A Dominican friar prays in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament in Blackfriars church, Oxford. 5 Tips on Prayer with St. Thomas Aquinas

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on November 25, 2014. Fr. John Sica, O.P. was ordained to the priesthood in May 2016. Prayer, St. John Damascene says, is the unveiling of the mind before God. When we pray we ask Him for what we need, confess our faults, thank Him for His gifts, and adore His immense majesty. Here are five tips... [Read more...]

Highway to Heaven

Editor’s note: This is the third post in a series commenting on the first words of Christ as presented in the Gospels. Let it be so for now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness. (Mt 3:15) In the beginning of the Old Testament, God’s first recorded words are “let there be. . .” The whole cosmos leaps into creation, delighting... [Read more...]

I Spy with My Little Eye

And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger… And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. Lk 2:16, 20 Sometimes the shepherd boys in the manger scene look a little too young. Isn’t it a little late for this 6-year-old to be helping to watch... [Read more...]

Religion is Not Race

There is a troubling tendency in our public discourse to reduce religion to race or ethnicity (the complex case of Judaism aside). On this view, religion is a more or less superficial feature of one’s identity—something akin to skin color or any other historical “accident.” Just as it would be absurd to criticize someone for their skin color... [Read more...]

The Waters Have Risen to My Neck

“Do not babble like the pagans do Thinking many words louder than few.” But I can merely mumble one At the smashing news: I am heard in none. I met a woman this summer, poor and weary, working 60 hours a week as a maid and a phone-banker. She had put in the effort for a promised bonus, she told me, but when it came time for the paycheck, she was... [Read more...]

Mittagsmahl auf dem Felde A Thrown Away Culture

Throughout his pontificate, Pope Francis has spoken out against a modern “throwaway culture.” The Holy Father has perceived this culture in a variety of attitudes present today, from consumerist demands for disposable products, to a lack of care for creation, to even the commodification of the human person. In each, the value of a person or good... [Read more...]

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