Preaching Like St. Paul

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Recently, in one of my Scripture classes, we addressed the similarities and differences between St. Paul and the Greek philosophers. The philosophers of his day (Stoics and Cynics, for example) would often meet their audience in private and semi-private places and speak to them about how to live well. This included convincing them of the […]

Read More
Categories: Features

What is Morality About?

Monday, February 4, 2019

When I say the word morality, what do you think of? Your first thought may be of rules, duties, and obligations – dos and don’ts of what is acceptable behavior, such as those in the Ten Commandments. Some may think of morality as God putting limits on human freedom and may even see these limits […]

Read More
Categories: Features

St. Thomas and Obedience to the Truth

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Dominicans are not especially zealous in promoting the veneration of our saints, a tendency that goes all the way back to our beginnings and the cultus of St. Dominic himself. When at last the brethren approached Pope Gregory IX concerning the cause of their founder, he lectured them about their tardiness in bringing the matter […]

Read More
Categories: Features

What is Celibacy?

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Every single person is called to love. If we do not experience love, life remains incomprehensible to us. But if we do experience love, then all of life becomes charged with meaning and joy. But how are we called to love? We are called to love…like God loves. While meditating on this truth one evening […]

Read More
Categories: Features

The Fifth Joyful Mystery: The Finding in the Temple

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

That the twelve-year-old Jesus clearly knew the Law and the Prophets is evident in the fact that the learned men even bothered listening to the child. However, it is unlikely that they would have spent three whole days putting up with any child – no matter how cute – if all he could do was […]

Read More
Categories: Features

The Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

It seems an unusual requirement that Mary and Joseph should consecrate God’s own Son back to Himself. And yet, in obedience to the Law of Moses, Mary and Joseph do just that, obeying the requirement that “Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord” (Luke 2:24). This law hearkens back […]

Read More
Categories: Features

How Does a Dominican Chapter Work?

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Since the earliest days of St. Dominic, the Order of Preachers has been a fiercely democratic institution, embodying the principles of collegiality, subsidiarity, representation and accountability. Thus, the Order values the wisdom, experience and ideas of a wide spectrum of friars in providing for the good of our mission: preaching the truth. The Order of […]

Read More
Categories: Features

Why is Christmas in December?

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The near universal celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, or Christmas, on December 25th dates to the early 4th century. Now, we have all heard the allegation: the date, December 25th, was settled on by the early Catholic Church to counter (or rather eclipse) the birthday celebration of the pagan “Invincible Sun” god, or […]

Read More
Categories: Features