The “Secret” Catholic Weapon

The “Secret” Catholic Weapon

As Mother Teresa passed through the airport security checkpoint, she had to endure that embarrassing procedure that is part and parcel of our troubled times: “Any weapons on your person?” Unexpectedly, the childlike yet remarkably bold sari-clad woman replied in the affirmative! She did have a weapon.... [Read more...]

The Long View

Image: Bernadette Carstensen, Beloved Dominican Saints. Copyright © 2015 Dominican Province of Saint Joseph. The Long View

The Dominicans are almost 800 years and 1 month old. Tomorrow the Order of Preachers officially concludes its 800th Jubilee Celebration on the anniversary of the second bull issued by Pope Honorius III concerning the friars, which granted additional privileges and protections to the new religious community... [Read more...]

A Word for Bread

Fresh bread A Word for Bread

Editor’s note: This is the fourth post in a series commenting on the first words of Christ as presented in the Gospels. It is written,“One does not live by bread alone.” (Lk 4:4) With our modern dietary aversion to gluten and carbohydrates, bread has fallen on some hard times. The full weight of... [Read more...]

Jesus Hasn’t Moved Out

The interior of a church Jesus Hasn’t Moved Out

Editor’s note: This is the second post in a series commenting on the first words of Christ as presented in the Gospels. How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house? (Lk 2:49) Teenagers can be awfully irrational. I know because just 10 years ago, that was... [Read more...]

Resolutions

Theodule Ribot, Conversation Piece: Three Heads Resolutions

Is it better to make resolutions or to keep them? To keep them, obviously, you might huffily reply. Then why do we continue to make resolutions, seeing as we so often and easily break them? New Year’s resolutions in particular seem destined to end up as fodder for comedians’ punchlines. Yet if the... [Read more...]

Tolkien and Hope

Tolkien and Hope

I sit beside the fire and think   of all that I have seen, of meadow-flowers and butterflies   in summers that have been; Of yellow leaves and gossamer   in autumns that there were, with morning mist and silver sun   and wind upon my hair. I sit beside the fire... [Read more...]

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