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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.
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?...
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).
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).
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...
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...
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).
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).
Right before our eyes, cooperator brothers are disappearing from the Order of Preachers. How will the decline of our brothers impact the Order and our preaching mission? The Cooperator Brother Study, requested by the Master General of the Dominican Order, compares the number of cooperator brothers in the Order from the year 1980 to 2014. In 1980, 838 friars in the entire Order were cooperator brothers. In 2014, only 322 remain: a 62% reduction. Decline in the number of ordained friars in the same time period was 21%. Based on this study, cooperator brothers are disappearing three times faster than clerical brothers. Compounding the recent decline is the advanced age among the remaining 322 cooperator brothers and the relatively low number of vocations. All indicators point to a continual rapid decline among the cooperator brother vocation.
Cooperator brothers are vanishing. With the exception of Poland and Vietnam, the brother's...
The sixth talk from "The Virtues in Adoration" transitions the discussion from the moral to the theological virtues. Br. Brian gave this talk on October 17, 2015 at Blessed Sacrament Parish, working from a proclamation of Luke 10:25-28. Readable copies of the talk are available for download (PDF Format / Word Format).