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Jul. 29
2014

Vicissitudes, from the Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park in Grenada

 

In their second interview on GNCR, Brs. Ambrose and Brian John continue their commentary on their work in Grenada. Among other subjects, the brothers talk most about family and Church life in Grenada, and introduce the concept of...

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Tags: catholic social teaching, Church, Dominican life, family, Grenada, solidarity
Jul. 24
2014
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In the spirit of Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, we ask a lay man and woman, a priest and a religious how they live out the Joy of the Gospel in their lives, and how they "define true JOY." 

Participants: Erin Hammond, Mike Stancil, Fr. Sean Martin & Fr. Chris Eggleton, OP 

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Tags: Evangelii Gaudium, evangelization, faith, God, happiness, joy, joy of the gospel, Religion, The Gospel
Jul. 22
2014

St. George's Cathedral after hurricane Ivan   

St. George's Cathedral after hurricane Ivan, and with restoration

 

In their first interview on Good News Catholic Radio (GNCR), Brs. Ambrose and Brian John talk about their impressions of Grenada, about life in the Order of Preachers, and vocational discernment. They also discuss the...

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Jul. 18
2014
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     What would Jesus do?  This question, emblazoned as an acronym on the wristbands of countless Christians across America (a veritable phylactery of sorts), sums up neatly the desire of believers to live out the Gospel authentically and put their faith into practice.  What is it precisely that the Christian of faith can tap into that distinguishes the Christian from any other random reader of the Christian Scriptures? How does the Christian, reading « the signs of the times », as St. Ignatius of Antioch first exhorted us to do, determine what is or is not consistent with the Gospel revealed in the person of Jesus Christ?

     In their latest document addressing a well-seasoned discussion—...

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Jul. 15
2014
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In the spirit of Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, we ask a lay man and woman, a priest and a religious how they live out the Joy of the Gospel in the "little things" in their lives. 

Participants: Erin Hammond, Mike Stancil, Fr. Sean Martin & Fr. Chris Eggleton, OP 

 

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Jul. 12
2014
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News outlets and online message boards lit up a few months back with the announcement of Harvard University potentially hosting a Black Mass.  The Boston Archdiocese came out against this, and the service was canceled. This blog post is intended as a response to several of my friends asking me my thoughts on the subject, as well as to give a deeper understanding of why Catholics would find the Black Mass offensive.  

 

The Black Mass has come to mean several things.  I must first clarify that I am not talking about the pre-Vatican II terminology for a requiem mass (also called a “black Mass” because of the color of the vestments worn by the priest).  Rollo Ahmed, in his book The Black...

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Jul. 10
2014
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What is the relationship with the nuns, what kind of things do the friars do with the nuns of the Order?

 

The friars in all four provinces in the United States enjoy an amicable and fruitful relationship with the nuns of the Order.  Various friars from all four provinces have visited our sisters’ monasteries to preach retreats, to make retreats themselves, and at times to serve as chaplains.  The nuns of course serve as an indispensable backbone of prayer for the apostolates of the friars worldwide.  On special occasions, we have had the privilege of having various prioresses come and give the friars short reflection days although this is exceptional. 

 

A map showing the breakdown of all four U.S. Provinces.


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Jul. 03
2014
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I have heard that at one point, Dominican brothers not yet having been ordained, wear a black scapular and then, once ordained, they wear a white scapular. Is this still the case? If not, how does one tell the difference between a Dominican brother who has been ordained and one who has not been?

 

One of our professed cooperator brothers, Paul Byrd, wrote a reflection on this topic on his blog in 2011, which can be found here: Dominican Cooperator Brother

 

In the article, he mentions: "After Vatican II, it was decided that all Dominican friars were to wear one common habit to emphasize the unity and equality of the friars."

 

In the first branch of the Dominican Order, the friars, there are two tracks an individual can follow: the clerical or cooperator brother track. The clerical brother pursues...

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Jun. 26
2014
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In continuation of my previous post, Cityscape, I realized that making a silent retreat in a city proved challenging. One has to endure the noise that is at the heart of every city, especially Chicago. I could not help but recall this song from one of my favorite childhood shows, The Animaniacs. Here Dot is at extremes to find that quiet place:

 

 

So it got me thinking: Can one have an interior life in the midst of a busy environment? It is natural for us to be overwhelmed with preoccupations and want to withdraw to a secluded environment. But not everyone has the luxury...

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Jun. 19
2014
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Many things run through your mind in Haiti. The crippling poverty, the lack of infrastructure, and the general plight of most people are simply overwhelming. Yet, what did I think about during Mass at an orphanage in Haiti? The Chicago Cubs. That's right. Amidst the challenges and struggles of Haitian orphans, I was thinking about the Cubs.

 

As a Cardinals fan, I have long enjoyed watching the feckless Cubs collapse by September, if not mid-May like this year. Year after year, they trot out the team that is finally going to win it all and year after year they finish empty-handed. 

 

However, after nearly a week of witnessing unspeakable poverty and its deleterious effects on a country and a people, I thought of the Cubs and I thought about the spirituality of suffering. The truth and reality of sin and...

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