Reflections on Death

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Why does the Church focus on death? In his monastic rule St. Benedict tells his monks to “keep death daily before your eyes.” St. Jerome is famously depicted in paintings with a skull on his desk as he composes his translation of the Bible. Some churches are even made of human bones. Traditionally, crypts for […]

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Serving

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

By the grace of God, I was ordained to the diaconate this past month, and I have had the privilege to serve at Mass as a deacon. Part of the petition to be ordained to the diaconate involves declaring a clear understanding of a deacon’s responsibilities. The most important and clearly defined ones are the […]

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Crash Course: How to Discern Your Vocation

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

I spent several years discerning my vocation before I joined the Order. Despite the stress and uncertainty, the process of discernment was incredibly grace-filled. I learned a lot about God and myself, gaining practical wisdom that has proved to be very fruitful. Based on this experience, I would like to share a few tips for […]

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How to Waste Time Like a Saint

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Our common life as Dominicans follows a daily schedule of prayer and meals called an horarium, but that still leaves us with a lot of time left to plan on our own. How do we make the best use of that time for prayer, study, work, and recreation? One of the best time management tips […]

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The Eucharist: Our Burning Bush

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

“And the angel of the Lord appeared to [Moses] in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed.” (Exodus 3:2) “In this [fire] it prefigured this sacrament [the Eucharist], in which the fire of kindness and of divine […]

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Valuing Truth Wherever It Is Found

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the intellectual luminaries of our Order, is a model thinker. He integrated the thought of diverse intellectuals in and out of the Church, arranging them into what St. John Paul II calls “the most elevated synthesis [of faith and reason] ever attained by human thought” (Fides et Ratio §78). Aquinas […]

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How to Die

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

I’ve been thinking about death a lot, lately. The pandemic, societal violence, and civil unrest have given ample occasion. Last year, I came to possess a replica of a skull, which now sits on my desk. From time to time I look at it while I study. Before bed, I take it in my hands […]

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Silence and Noise

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Ironically, as I am typing this, I am listening to some music. I do not exaggerate when I say that I have a sort of an addiction to music—especially secular music, as we will see in the songs I reference below. I almost always have some song stuck in my head throughout the day. In […]

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The Beauty of the Vow of Chastity

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

I love the vow of chastity! Yes, you heard me right. I, a twenty-four-year-old male, who grew up in the hyper-sexualized culture of twenty-first century America, am thankful that I have chosen not to marry. This choice is especially puzzling in a society where the chastity of priests and religious is looked upon by many […]

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The Night is Always Darkest Before the Dawn

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Psalm 130:6-7 “My soul looks for the Lord more than sentinels for daybreak. More than sentinels for daybreak, let Israel hope in the Lord, For with the Lord is mercy, with him is plenteous redemption,” When you can, reread the miracles of Jesus, especially in the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). I am often […]

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