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In the middle of the rite of Baptism, right before the water is poured, the parents and godparents are asked if they reject Satan and “the glamour of evil.”
It’s a curious phrase. Their whole life ahead of them, young infants are entrusted with the most precious gift on the planet, the gift of God’s grace, yet soon to find themselves at loggerheads with this varied and vengeful reality—the glamour of evil.
Is evil glamorous?
Yes,... [Read more]
Dominicana is happy to offer this audio recording of “Blinding Darkness.” It was given by Br. John Paul Kern, O.P. as the second installment of the 2017 Lenten Conferences at the Dominican House of Studies.
Listen to the whole series on our Audio Page.
Series flyer with more info found here.
Image: Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P., Crucified for our Salvation (used with permission)
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At first glance, I was viscerally repulsed by the above painting. It was the eyes in particular, and the mouth, both of the same shade of red. Eyes shouldn’t be that red. It was hideous. The feeling of revulsion reminded me of when—as a child—I turned the page of an illustrated fairy tale to be confronted by the image of a ghoulish sorceress: I remember immediately slamming the book shut and with such instinctive vehemence that the book caught... [Read more]