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And To Dust You Shall Return

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

For you are dust, and to dust you shall return (Gen 3:19). Most everyone agrees with this sentence irrespective of their views or religious beliefs. Unless we are alive for the Second Coming, each of us must die one day. Sometimes death comes to us like an uninvited guest, terrible and blunt. Recently, I read […]

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Pilgrimage: Walking with God

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Christians throughout the ages have undertaken strenuous journeys to shrines far and near. Early pilgrimages focused on the Holy Land, on the sites of Jesus’ life. There are records of such journeys as early as the fourth century. For example, St. Helena famously journeyed to the site of the Crucifixion. In the Middle Ages, Rome […]

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The Chair of St. Peter

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

As we draw near to the feast of The Chair of St. Peter it is worth reflecting on what papal infallibility is and is not. People often think this doctrine entails that Catholics believe the pope is faultless, receives divine inspiration, or that anything he ever says is infallible. However, the First Vatican Council, which […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Br. Frederick Narberes, O.P. Funeral

Friday, January 18, 2019

Please pray for the repose of the soul of our beloved Br. Frederick William Narberes, O.P., who died on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. The funeral arrangements are as follows: Thursday, January 24 7:00pm – Vigil at St. Dominic’s Church, Benicia, CA Friday, January 25 11:00am – Funeral Mass at St. Dominic’s Church, Benicia, CA Friday, […]

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Br. Frederick Narberes, O.P.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

William Narberes, 81, a Dominican Friar of the Western Dominican Province, died on January 16, 2019. He was born April 30, 1937 in Martinez, California to Catherine (Lane) and Rene Narberes. William entered the Dominican Order Western Province and was professed a Cooperator Brother receiving the name Frederick on May 20, 1961. Over the 57 […]

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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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