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DSPT Convocation of the College of Fellows

Monday, January 6, 2020

How can Catholics evangelize in a culture that calls moral convictions “hate speech” and “intolerance?” Please join us for this important day of thoughtful presentations, dialogue and reflection at the Annual DSPT Convocation of the College of Fellows on Feb. 1 at 9:30 am at DSPT in Berkeley. Speakers include Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP (Lay […]

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Reflections for the New Year

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

It’s fitting that we celebrate January 1st as the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. In her essay The Mystery of Christmas, the philosopher and Carmelite nun St. Edith Stein writes that “[t]he kingdom of God on earth began when the Blessed Virgin pronounced ‘fiat,’ and she was its first servant.” Who better to honor […]

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Christmas in New York

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

On my first visit to New York City, I had the pleasure of being among the many tourists who flock to Manhattan for the holiday season. New York City is one of the busiest and most picturesque cities as it prepares for the Christmas season. Many attractions huddle within blocks of each other. The holiday […]

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O Antiphons

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Today, the Church begins to sing the seven, so-called “O Antiphons.” Dating from the early Church, these antiphons are sung at Mass and Evening Prayer during the seven days leading up to Christmas. They constitute a way for the Church in her need to cry out to her coming Lord that He might hasten on […]

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Loving God as a Habit

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

I vaguely remember, as a child, being so proud of the fact that I could tie my shoes. I consciously thought through what my fingers were doing with each action of tying my shoes. Today, I have no idea what my fingers are doing; I simply “tell” my hands to tie the shoes, and then […]

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Advent’s Pregnant Pause

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Advent has begun! We’ve entered into a pregnant pause. The hope of the world—of our lives—is imminent ! The canticles of Zechariah, Simeon, and Mary in the gospel of Luke express the hope of the people Israel. God’s chosen people have been waiting for the fulfillment of His promise: of the coming of the anointed […]

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Reflections of Entering Religious Life

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Every year several young men from all over the country visit St. Albert’s Priory for a Come and See weekend. I will never forget my first visit to St. Albert’s for a Come and See weekend. So many things ran through my mind as I walked through the cloister, prayed with the brothers, and listened […]

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St. Cyril and the Eucharist

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

St. Cyril of Alexandria lived between c. 378-444 AD and was the Patriarch (Archbishop) of Alexandria during a very turbulent time in the Church. At this time a man named Nestorius was spreading a teaching that Jesus’ humanity and divinity were not united in one person, but in one appearance, in Greek prosopon. St. Cyril […]

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