Saintly Fathers & Manly Virtues

Saintly Fathers & Manly Virtues

God is our Father. For Christians, this truth is a fundamental one, yet it has fallen on tough times. I once led a retreat for high school students. The main talk focused on God as our Father. Midway through the retreat, a worried teacher pulled me aside. She was concerned that this discussion of fatherhood... [Read more...]

Grace Under Pressure

Grace Under Pressure

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...]

A Voice I Did Not Know

Mihaly Munkacsy, Drifters In The Night A Voice I Did Not Know

God never appeared to me and told me in clear and audible words what I was supposed to do with my life. He never told me to be a Dominican. Or maybe He did, and I just didn’t recognize His voice. Life can seem very confusing. You might have heard or said a thousand times that God has a plan, but life... [Read more...]

Buried in the Prairie

“Courting Days” (John and Rosemary Danaher, from a family album) Buried in the Prairie

Today I will be burying my grandmother. After 96 years of life, she returned to the Lord in the early morning of Easter Sunday. Despite the sadness, everyone in the family, every branch in that great tree, thought to themselves, “Talk about good timing!” For a woman so devout all her life—not only... [Read more...]

Christ in the Bronx: Corpus Christi Monastery

Christ in the Bronx: Corpus Christi Monastery

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on August 30, 2013. It is part of a series on the Dominican Nuns, and you can read the rest of the series here. The Church is sometimes described as the Mystical Body of Christ, with Jesus as the head and the faithful as his members. The term Body... [Read more...]

Martha or Mary?

Ceiling in the Servite mother church (CC BY 2.5 by Wikimedia user) Martha or Mary?

To pray or do good? This seems to be the dilemma of anyone trying to live a Christian life. On the one hand St. Thomas Aquinas says that “the contemplative life is more excellent than the active,” but on the other hand St. James says that “faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” This dichotomy... [Read more...]

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