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Tradition Old, Tradition New

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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... [Read more]

Act Like a Man: 5 Tips with St. Thomas

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“What is man that you are mindful of him, and a son of man that you care for him?” (Ps 8:5) In the face of gender theory and feminist ideologies which challenge the notion of manhood, the Church needs real men. We need to respond to the Biblical command viriliter agite found frequently in the Vulgate. The phrase translates as “act like a man”... [Read more]

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Dwindled Infinity

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It is not uncommon for the priory where I live in Washington, D.C. to host guests for dinner. On occasion, our guests will be a family. From time to time, that family will include a baby. Seeing a baby become the focal point at a table of male religious is a beautiful if perhaps surprising thing. Conversations about intractable theological disputes, the weather, and that bizarre Vespers hymn just sung all give way to doting attempts to induce giggles... [Read more]

Religion is Not Race

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There is a troubling tendency in our public discourse to reduce religion to race or ethnicity (the complex case of Judaism aside). On this view, religion is a more or less superficial feature of one’s identity—something akin to skin color or any other historical “accident.” Just as it would be absurd to criticize someone for their skin color or where and when they were born, so would it be absurd to criticize someone’s religion. So the thinking... [Read more]

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Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P., Noah offers Sacrifice (used with permission)

“If it’s one thing I am,” Mrs. Turpin said with feeling, “it’s grateful. When I think who all I could have been besides myself and what all I got, a little of everything, and a good disposition besides, I just feel like shouting, ‘Thank you, Jesus, for making everything the way it is!’ It could have been different!” —Flannery O’Connor, “Revelation” What happens when we say “thank you”? Simply put, our gratitude is expressed,... [Read more]

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