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An Encouraging Sign of the Times

By Greg LaNave

Last Saturday, the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. (where I teach), had its first annual fundraiser. You can read a report on it here.

Through the generosity of a couple of friends, I had a couple of tickets to dispose of, and as it turned out I had the hardest time finding takers---the first few people I contacted were all committed to going to other Catholic fundraisers! It is heartening to see that the Dominicans are not alone, that there are many good groups out there that are being heard in their appeals for support.

So what makes the Dominicans special? I'm sure some of the excitement comes from the fact that they are drawing so many good young men into the consecrated religious life (21 novices this year). But there is another aspect of their appeal that seems to me important in the project of witnessing to, or building, a culture of life: the charism, so beautifully exemplified in St. Thomas Aquinas, of really understanding the natural world--the culture--the scientific world--the political world--as an integral part of articulating the understanding of the faith.

Catholics in the modern world have a lot of hard thinking to do, to understand that world and to see it in the light of the faith; and the Dominicans have dedicated themselves to doing just that. That is precisely their charism: to pass on the fruits of their contemplation.

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