Fr. James Brent O.P.

Father James Dominic Brent, O.P. is a Dominican Friar who lives and teaches at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. Several of his homilies, spiritual conferences, interviews, and radio spots can be found on his personal Soundcloud site. He frequently lectures for the Thomistic Institute, and appears on Aquinas 101.

Articles By Fr. James Brent O.P.

Believe in the Gospel Part 1

“Faith is a shield against all the fiery darts of the enemy (Eph. 6:16), but to use the shield requires us actually to look at things in the light of God.” – Fr. James Brent, O.P.

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The Pathways of Metanoia

“By grace, the eyes of the heart are capable of knowing God inwardly and intimately on the most familiar terms of love – experiencing his Presence. When it comes to this higher and deeper sort of knowing, however, you and I are like the blind men in the gospel stories.” – Fr. James Brent, O.P.

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The Growth of Grace

“The life of grace in our souls is also sometimes compared to a marriage. Wedding days are a moment of great beauty because it is the beginning of a union between a man and a woman. Yet, the wedding day is only a beginning.” – Fr. James Brent, O.P.

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The Forgiveness of Sins Part 2

“From the first moment of conception, something deep is missing from the human soul – something that God meant human beings to receive.” – Fr. James Brent, O.P.  

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The Forgiveness of Sins Part 1

“‘I believe in one baptism for the forgiveness of sins,’ says the Nicene Creed. There is much more packed into that little article of faith than first meets the eye.” – Fr. James Brent, O.P. 

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The Temple of the Trinity

“The grace of baptism is the grace to become God-bearers, and the call for us now is to awaken to the grace and live it freely. But how? A stunning example of someone who was fully aware of the indwelling, and taught us how to live consciously and freely according to that grace, is Saint Ignatius of Antioch.” – Fr. James Brent, O.P.

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The Grace of Filial Adoption

“What we receive in our baptism is amazing. Something of the eternal Son’s very own relation to the Father, a true share in his eternal Sonship, has been planted in our hearts by grace. As a result of such a stupendous grace, something of the Son’s own Life of standing before the Father in the Spirit of Love is now the life of our hearts too.” – Fr. James Brent, O.P.

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The Grace to Be Jesus

“There is no union greater or more radical than the oneness between Jesus Christ and his followers who live by grace.” – Fr. James Brent, O.P.

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The Filial Prayer

“True life is found in living the one prayer that saves the world – the filial prayer of Jesus Christ.”

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