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Inspired by the Holy Spirit, our Dominican mission and the call of Pope Benedict XVI to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ through new media, preachingfriars.org focuses on spreading the Gospel through videos, preaching, and theological discourse.

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Oct. 31
2014
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   Our brother, Fr. Dominic McManus, OP, discusses why Ghosts and Ghost Stories are important for Catholicism


                                              

 

There are loads of legitimate questions about whether or not good Christian folk can celebrate Halloween any longer, and if so just how. But it seems to me that most of these conversations are not especially helpful. The questions usually boil down to ordinary, everyday morality and good common sense. If you shouldn’t get drunk on Halloween then it’s not because it’s Halloween, but because you shouldn’t get drunk. The same goes for tacky and immodest getups, gorging on candy, and anything...

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Tags: a christmas carol, anthropology, augustine, Dante, faith, ghosts, hamlet, purgatory, st gregory the great, Thomas Aquinas
Oct. 30
2014
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Post-Traumatic Growth or PTG is term that is growing in usage to describe the positive effects that result from suffering whether psychological or physical.  Typically, the case studies involved in research in this area (which has also been called “productive suffering” by psychotherapist John Davies) cover the entire spectrum of suffering from hangnails to the Holocaust.

 

 

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Tags: asceticism, penance, post traumatic growth, productive suffering, suffering
Oct. 29
2014
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One of the hardest things to do in baseball is to throw a perfect game. A game where the pitcher retires every batter he sees throughout the course of nine innings – 27 up, 27 down. To accomplish this rare feat (in over 135 years of baseball history there's only been 23 to date), a pitcher needs to be focused, have a few balls and calls go his way, and usually needs an extraordinary catch or two (cue Dewayne Wise). It is the goal of every pitcher who toes up the rubber. Our spiritual lives are similar. Each of us is called have a goal of perfection in our spiritual lives.  But what does it mean to grow in perfection in the spiritual life, and how does one obtain such a thing?

 

Charity

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Tags: baseball, charity, grace, Perfect Game, The spiritual life, theology on deck, Thomas Aquinas
Oct. 28
2014
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May the world of our time, which is searching, sometimes with anguish, sometimes with hope, be enabled to receive the good news not from evangelizers who are dejected, discouraged, impatient or anxious, but from ministers of the Gospel whose lives glow with fervor, who have first received the joy of Christ.  — Pope Paul VI

 

Pope Paul VIJesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit! (cf. Luke 10:21)  I hope that we are rejoicing also!  There are many reasons to rejoice.  The beatification of Pope Paul VI, the feasts of Simon and Jude (Oct. 28), All Saints Day (Nov. 1), All Souls Day (Nov. 2), Thanksgiving...

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Tags: jesus, jude, pain, paul vi, pope paul vi, rejoice, suffering
Oct. 27
2014
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The poster art copyright is believed to belong to the distributor of the film, 20th Century Fox, the publisher of the film or the graphic artist.This new film by David Fincher (also famous for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Social Network), based on the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn, is deservedly receiving many positive reviews from other critics. The film begins with what seems to be a familiar-sounding story arc: a husband (Ben Affleck), after having marital problems with his wife (Rosamund Pike), claims to the police that she disappeared and must have been kidnapped by home invaders. There are signs of a struggle in his home but, on further examination, they turn out to be clearly staged. Affleck's character has maxed out some credit cards and...

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Tags: movie film cinema divinite gone girl
Oct. 24
2014
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Revelation is not a thing of the past or something of the prophets of old. Revelation, the Word of God as revealed in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, continues bearing fruits today. Through the Greek and Latin languages we are told that Revelation is a removal of a veil.

 

What better explanation than that! 

 

When we receive Revelation from God, we are enlightened, our blindfolds fall off  and we are able to see and understand. We receive it naturally through our senses working supernaturally with the virtue of faith. Additionally, we...

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Tags: JPII, Nostra Aetate, prophets, Revelation, Saint John Paul II, Vatican II
Oct. 23
2014
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As Dominicans we have a number of aphorisms that come up again and again. If you’ve hung out with us you’ve heard, “contemplate and share the fruits of your contemplation,” “if you’ve met one Dominican you’ve met one Dominican,” and “never deny, seldom affirm, and always distinguish.” One that I haven’t heard as often but is of principal importance in my life as a student is, “the wood of the desk is the wood of the Cross.”

 

In our lives as Dominicans we hear again and again of the four pillars: prayer, study, community, and preaching. Study is one of the most important aspects of our lives. We are called to study. Our...

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Oct. 22
2014
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The premise of Red is deceptively simple. Swift presents a list of clichés about failed romance (‘loving him is like driving a new Maserati down a dead-end street’) that don’t make the idea of falling in love seem so fun. It seems like a bad idea, an unnecessary risk, a youthful indulgence that’s eventually grown out of.

 

Swift is warning us about the tendency to undervalue passion. These sobering clichés would seem to lead to a cold, stoic logic, which would say that ‘grown-up’ reason is how we avoid these Maseratis. It would say that we can reason our way of life’s problem. This system is pretty and neat and nice, but it’s not human; it’s less...

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Tags: augustine, lacan, love, maserati, music, reason, Taylor Swift, theology
Oct. 21
2014
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On October 22, 2014, we celebrate the first Memorial of Pope St. John Paul II (the Great). His tenure as pope was known for many things:

Surviving an assassination attempt and publicly forgiving his assassin (May 13, 1981- Mehmet Agca)

The third longest reign of any pope (26 years, 5 months and 18 days- 9,665 days)

Visiting more countries than any pope (117).

His own IMDB page featuring his two plays/movies: Our God's Brother (1997) and The Jeweler’s Shop (1989).

The establishment of World Youth Day (First held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1987).

All these things endeared him to generations of people, but my...

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Tags: discernment, JPII, Pope and the CEO, vocation
Oct. 20
2014
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I like litanies. Of the Saints. Of the Blessed Mother. Holy Name. Precious Blood. I love ‘em all. You can check out a whole bunch of them here

The upcoming Solemnity of All Saints (Nov. 1) always puts me in mind of a time when I was praying privately in church and I heard a priest reciting a Litany of Saints with someone (I think he was going to give her the Sacrament of the Sick):

Saint Mary Magdalen, pray for us.

Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.

Saint John Chrysostom, pray for us.

Saint Augustine, pray for us.

Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.

Saint Therese, pray for us.

etc.

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