The Catholic History of Halloween

Sunday, October 28, 2018

We’ve all heard the allegation: Halloween is a pagan rite dating back to some pre-Christian festival among the Celtic Druids that escaped church suppression. Even today modern pagans and witches continue to celebrate this ancient festival. If you let your kids go trick-or-treating, they will be worshiping the devil and pagan gods. Nothing could be further from […]

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Christian Joy

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

This past fall, I have often found myself demoralized. There is a seemingly continuous stream of distressing news describing troubles outside, but particularly inside the Church. This is compounded by the stresses of daily life, which for me are mostly due dates and tests. While this is nothing unusual – modern life finds countless ways […]

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To Be Super

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The superhero story is a great success and fascination of our time. It holds captive not only children and teenagers, but adults as well. These tales of great feats, formidable dangers, power, and struggle spark our imaginations and make us aspire to great things. We can hardly get enough of them. Why? Do we only […]

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A Perennial Call

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

I thank God for the many blessings of living with the Dominican community here in Bologna as I study Italian. I appreciate the robust community life, as well as the possibility of interacting with joyful Italian friars every day. Moreover, there are ample opportunities to pray at the tomb of our Holy Father St. Dominic, […]

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Where is the Kingdom?

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Every Sunday we celebrate Christ’s victory over evil and sin. We might ask ourselves: what does the victory of Christ mean? What happened after His rising from the dead? Why does the world not have fewer wars or less violence? Has the Messiah repaired anything? Where is the kingdom of heaven which Jesus announced? Jesus […]

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To Learn and Serve

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Residency year is typically the 4th year of formation for student brothers of the Western Dominican Province. During this time, we take a break from the usual academic routine and devote ourselves to ministry. Each of us is assigned to a Dominican parish or Newman Center where we get some real-life experience of what Dominican […]

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Set Apart to Serve

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

  On August 8, the Solemnity of Saint Dominic, I received the sacrament of Holy Orders by being ordained a deacon alongside my classmate, Br. Cody Jorgenson. The event marked a profound change to my role in the Church. As the Catechism tells us in paragraph 1570, a deacon shares in Christ’s mission and grace […]

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Easter Joy and the Resurrected Body

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Saint Thomas would later be identified with his moment of doubt, but now it is not doubt that captures his mind. Jesus stands before him in the glory of his resurrected body. As Jesus shows Thomas his wounds, Thomas recalls the recent events still vividly painted in the minds of the men and women of […]

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