Tradition vs. the Trailblazer

This morning I got into a texting conversation with my family.  It was over Christmas brunch, specifically the potato pancakes, or kartoffelpuffer.  When I was little, my mom started the tradition of Eggs Benedict with kartoffelpuffer for Christmas brunch.  Christmas Day brought the same ritual – we’d wake early and scurry to the living room […]

Because of Poor Sinners

I am often asked how I came to discern with the Dominicans. What draws me to the Dominican Order? While it is ultimately a mystery of God, there are several reasons, and most of them can be explained by my attraction to the four pillars of Dominican life: prayer, study, community, and preaching. But what […]

The Wedding Feast

Fundraising is mission work. It is connecting with people and inviting them to support something worthwhile. Sometimes, as in this case, something eternal. Often I hear, “no, I’m not interested.” Sometimes, I hear “tell me more.” Then, I may hear, “yes, we want to support this mission!” To keep me on track and moving forward, […]

Where Heaven and Earth Meet

The world around us is full of signs and wonders revealing glimpses of the eternal.  Sadly, most of us are too busy in this world to look deeper and see into those glimpses.  But there are some things in life that seem to catch hold of us, demand or attention, and we come face to […]

Mary Magdalene, Dominicans, and Fruit Tarts

What do these things have in common? More than you might think. Yesterday, July 22nd, was the feast of St. Mary Magdalene, or rather it would have been, had it not been superseded by the solemnity of Sunday. In any case, as Mary Magdalene was so dear to our Lord and, in fact, was the […]