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Jesus I Surrender Myself to You

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How do we Spiritually Grow?

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“I think you should just start over”

After spending hours trying to create the assigned airplane landing gear mechanism, the engineering student believes that his Computer Aided-Design model is nearly complete, save for some finishing touches. He heads into class fairly confident—until his attempt to make one of the final connections between parts fails.

What Kind of Kingdom?

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John Tauler, OP: Abyss calls to Abyss in Sublime Humility

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Studying the Trinity Can Save Your Soul

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The Silence of St Thomas

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Our Kingship in Christ

A few months ago, the death of Queen Elizabeth II captivated the entire world with the remembrance and celebration of her life. Even people who might never have thought about the British Monarchy were tuning into the services online. What is it about royalty that so attracts and excites us? 

Episode 172: What Is Heaven Like?

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DIALOGUE || St Catherine of Siena

“Immersed in Blood and Fire: Dialoguing with St. Catherine and God”

St Albert the Great

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Does God Know the Future?

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Not the Usual Suspect

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Wisdom from on High

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Faith to Prove Mountains

On the back of most Jeeps you will find written “the mountains are calling and I must go.” John Muir’s famous words call us to flee to the mountains to encounter something beautiful, something true.

The Growth of Grace

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St Elizabeth of the Trinity

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What is the Synod?

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“Not As I Will”: John Damascene and Aquinas

Aquinas and the Fathers: John Damascene This post is part of a series on Saint Thomas Aquinas’s reception of the wisdom of the ancient Church.

The Manna from Above

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When Johnny Comes Marching Home

They are almost all gone: the boys who stormed the beaches of Normandy, the boys who saw hell rained down on them at Midway, the living remnant. With each Veterans Day parade, we see fewer and fewer of our veterans of the Second World War.

Is Justice Opposed to Mercy?

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Episode 171: The Heresy of Modernity

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Rules or Reality?

What is Catholicism? If you conducted a random poll of people in America you would likely get an answer that had something to do with a set of moral rules.

Are There Sacraments in the Old Testament?

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DIALOGUE || St Catherine of Siena || Chapter 2

“Immersed in Blood and Fire: Dialoguing with St. Catherine of Siena and God”

The Saint of the Divine Indwelling

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Guestsplaining 036: Blake Brouillette on Homelessness and Encounter

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What is Hope?

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How Thomas Aquinas Made Sure a Heresy Stayed Dead

Aquinas and the Fathers: The Ecumenical Councils This is the first post in a series on Saint Thomas Aquinas’s reception of the wisdom of the ancient Church.

A True Story!

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How To Be Happy

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Altogether Ooky

“They’re creepy and they’re kooky They’re scary and they’re spooky They’re altogether ooky The Addams family!” Halloween has passed, but before we rush from “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!” to “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on that most ghoulish of American families: the Addamses.

The Biblical Mystery of Names 2

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The Biblical Mystery of Names 1

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Episode 170: Must I Choose the Better Good?

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All Souls! Purgatory?

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#AskAFriar: Did Jesus Really Descend into Hell?

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All Saints!

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Christ in Full Stature

A surprising proportion of scripture describes architecture. Such passages usually describe Israel’s Tabernacle and, later, Temple—the places where God made himself present to Israel.

Marguerite Porette: Souls Stripped of Everything But God

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The Deep Heart

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Mechthild of Magdeburg: The Game of Love and Blessed Estrangement

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Hadewijch of Antwerp: Love Never Fails Though She Often Comes Late

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St Angela of Foligno: The Double Abyss of Abundance and Poverty

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The 13th century Beguine Movement

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Hadewijch of Antwerp

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Episode 169: General Judgment and Resurrection

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Aquinas and the Fathers: A New Series

Saint Thomas Aquinas revered the Fathers of the Church, that class of ecclesiastical luminaries that includes such giants as St. Augustine, St. John Chrysostom, St. Jerome, and St. John Damascene. Aquinas knew these early theologians and their writings thoroughly: his Catena Aurea, a commentary on the Four Gospels composed entirely of quotations from the Fathers

Indwelling Trinity and our Service of Others

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Jesus Is Waiting

At the end of Eucharistic Adoration, the presider prays, “O God, who in this wonderful sacrament have left us a memorial of your Passion, grant us, we pray, so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood that we may constantly experience within our lives the fruits of your redemption, who live and

Dominicans Anointed by the Holy Spirit

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In the Courts of the Lord

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Why Sacraments are Signs

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God Was a Humble Carpenter

Jesus was a carpenter and he worked with a saw and a hammer And his hands could form a table true enough to stand forever

Have You the Desire?

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Open to Divine Power

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Livestream of Special Mass for the Feast of St. John Paul II

Join the Dominican Friars on Saturday, October 22 at 12:00 noon, Eastern time as we celebrate a special Mass for the Feast of Saint John Paul II.  All are invited to join us in person at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, 869 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10065. For those who cannot attend the Mass, Read more…

Great is His Mercy

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The Dominican Mind of John Paul II

Pope Saint John Paul II had a Dominican mind. This is not simply because he studied the writings of Saint Thomas Aquinas under the great Dominican master Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, or because he heavily invoked the Common Doctor in his two most important encyclicals, Veritatis Splendor and Fides et Ratio. Far more profoundly, the principal […]

Bioethics and End of Life Decisions

Are quality of life judgments ethical? Join Fr. Gregory Pine, O.P. of Aquinas 101, Godsplaining, and Pints with Aquinas for an off-campus conversation with bioethicist Prof. Gina Noia about her latest Thomistic Institute lecture, “Are Quality of Life Judgments Ethical?” All episodes of Off-Campus Conversations with Fr. Gregory Pine, O.P. can be found on our Read more…

Episode 168: Saint John Paul II

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St John Henry Newman

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St Paul of the Cross || St Teresa of Avila

Ask a Friar & a Theologian Fr. Ignatius Schweitzer, O.P. & Fr. Jesse Maingot, O.P. & Mrs. Ina Carr, O.P. & Dr. Thomas Carr, O.P.This post was originally published on this site

God is Bigger than our Fears

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4 Ways to Avoid Being a Cringey Catholic

Cringe is that inner embarrassment and turmoil you feel from something someone else says or does. This makes you pity them and want to flee their presence. People in the 21st century are hypersensitive to cringe. Part of this is fueled by the excessive sense of irony that many millennials and Gen Zers aim at […]
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Video: Godsplaining Podcast | Angels, Demons, and You

Fr. Jacob Bertrand Janczyk, O.P. and Fr. Joseph-Anthony Kress, O.P., discuss what angels and demons can and cannot do.

Video: Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P. on the Sacraments | Aquinas 101

Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., explains why the Sacraments matter in the worship of God.

The Power of the Word

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Glory and Elevation

​​Our ultimate goal is glory. The glory I am referring to is not earthly fame or honor; it is the beatific vision of the saints, who see God face to face and share in God’s own joy. This is the goal of the spiritual life. Why do we practice the faith? Why have we been […]

Guestsplaining 035: Victor Sweeney on Ghosts and Spirits

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The Divine Impact || Dr Anthony Lilles

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Problem of Evil

Ask a Friar & a Theologian Fr. Ignatius Schweitzer, O.P. & Fr. Jesse Maingot, O.P. & Mrs. Ina Carr, O.P. & Dr. Thomas Carr, O.P.This post was originally published on this site

Sacro Speco || The Sacred Cave

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MIDDAY RETREAT WITH THE MYSTICS: St Gregory of Nyssa

So many in our busy and hectic world today feel the need for prayerful silence and interior recollection. But it’s hard to get away to a monastery! Join us for an oasis of contemplation within New York City, learning from the great Saints and Mystics of the Church and, through their guidance, entering into ever-deeper Read more…

The Great Teresa

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Learn to Pray like St. Francis de Sales

We are called to pray each and every day, to enter into conversation with God but sometimes it can seem difficult to know what to say. How does one enter into prayer? Is it really as complicated as it seems? Today Fr. Gregory Pine O.P., offers us some simple instructions from the wisdom of St. Francis De Sales for lifting our heart and mind to the Lord and entering into that most necessary and important dialogue with our beloved.

Episode 167: Envy and Comparison

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An Autumnal Fascination with Satan

’Tis the season for cardigans and jack-o-lanterns, orange leaves and autumnal foods. As we enjoy cool weather and pumpkin spice lattes, we are reminded why fall is objectively the best season of the year. But this season also has a spookier side that begins to appear as we approach the cultural feast day of Halloween. […]

Prologue || Chapter 1: The Sacrificial Offering of Ourselves to God

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Sanctuary Lamp

Signs are everywhere in our daily life. We look to signs as a way of navigating our daily lives. Oftentimes a sign seems to go unnoticed until it disappears, malfunctions, or is disobeyed. Consider a traffic light. It serves an important function in navigating city streets; without it chaos would ensue. Despite its role it Read more…

Are the Sacraments Necessary for Salvation?

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What is Truth?

About the speaker: Paul Gondreau earned his doctorate in sacred theology from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, writing under the renowned Thomist scholar Rev. Jean-Pierre Torrell, O.P. He is professor of theology at Providence College in Rhode Island, where he teaches/has taught courses on marriage, Christology, the theology of Thomas Aquinas, the Church, the Eucharist, Read more…

A Reliable Aid in Every Age

Imagine a religiously uninformed millennial stopped in traffic behind a car with a bumper sticker that says, HELP AMERICAPRAY THE ROSARY (Anyone who has spent time in a Catholic church’s parking lot knows this sticker—the wind-blown American flag in the background, the fragile-looking chain-link rosary to the left.) Now, suppose this irreligious driver has never Read more…

Temptation or Sin? How You Can Tell the Difference

There’s a difference between temptation and sin. Simply put, temptation is an invitation to sin, and sin is the acceptance of that invitation. To help tell the difference, St. Francis de Sales offers a helpful illustration of a woman who is extended an indecent proposal. The woman is unable to control the fact of the … Continued
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Episode 166: Film: Arrival

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God the Chess Master?

  Imagine if God’s will for you unfolded like a chess game. God is the grandmaster, and you are the amateur who desires to perfect your long game. God anticipates every move you make and responds in a way based on your choice. He wants you to win the game so he sets up the Read more…

What is a Sacrament?

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To Scripture, Through the Rosary

You have likely heard that famous line from Saint Jerome’s commentary on Isaiah: “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ” (CCC 133). It’s a bold claim and can be especially startling when we first hear it, but St. Jerome is hitting something right on the head: the truths we learn from Scripture really put us Read more…

You Will See Angels

There is something remarkable about the angels. Since everything we naturally know comes to us through our senses, these beings that we cannot see, hear, touch, taste or smell are mysterious. We cannot form an image of an angel or a demon in our mind, and neither renaissance artists nor Hollywood actors have ever truly Read more…

What to Do About Feeling Far from God (Desolation) (feat. Fr. Gregory Pine, O.P.)

We think feeling far from God (desolation) is bad, and feeling close to God (consolation) is good, but St. Francis de Sales has a different take. Even if desolation doesn’t go away, and consolation doesn’t last forever, God allows these periods to draw us closer to Him. How? Periods of desolation can be opportunities to … Continued
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Eucharistic Concomitance and the Resurrection

When we speak about Jesus, the “Lord of glory” who “became flesh and dwelt among us” (1 Cor 2:8; John 1:14), we often use rare words or phrases specially crafted to express the mystery of his being. Hypostatic union is one of them: the two natures of Christ are united in his one person. Consubstantial Read more…

Lo, Have I Left Everything?

“He went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions” (Mt 19:22). The sorrow of the rich young man in response to Jesus’ call has long been countered by the joy of a vocation to the religious life. To guide me on to the way to joy rather than sorrow, my acceptance letter to the Dominican Read more…

The Thing That Matters

The world seems to be coming down around our ears. Each day we read in the papers and hear on TV news of wars, famines, disasters, and diseases that threaten the fragile harmony humanity has built. More disturbing can be the tensions we hear of within the Church and the resulting quarrels splashed across Twitter Read more…

What is a Soul?

About the speaker:Marie George has been a member of the St. John’s University Philosophy Department since 1988. Professor George is an Aristotelian-Thomist whose interests lie primarily in the areas of philosophy of nature and philosophy of science. She has received several awards from the John Templeton foundation for her work in science and religion, and Read more…

Focus on These Virtues If You Want to Grow Closer to Christ (feat. Fr. Gregory Pine, O.P.)

Can you guess what 3 virtues are needed to grow close to God? In his book, “Introduction to the Devout Life”, St. Francis de Sales lists patience, humility, and meekness as the most essential virtues to live holy lives devoted to God. What makes these so important? Patience gives us the ability to endure trials … Continued
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The Meaning of Life

No, it’s not 42. Regardless of whether one gets the reference, it should be obvious that such an absurd answer to the question of life’s meaning was meant as a joke. Yet, the fact that this joke has enjoyed such wide appeal reveals an unhappy state of affairs: most people actually don’t know the meaning Read more…

The Healing of the Nations

The book of Revelation ends with a vision: “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its Read more…

Thomistic Underpinnings of the Theology of the Body

This talk was given on September 8, 2022 at The University of Texas at Austin. For more information please visit thomisticinstitute.org. All Thomistic Institute Livestream lectures can be found on the principal podcasting apps and on our YouTube channel:This post was originally published on this site

A Piazza and an Apartment

Autumn 2016. St. Peter’s Square is lined with tens of thousands of chairs, all of them in use. Chatter permeates the air, and the crowd, armed with umbrellas and folding fans, combats the harsh Roman sun. The congregation is diverse, indicated by the wealth of languages spoken by priests, sisters, and laypeople alike. A brass Read more…

A Consuming Fire

In the early morning before the liturgy, a sacristan makes his way around the chapel. He walks a few feet, stops momentarily, walks a few more feet, and stops momentarily, making his way through the darkness to light the candles throughout the chapel. When he finishes his work, the whole chapel is pervaded by the Read more…

Four Kinds of Happiness & Four Kinds of Friendship

About the speaker:Dr. Christopher Kaczor (rhymes with razor) is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University and a member of the James Madison Society of Princeton University. In 2015, he was appointed to the Pontifical Academy for Life of Vatican City, and he serves as a Consultor to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Read more…

Who is Jesus After All?

“All men by nature desire to know.” Aristotle’s opening line of the Metaphysics was true of humans then and is true of humans now.

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