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 is traditionally expressed in terms of Martha... [Read more...]

Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P., The Calling of St Andrew (used with permission) Moved to Remain

I have never mended a net. It seems like a tedious enterprise. As of now at least, there is no talk of the Dominican House of Studies entering into a net-mending apostolate, and for that I am grateful. In this Sunday’s Gospel, we’ll hear of a family of net-menders: Zebedee and his two sons, James and John. The common focus in this passage is centered... [Read more...]

When the Word Speaks

Editor’s note: This is the first post in a series commenting on the first words of Christ as presented in the Gospels. The words of Christ are powerful. In the beginning, God spoke, and through his Word, the heavens and earth were made. As the Incarnate Word, Christ speaks with this same power. His word has power to teach, amazing his hearers, “for... [Read more...]

“Dark Magic” and Jesus

Will Stanton, an eleven-year-old wizard, is racing across a snow-covered island on the Thames River in the middle of the worst winter storm in history. Will—the hero of Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising—is in pursuit of a sinister, shadowy figure who has just kidnapped his sister. Stumbling across the roots of an old beech tree, Will is suddenly... [Read more...]

Contemplative Gaze

“It’s quite true that we are absurd and frivolous, that we have bad habits, that we are bored, that we don’t know how to look at anything or understand anything.” – The Idiot Pokémon Go took the country by storm this July, and the effect was visible as the hidden world of gaming came to the public square. While witnessing the swarms of... [Read more...]

Comfortable Silence

From time to time, you may encounter the young gent with the nervous tic of over-talking. He’s the one who finds himself surrounded by too many bodies, talking to too many ears, being watched by too many eyes, and discovers that no amount of words can escape his mouth to quell his anxiety. And when he has exhausted all efforts to relieve his discomfort,... [Read more...]

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