8581_Pluralism-Photomontage-628x309 Our Daily Culture Shock

Alienation, nervous excitement, homesick melancholy, wonder, anxiety, isolation—the experience of culture shock is nothing if not complex. The lone tourist, the exchange student, the refugee, and the immigrant are the most susceptible, but perhaps you feel a tinge of it yourself right now. Are you home? [Read more…]  Read More →

3330768086_747a6ffa3d_o Melt the Frozen, Warm the Chill

In these days leading up to Pentecost, the Church, following the example of the Apostles, prays for the Holy Spirit to bestow His gifts upon us, in order to “lead [us] into all truth” (Jn 16:13) and bring us all into fuller fellowship with God.  But what exactly are these gifts of the Holy Spirit, and what do they do for us?  In other words, how... [Read more...]

justice Baltimorean Justice

Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy each to his brother; do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor; and let none of you devise evil against his brother in your heart.’ (Zec 7:10) The recent riots in Baltimore offer us another opportunity to consider questions of justice... [Read more...]

4566949257_a2fa1ea405_b Review: A Short Guide to Praying as a Family

This is not your usual prayer book.  Earlier this year—on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, to be exact—the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia released a new prayer book entitled A Short Guide to Praying as a Family.  This book compiles prayers familiar to most Catholics and brings them together in a way that is intelligent, beautiful, and timeless.... [Read more...]

The Saint Is Not His Own

Laura Ackerman Smoller, The Saint and the Chopped-Up Baby: The Cult of Vincent Ferrer in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2014. The Saint is not his own. And neither is the story of a saint possessed solely by his country, his order, or even the Church. The Saint and the Chopped-Up Baby details the development and... [Read more...]

Hope in Future Glory

Fr. Jacob, what initially attracted you to the Order of Preachers, and what ultimately led you to stay? I remember when I wrote the obligatory “autobiography” for my application to the Order that I used the image of Francis Thompson’s “hound of heaven” yapping at my feet. I had been a diocesan seminarian during the Second Vatican Council,... [Read more...]

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