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By Br. Juan Macias Marquez, O.P., Catholic Exchange, Jan. 14, 2021

Br. Juan Macias Marquez entered the Order of Preachers in 2016. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

People often remark at how dazzling-white our Dominican habits are. The question they frequently ask goes something along the lines of, “How do you not get it dirty?” I usually respond to this question, “Well, it does get dirty, but we clean them often enough.” I realized that this shows the symbolism in our habits.

As consecrated religious, our habit is a sign of our total self-gift to God. But our Dominican habits also symbolize, in a certain way, the life of every Christian. Just as we are reminded of God’s presence and actions in our lives when putting on the habit each day, each Christian should remember that he has put on white garments through baptism. Christ has won us eternal life, and when we are incorporated into his body in baptism, we begin already here below to shine with the brilliance of his Transfiguration.  …