Image: Nicolas Poussin, Et in Arcadia ego. Remember Death

We are all going to die. We were reminded of this on Ash Wednesday when the priest put ashes on our heads saying, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” We need to be reminded about the reality of our death because we forget so easily. Our culture desensitizes us to the fact of dying. It makes death seem so commonplace as to... [Read more...]

Carlo Saracini, Saint Stephen Mourned by Saints Gamaliel and Nicodemus The Gamaliel Principle

It’s another swelteringly hot day in Jerusalem and many good Jews, on their way into the Temple for worship, stop for a break in the shade of Solomon’s Portico. There they find a group of men (twelve to be exact) working many healing miracles and preaching in the name of Jesus the Nazarene. Wasn’t this Nazarene they’re speaking about the one... [Read more...]

Dominicans caroling in Washington, DC. Copyright © 2012 Province of Saint Joseph. What are you?

“So, what ARE you, anyway?” This is a question Dominicans get asked frequently. People don’t expect to see a bunch of young and joyful men wearing 13th-century garb—who are not play actors. I typically give the answer that we are friars, sort of like St. Francis, but in the particular fashion of St. Dominic. We live in a priory, which is kind... [Read more...]

To Be In That Number

“Oh, Lord, I want to be in that number, when the Saints go marching in!” Like every good New Orleanian, I always interpreted the song “When the Saints Go Marching In” as a prophecy of the impossible regarding the day when the home team would finally make it to the Super Bowl. When that day did come, the streets of New Orleans saw black and... [Read more...]

A first priestly blessing What’s the Point of a Priest?

“Why does it take so long to become a priest?” I get this a lot. Many people seem to think, subconsciously, that a priest is just the guy you call to officiate at your wedding or to provide marriage counseling; what would make that take so long? Recently, just to prove the insanity of it, my cousin took the challenge of getting ordained—in fifteen... [Read more...]

Saint Rose of Lima Saint Rose’s Christian Kool-Aid

“Don’t drink the kool-aid!” Saint Paul tells us in the Epistle for today’s Mass. He warns the Thessalonians “not to be shaken out of [their] minds suddenly” by doomsday cultists claiming that the coming of the Lord is “at hand.” Many of the early Christians, especially those who knew Our Lord personally, were anticipating His second... [Read more...]

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