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The Dissolving and Splitting of Solid Things

Christopher Williams, The Welsh at Mametz Wood

He stood alone on the stones, his mess-tin spilled at his feet. Out of the vortex, rifling the air it came – bright, brass-shod, Pandoran; with all-filling screaming the howling crescendo’s up-piling snapt. The universal world, breath held, one half-second, a bludgeoned stillness. Then the pent violence released a consummation of all burstings-out;... [Read more]

A Catechism Around Your Neck

The Miraculous Medal: A Catechism Around Your Neck

“The Blessed Virgin is waiting for you,” the child whispered. St. Catherine Labouré, a novice in the Daughters of Charity, was gently woken from her sleep by a small, luminous child beckoning her to follow him to the chapel. It was nearly midnight. “The Blessed Virgin is coming; here she is,” the child said as Catherine heard the swishing of... [Read more]

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Advent Conference Audio: Elizabeth of the Trinity

Dominicana is happy to offer this audio recording of “The Dark Light of Sister Elizabeth.” It was given by Br. Isaiah Beiter, O.P. as the first installment of the 2016 Advent Conferences at the Dominican House of Studies. Series flyer with more info found here. Listen to past Advent series on our Audio Page. ✠ Image: Portrait américain d’Elisabeth de la Trinité  Read More →

Let It Linger

Perhaps it’s due to the oft-decried commercialization of Christmas, but it’s awful easy to just drift toward the big day itself, pushed and pulled by the currents of consumer culture until we wash up on the shore of December 26th, and haul down our trees and lights and head out to return that hideous orange sweater from Aunt Bertha. Perhaps a lame Advent makes for a flat Christmas. For Christians, Advent is a time of waiting. For four(ish) weeks,... [Read more]

Tradition Old, Tradition New

The opening number of the Broadway classic Fiddler on the Roof contains a striking line: “Because of our traditions, every man knows who he is and what God expects him to do.” A modern viewpoint may well suspect the customs of a traditional society to be rigid, confining, and even retrogressive. Yet Fiddler’s protagonist Tevye would have us believe that tradition is a crucial source of personal identity and meaningful direction. In a way that... [Read more]

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