Running Away, Running Toward Temptation and Love
Altar of St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.

  We often think of avoiding temptation, but this is only one part of the spiritual life.  What is temptation leading us away from?  This is the other part of the spiritual life: to return to what we have abandoned by temptation.   First Sunday of Lent Year A   First Reading: Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7 […]

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Apostolic Creativity

Since the very beginning of the Order, Dominicans understood our charism of preaching to be wider than simply homiletics, or preaching from the pulpit. St. Dominic himself understood the mission of the Order to be that of going outside the Church proper in order to encounter those who were not in the pews. This effort […]

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Immigration, Justice, and the Common Good

In my last post I discussed the concept of different forms of justice as well as the common good. I recently read an excellent piece from Bishop Conley, the Bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska, on the issue of immigration that can help to further elucidate these concepts. Bishop Conley writes: Certainly, entering a country illegally is a crime. […]

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Pray with the Dominicans During Lent

We invite you to join the Dominican Friars of St. Dominic Priory for prayer this Lenten season. In addition to our regular prayer schedule, we would like to point out the following opportunities in particular: Saturday Evenings: Solemn Vespers, 5:00 PM Thursday Evenings: Vespers followed by Mass, 5:00 PM St. Dominic Priory 3407 Lafayette Avenue Saint […]

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Defining the Friar Preacher

It is not unusual for brothers of the Order find themselves having to explain the meaning of the title “friar.” This is quite understandable, of course. The term “friar” is basically medieval, and outside of academia or certain religious circles, it is not a word used frequently. Moreover, the term is both useful and misleading (a […]

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Knowing “Alternative Facts”

  i. A favorite of mine, Ursula Le Guin,—one of the Top Ones writing in English today,—on February 1 wrote a “letter to the editor” piece for The Oregonian, making a goodish stab at a conversation about “fiction” and “alternative facts.” Le Guin is honest, bare. Like terracotta, her writing is what it is: useful, […]

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Experiences of Grace — Dominican Come & See Weekend

Each semester the friars at St. Dominic Priory host a Come & See Weekend for young men discerning a vocation to the Dominican Order. This serves as an opportunity for men to pray with us, learn about our charism and ministries, and meet other men who are similarly discerning God’s call in their lives. The […]

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“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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