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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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A Theist among the Atheists

Dominican Foundation, Robert Barron

Last week, another friar and I participated in a panel-discussion on religion and secularism at George Mason University. The event was sponsored and organized by the local chapter of the Secular Student Alliance. The panel consisted of three Christians—two Dominicans and a Protestant—two representatives of the Bahá’í tradition, and two atheist-secularists. During his presentation, one of the atheists was bold enough (and sincere enough) to... [Read more]

More Eloquent than the Blood of Abel

Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P., Melchizedek Offering Sacrifice

Growing up the third of four boys I have thought long and hard about the story of Cain and Abel. Beside pondering fraternal conflict and the effects of original sin, the story of the brothers intrigues me with regard to sacrifice. The story is familiar, but consider it here with this in mind. “Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a tiller of the ground” (Gen 4:2). At harvest time, Cain and Abel each offer from their respective yields, “the... [Read more]

The Primary Importance of Being Able to Sit

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The music stops, and all the children feverishly vie for a seat, aware there is one fewer chair than players in the game. Brother and sister race through the parking lot to the family minivan, their frenzied cries of “SHOTGUN!” having proven too inconclusive to definitively award the sole front passenger seat to either claimant. Two coworkers interview for the same promotion, knowing there is only one open seat at the all-important boardroom table. In... [Read more]

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