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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

As we continue through the season of Advent, almost everyone anticipates the joy of opening presents on Christmas morning. For most people, it is annoying to open their new gadget or toy, only to find a “some assembly required” label on the box. This is especially true for young children who have a difficult time […]

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St. Jude Shrine Christmas Novena

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

“We are a ‘touchy’ people, Father… we like to touch.” Dear friends of St. Jude, I was invited for this past St. Jude feast by the devotees of St. Jude in Tucumán, Argentina, to come and give a novena with some of our relics of St. Jude, while Fr. James Moore, OP, my predecessor, was […]

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