Month: October 2018

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Wanting Heaven

Whether it is in a silly commercial or a John Lennon song, I keep coming across this notion of forgetting Heaven, or of focusing on building Heaven on earth. The thought claims to free people to think about the here and now, enjoying what they have and trying to make…

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The Catholic History of Halloween

We’ve all heard the allegation: Halloween is a pagan rite dating back to some pre-Christian festival among the Celtic Druids that escaped church suppression. Even today modern pagans and witches continue to celebrate this ancient festival. If you let your kids go trick-or-treating, they will be worshiping the devil and pagan gods….

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Christian Joy

This past fall, I have often found myself demoralized. There is a seemingly continuous stream of distressing news describing troubles outside, but particularly inside the Church. This is compounded by the stresses of daily life, which for me are mostly due dates and tests. While this is nothing unusual –…

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To Be Super

The superhero story is a great success and fascination of our time. It holds captive not only children and teenagers, but adults as well. These tales of great feats, formidable dangers, power, and struggle spark our imaginations and make us aspire to great things. We can hardly get enough of…

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A Perennial Call

I thank God for the many blessings of living with the Dominican community here in Bologna as I study Italian. I appreciate the robust community life, as well as the possibility of interacting with joyful Italian friars every day. Moreover, there are ample opportunities to pray at the tomb of…

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Where is the Kingdom?

Every Sunday we celebrate Christ’s victory over evil and sin. We might ask ourselves: what does the victory of Christ mean? What happened after His rising from the dead? Why does the world not have fewer wars or less violence? Has the Messiah repaired anything? Where is the kingdom of…

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The Battle of Lepanto and the Holy Rosary

Christian sailors joined Pope Pius V (a Dominican) in praying the Most Holy Rosary, and defeated a much larger Turkish force at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. The battle was a turning point in repelling the Turkish invasions of Europe. To remember the battle and Our Lady’s intercession, the…

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