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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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Jun. 12
2016
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Hope.

 

Our use of "hope" in everyday conversations isn't truly what is meant by "hope" as Saint Paul uses it in his letter to the N.  The "hope" he writes about is qualitatively different from "hope" that we place in people or things because our "hope" rests on someone who is perfect and will never abandon us.

 

Follow this link to hear Br. Thomas More's homily for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.

(scroll down to May 2016)

 

Br. Thomas More was ordained to the diaconate on May 14, 2016.  This summer (2016) he is preaching at several of the Sunday...

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Tags: Communion, eucharist, God, homily, hope, preaching, Saint Paul, trinity
May. 16
2016
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All things in life reflect the mystery of the Blessed Trinity- One God in three Divine Persons. Look at the people around you- we are so different in many ways but we are all humans created by the loving Creator. Does God have a love preference for one person over the other if He claims to be Love itself? If He does, then He is not the God that had died for us on the cross. If you are convinced that God deeply loves you, then be convinced also of the truth that He will accept any forms of sacrificial praise that arise from your heart.

Mary's life is that sacrificial praise par excellence. She was forever changed when she allowed the Holy Spirit to baptize her at the Annunciation and again at Pentecost. Walk with me through each of the Joyful Mysteries to witness that divine transformation that our Lady has pioneered for us.

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Tags: holy spirit, Joyful Mysteries, mary, rosary
May. 03
2016
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The Apostolate of the Moon

...is the apostolate of being forgotten like the Holy Spirit, the forgotten God. 

The Moon has its roots in Latin Mensis and 
Greek men 'month' and also Latin Metiri 'to measure.' 
This is to indicate that the moon has been used to 
measure time, which explains the different phases of 
this earth satellite in aiding mankind before calendar 
was invented. In the similar way, a woman's menstrual 
cycle allows her body to prepare for pregnancy monthly 
when ovulation occurs. 

At nightfall, the Moon dominates the celestial space with its bright light reflecting from the sun.
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Tags: contemplation, Moon, prayer, st augustine
Feb. 24
2016
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800 years ago, St Dominic founded an order of friars dedicated to preaching the gospel for the salvation of souls. Ever since, men have responded to the Holy Spirit and the call from Dominic to go out and preach. Below is a list of questions and guidelines that serve as reminders, as an examen, specifically for the friars to live as Dominic envisioned. However, I firmly believe these questions are useful for all families, business, teams, and organizations desiring to live and function as Christian people. Simply change the word “brothers” and “friars” to your particular situation and “preaching” to your particular mission identity.

 

Do we preach as a community? (versus “my” preaching)?

How do we partner with our Nuns, apostolic sisters, and Laity to spread the gospel? Do I view them as important members of the preaching mission?

Do I seek input about my preaching?...

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Tags: charism, dominicans, examen, guidelines, prayer. community life, preaching, study, vows
Feb. 10
2016

This final talk from "The Virtues in Adoration" closes the conference. Br. Brian gave this talk on November 28th, 2015 at Blessed Sacrament Parish, working from a proclamation of 2 Corinthians 12:5–10. Readable copies of the talk are available for download (PDF Format / Word Format).

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Tags: 2 Corinthians 12, 34th Sunday, Blessed Sacrament Parish, Eucharistic Adoration, Madison, Virtues, weakness, Wisconsin
Feb. 03
2016

The ninth talk from "The Virtues in Adoration" is on the virtue of charity. Br. Brian gave this talk on November 21st, 2015 at Blessed Sacrament Parish, working from a proclamation of John 15:9-17. Readable copies of the talk are available for download (PDF Format / Word Format).

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Tags: 33rd Sunday, Blessed Sacrament Parish, charity, Eucharistic Adoration, gospel of john, john 15, Madison, Virtues, Wisconsin
Jan. 29
2016
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The following is a brief sermonette that I gave on January 28, 2016, to the students of Marian Middle School in St. Louis on the occasion of the Feast of St Thomas Aquinas.

 

Dear Marian Girls:

 

It is great to see you this morning, as this is an exciting morning for me as a Dominican and for all of my Dominican brothers.  As you can see, I am wearing my cappa, this black cape, which we wear for special occasions.  The special occasion is the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas, probably the best known Dominican friar and one that I hope you grow to have a devotion to, as he is the patron saint of students. 

 

St Thomas Aquinas lived during the 13th century, the mid-to late 1200s in Italy.  As I said, he is the patron saint of students, but he was more than just a student.  He was a teacher, a writer of many letters, books, articles and more, including the first religion textbook...

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Tags: gifts, love, Non Nisi Te Domini, service, St Thomas Aquinas
Jan. 28
2016
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The paradox of Love …is a used-up title, but is worth re-meditating and re-contemplating upon.

 

Why does it take faith and hope to know and understand love?

 

Why is the image of fire used to describe zealous/passionate love, but also hell?

 

We might take for granted the fact that candles are used in bedroom, bathroom and/or for a romantic dinner as well as right next to the Tabernacle in a Catholic church.

 

Love in the flesh demands waiting: waiting to be loved and to love in return. In the Old Testament, God waited hundreds of years before raising up Moses to liberate the Israelites from the Egyptians. In the New Testament again, hundreds of years were passed before the Incarnation took place. We all know what it is like to...

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Tags: Candles, eucharist, love, sacraments
Jan. 27
2016

The eighth talk from "The Virtues in Adoration" is on the virtue of hope. Br. Brian gave this talk on November 7, 2015 at Blessed Sacrament Parish, working from a proclamation of Hebrews 10:35–11:6. Readable copies of the talk are available for download (PDF Format / Word Format).

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Tags: 31st Sunday, Blessed Sacrament Parish, Eucharistic Adoration, Hebrews, hope, Madison, Virtues, Wisconsin
Jan. 20
2016

The seventh talk from "The Virtues in Adoration" is on the virtue of faith. Br. Brian gave this talk on October 31, 2015 at Blessed Sacrament Parish, working from a proclamation of Matthew 13:3-8, 19–23. Readable copies of the talk are available for download (PDF Format / Word Format).

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Tags: 30th Sunday, Blessed Sacrament Parish, Eucharistic Adoration, faith, gospel of matthew, Madison, Matthew 13, Virtues, Wisconsin

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