A dodo (CC BY 2.0 by a Wikimedia user) A God of Failures

The Presentation in the Temple looks like a failure. In memory of the slaying of the firstborn of the Egyptians—man and beast alike—the Israelites were commanded to sacrifice their own firstborn to the Lord. This in general seems to have required the death of the firstborn, with two exceptions. There’s an option to ransom a firstborn donkey by... [Read more...]

Aleks Dahlberg, Darkness The Lord’s Fear

Anxiety develops in three ways: the tidal waves of sudden tragedy, the rising flood of compounded stresses, and that heavy, salty air of ambient anxiety caused by constant tension or worry. Save me, O God, for the waters have risen to my neck. I have sunk into the mud of the deep and there is no foothold. I have entered the waters of the deep and the... [Read more...]

Circle of Giovanni Bellini, Christ Carrying the Cross The Paradox of Willfulness

Lent is more than half over, a good time to remember why we carry our cross. We do it to be disciples of Christ, to do His will in our life and not our own. But surrendering our own willfulness means more than a determination to obey. The paradox of discipleship is not that we do the will of another and receive a reward, but that in leaving behind our... [Read more...]

Lenten Conference Audio: On Christian Purgation

Dominicana is happy to offer this audio recording of “On Christian Purgation: Following in the Footsteps of the Beloved.” It was given by Br. Augustine Marogi, O.P. as the first installment of the 2017 Lenten Conferences at the Dominican House of Studies. Listen to the whole series on our Audio Page. Series flyer with more info found here.     ✠ Image:... [Read more...]

Jan Luyken, The Sons of Zebedee ( Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported) I Am Able

If only we could have the confidence of James and John. “‘Are you able to drink the chalice that I am to drink?’ They said to him, ‘We are able’” (Mt 20:22). And lest we think that they don’t know what that chalice entails, this exchange comes immediately after Christ foretells his Passion for the third time. They know exactly what is... [Read more...]

Tolkien and Hope

I sit beside the fire and think   of all that I have seen, of meadow-flowers and butterflies   in summers that have been; Of yellow leaves and gossamer   in autumns that there were, with morning mist and silver sun   and wind upon my hair. I sit beside the fire and think   of how the world will be when... [Read more...]

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