The Gamaliel Principle

Carlo Saracini, Saint Stephen Mourned by Saints Gamaliel and Nicodemus The Gamaliel Principle

It’s another swelteringly hot day in Jerusalem and many good Jews, on their way into the Temple for worship, stop for a break in the shade of Solomon’s Portico. There they find a group of men (twelve to be exact) working many healing miracles and preaching in the name of Jesus the Nazarene. Wasn’t... [Read more...]

What are you?

Dominicans caroling in Washington, DC. Copyright © 2012 Province of Saint Joseph. What are you?

“So, what ARE you, anyway?” This is a question Dominicans get asked frequently. People don’t expect to see a bunch of young and joyful men wearing 13th-century garb—who are not play actors. I typically give the answer that we are friars, sort of like St. Francis, but in the particular fashion... [Read more...]

To Be In That Number

To Be In That Number

“Oh, Lord, I want to be in that number, when the Saints go marching in!” Like every good New Orleanian, I always interpreted the song “When the Saints Go Marching In” as a prophecy of the impossible regarding the day when the home team would finally make it to the Super Bowl. When that day did... [Read more...]

What’s the Point of a Priest?

A first priestly blessing What’s the Point of a Priest?

“Why does it take so long to become a priest?” I get this a lot. Many people seem to think, subconsciously, that a priest is just the guy you call to officiate at your wedding or to provide marriage counseling; what would make that take so long? Recently, just to prove the insanity of it, my cousin... [Read more...]

Saint Rose’s Christian Kool-Aid

Saint Rose of Lima Saint Rose’s Christian Kool-Aid

“Don’t drink the kool-aid!” Saint Paul tells us in the Epistle for today’s Mass. He warns the Thessalonians “not to be shaken out of [their] minds suddenly” by doomsday cultists claiming that the coming of the Lord is “at hand.” Many of the early Christians, especially those who knew... [Read more...]

The Field of Stars

The Field of Stars

“Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” (Mark 10:36) The most popular pilgrimage site in Medieval Europe was the tomb of St. James the Apostle in northwest Spain (Sant Iago is the local Galician translation for St. James). Legend has it that after this “greater”... [Read more...]

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