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Sep. 02
2014
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"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight

For the ends of being and ideal grace."

-- from Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

When someone you love asks, "Why do you love me?" what is an acceptable answer?

 

This question was posed to me in a philosophy of mind course I took this summer in Chicago. It was during one of those wonderful moments after the class session had concluded for the day, and those who were not in a hurry would hang around and continue to engage the professor in conversation.

 

The issue at hand was the philosophical problem of personal identity. What makes you 'you' or someone else 'them'? The "reasons...

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Tags: commitment, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, love, pelagianism, philosophy, poetry
Aug. 31
2014
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The Province of St. Albert the Great rejoices to announce the solemn profession of three of our brothers in St. Louis, MO.  Brothers Wesley Dessonville, Patrick Hyde, and James Dominic Rooney vowed obedience into the hands of our Prior Provincial until death.  Please pray for these brothers as they continue in their studies and ministries and pray for continued vocations to our Province, the Order, and the Church!

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Tags: dominicans, friars, Order of Preachers, pius v, profession, solemn vows, st albert the great, usque ad mortem, vows
Aug. 29
2014
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I had no idea how to explain what happened to my dad. There I was sitting at the same table as some of the living giants of Thomistic thought -- Frs. Thomas Joseph White, OP, and Michael Sherwin, OP, along with Drs. Steven Long, Edward Feser, and Matthew Levering -- talked about St. Thomas Aquinas and grace.

The alacrity with which they engaged each other as well as the agility and depth of thought was inspiring and utterly intimidating at the same time. Yet there I was, a simple student brother from the Central Province out in Oakland at a superb conference put on by our brothers at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, among giants.

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Tags: consecrated life, DSPT, saint thomas aquinas, solemn vows, study, thomism
Aug. 28
2014
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This is a poster for Guardians of the Galaxy. The poster art copyright is believed to belong to the distributor of the Film, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the publisher, Marvel Studios, or the graphic artist. All Marvel characters and the distinctive likeness(es) thereof are Trademarks & Copyright © 2014 Marvel Characters, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Many people wouldn't think themselves the target audience of what seems clearly like a children's movie: Guardians of the Galaxy.  Those same people would be, in my opinion, mistaken. While not a serious drama or strictly adult action film, Guardians is a movie that appeals to a wide range of people and is a very novel take on a "cult" comic published by Marvel Comics. What it may lack in...

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Aug. 27
2014
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Carry the Pocket Gospels and Acts of the Apostles with you, and keep the Word of God as your constant guide and inspiration!

 

In April, Pope Francis handed out thousands of pocket-sized copies of the Gospels and Acts. He asked the faithful to read a passage every day, saying, “This is the word of Jesus!”

 

Take it with you and read it anytime you have a few minutes during the day. On the bus! Waiting for an appointment! Anytime!

 

The above is from the USCCB’s website for its contest to give away 250 Gospels to a parish.  There are still three days left so if you still have not...

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Tags: Bible, evangelize, Gospel, pocket, read, usccb
Aug. 26
2014
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In these last weeks, we have all seen the headlines regarding the Ebola crisis in western Africa.  The staggering potential for loss of life gives one pause and reminds us of the not-unjustified-fear that is preyed upon in movies like Outbreak, Contagion, and World War Z.  

While most of the...

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Tags: Africa, alarm, baptism, damien of molokai, ebola, epidemic, jesuit, sacrifice, saints
Aug. 22
2014


Christ of the Deep statue in St. George's harbor

 

In their fifth and final interview on GNCR, Brs. Ambrose and Brian John bring to a close their commentary on their work in Grenada. Among other topics, the brothers review their impressions of Grenada, particularly where similarities and differences with the United States can be noted. Catholic social teaching is reviewed, and some final thoughts are given.

 

Thank you to everybody who has followed this series of podcasts! We hope you have found them entertaining and informative. If you've found our work helpful to your growth in faith...

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Aug. 12
2014

Market in St. George's, with Cathedral tower in background

 

In their fourth interview on GNCR, Brs. Ambrose and Brian John continue their commentary on their work in Grenada. The brothers introduce the concepts of subsidiarity and the dignity of human life into discussion, closing out their discussion of Catholic social teaching and its application in...

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Aug. 09
2014
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In the spirit of Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation, "The Joy of the Gospel," we interview Mike Stancil, Fr. Sean Martin, Fr. Chris Eggleton, and Erin Hammond about evangelization.

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Aug. 05
2014

Fishermen in Grenada, near Victoria in the parish of St. Mark's

 

In their third interview on GNCR, Brs. Ambrose and Brian John continue their commentary on their work in Grenada. Among other subjects, the brothers introduce the concept of the common good into the discussions of their work, and carry this concept into conversations on working for the common good in Grenada despite differences amongst her citizens.

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