“Political Homelessness” and the Virtue of Justice

I recently read a great blog piece from Rev. John Rasmussen, a Lutheran pastor writing for a blog called “The Beggars Blog.” I would highly recommend you navigate over there and read what he has to say. Rev. Rasmussen uses the term “political homelessness” – a state in which a person can find himself or herself […]

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Hounds of the Lord

Any casual observer of Dominicana will eventually notice a theme or image that, at first, may seem odd or out place: dogs. They can be found in Dominican art, legends, and even historical documents from the beginning of the Order to this very day. One might rightly wonder: “What on earth do dogs have to do […]

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Chewing on “Silence”

This is a reflection, not a review, of Scorsese’s “Silence,” and not Endo’s novel by the same name.[1] It is a reflection on a set of questions. I think Scorsese’s version evokes in us more sympathy for Sebastian Rodriguez than we might experience for that same-named man in the novel. Endo’s “Silence” seems to make the […]

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A New Semester of Dominican Formation

This week marks the beginning of a new academic semester for the student friars in St. Louis. It seems that our study and academic formation are among the top curiosities that family, friends, and acquaintances have about our life. There are three Dominican studia (Institutes of Studies) in the United States – the friars of […]

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Nine Ways of Prayer: The Devotion of Our Holy Father Dominic

Each evening at the end of Compline (Night Prayer), the brethren process out of the chapel and down the corridor to an icon of Our Lady, all the while chanting the Dominican version of the “Salve Regina,” an ancient hymn to Mary: When we finish, we turn around and process to the opposite end while chanting the […]

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