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...]

Blood Red Love

Pietro Cavallini, Crucifixion Blood Red Love

The love of St. Valentine goes unrequited on Valentine’s Day. The cities are painted red with roses, lips, young love, and small chalky candies with audacious imperatives: “be true,” “hug me,” “be mine.” Yet, the true red of St. Valentine’s Day comes from the veins of Valentinus, a man... [Read more...]

Our Heavenly Knoxville

The Fisher family front porch in South Carolina (Copyright © 2017 Sandy Fisher. Used with permission.) Our Heavenly Knoxville

“Son, no matter where you live or how far you may roam, Tennessee will always be your home.” This has been my dad’s mantra to me ever since I was in the crib. A South Carolinian for nearly 30 years, he admirably remains loyal to his alma mater, the University of Tennessee. Growing up, life was... [Read more...]

Mocking Mercy

Mocking Mocking Mercy

How does the world react to true mercy? Sometimes it laughs. I recently saw the film Silence, (spoiler alert) about two Jesuit missionaries in Japan during a time of terrible persecution, and it features one particularly striking character named Kichijiro. He was a Japanese Christian who, when the persecutions... [Read more...]

You Too Were Strangers

Rembrandt van Rijn, Flight into Egypt You Too Were Strangers

Having heard a very different speech earlier in the day, my Dominican brothers and I sat down in our chapel a few Fridays ago and heard these words from the Prophet Moses: On your fathers did the Lord set His affection to love them, and He chose their descendants after them… He executes justice... [Read more...]

St. Agnes and the Women’s March

Capitol Plaza (CC BY-SA 3.0 by Wikimedia user) St. Agnes and the Women’s March

“Jesus Christ was recklessly charitable,” a wise friar told me after hundreds of people lined up to use the restroom at a Dominican priory. There were not enough restrooms set up for the Women’s March that took place in Washington, DC, the day after the presidential inauguration. I found this out... [Read more...]

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