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The second talk from "The Virtues in Adoration" is on the virtue of temperance. Br. Brian gave this talk on September 12, 2015 at Blessed Sacrament Parish, working from a proclamation of Matthew 7:13-14. Readable copies of the talk are available for download (PDF Format / Word Format).
It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I feel fine.)
The last few weeks before the end of the church year feature ominous readings about the eschaton, that is, the end of the world. Listening to these readings can make one feel scared and concerned for the end of the world.
Instead of viewing the end of the world as an ominous thing, we are called as Catholics to view the end as an opportunity to be reunited with our loved ones and our great Creator. In the meantime, we should be sure to make amends with our neighbors and to cleanse ourselves of our sins through the sacrament of confession. After this, there is nothing else we can do but pray, wait and live our lives in service to God and his people.
The first talk from "The Virtues in Adoration" introduces the virtues and the talks to come. Br. Brian gave this talk on September 5, 2015 at Blessed Sacrament Parish, working from a proclamation of Mark 2:1-12. Readable copies of the talk are available for download (PDF Format / Word Format). (Note: The audio quality for this talk is sub-par. Future talks are of much higher-quality, so stay tuned!)
In reflecting upon my summer in Colombia, I have realized that I have come to learn a great deal about the language, people and culture of this wonderful nation through my course and my travels in and around Bogota. However, the most rewarding thing I did during my time here was to spend several weekends with the Dominican friars of the Community of Antonio de Montesinos in Cazuca, Colombia.
Cazuca is located southwest of Bogota (Map from Google Maps)
Cazuca is a settlement on the edge of Bogota that was formed in the early 1990's as a result of the escalating violence due to the struggle between the Colombian government and rebels. It is built on the side of a large hill/mountain. This movement of displaced persons (descalzados) into the area continues today, and this...
Greetings from Boyaca, Colombia !
The weekend of July 18-20, I had the opportunity to visit the Basilica of the Patroness of Colombia, Nuestro Señora del Rosario de Chiquinquirá. Chiquinquirá is a town about 100 miles (or 3 hours) from Bogotá, that dates back to the 16th century. This village is one of the most popular tourist sites in Colombia, and the most famous pilgrimage site. This small village is overwhelmed by pilgrims every July 9 (the Feast Day for the Basilica). I chose to wait until a week after the Feast to visit and still found every Mass to be standing room only (there literally was no open space, anywhere in the Basilica during Mass.)
As we celebrate the 800th Jubilee of the Dominican Order, the vision of St. Dominic is alive and well. Yet what is that vision? To imitate Jesus Christ the preacher of the kingdom of God, rooted in prayer and going wherever this Gospel needs to be preached. That Gospel needs preaching today--will you preach it?
To guide you in making an informed decision, please review the following 10 Reasons to Attend.
10. Chance to see the inside of the big, red-brick house off I-44 and Grand Ave.
You have passed by our house, whether it was on the SLU shuttle or when you were getting off westbound I-44 at Grand and wondered, "Who lives there?" This is your opportunity to meet the residents and see the inside of the house.
9. Great Praise Music & free parking (tie)
The brothers have been working hard to learn a number of new praise and worship songs, along with some...
I was excited to discover this summer that in April of 2013, a Polish group released a documentary, Popieluszko: Freedom is Within Us, on this wonderful priest. Unfortunately, the movie is in Polish, but with the option of English or Spanish subtitles. I found a copy of this movie during my time in Bogota this summer and watched it in Spanish. While, I knew a decent amount about Blessed Jerzy, I learned a great deal more from the movie and was left absolutely inspired by his simple faith, and his courage in the face of danger....
Central Province Dominican Brother, Patrick Hyde, O.P is ordained to the diaconate By Bp.Edward M. Rice in the conventual chapel of St. Dominic Priory in St. Louis, MO. Congratulations, Patrick!
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El sábado pasado, vi la película “El Lenguaje del Corazón” (se llama Maríe Huertin en francés) con los frailes del Convento Santo Domingo. Me gustó la película mucho y pienso que contiene muchas lecciones sobre las ideas de amistad y amor.
La película es sobre la historia de una niña sorda-ciega francesa, se llama Maríe Huertin. Ella vivió en Francia a finales del siglo XIX y el principio del siglo XX. Maríe había nacido en una granja cerca de Poitiers (una cuidad en el centro-occidental de Francia) en el año 1885. Durante los primeros años de su vida,...