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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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Sep. 19
2014
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One of the most important attributes of a leader and a Christian is perseverance. Perseverance is the ability to overcome obstacles in order to achieve a pre-determined goal. The character of Carl Brashear in the 2000 movie, Men of Honor exemplifies this value. Brashear (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is an African-American sailor in the post-WWII era that dreams of becoming a member of the elite Navy Diver Corps.

                       

 

The first obstacle Brashear encounters is the racism and bigotry of the era personified in the character of Master Sergeant Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro), who is given orders to not allow him to pass diving school. Despite these challenges, Brashear refuses to give up and soon...

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Tags: Christian Life, confession, Men of Honor, perseverance, Virtues
Sep. 18
2014
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Today, the Order of Preachers celebrates the memory of a Preacher who never preached - at least not from the pulpit. Today our Order, rightly proud of her scholarly tradition, celebrates the memory of a theologian who didn't read - except from that holy book which is our Lord's Cross.

St. Juan Macias (1585-1645), orphaned as a boy in his native Spain, was attracted to Dominican life from a young age, but he needed to work to support himself and his sister. After years of work, an inspiration received in prayer drove him to travel to the Spanish colonies, and he found himself in Lima, Peru, at the age of 35. It was here that Juan would enter the Dominican order,...

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Tags: dominicans, juan macias, lima, peru, saints
Sep. 17
2014
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About a week ago I began this series, exploring moral themes portrayed in the show Breaking Bad.  The first post can be found here.  Beware—there are many spoilers below, so if you haven't finished the show yet and don't want to know the details, bookmark this page and come back when you finish!

 

The show, whether intentionally or not, portrays interesting tensions between virtue and vice.  Let’s start with Walt.  In the beginning he seems to be a virtuous man, displaying the virtue of love in his desire to care for his family and provide for them.  However, present more strongly than this virtue of love in Walt is its opposite vice—pride...

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Tags: aquinas, Breaking Bad, Dante, gluttony, Pride, vice, virtue
Sep. 16
2014
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To be a person of faith is not, of course, contrary to being a person of action. We have seen it many times before: 'Faith without works is dead ' or 'Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice (righteousness)'.  Ultimately this comes down to a simple fact: love of God leads to love of neighbor.

 

We have seen in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus that the two great commandments are to "Love God above all else and to love our neighbor as ourselves" (Matthew 22:37-39).  This command to love our neighbors as ourselves is not meant to happen only for one day or to be some nice, pie-in-the-sky idea, but rather is meant to guide everything we do, for all of our days.

 

As a life of faith and prayer transforms us, we have to...

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Tags: grace, justice, love, love of God, love of neighbor, works of mercy
Sep. 15
2014
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In our daily life there are many sorrows, many tribulations we can go through. We all have a cross that we bear. I, of course, am no exception and sometimes I feel as if I am buried underneath its weight. The issue, however, is how we carry that cross--how we carry our sorrows. Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. The Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Mother, models for us what it means to carry our sorrows, for she carried hers with gentleness and courage.

 

The anguish of the Blessed Virgin as she stood at the cross of her son must have been devastating. It is devastating for any mother to see her child suffering and in pain. She even witnesses the suffering of her son in the life of the Church, which is the Mystical Body of Christ. One can only imagine what she was thinking at the foot...

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Tags: apparitions, Blessed Virgin Mary, christ, cross, jesus, mary, Our Lady, Our Lady of Sorrows, suffering
Sep. 14
2014
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Christ was obedient to death, even death on a cross, and it was thus that God greatly exalted Him.  Through obedience to the Lord, we can become icons of God, drawing others to Him as we unite ourselves obediently to Christ Crucified.

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Tags: cross, exaltation, humility, icon, kenosis, obedience, philippians
Sep. 12
2014
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Today the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary. Originating in the town of Cuenca, Spain in 1513, its celebration gradually widened until it was universalized by Pope Innocent XI in 1683 in thanksgiving for the victory of King John III Sobieski of Poland over Turkish forces during the Battle of Vienna. Not only was Sobieski able to turn back an Ottoman army numbering around 150,000 with only half as many men at his disposal, but the victory marked the end of successful Turkish aggression into Central-Eastern Europe. How was this victory achieved? Just as with the legendary Battle of Lepanto in 1571, the...

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Tags: feast, global conflict, Holy Name of Mary, Mariology
Sep. 11
2014
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The following was considered one of the most memorable quotes of 9/11, from former mayor of New York City, Rudolph Giuliani.

 

The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit, instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic, and religious freedom, the rule of law, and the respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.1

 


Each year since that time, we take away something different from what transpired. Some remember the crash and immediate crumbling of the World Trade Center. Others remember the screaming in sheer terror, trying to find shelter from the chaos. Most of us, remember most especially those...

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Tags: 9/11, Conversion, John XXIII, Mystical Body of Christ, Pacem in Terris, Pius XII, remembrance, spirituality
Sep. 10
2014
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Recently I had a conversation with my brother-in-law, Kris, who is also a beer brewer. I was telling him about how one of my recent brews had turned out (a Trappist Rochefort 8 clone). One of the things I mentioned was that the beer was slightly too sweet, and I was not sure why this had happened. Kris, who has brewed significantly longer than I, immediately asked me the temperature at which I had mashed the grains (infused hot water into them to extract sugars). As soon as I told him, Kris replied, "Well you are mashing at too high of a temperature. You should be about three to four degrees lower."

I was not completely sure why this seemingly minor detail had such a profound effect on the quality of my beer. So like any good Dominican, I began to research. I discovered that the temperature at which one mashes has a profound effect on the enzyme groups that are released from the grains. I learned that if one were to use two identical grain profiles...

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Tags: beer, brewing, John of the Cross, Mysticism, Precision
Sep. 09
2014
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Confession time. I am a massive fan of the TV show Doctor Who. I have socks, a scarf, a hand towel and T-Shirts that profess my love of this ridiculous show.  (Yes, I am that big of a nerd.) The latest season has just recently begun and I have been pleasantly surprised to discover just how many other brothers watch it with me. It’s kind of a big deal. Now, I know that it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I think shows like Doctor Who are incredibly important for our society for one main reason: we need something realistic on TV. 

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Now, if you have ever watched Doctor Who, you know what a positively ridiculous statement I just made. The main villains of the show sport kitchen whisks and plungers as their instruments of death...

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Tags: Doctor Who, fairy tales, reality, television show

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