times throughout the 2006 Russian film, The Island, a monk named Anatoly cries out in anguish over and over again, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.” He is tortured by an evil he committed many years before, but makes no attempt to lessen his [...]
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Sigrid Undset and an Escape to Reality

09/27/2018 - 2:00am
In times of crisis, both personal and ecclesial, it can be a great comfort to revisit the lives of Catholics who have gone before us, who have suffered for the faith valiantly (or at least patiently), and have faced the final battle of death. Perhaps it is a sort of escapism, but it is the [...]
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