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Oct. 02
2014
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Every morning and evening I pray the Memorare and every night, at Compline, we sing the Salve Regina. Recently, these tried and true prayers took on new meaning. 

 

One night, Our Holy Father Saint Dominic had a dream in which he went up to heaven. Upon arriving in heaven, he was crestfallen to see nary one of his brethren among the saints. At that moment, the Blessed Virgin Mary pulled back her mantle and revealed to Dominic his brethren whom she kept under her patronage in heaven as she does on earth. 

 

The morning after my solemn vows, I prayed, as I've prayed countless times before, the Memorare​, yet I was rendered breathless when I prayed: 

Ego tali animatus confidentia, ad te, Virgo Virginum, Mater,...

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Tags: accomplishment, complaceny, mary, mlb, playoffs 2014, spiritual combat, St. Dominic, theology on deck
Oct. 01
2014
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Recently I (that other "James" in the priory) decided on a whim to join a brother to go see the movie "Boyhood." Although it had come out this past summer, I had not heard about it and didn't know what to expect. All I can say is that I was stunned and surprised by this film, and if you have not heard of or seen it, I definitely recommend it.

 

The most interesting hook about "Boyhood" is that writer and producer Richard Linklater filmed it over a 12 year period. The result is a fictional story that is made powerfully believable because we see the cast themselves "growing up." More than just a cinema gimmick, the way the story is woven together so seamlessly makes "Boyhood" more...

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Tags: boyhood, cinema divinite, Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, film, Lorelei Linklater, movie, Patricia Arquette, Richard Linklater
Sep. 30
2014
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Perhaps you’ve seen this image? It’s been making its way through Facebook and other social media.  A friend of mine shared it and I was surprised by the number of likes and comments it received, especially in contrast to other content she was sharing.  This isn’t necessarily news although some items, especially pictures or interesting tidbits, are just more attention getting.  This particular picture challenges us to find the hidden tiger.  We clearly see the tiger that is the focus of the image, yet we just have to look in a different way in order to find the hidden tiger.  The picture challenges us to take a closer look.

Now this tiger picture isn’t the only type of post challenging us to take a closer look,...

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Tags: come and see, Ecclesiastes, facebook, hidden, imagine sisters, Pope Francis, project fraternity, twitter, vocation
Sep. 29
2014
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It is a happy coincidence of the calendar that on this day in which we celebrate the Feast of the Archangels among whom Gabriel was sent to announce the arrival of the reign of Divine Governance over the universe by means of the eternal kingship of Christ (Luke 1:33), we should also find ourselves marking the anniversary of a great speech in favor of that form of human governance so greatly admired in our day: constitutional democracy.

 

 

 

It was on this day, September 29, in 1787, that one of the great Catholic forefathers of this nation, Thomas Fitzsimons of Pennsylvania, urged in favor of a swift ratification of the Constitution...

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Tags: angels, archangels, citizenship, constitution, daniel carroll, diognetus, patriotism, thomas fitzsimons, tocqueville
Sep. 27
2014
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Israel has forgotten who they were created to be, God's own people made to walk in his ways and live in his presence. God, through Ezekiel, calls his people back to live in his presence and follow his ways. Who are we created to be? Who are we really?

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Tags: christ, ezekiel, God, image of God, Imago Dei, jesus, justice, righteousness
Sep. 26
2014
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As we come to the end of September one thing comes to mind: OCTOBER.  Or to be more exact, October baseball. The race for October is down to about eight teams for the six remaining playoff spots. Even if your favorite team did not do so well this year and has been out of it for some time (sorry, Twins), the end of the year playoff race is still enjoyable as we see who’ll cross over to the side of baseball immortality and into October. Who will come up with the big hits? What team will get hot at the right time? What young pitcher will take that next step to being an ace? What crafty veteran will catch lightning in a bottle (remember Jeff Weaver and Jeff Suppan in 2006)?

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Tags: baseball, grace, Letter to the Hebrews, spirituality
Sep. 25
2014
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As Dominicans we set aside some time everyday to pray in common. One of those common times of prayer is Compline or Night Prayer. I don't know about you , but I LOVE praying compline. It is such a beautiful and peaceful hour. But more than that, it contains wonderful psalms and readings. The readings tend to be very short, however, they are very meaningful.

On every Tuesday, we chant from Psalm 143. This psalm in one of my favorites. It shows how faithful the psalmist is in God. From the text it doesn't look like he is having any easy-going day but in contrast he is struggling. Yet, in his lament all he can do is thank God for everything that God has done, declare his great love for God and ask that God continue to help him. 

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Tags: compline, liturgy of the hours, night prayer, salve
Sep. 24
2014
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“Racism is a sin: a sin that divides the human family, blots out the image of God among specific members of that family, and violates the fundamental human dignity of those called to be children of the same Father.”

-U.S. Catholic Bishops, Brothers and Sisters to Us, 1979

 

I moved to St. Louis on Aug. 11, 2014. After unpacking a few things I called a friend who lives here in St. Louis. At the end of the conversation she said, “Be careful people are rioting out there.” I laughed. I thought it was an absurdist joke. I didn’t realize that in fact, there were people rioting just 15 miles north of my home. On August 9...

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Tags: dorothy day, Racism, social justice
Sep. 23
2014
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You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! My very self you know. My bones are not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, fashioned in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw me unformed; in your book all are written down; my days were shaped, before one came to be.

-Psalm 139:13-16 NAB

 

Many of the Friars in the house know, I am a very crafty person. One of the many crafts I do is knitting.  I was working on a pair of socks for a family member, when this passage came to mind. I was surprised to see just how similar it sounded to the process of knitting socks

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As I was working, I was made keenly aware of every mistake made.  Every slipped stitch, a miscount of rows, and every yarn split were...

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Tags: christ, knit, reconcile, socks
Sep. 22
2014
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There is something quite amusing about a whole table of introverts having dinner. The awkward silences in which each of us is sweating out some question to ask. When the silence can last no longer someone bursts out, “so…. Hot/cold enough for ya?” Or perhaps that’s too Minnesotan. As an introvert, I can find myself at parties struggling somewhat to make conversation. As a Dominican friar, being an introvert can seem a contradiction in terms. Or perhaps I am just surrounded by extraverts and all the introverts are huddled elsewhere watching or quoting Doctor Who. I jest.

Recently I had a conversation with my site supervisor at Washington University. As a second year student at the Dominican Studium in St. Louis, one of our classes is to spend time at a supervised ministry site . There is a...

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