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Christian Enchantment

The Prophet Isaiah proclaims “The grass withers, the flower fades,” yet, in the same breath, he assures us that the word of God stands forever, (Isa 40:8) a word that brings joy to all people (Lk 2:10). Here we are faced with a paradox of the Christian life: we are called to live joyfully in […]

The Road Map of Holiness: Part 1

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St Thomas Aquinas!

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God at Rock Bottom

Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, wrote that “few people will sincerely try to practice the A.A. program unless they have hit bottom.” He found that utter desolation—rock bottom, as we call it—often incited alcoholics to admit their helplessness and surrender to a higher power. So, then, is rock bottom a good or a bad […]

Conversion of St Paul: Part 2

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Conversion of St Paul: Part 1

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Join the 2023 Dominican Rosary Pilgrimage

Man is a pilgrim animal. Planted upon earth but destined for heaven, he must chart a path of peace through a perilous world. Classic Catholic devotion has long provided for man’s pilgrim needs by means of pilgrimage itself. What better way, really, to remind ourselves that we are pilgrims—to wrest ourselves free of contemporary comforts […]

Becoming Saints: The Witness of St Paul

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Guest 041: Arguing Abortion w/ Dr. Christopher Kaczor

Guest 041: Arguing Abortion w/ Dr. Christopher Kaczor – Godsplaining Podcast EPISODE Guest 041 / January 24, 2023 [embedded content] Godsplaining is a production of the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph © 2023. All rights reserved. This post was originally published on this site

Becoming Saints: Living the Ordinary

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Everything Pertains to Love

The word “love” is cheap. Rather, it has been made cheap by a confused world that struggles to acknowledge the true desire of our hearts. In one moment, people declare love for their spouse or children, and in the very next moment express love for something like food, clothes, and the passing pleasures of this […]

What Would It Mean to ‘Prove’ God Exists?

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Becoming Saints: A Heart full of the Word

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Anointed Word and Contemplation, William of St Thierry

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Becoming Saints: Mediocrity or Sanctity ?

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Becoming Saints: The High Road

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Remedy for a Common Evil

Abortion remains the most contentious moral debate of our time, yet the logic against abortion is astonishingly simple. It is always wrong to kill an innocent human being. Abortion kills an innocent human being. Therefore, abortion is always wrong.  Justice demands that abortion be abolished.

Episode 181: Why Are We All So Busy?

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Contemporary Spirituality – Fr. Jacques Philippe

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Becoming Saints: My Suffering is His suffering

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St Anthony the Great

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Self Help Books

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Becoming Saints: More on the Cross

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How Do Sacraments Cause Grace?

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Becoming Saints: The Role of Suffering

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“Lord, I love you.”

In Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson’s dystopian novel, Lord of the World, the Church is finally being defeated. The protagonist, Fr. Percy Franklin, after the destruction of Rome, is elected pope by the last few surviving cardinals. He chooses the name Silvester, “the last saint in the procession of the Christian year.” While left unstated, the […]

Becoming Saints: Docility and Love

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Becoming Saints: More on Humility

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Becoming Saints: Poverty of Spirit / Humility

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How to Become a Saint

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“True Friendship with Jesus through Selfless, Persevering Prayer and Virtue.”

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The Kiss of Affliction

When the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl in 2020, CEO Clark Hunt exclaimed, “I want to thank the Lord for blessing us with all these incredible people to bring this trophy home.” He gave credit and thanks to God for their triumph.

Catholic Political Thought w/ Dr. Russell Hittinger

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Cloud of Witnesses

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All Time Belongs to Him

The ordinariness of Ordinary Time is setting in—not just liturgically, but even culturally. The wreaths are gone, the crèches are put away, and the Christmas trees have been disposed of. As we return to the Ordinary Time of the liturgy, we return also to the ordinary time of our daily lives.

Guestsplaining 040: Dr. Kimberly Henkel

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More on Baptism Part 1

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More on Baptism Part 2

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The Mystery of Baptism

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The Pantokrator

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Episode 179: Literature and Kazuo Ishiguro

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Episode 178: Setting Spiritual Goals

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The Journey to God’s face

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Dim, the Gold

The feast of the Epiphany was traditionally always celebrated on January 6, twelve days after Christmas. The poem offered here is a reflection on the humility that man is faced with—that even kings were faced with—on approaching the manger of the Lord.

Musings on Pope Benedict 16

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Christmas and the 3 Births of the Son

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What is Philosophy?

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A Powerful Prayer

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The Holy Saving Name of Jesus

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Peace and Patience from the Manger

Christmas re-focuses our attention on the Christ Child. At the crèche, our thoughts linger on the divine infant in the manger. We marvel that our almighty God became a tender baby to save us. Our hearts soften to make room for him, and we forget our selfish preoccupations.

Voice of the Holy Spirit

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Mary Mother of God

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(Holy) Family Matters

With finals over and Christmas Day sufficiently celebrated, the student brothers of the Dominican House of Studies have been set loose upon their families for eight days. For most of us, it is the first time we have seen our family since our summer home-visits.

The Essence of Prayer

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St John the Beloved !!!

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Sunday Lectio 058: Christmas

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The Apostle of Christ’s Sacred Humanity

Have you ever pondered the fact that, one day, you will see Jesus with your own eyes? Our eternal bliss will consist in the immediate vision of the Blessed Trinity, and it will also include the vision of the Sacred Humanity of the Second Person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ.

Christmas Musings Part 2

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Christmas Musings Part 1

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Day 28 || Finding our Hidden God and Communicating with Him || Part 3

Collect Let us pray. Come quickly, we pray, Lord Jesus, and do not delay, that those who trust in your compassion may find solace and relief in your coming. Who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.This post was originally published on Read more…

Day 28 || Finding our Hidden God and Communicating with Him || Part 2

Collect Let us pray. Come quickly, we pray, Lord Jesus, and do not delay, that those who trust in your compassion may find solace and relief in your coming. Who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.This post was originally published on Read more…

Day 28 || Finding our Hidden God and Communicating with Him || Part 1

Collect Let us pray. Come quickly, we pray, Lord Jesus, and do not delay, that those who trust in your compassion may find solace and relief in your coming. Who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.This post was originally published on Read more…

Season’s Greeting

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve. Everyone has already begun making preparations for Christmas. Folks have been out shopping for presents. You probably bought a tree weeks ago. A mother is out there anxiously planning the perfect Christmas dinner—when she needs to put the ham in the oven

Episode 177: The Intellectual Life

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Christ in the O Antiphons

About the speaker:Father Andrew Hofer, O.P., grew up as the youngest of ten children on a Kansas farm. He entered the Dominican Province of St. Joseph in 1995 and professed simple vows the following year. He made his profession of solemn vows in the Great Jubilee Year of 2000, and was ordained a deacon in Read more…

Announcing Dominicana 65: Recreation, Play, and the Christian Life

Editor’s Note: It is with great joy that we release today Dominicana 65 (2022), the print edition of Dominicana, which is distinct from the content published biweekly on the blog. This year’s print volume considers the place of recreation and play in the Christian life—a theme that we hope offers a little something fun for […]

Cloister Chronicle

On February 5, 2022, Brothers Zachary Sexton, Nicholas Hartman, Dominic Mary Koester, Raymond Maria La Grange, Charles Marie Rooney, Vincent Ferrer Maria Bernhard, and Cyril Stola professed solemn vows into the hands of the Prior Provincial, the Very Reverend Kenneth Letoile.

Virtue and Vice on Vellum: Marginalia in Medieval Manuscripts

For any student, doodling in notebooks can be tempting. A semester’s notes sometimes reveal a plethora of thoughtless scribblings and half-completed caricatures. One only hopes the professor was not paying attention. For the scribe in the medieval scriptorium, however, the margins of the page were no dumping ground for the wandering mind. “Marginalia,” those illustrations […]

In Pursuit of the Heights of Glory

Mark Synnott. The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life. New York: Dutton Books, 2019. 416 pp. Dare devils, risk-takers, adrenaline junkies—these are some of the epithets assigned by outsiders to the elite climbers who live on and push the edge. But up close, things are more complicated and profound. Part memoir, […]

Teaching Prudence with Wisdom

Gregory Pine, O.P. Prudence: Choose Confidently, Live Boldly.Indianapolis: Our Sunday Visitor Press, 2022. 164 pp. Is there a hierarchy among the virtues? Look nearly anywhere in society today, and one virtue seems to rule supreme: justice. The libertarian arguing for individual rights heralds commutative justice, which governs the relationships and contracts that individual people establish

Death and Leisure

Columba Thomas, O.P. The Art of Dying: A New Annotated Translation. Broomall: The National Catholic Bioethics Center, 2021. 158 pp. Death and leisure have more to do with each other than one might expect. Through death we pass from this world to the next, where, by the grace of God, we experience the ultimate rest […]

Ecstatic Loving: Moving toward the Divine

Peter Kwasniewski. The Ecstasy of Love in the Thought of Thomas Aquinas. Steubenville: Emmaus Academic, 2021. 432 pp. What does it mean to experience a moment of ecstasy of love? Ask someone this question, and you will receive a spectrum of vivid answers ranging from levitating mystics to out-of-body experiences. Perhaps a moment of passionate […]

This Land Is God’s Land

Hillbilly Thomists. Holy Ghost Power. Washington: Dominicana Records, 2022. 59 mins. Is there a cure for wanderlust? How many trips do we need to take before we return home with more than just a few photos and nostalgic memories? On their new album, Holy Ghost Power, the Hillbilly Thomists invite the listener to join them […]

How to Live with Reason and Rest: An Interview with Father Thomas Joseph White, O.P.

Father Thomas Joseph White, O.P., is Rector Magnificus of the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome. Since his priestly ordination in the Dominican Province of Saint Joseph in 2008, he has held a number of academic and ecclesiastical positions. He was a professor at the Dominican House of Studies for ten years, a […]

Christian Modesty and Worldly Entertainment

Gesta Doctrinamque Let the brothers reflect on and make known the teachings and achievements (gesta doctrinamque) of those in the family of St. Dominic who have gone before them, while not forgetting to pray for them. – Book of Constitutions and Ordinations, no. 16 Translator’s Introduction Father Marie-Albert Janvier, O.P. (1860–1939), was born in the […]

Sports as a School of Virtue: An Interview with Father Chase Hilgenbrinck

Father Chase Hilgenbrinck is the vocations director for the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois. Raised in Bloomington, Illinois, Fr. Hilgenbrinck played soccer for the United States Under-17 National Team before attending Clemson University, where he played Division One soccer for four years. After graduating from Clemson, he played professionally for four seasons in Chile, where he […]

Argument

Everyone loves to laugh, but no one lives for laughter. Rather, the human person lives to know and to love, and so he delights above all in knowing and loving the highest, most enduring things of reality, which transcend all laughing: the ultimate meaning of life, the true nature of love, the existence and inner […]

The Child of God Must Play

An Analogy of Play Proposed Does God have a sense of humor? Could he be playful, even eutrapelic? Sacred Scripture seems to gesture in the affirmative. The Book of Proverbs playfully personifies God’s Wisdom, who tells of how, when God first created the world, “then was I beside him as artisan; I was his delight

Muscular Christianity Re-Examined

From the mid-19th to the early 20th century, British and American advocates of “Muscular Christianity” promoted sporting play as essential to Christian life and education, often in express opposition to Catholic models of sanctity. Given the lasting impact of the Muscular Christian worldview on our culture, American Catholics would benefit from re-examining the movement’s weak […]

The Playfulness of Sacred Scripture

God Reveals Himself Central to the Christian faith is the mystery of divine revelation. God, the heavenly Father, lovingly pursues his children and converses with them. One way that this divine encounter takes place is through the Sacred Scriptures (see, e.g., Dei Verbum). In these writings, God communicates himself through propositions—through statements like “The Lord

Recreation and Re-Creation: A Thomistic Take on the Analogy between Liturgy and Play

What does play have to do with liturgy? At first glance, the two activities seem diametrically opposed. Liturgy is a solemn act in which we pray to and worship the one true God, while play is meant to be silly and entertaining, the activity of children or the recreation of adults. Against the backdrop of […]

Finding Time for Fun with the Virtue of Eutrapelia

Rest is hard work. Getting the right amount in the right way is easier said than done. The workaholic has a hard time resting because he cannot put aside his preoccupation with productivity, and so he takes as his rule of life a prohibition of respite.

#AskAFriar: Christmas Special: Q&A w/ University Students

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The Stillness of the Night

So much of the mystery of the Incarnation is present to us as we gaze upon a manger scene. Whether it is the one on our mantel-top or the big light-up one in the center of town, each depicts the familiar scene of the Holy Family, for whom there was no room at the inn. […]

Guestsplaining 039: Professor Mark Regnerus

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Lectio 057: Fourth Sunday of Advent

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Now That’s What I Call Advent

Do you hear what I hear? The streets outside permit no escape from this sound. Any refuge at home is invaded by a TV ad. Even the inner confines of your mind find no protection from that same string of notes playing over and over again.

Catholicism and Evolution

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Episode 176: I Don’t Like My Parish

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Lectio 056: Third Sunday of Advent

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Can a Sacrament Cause Grace?

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Learning to Say Mass

In 1989, Cardinal Ratzinger concluded his remarks at the quadricentennial celebration of a German seminary by recalling how in his youth there was still a notion among some rural people that studying to be a priest was simply a matter of learning to say Mass.

Episode 175: Should I Get a Tattoo?

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World Cup Glory

As a child (but perhaps still now), I had my World Cup-winning goal perfectly choreographed. In the dying moments, with the ball crossed in from the left corner, I would almost be arriving on a late run. The cross would have floated over our forward—the chance seemingly lost.

Only God Can Establish Sacraments

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Christmas in Middle-Earth

During the season of Advent, we prepare for the unfathomable wonder of the Nativity: God sharing our humanity and humility so that we can share his divinity and dignity. Yet even the incomprehensible wonder of the Incarnation runs the risk of being taken for granted.

Guestsplaining 038: Jackie Francois Angel on Novenas and Intercession

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Jesus Christ, Our Light in the Darkness

If you are like me, one of the hardest parts of this time of year is how early the sun sets. When I walk into our chapel at the House of Studies in the evening before Compline, I feel almost paralyzed by the darkness.

Renewing Trinitarian Theology

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Guided by the Star

At the special Mass for the opening of our academic year, Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., remarked, “Man has always looked up”—in his aspirations, in his quest for knowledge, in his search for God. Sailors throughout the centuries have relied on the constellations as celestial beacons to guide them to their destination.

I, The Lord, Do Not Change

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Let Us Not Go Faster Than God

The baptized Christian finds himself a traveler on the way to an eternal destiny. Hiking up the mountain, every so often the brush clears and the traveler can catch a glimpse of the grandeur that surrounds him. He might pause to enjoy the wilderness and rest a while, but eventually continues his ascent.

#AskAFriar: Can faith ever be wrong?

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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.

Studying the Trinity Can Save Your Soul

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Does God Exist?

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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? 

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.

“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.

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.

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.

Justice and the Common Good According to St. Thomas Aquinas

About the speaker:A native of Louisiana, Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P. entered the Province of St. Joseph in 2005. After several years of pastoral work in New York City, Fr. Guilbeau began doctoral studies in moral theology at the University of Fribourg, where he completed a dissertation in moral theology. His topic was Charles De Koninck’s Read more…

Are There Sacraments in the Old Testament?

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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.

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.

#AskAFriar: Did Jesus Really Descend into Hell?

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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.

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

Classical and Christian Perspectives on Love and Friendship

About the speaker:Joshua Hochschild is Professor of Philosophy and Director of Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Mount St. Mary’s University, where he also served six years as the inaugural Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. His primary research is in medieval logic, metaphysics, and ethics, with broad interest in liberal education and the continuing Read more…

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

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

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…

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…

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.

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 […]

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.

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. […]

The Image and the Idol: A Theological Reflection on AI Bias

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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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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…

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