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Do Not Forget Affliction

06/22/2018 - 2:00am
On the day of prosperity do not forget affliction, and on the day of affliction do not forget prosperity (Sir. 11:27). The wisdom literature of the Bible sometimes gives us very concrete and everyday proverbs, things we can ponder and enact in any day and any place. Saint Gregory the Great elucidates the commonsense meaning [...]
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The Work of the Church

06/21/2018 - 2:00am
The Church first used the term “social justice” in the 1850s after witnessing the material inequality plaguing humanity that came in the wake of the progress of the industrial revolution. Blessed Paul VI expanded on this concept of social justice in his 1971 apostolic exhortation, Evangelica Testificatio, writing about the role religious institutes (groups like [...]
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Prenups with God

06/20/2018 - 2:00am
A few months ago, thirteen friars, including myself, made solemn vows. We offered everything to God, including all our possessions. But before the big day, a few friends and family members made some startling suggestions. Some counseled me to keep money stored away, just in case. Others asked about possible escape routes, again, just in [...]
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Preaching Judgment

06/19/2018 - 2:00am
While our human judgment suffers from a deep fallibility, God’s judgment is subject to no such imperfection. Throughout the Sacred Scriptures, God asks his prophets to go and report to people that he will judge them. Jonah goes to the Ninevites. Elijah tells king Ahab that “the dogs shall lick up [his] blood” for his [...]
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Duck Sleep

06/18/2018 - 2:00am
Ever wonder why you sleep poorly on your first night away from home? Neuroscience has the answer, and it has to do with ducks. A mallard duck can rest one half of its brain at a time. According to an ornithological study, when a duck sleeps in a hostile environment, it keeps one eye open [...]
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A Wounded Church

06/15/2018 - 2:00am
In light of the recent abuse and cover-up crisis, Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, wrote a letter to the “Pilgrim People of God in Chile.” He acknowledges the grievous sins of certain members of the Church, encourages Christians to hope in Christ’s forgiveness, and exhorts all the faithful to participate in the ever-needed conversion which [...]
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A Post About Nothing

06/14/2018 - 2:00am
Seinfeld was famously dubbed “a show about nothing.” I’ve prayed about what to write for this blog post, thought about it, and then prayed about it more. But nothing has come to me. Nothing, nada, zilch. So, I’m just going to work with what God has given me. This is a post about nothing. Reflecting [...]
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The Restorer of Lost Things

06/13/2018 - 2:00am
Between the liturgical procession complete with marching band, the local variety of pizza without mozzarella cheese, and the statue of a poor Franciscan friar entirely covered with money, the St. Anthony’s feast day celebration I saw last year was full of paradoxes. Most left me rather puzzled, but one stood out: as the marching band [...]
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Salt of the Earth

06/12/2018 - 9:02am
Have you ever wondered how Jesus chose the images he used in his parables? What thoughts and feelings would the expression "salt of the earth" have for the people of the ancient world? Salt was one of the most useful and familiar substances for the people of his time, and both of these qualities made [...]
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Christian Happiness

06/11/2018 - 2:00am
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus explains the radical moral vision of Christianity. Quite striking is the way in which he begins this explanation. He does not commence his sermon with an abstract exposition of morality. Nor does he offer a basic description of the initial stages of the spiritual life. Instead, he begins [...]
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Announcing the Summer 2018 Issue of Dominicana Journal : The Apocalypse

06/09/2018 - 2:00am
When the world didn’t end in 2000, some people set their apocalyptic hopes on 2012. After those disappointments, perhaps we should finally acknowledge that it’s impossible to predict the day or the hour. But despite failing to come true again and again, apocalyptic claims generate hype wherever and whenever they arise—because in some sense they [...]
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A Body You Prepared for Me

06/08/2018 - 2:00am
What we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands concerns the Word of life— for the life was made visible; we have seen it and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was made visible to us— what we [...]
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No Prayer in Vain

06/07/2018 - 2:00am
Why aren’t my prayers answered? One often hears this question in relation to requests big and small. Why hasn’t St. Anthony found my keys yet? Why haven’t I been able to find a new job? Why did my cancer come back? Why hasn’t God heard my prayers? Of course God hears each one of our [...]
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Living in Grace

06/06/2018 - 2:00am
Life really is like a Sigrid Undset novel. It’s all about grace—receiving it and rejecting it. Undset masterfully crafts her characters to reveal the quiet—and sometimes not so quiet—movements of grace in their lives. God lovingly touches each soul, bestowing upon her the gift she most needs to live in Him. God, however, does not force [...]
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St. Boniface and the Idols of the Day

06/05/2018 - 2:00am
Chop! Chop! Chop! Wiping away the perspiration rolling down his broad forehead, the burly Englishman heaved his axe and struck again. Chop! Chop! Chop! The bitter cursing that greeted his first swings died down to an uneasy grumble. “How stiff-necked man can be,” he thought. “Old Elijah knew that,” he mused, remembering a snippet of [...]
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The Priesthood and Spiritual Maternity

06/04/2018 - 2:00am
The vocation to be a spiritual mother for priests is largely unknown, scarcely understood, and, consequently, rarely lived, notwithstanding its fundamental importance. It is a vocation that is frequently hidden, invisible to the naked eye, but meant to transmit spiritual life. Pope John Paul II was so convinced of its importance that he established a [...]
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It’s Time for Figs

06/01/2018 - 2:00am
I can’t help but feel a bit bad for the poor little fig tree Jesus cursed. It seems unfair! Mark makes it quite clear in his Gospel that “it was not the time for figs.” Nevertheless, when Jesus sees that the tree is figless, he curses it so that it “withered to its roots” (Mk [...]
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A Friendly Visit

05/31/2018 - 2:00am
For our joy to last, we must share it with others. Unfortunately, in modern society people too often seek antidotes to sadness and loneliness as if these two plagues weren’t related. We ward off sadness by medication and seek companionship by various types of social media. It is, however, a mistake to try and treat [...]
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On Valedictions

05/30/2018 - 2:00am
As we near the end of May, we end a month of graduations and commencement ceremonies. A whole new generation of young adults has been sent into the world with degrees in hand. A venerable tradition for universities today is to invite an important or well-known speaker to impart a word of wisdom to the [...]
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All We Need Is Love

05/29/2018 - 2:00am
No generation passes without affording us some deeper insight into what it is to be human. Professors opine, poets and songwriters construe their craft, and politicians enact laws all to enlarge our experience of life, even if at the end of the day more mystery remains. Of course, the best (even if the most elusive!) [...]
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