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The Sculptor-Priest of Fatima

The Sculptor-Priest of Fatima By Fr. Hugh Vincent Dyer, O.P. Fatima has been present in my imagination for nearly as long as I can remember.  I grew up in Albany, N.Y. in the 1980s. Albany is the place where Fr. Patrick Peyton C.S.C began his apostolate of the Family Rosary Crusade. He had two great

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Music & Spirituality

Music & Spirituality   “Listening to beautiful music may dispose one to the contemplation of faith, since it mirrors the infinite beauty of God himself. Could it not be the case that the strife and struggle to fasten onto ideas “by reason of the weakness of the intellect” is eased somewhat by a love and

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The Solemnity of Pentecost Sunday

“Holy Spirit, Lord of Light, From the clear celestial height Thy pure beaming radiance give.” — The opening verse of the great Sequence hymn for Pentecost, “Veni Sancte Spiritus.” Photo & Description: Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P. Stained Glass Window from St. Louis Bertrand Church in Louisville, KY.

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The Adoration of the Magi

During these final weeks of Advent, we thought that Sacred Scripture, paired with art from Renaissance painter and Dominican friar Fra Angelico, would be a unique way to meditate on the mystery of the Incarnation. This beautiful painting shows the Three Wise Men adoring the baby Jesus, followed by an enormous crowd of people eager to

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The Feast of All Saints of the Order of Preachers

“Fountain of all holiness, you stirred up in our holy brothers and sisters an extraordinary love of truth, conformity to Christ crucified, and a thirst for the salvation of souls: may we imitate them in offering you thanks on account of the way of life they gave us” — From the Intercessions at Lauds for

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St. Rose of Lima: Patroness of the Americas

The first person born in the Americas to be canonized, Isabel de Flores y del Olivia (1586 – 1617) was the daughter of Spanish parents in Peru. At a young age she had a vision of Mary, who called her the “Rose of Saint Mary”: thus, she is known as Rose of Lima. When she

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Bl. John of Fiesole (Fra Angelico)

The following is an excerpt from, “A Pale Light” by Br. Charles Shonk, O.P. Bl. John of Fiesole, better known as Fra Angelico, was one of the great painters of the early Renaissance. Many people don’t realize, however, that he was also a Dominican friar, and a very holy friar, too. He and his brother,

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