The Sadness of Lust & Christ’s Call

Thursday, March 1, 2018

By Fr. Peter Hannah, O.P. Before I entered the Dominican Order, I recall a number of conversations with friends and acquaintances who felt comfortable enough with me to ask a burning question. It went something along the lines of, “So, as a priest, you won’t be able to…have sex, right?” My “no” response was usually […]

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The Signs of the Church: “The Church is Catholic”

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

By Father Reginald Martin, O.P. THE TEACHING CHURCH At the turn of the last century, a member of the English Dominican Province published an insightful volume he named Meditations for Layfolk. In one of these reflections he observes, The Church that Christ came to found was to teach truth. By that single sentence alone can […]

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The Signs of The Church: “The Church is Holy”

Friday, September 1, 2017

By Father Reginald Martin, O.P. THE “ONE” CHURCH, REVISITED In our last reflection, we considered the unity that characterizes the Catholic Church. We observed that the Church is called to be the visible sign, on earth, of the Blessed Trinity. Like the Persons of the Trinity, who retain their individual character, while joined as one, […]

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The Capital Sins: “Sloth”

Monday, May 1, 2017

By Father Reginald Martin, O.P. WHAT IS SLOTH? Our dictionary defines sloth as “an aversion to work or exertion; laziness; indolence.” These words reasonably arouse the scorn of anyone committed to making a productive contribution to society. They may likewise excite our indignation when we observe a co-worker or family member failing to bear a […]

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The Capital Sins: “Lust”

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

By Father Reginald Martin, O.P. THE GIFT, AND COST, OF HUMAN SEXUALITY Several years ago, when we considered the Sixth Commandment, we observed that human sexuality is an immense blessing, one that comes with the correspondingly high price of our human responsibility. The first act of this responsibility is to remember that man and woman […]

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The Capital Sins: “Gluttony”

Sunday, January 1, 2017

By Father Reginald Martin, O.P. A CHANGE OF DIRECTION In our last reflection we observed that two of the Church’s early theologians, John Cassian and Gregory the Great, taught that the Capital Sins are either spiritual or physical. Among the former are pride, envy, and anger, and avarice, or greed. In this reflection we will […]

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The Capital Sins: “Avarice”

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

By Father Reginald Martin, O.P. AVARICE: SPIRITUAL SIN OR PHYSICAL? When we consider the sins that are the sad outcome of our fallen humanity, we can distinguish among them in a number of ways. The Church Fathers, John Cassian and Gregory the Great, saw the Capital Sins as either spiritual or physical. Among the former […]

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The Capital Sins: “Anger”

Thursday, September 1, 2016

By Father Reginald Martin, O.P. ANGER AND OUR SOCIAL RELATIONS In his Letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul writes, If you are angry, let it be without sin. The sun must not go down on your wrath; do not give the devil a chance to work on you. These words are part of a larger […]

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