“A House of Prayer; a Temple of Intercession”

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Would to God that . . . all men could know how very easy it would be for them to arrive at a high degree of sanctity. They would only have to fulfill the simple duties of Christianity and of their state of life; to embrace with submission the crosses belonging to that state, and to submit with faith and love to the designs of Providence in all those things that have to be done or suffered. . . This is the spirituality of all ages and of every state." --Father Jean Pierre de Caussade, … [Read more...]

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Dominicans, Lepanto and More

Arches at Santa Sabina, Rome/Elizabeth Scalia

Kathryn Jean Lopez and I recently commiserated with each other about how life as a writer/editor seems to translate into: "if you are awake, you're working". One need only look around the internet, or check the speaker's schedule around the DC area and in New York to see how busy Lopez is, and yet she's taken the time to contribute a piece to Patheos' Book Club: One of the saddest of sights, to me, is a locked door on a Catholic Church. Mercifully, I find them infrequently. And, all over the … [Read more...]

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Are you Happy?

When my Elder son was very small, and was trying to figure out facial expressions, he would ask me, or my husband, or the lady at the grocery store, "Are you 'appy?"He was missing his h's for a little while.Sometimes my husband and I will still tease each other with that. He'll see me looking pensive and ask "are you 'appy?"It's a sweet question, and it always makes me smile, for the warm memories of my son at such a young age. But sometimes I wonder if, rather than asking people … [Read more...]

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Basilica Santa Sabina and Saint Dominic

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Okay, I'll be writing about Rome, and posting pictures for a while--my husband took over 1,000 pictures, thank you, digital cameras!On Saturday, after a great deal of nagging from Sr. Mary Catharine, over at Moniales OP, we finally made our way slightly off the beaten path, to the Aventine hill and the very old, very lovely Basilica de Santa Sabina, whose erection began in 422 AD, which I've updated with a few more pictures:Rome is everywhere beauty, sometimes grand, and sometimes … [Read more...]

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Mary Anne Marks, Harvard ’10 -UPDATED

This is really charming, and comes our way thanks to reader Jenny, whose son graduated from Harvard University (motto: Veritas ) last month, with this young woman, Mary Anne Marks.Ms. Marks, a classics and English joint concentrator hailing from Queens, NY, chose to give her salutatory address in Latin; and manages to be engaging and lively with this "dead" language:You can read read the speech, here.Come the fall, this gifted, confident and serene young women will head to … [Read more...]

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Feast of St. Gregory the Great – UPDATED

The Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ, (the great soap and hand creme nuns and best lipbalm evah) announce the arrival of another new postulant into their growing novitiate. Although Sr. Janlyn arrived to their house on the feastday of St. Dominic, they've announced her today, on the Feast of St. Gregory the Great.This seems fitting, actually, since their new postulant is a trained vocalist who will add much to the nun's daily chanting.Since we credit St. Gregory the Great with the Gregorian … [Read more...]

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Oblates, Tertiaries, Professed Laypeople

I was corresponding with a Dominican nun the other day and I joked with her that, although I am a Benedictine Oblate, I am lately finding myself very drawn to Dominican spirituality, likely due to my friendship with her and also because of those those two charismatic and intrepid Dominican nags I have mentioned with some frequency, lately, St. Catherine of Siena and Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, both of whom were laypeople, not vowed religious."If you become a Dominican Tertiary, your chances … [Read more...]

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St. Catherine’s Sons and Daughters

St. Catherine of Siena, Santa Sabina Basilica, Rome/Elizabeth Scalia

"If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire" - St. Catherine of SienaSt. Catherine of Siena - one of my all-time favorite saints. She was not -as many believe- a professed nun of the Order of St. Dominic (Order of Preachers) but rather what we would today call a "lay" Dominican, like our new friend Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati.She was a woman who bucked every trend of her time, and dared to write to a pope, telling him what he must do: "Be a manly man..." she exhorted … [Read more...]

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