St. Patrick’s Slavery

Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P., Saint Patrick Baptising. St. Patrick’s Slavery

Similar to the Irish people, St. Patrick moved from slavery to slavery. Looking at the life of today’s celebrated saint, we see three modes of slavery which are emblematic of the people he helped save. St. Patrick and his flock have been slaves to humans, sin, and Christ. The life of Patrick shows... [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

The Dissolving and Splitting of Solid Things

Christopher Williams, The Welsh at Mametz Wood The Dissolving and Splitting of Solid Things

He stood alone on the stones, his mess-tin spilled at his feet. Out of the vortex, rifling the air it came – bright, brass-shod, Pandoran; with all-filling screaming the howling crescendo’s up-piling snapt. The universal world, breath held, one half-second, a bludgeoned stillness. Then the pent violence... [Read more...]

Tradition Old, Tradition New

Tradition Old, Tradition New

The opening number of the Broadway classic Fiddler on the Roof contains a striking line: “Because of our traditions, every man knows who he is and what God expects him to do.” A modern viewpoint may well suspect the customs of a traditional society to be rigid, confining, and even retrogressive.... [Read more...]

The Church is not a Government

Aleteia, Canonization 2014 - The Eve in St Peters Square (CC BY-SA 2.0) The Church is not a Government

The Church is not a government, and in these not-so-serene days of state debate, we can be thankful for that. A democracy, for instance, is like a babysitter. Her classic question is, “What did your mom say you could do?” A babysitter receives delegated authority from the consensus between parents,... [Read more...]

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