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The Jesus Prayer

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

The Jesus Prayer One of the most well-known and beloved prayers in Eastern Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches is the Jesus Prayer. There are a few forms which differ slightly but probably the most common goes like this: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” It’s a simple, short, and […]

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Sunflowers! Thank God!

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Harvest festivals, like our American Thanksgiving, are found all over the world. From Korean Chuseok to Jewish Succoth, many farming societies developed rituals to mark the end of the harvest season, often with large parties and tons of good food. Spain has numerous local and regional festivities for the harvest season, which I am sure […]

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A Meditation on Ecclesiastes

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

All men are dust and to dust they shall return. This is a seemingly grim statement, yet it is also one imbued with humility. What is man, whose life is measured in years and decades, in the great scope of God’s creation? To what can we aspire, so small in power and with a constitution […]

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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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Wise Habits: 30 minutes with DSPT Scholars

Monday, October 19, 2020

On behalf of Fr. Peter Rogers, O.P., and everyone at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, we are excited to announce a new online live series beginning this month called Wise Habits: 30 Minutes with DSPT Scholars. Each month (dates attached) the DSPT will feature one of its esteemed Dominican friars, or a special guest, […]

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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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