Opening the Book of Revelation (Part I)

Unknown German master, Vision of St. John the Evangelist Opening the Book of Revelation (Part I)

Editor’s note: This post, originally published on November 28, 2011, is the first in a series on the Book of Revelation. You can read the whole series here. Fr. Leo Checkai was ordained a priest in May 2014 and now teaches at Providence College. We speak a wisdom to those who are mature, but not... [Read more...]

Divine Impassibility

Divine Impassibility

This is the second of the series on Preaching the Divine Attributes. God never wakes up on the wrong side of the bed. God never has a bad day. God never suffers. A slightly fancier way to say this is that God is “impassible.” But doesn’t that drive a huge chasm between us and God? How can... [Read more...]

The Ethos of Easter

The Ethos of Easter

I made up my mind that this Easter I am going to live and act like it really is Easter and not just a season called “Not Lent.” The question is how to do this. “Not fasting” can’t be the entirety of the answer and “not praying” and “not giving alms” don’t seem like good Easter... [Read more...]

Dominican Monastery of the Mother of God: Rosary Virtuosos in West Springfield, MA

Dominican Monastery of the Mother of God: Rosary Virtuosos in West Springfield, MA

There is something about the Dominican way of life that people notice even if they cannot articulate it right away. The very atmosphere of the place, whether church or chapel or convent or monastery seems to be instilled with the peace and joy and awe that comes from the contemplation of God. All the... [Read more...]

“If You Believed Moses . . .”

“If You Believed Moses . . .”

Dei Verbum, Vatican II’s Constitution on Divine Revelation, says of the Old Testament that its principal purpose was to prepare for the coming of Christ through prophecy and “types” (DV 15). For his own part, St. Thomas Aquinas says essentially the same thing: the Old Testament taught... [Read more...]

The Revelation of Intercession

The Revelation of Intercession

On the feast day of a great saint with All Saints’ Day approaching, it seems to be a good time to reflect on the worth of seeking the intercession of the saints. I have often encountered people who find it odd that God would let the saints in heaven know things just so that they could turn right... [Read more...]

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