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How lovely is thy dwelling place, O Lord of Hosts! — Psalm 84 The Dominican priory is an outgrowth of the Dominican form of life, but the two share a reciprocal relationship: Dominican life is meant to be lived in a Dominican priory. The architecture finds its form by incorporating the many functions of the life of contemplation and preaching. Just... [Read more]

If the Catholic Church, and the Dominican Order, ever looked dead, it was at the turn of the 19th Century. In the wake of the French Revolution, the Church had been banned in many parts of Western Europe, thousands of Catholics had been martyred for their faith, religious orders had been outlawed, and the Pope had recently died in captivity under Napoleon.... [Read more]

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In the Fisherman’s Net

Mosaic in the Cathedral of Monreale

Not ours the wounds, the bloodied flesh, of those fire-tested ancient souls; Theirs the bones for grinding lion’s teeth to gnaw to living bread Or the blood to spell their credo, a sanguine testament witnessed boldly As fisherman’s inverted across the sea from Calvary, dying Death body’s worthier Consort than Truth-less life. Not now trumpet blast ‘mid roaring crowd’s delight. No, ours the seductive sigh of whispered word against the Word... [Read more]

Lord, that I may see (more than myself)

Narcissus

After listening to a talk about the dangers of narcissism in the spiritual life, a brother turned to me and said, “I’m pretty sure that whole talk was about me.” I assured him that the talk was definitely about me. Kidding aside, the temptations to narcissism abound. As I pass people on the sidewalk or push onto a full Metro car, I’m aware of others only enough to avoid them. I usually treat the people walking past me on the city streets like... [Read more]

Buried in the Prairie

“Courting Days” (John and Rosemary Danaher, from a family album)

Today I will be burying my grandmother. After 96 years of life, she returned to the Lord in the early morning of Easter Sunday. Despite the sadness, everyone in the family, every branch in that great tree, thought to themselves, “Talk about good timing!” For a woman so devout all her life—not only in personal prayer, but just as much so in her living room proclamations on religion and politics—Rosemary Danaher providentially breathed her last... [Read more]

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