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Ted Works at the Pentagon

12/11/2018 - 2:00am
Ted works at the Pentagon. I can’t tell you what he does—that’s strictly confidential—but I can tell you that he barely ever leaves the compound. Although his work is not extremely stressful in itself, it demands that he nearly always be present. Thus, he eats, sleeps, bathes, exercises, and generally goes about his life within [...]
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A 70th Anniversary

12/10/2018 - 2:00am
Seventy years ago today, on December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. This declaration quickly became the most translated document in the world, available in over 500 languages. The language of rights finds its origin in the 17th century, which is rather recent in the grand scheme [...]
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St. Ambrose on Mary

12/07/2018 - 2:00am
Today is the memorial of St. Ambrose, bishop and doctor of the Church. He was born to an influential Roman family in 340 and eventually became a Roman Governor. He was made bishop of Milan in 374 at the behest of the populace, despite his fierce protestations, and became highly renowned. He defended Church doctrine [...]
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How to Do Things

12/06/2018 - 2:00am
It matters how you do things. Even in the most mundane routine, like your morning coffee, how you do things matters. Do you approach life like a task to complete? We’re all tempted to seek efficiency first and intentionality second, to rush through life in the same way we plow through a to-do list. But [...]
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Beheading Statues

12/05/2018 - 2:00am
It was hardly enough for the French revolutionaries to behead just one king. Nine months later, in October 1793, anti-royalists tore down 28 statues of Judean kings mistaken for French monarchs from the façade of Notre Dame Cathedral and guillotined them in the Cathedral Square. Doubtless these monuments were obnoxious to the crude libertarian sentiments [...]
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Recognizing the Lord

12/04/2018 - 2:00am
As the first season of the new liturgical year, Advent possesses a twofold character. Having just ended the liturgical year celebrating the solemnity of Jesus Christ reigning over the universe in glory, we begin the cycle again with a dynamic thrust into preparing for our glorious King’s return. At the same time, since we are [...]
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Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord

12/03/2018 - 2:00am
Editor’s note: This post was originally published on November 29, 2012. Fr. Jacob Bertrand Janczyk was ordained to the priesthood in May 2017 and now serves as the Vocations Director for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph. This Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent, marks the beginning of a new liturgical year for the Church. [...]
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The First Shall Be Last

11/30/2018 - 2:00am
We all want to be first. From our earliest days, we jockey for the prize. Mom’s affection, a gold trophy, bragging rights: you name it, we want it first. Rivalry courses through our veins, and it boils when heated by blood line. Saint Thomas says we’re more likely to envy those nearest to us in [...]
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Stressed?

11/29/2018 - 2:00am
Are you stressed? Are you overwhelmed with work? Does your day feel like one, big, exhausting effort just to survive? Are you so desperately busy that you’ve started identifying with Wile E. Coyote in his feverishly frantic and fatally futile sprints through thin air as he tries to race back to the top of the [...]
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Ignorance is NOT Bliss

11/28/2018 - 2:00am
In Chapter 7 of St. Luke’s Gospel, some disciples of John the Baptist approach Jesus, sent by John himself to ask Jesus, “Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?” (Lk 7:19). At first glance, this passage can seem a bit perplexing. Why would John send the men to find [...]
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I Didn’t Pick Them

11/27/2018 - 2:00am
Thanksgiving is over. Hopefully we all had a pleasant time and remembered to keep being thankful for all of the blessings God has placed in our lives. But, if there is any truth at all in the stereotype presented to us by our culture, we may be at least partly relieved that Thanksgiving is over. [...]
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Blood Washing Blood

11/26/2018 - 2:00am
In a famous scene of a famous play, a semi-conscious Lady Macbeth wanders around the stage and feverishly rubs her hands together in an attempt to clean blood from them, blood which only she can see. Out of pride and lust for power, she had ascended to the throne by plotting the King of Scotland’s [...]
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Strengthen Me With Raisin Cakes

11/23/2018 - 2:00am
Some people say that the Bible is like a “love letter” from God. That’s hard to take when you’re sitting in the pew, listening to a lector mumble a reading filled with ancient names and places, and you suddenly realize you shouldn’t have drunk that whole glass of water just before leaving the house. Maybe [...]
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The Voice of Thanks

11/22/2018 - 2:00am
Today is a day to remember your deepest identity—one made in the image and likeness of God. To be made in his image is to be given the command from God in the Garden of Eden: fill the earth (Gen 1:28). With what are we to fill the earth? With our very selves: we are [...]
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Friendship is Rooted in Charity

11/21/2018 - 2:00am
Who is your best friend? How do you define your relationship? Perhaps you know what brings each other joy and you will that for each other.  According to the dictionary definition, a friend is someone who is “one attached to another by affection or esteem.” A connection is formed when two people become friends because [...]
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Roots

11/20/2018 - 2:00am
A tree’s fruit should reveal the quality of its root. What a man says and does should reveal the quality of his heart. The root of a righteous act is a heart converted to God. Rooted like this, one’s heart knows God, loves him, acts with him in mind…the fruits follow the roots. Almsgiving, prayer, [...]
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The Mind of Fear

11/19/2018 - 2:00am
Brother Phobos sat forlorn on one of the many rock formations encircling his small hermitage in Egypt’s Scetis Valley. With each gurgle of his stomach, his thoughts became increasingly distraught. He had prayed his psalms, tidied up his small monastic cell in the nearby cave, and weaved the requisite number of wicker basket he sold [...]
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Cries from the Depths

11/17/2018 - 1:00am
Dominicana is happy to offer this audio recording of “Cries from the Depths,” a reflection given at the Vigil of All Saints by Br. Joseph Martin Hagan, O.P. The vigil focused on readings from four saints: John Chrysostom, Catherine of Siena, Thomas More, and Mother Teresa. These readings accompanied by music from our Schola precede the [...]
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The Need to Abide in Love

11/16/2018 - 2:00am
In today’s liturgy, we read from the Second Letter of St. John. Tomorrow, we will read from his Third. And beginning next Monday, we will work through his Apocalypse (Revelation) until the beginning of Advent. Ending the liturgical year with John—Apostle, Evangelist, and Theologian—seems altogether appropriate when we consider that he was the last Apostle [...]
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A Humble Love

11/15/2018 - 10:15am
On March 7, 1274, Saint Thomas Aquinas died. His teacher Saint Albert the Great was around 80 years old at the time. Tradition tells us that St. Albert was profoundly affected by St. Thomas' death, as seems natural for men whose intellectual relationship and relationship in the Order was so close. In fact, according to [...]
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