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Rejoice Always

12/15/2017 - 2:00am
“Rejoice always.” These words, first addressed to the Thessalonians, will be proclaimed to us this Sunday. We are called to rejoice, and the Church gives us this Sunday to do just that. The penitential spirit of Advent is suspended on Gaudete Sunday, as it is on Laetare Sunday during Lent. The priest will wear rose [...]
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Advent Conference Audio: Why Give Gifts

12/14/2017 - 10:00am
Dominicana is happy to offer this audio recording of “Why Give Gifts.” It was given by Br. Simon Teller, O.P. as part of the 2017 Advent Conferences at the Dominican House of Studies. Next week's conference will be entitled "Mysterious Gifts of the Magi" and will be given at the Dominican House of Studies on Monday, [...]
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A Little While Yet

12/14/2017 - 2:00am
All is not well with us; all is not well with the world. In Advent, we hear Isaiah’s dissatisfaction: “Sinful nation, people laden with wickedness, evil offspring, corrupt children!” Convicted by the prophet's accusation, we see how far we are from God. We see the world mired with sin. Our hearts should burn with sorrow [...]
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12/13/2017 - 2:00am
Have you ever had FoMO? I’m guessing that you have, though you probably just didn’t know that it was called that. FoMO, a new acronym begotten by the younger generation (and now officially recognized by  the Oxford Dictionary), is simply the “Fear of Missing Out.” One might use the term in a way such as [...]
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Dominicana Records Presents “The Hillbilly Thomists”

12/12/2017 - 10:00am
Dominicana Records proudly presents The Hillbilly Thomists! After four albums of sacred choral music, the Dominican brothers have tuned their banjos and turned their attention to Americana folk and bluegrass. Their hope: to spread the joy of the gospel through the joy of music. The album largely revives old songs from the American folk tradition, [...]
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Our Lady and the Lottery

12/12/2017 - 2:00am
The Mexican people, after two centuries of experiments and defeats, have faith only in the Virgin of Guadalupe and the National Lottery. Around the same time Mexican poet and Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz wrote these words, the U.S. Tax Court heard a unique case, Diaz v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue—the case of Our Lady and [...]
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Finding a Friend in the Folio

12/11/2017 - 2:00am
Until recently, I thought that I was the only person to have written a quirky, pious, ukulele song for St. Isidore the Farmer. Perhaps I still am. However, while searching through some medieval manuscripts I found that even in this, I am not as unique as I thought: The Codex of St. Isidore, the 13th-century [...]
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Review: In Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary

12/08/2017 - 2:00am
Tota pulchra es, Maria. Et macula originalis non est in Te. Thou art all beautiful, Mary. And the original stain is not in Thee. Mary is beautiful because God loves her. In love, God her Father created her. In love, God her Son redeemed her. In love, God her Spouse dwelt in her always. The [...]
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Alluring Landscapes

12/07/2017 - 2:00am
What is it that makes landscapes so alluring? Both photos and paintings of landscapes can hold the attention of a viewer for long stretches. This particular one by John Constable, which hangs in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, seems to promise an idyllic experience. Is it the natural beauty of a landscape that [...]
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Why Saint Nicholas Matters

12/06/2017 - 2:00am
In our shared human experience, we frequently find ourselves carrying other people’s burdens, seeking, if we can, to alleviate them, with others doing the same for us. This is mercy. By showing mercy, we take another’s misery and seek to alleviate it as if it were our own. St. Thomas Aquinas calls the bishop St. [...]
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Sweeter than Vengeance

12/05/2017 - 2:00am
Man was originally created in a state of innocence, destined for happiness. After the sin of our first parents, however, original sin was established. Dealing with evil in human affairs is now with us until the end of time. When we experience such evil, it can be easy not to see beyond it.  Blinded by [...]
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Loving Enemies

12/04/2017 - 2:00am
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus Christ commands us, “Love your enemies” (Mt 5:44). I’m sure I’m not alone among Christians who struggle with this commandment, not only to do it but to understand it.  It seems strange, even unnatural to love an enemy. The very word “enemy” means “not-friend.” It is easy to [...]
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The Shepherd’s Voice

12/01/2017 - 2:00am
Am I a sheep or a goat? This is the question that always plagues me after hearing this past Sunday’s Gospel (Mt 25:31-46). Jesus’ description of the last judgment as a separation of the sheep and the goats never fails to leave me recalling the faces of panhandlers and feeling once more the gnawing of [...]
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Sibling Rivalry

11/30/2017 - 2:00am
When we’re with our families, we can’t pretend to be someone we’re not. They know our quirks and tastes, talents and difficulties. They tend to know us even better than we know ourselves, in fact. And we know them in return: lovable, struggling, eccentric, surprising. Our knowledge of each other usually leads to love, and [...]
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The Gods of the Heathens

11/29/2017 - 2:00am
Popular Hollywood movies seldom express deep theological insights. The recent Wonder Woman film, while not exactly an exception to this rule, allows the opportunity to reflect a little on an incarnate god (light spoiler alert). The hero of the film, Diana, is the daughter of Zeus and the queen of the Amazons, a goddess-woman. Her [...]
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Living with God

11/28/2017 - 2:00am
“Behold, the Lamb of God.” The priest lifts the Host up for us to adore our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” We yearn for Him, long to see Him face-to-face, and our hearts pour themselves out in love: “Rabbi, where are [...]
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To Forgive Another

11/27/2017 - 2:00am
“Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” We pray these words routinely as Christians, yet their weight should give us pause. We all need forgiveness, but to offer forgiveness often feels beyond our ability. This is a serious issue: How can we be forgiven if we never learn to forgive [...]
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11/24/2017 - 2:00am
I have a plan for surviving an attack of Africanized honey bees. I developed it after reading Psalm 118. At the midpoint, the psalmist describes being attacked on all sides by enemy nations. He declares, “they compassed me, compassed me about… They compassed me about like bees.”  How did the psalmist respond to this metaphorical [...]
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A Thanksgiving Prayer

11/23/2017 - 2:00am
Easter has eggs, Christmas presents, Halloween candy, and the Fourth of July fireworks. These are so tied to their celebration that leaving out the “has” of the preceding clauses might make one think that the names of the holidays were adjectives rather than nouns. What Thanksgiving has, however, is Thanksgiving dinner. And what is it [...]
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The Day Before Thanksgiving

11/22/2017 - 2:00am
The day before Thanksgiving. Sleep in. Enjoy the warmth of the bed as it keeps away the chill in your room. Stay away from the world for a little longer this morning. No job forces you from your sleepiness today. Rest in the comfort of peace; reflect without worry about the bustle to come. They [...]
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