Gracián, mystic(?)

Whoso enjoys fine manners and likes to sharpen his/her claws on bright things, I can recommend two books by the same author: Baltasar Gracián, a seventeenth century Spanish Jesuit and philosopher. I might have added “mystic,” but there is, pshaw, no proof. He is, nevertheless, still respected for his contributions to literature. I know these books […]

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Formation is Not Only in the Classroom
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As the academic year comes to a close in the coming weeks, the student friars at St. Dominic Priory will begin their summer assignments and ministries. While the academic year places a heavy focus on our intellectual formation, summer placements tend to focus more on pastoral formation. The brothers are generally given a wide variety […]

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You Were On The Cross

Lost, everything is lost. And everything I’ve loved before is gone. Alone like the coming of the frost, and a cold winter’s chill in my stony heart. And where were You when all that I’ve hoped for, where You when all that I’ve dreamed, Came crashing down in shambles around me You were on the […]

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“Preaching” Is More Than A Homily
Holy Week: Palm Sunday through the Triduum

Anyone who has been to a Catholic liturgy during Holy Week knows that everything is not only longer – the hymns, prayers, readings – but is also full of symbols.  The red vestments of Palm Sunday, the blessed oils of the Chrism Mass, the elevated Cross on Good Friday, the single flame of the Paschal […]

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Holy Week Liturgy Schedule

We welcome all guests to pray with us this Holy Week. For directions please click here. Monday, April 10th to Wednesday, April 12th 6:30 AM – Office of Readings 7:00 AM – Lauds (Morning Prayer), followed by Mass 5:00 PM – Vespers (Evening Prayer) 7:15 PM – Compline (Night Prayer) Holy Thursday – April 13th […]

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Raising the Dead: Not Only on the Last Day
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The raising of Lazarus from the dead strengthens our faith and comforts us that Christ is the Lord of life: death has no power over Him.  In addition to the physical death that will happen to all of us, what about spiritual death?  How does Christ raise us from our sins in the present?   […]

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The Holy Habit of St. Dominic

Out of all the things which mark the life of a Dominican friar, perhaps the most visible is the holy habit. Like many other religious orders, our habit is a symbol of our spirituality, our way of life, and a significant sacramental in our living of the consecrated life in the Catholic Church. Hence, I […]

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Fiction Is Never Propaganda

How do you really know when a fiction, like a novel, is propaganda or not? Philip Pullman, well-known British author, is writing a new trilogy set in the same fictional multiverse as His Dark Materials. The new trilogy begins with The Book of Dust, which comes out in October. (A TV-series based on Pullman’s His Dark Materials, his […]

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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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