“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...]The Spirit Searcheth All Things
Daniel J. Haas became a preacher by the time he was 24, a drunk by 26, and a corpse by 30. Since it had been so long since he looked presentable, this lattermost stage gave the family a greater sense of dignity when the mourners arrived at the church. He was 6’2” when he was 17 and kept his slightly... [Read more...]Civic Friendship and the Domestic Church
In the Middle Ages, the disputed question was one of the major forms of academic investigation. A master of theology would pose a question on which great authorities seemed to disagree, and then entertain objections from fellow masters and students. After others attempted to reconcile the various authorities,... [Read more...]Argument
In early April, the Thomistic Institute hosted a conference in honor of the 800th anniversary of the Order of Preachers at the House of Studies here in Washington, D.C. Dominicans and visiting scholars discussed a font of the Order’s life which springs from our founder’s desire to meet the world... [Read more...]Known By Your Fruits
Today the Church celebrates the feast day of a Dominican saint and doctor of the Church, St. Albert the Great. The list of his contributions to Western thought is staggering. He was one of the first to comment on many of Aristotle’s works in Latin, wrote numerous works on the natural sciences and animal... [Read more...]Should We Preach to the Choir?
We don’t know how to agree with people we agree with. We are reminded daily that our country is riven by disagreements and that we have little hope of crossing the many cultural, political, moral, and religious divides. It’s perhaps no coincidence that our culture of division has lost its grip on... [Read more...]