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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. 

Reality TV

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
Sep. 08
2014
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            “It’s her birthday,” I say to the man sitting at my bed.  He’s young, dressed in white.  His clothes look familiar.  That long apron, the hood, those black beads at his side.  I recognize his clothing . . .

            “Whose birthday, Master?” he asks, looking up from his book.

            Oh, a book!  My gaze flows from his face to the book in his lap.  What is he reading?  I hope it’s about Scripture.  Maybe he’ll read to me from his book.  Or is it my book?  What’s he doing with my book?  He has no right to take my book when I’m here—

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Tags: Blessed Virgin Mary, short story, St. Albert the Great
Sep. 07
2014
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Br. Wesley looks at the call to love and explores the true nature of love. In the end, the love which with we are called to love can only come from God. We see what that love looks like and the implications it has into eternity.

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Tags: agape, charity, Dostoevsky, fulton sheen, love
Sep. 06
2014
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How are we brother to our neighbor? Is there a difference between criticism and fraternal correction?

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Tags: criticism, ezekiel, Fraternal Correction, neighbor
Sep. 05
2014
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About a year ago now, I finally caved.  It was only a matter of time, really. 

 

Back in 2008, I heard from a few friends about a new show set in Albuquerque, New Mexico—the place of my birth—called Breaking Bad.  At the time, all I knew about the show was that it was filmed and set in Albuquerque, and that it was about a chemistry teacher who decides to cook meth.  Seeing as I’m not too big into TV, and a Catholic with moral conviction, I wasn’t too inclined to watch.  Driving around Albuquerque during my next visit home, I was surprised to see yellow “BrBA” signs with arrows directing crew to filming locations spread across the city—a site which would quickly become familiar.  As the years...

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Tags: Albuquerque, aquinas, Breaking Bad, emmy, TV, vice, virtue

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