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Solemn Vows 2021

The Dominican Friars of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus joyfully announce the Solemn Profession of their Brothers Br. Columban Mary Hall, O.P Br. Patrick Rooney, O.P. into the hands of The Very Reverend Christopher Fadok, O.P. Prior Provincial Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. St….

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Spiritual Joy

Now that we have completed our Lenten journey (hopefully a challenging one), we can relax and enjoy the delights of the Easter season.  Chocolate bunnies, Easter eggs, maybe some steaks and fine wines—all appropriate ways to celebrate the great festival of the Resurrection.  However, if our rejoicing does not extend…

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Alleluia! Alleluia!

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed. Alleluia! Alleluia! We are in the midst of the Octave of Easter.  Like Christmas, Easter Sunday does not last for one day but for eight days.  For eight days we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord with the highest solemnity and abundant joy. …

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The Greatest Show on Earth

“It’s like theatre!” my mom once exclaimed when explaining what she loves so much about the liturgies of Holy Week. When a worshipping community really puts in the work, then there really is no better ticket in town than the rites we celebrate as a Church both on Palm Sunday…

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Thwarting the Devil

Tomorrow the Church celebrates the moment of the Incarnation, wrought in God’s infinite love from eternity and brought to time by the simple ‘yes’ of a young Hebrew girl. It was through this ‘yes’, that God brought the human race back to Himself. For good. We also find ourselves in…

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A Tale of Two Oceans

“Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red.” — Macbeth (Act II, Sc. II). Nothing haunts us as much as a guilty conscience. Sin pokes an ontological hole in our nature;…

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CHRISTIAN IDENTITY

Fr. Bruno Cadoré, former Master of the Order of Preachers, during his canonical visits, usually asked the friars, “What is your identity?” “What distinguishes you, your community, from other religious communities?” “What is uniquely yours that you can offer for God’s people?” In other words, “What factor makes you a…

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Fr. Antoninus Wall, O.P. Vigil and Funeral Mass

Please pray for the repose of the soul of our beloved brother, Fr. Antoninus Wall, O.P. The vigil will be held on Monday, March 8th at 7:30pm. You can watch the vigil livestream here The funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, March 9th at 10:30am.  You can watch the…

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Try This Weird Benedictine Trick (Demons Will Hate You for It!)

Before entering the Dominicans, I attended a diocesan seminary run by Benedictine Monks, one of whom was my spiritual director. He gave me a piece of advice once, something he and many of the monks themselves did: find one thing to do every meal to mortify yourself with. Take one…

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Solid Armor, Trained Arrows: Persevering in the Desert of the Conquering Christ

Lent is not only a time of bodily affliction and psychological combat; it is a time of continual victory for those who hold onto the victorious head and commander—Christ Jesus. As St. Ephrem the Syrian explains: Samson killed many with the jawbone of an ass, but the serpent killed the…

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