By Dominican Friars
Friarly, started as a classroom project back in the Fall of 2010. We wanted to promote the preaching of our student friars who have the opportunity every weekend to preach on the readings from the Lectionary.
Here on Friarly, and through our podcast, we hope to engage with men and women around the world and to show them the passion for the Gospel of Jesus Christ that we bring to this Friarly Life
Here on Friarly, and through our podcast, we hope to engage with men and women around the world and to show them the passion for the Gospel of Jesus Christ that we bring to this Friarly Life
Br. Dominick Jean, OP | Love Alone Will Save Us
Br. Dominick Jean, OP, preaches on the Second Reading from 1st John for the 6th Sunday of Easter. What and who do you love? St. Augustine famously said that we become that which we love. The natural movement of love draws us out of ourselves and towards and into another. Do we love our own power or opinions? Do we love wealth and what wealth brings us? Or do we love God and what God loves? If we love God we shall be united with God, but if we love earthly things we will be united with earthly things and die like them. Only love rightly ordered to God and what God loves can save us. Only love.
May 10, 2021
Br. Andrew Martin del Valle, OP | Challenged to Conversion
Br. Andrew Martin del Valle, OP, preaches on the First Reading from Acts for the 6th Sunday of Easter. One of the great themes we see in Acts of the Apostles is that of conversion. And not merely the conversion of those like Cornelius in Acts, but Peter himself. We are all challenged to ongoing conversion each day of our lives. Can we accept the challenge, the risk, that comes with conforming more and more to Christ?
May 9, 2021
Br. Hoang Ngyuen, OP | Children of God
Br. Hoang preaches on the Second Reading for the 4th Sunday of Easter. In the Second Reading for this Sunday we hear about what it means to be in union and relationship with God. God calls us to become not merely servants but his very own children. Dare we enter into that relationship?
April 26, 2021
Br. Peter Lewitzke, OP | Whom Do We Preach?
Br. Peter Lewitzke, OP, preaches on the First Reading for the 4th Sunday of Easter When we stand up and preach about our Faith who is it we are speaking about? Whom do we preach? Often we preach ourselves and an image of God in our own image. Peter in the Acts of the Apostles shows us the way though. Peter knows the one whom he preaches and whom all the Apostles preach and his name is and must always be Jesus.
April 26, 2021
See You In The Square | 3rd Sunday of Easter
We're called to witness to Christ in the public square; why are we so often like Peter in the upper room? Dcn. James Pierce invites us to look at Peter's journey from the Upper Room to the public square, so that we might imitate Peter's journey and invite others to share in the Risen Lord.
April 18, 2021
Br. Joseph van Havermaet OP | Called, Chosen, Changed
The Apostles were imperfect men, men who ran away and denied Jesus, and yet Jesus called them back, he chose them, and in their encounter with Christ and their acceptance of the Holy Spirit they were changed forever. And when they embraced this gift, Christ changed the world through them.
April 11, 2021
Br. Dominick Jean, OP | Tragedy or Fairy tale?
Br. Dominick Jean, OP, preaches on Philippians 2:6-11 for Palm Sunday. Through the Incarnation Christ has written himself into the story of our world, transforming our lives from a tragedy into a fairy tale but with one important difference from all other fairy tales: this one is true.
March 29, 2021
Br. Andrew Martin del Valle, OP | Why we Preach
Br. Andrew Martin preaches on Isaiah 50:4-7 for Palm Sunday. Why do we preach? The world and the culture around us are, at best, apathetic to the Faith, and at worst openly hostile. It is an exhausting and wearisome enterprise. And yet we preach the Word which Is Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. Jesus who took upon himself our own weariness, our own exhaustion and our own humiliations. Why would we not want to preach this Word?
March 28, 2021
An Image Written On Our Hearts | 5th Sunday of Lent
Christ has written His image on our hearts, and He’s invited us to share His image. Dcn. James Pierce invites us to see ourselves as sharing in Christ’s mission; not being afraid to let Jesus lead us to the cross, and to trust that we are welcome to share in His resurrection.
March 21, 2021
Br. Hoang Nguyen, OP | Covenant & Conscience
Br. Hoang Nguyen, OP, preaches on the Jeremiah 11:18-20 for the 5th Sunday of Lent. Br. Hoang reminds us all that God no longer writes on stone tablets but upon our hearts and that we are called to embrace the law that God writes there by forming our consciences in accordance with that new and far more grace-filled covenant.
March 21, 2021
Br. Peter Lewitzke, OP | Dead in Sin, Alive in Christ
Br. Peter Lewitzke, OP, preaches on Ephesians 2:4-10 for the 4th Sunday of Lent. Whil we often say that we are saved through Christ it is so easy for us to slip into ways of thinking where we beleive that we can somehow give life to ourselves. But always we must remember: we were truly dead without Christ and we live only through Him. We are His handiwork.
March 15, 2021
God Dwells with His People | Gregory Dunn, O.P.
Br. Gregory Dunn, O.P. preaches on 2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23 for the Fourth Sunday of Lent. During the season of Lent, we are reminded of God's dwelling with us, foreshadowed by His presence in the temple of ancient Israel.
March 14, 2021
Br. Jordan DeGuire, OP | Christ Crucified is the Standard
Br. Jordan DeGuire, OP, preaches on 1 Cor 1:22-25 for the 3rd Sunday of Lent. The Cross that is often placed before us in our churches and our homes is a sanitized cross, a cleaned up cross. It is easy for us to forget how terrible a scandal and a death it was for Jesus Christ to die on the Cross. And yet the Cross is not darkness but light and in the light of the Cross we see all things in its light. Christ Crucified is the standard by which all things must be judged.
March 8, 2021
Br. Joseph van Havermaet OP | Grabbing onto God's Hand
Br. Joseph Van Havermaet, OP, preaches on Romans 8 for the 2nd Sunday of Lent. Lent is a time for us to slow down and to really see ourselves, our sinfulness, and to work for change in our lives. But so very often our attempts to change falter and fail. We become lost in spiritual quicksand. And it is only in grabbing onto God's hand that we are able to pull ourselves out. Only by letting God take us by the hand and trusting in him can we make our way out into that land of freedom. After all, if God is for us who can be against us?
March 1, 2021
Br. Dominick Jean, OP | Dwelling in the Father's Heart
Br. Dominick Jean, OP, preaches on Genesis 22 for the Second Sunday of Lent. Baptism makes us sons and daughters of God. The experience of Abraham and Isaac reminds us that being a son or daughter demands that we lay down our own desires and plans as we follow Christ to the heart of the Father.
February 28, 2021
Br. Andrew Martin del Valle | Rediscovering the Beauty
Br. Andrew Martin del Valle, OP, preaches on the First reading from Gn 9:8-15 for the 1st Sunday of Lent. Br. Andrew Martin reminds us that Lent is not simply or even primarily about reminding us about how bad we are. It's about rediscovering with Jesus Christ in the desert the beauty that God has bestowed upon us.
February 22, 2021
Repent & Believe in The Gospel | 1st Sunday of Lent
Do we hear the call to 'Repent' as more of a threat, or as more of an invitation? Dcn. James Pierce Cavanaugh invites us to hear the story of Noah and the Flood in a new way, that we might be drawn more fully into God's loving mercy.
February 21, 2021
St. Dominic Leads Us Into Lent | Ash Wednesday
The patron and founder of the Dominican Order, St. Dominic, offers us some key insights into how we can fully embrace this Lenten Season. Homily for Ash Wednesday
February 17, 2021
God Bridges the Gap | February 16, 2021
Is our Faith big enough? Do we trust and believe in God enough? But it's not about us, it's about God and how he bridges the gap. Daily homily for February 16, 2021
February 16, 2021
God has the Final Word | February, 15, 2021
Sin never has the final word in our lives, not even in the life of Cain. Always God has the final word and it is a Word of Love and Protection.. Daily homily for February 15, 2021.
February 15, 2021
Let Me Not Hide | February 12, 2021
Adam and Eve's hiding from God serves as an icon of humanity's withdrawing from the relationship enjoyed with God and each other in the Garden. In the Gospel, Jesus reaches out to a person in need of healing, and re-introduces him to community. Fr. Ed Ruane draws these two readings together, and encourages us not to hide when we encounter God's overwhelming powerful goodness
February 12, 2021
God's Labor & Our Parent's Labor | February 8, 2021
Today in the Dominican Order we celebrate the Anniversary of all Deceased Parents of the Order. Deacon James Pierce preaches on the nature of God's own Fatherhood and how parents have been called to participate in that creative labor.
February 8, 2021
Br. Peter Lewitzke, O.P. | Surrendering Our Lives
Br. Peter Lewitzke, OP, preaches on 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23 for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Paul gave up his own life, taking up the will of God as his own, and became all things to all people, saving many. We too are called to give our lives away. Are we able and willing to do so?
February 8, 2021
Br. Greg Dunn, O.P. | Hear My Complaint, O God
Br. Greg preaches on Job 7:1-4, 6-7 for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The world is full of suffering. When is crying out to God ungrateful, and when is it a genuine prayer?
February 7, 2021
Unburdened | Feb 4 2021
Homily for Feb 4, 2021. Today is the Dominican Feast of St. Catherine de Ricci.
February 4, 2021
Br. Jordan De Guire, O.P. | Christ, The Ultimate Good
A preaching for the 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time on 1 Cor 7:32-35. There are many goods in life, but there is one ultimate Good to which we are called and it is the Person of Jesus Christ and the divine life he calls us to enter into. All our goods must be ordered in light of Christ and his saving work among us. Do we order our goods with this in mind or do we grasp at these other, lesser goods at the expense of God?
February 1, 2021
Br. Thomas Mary Wagaman, O.P. | A Divine Fire
Preaching on the 1st reading for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Dt 18:15-20. The Israelites are confronted by the presence and voice of God and it sends them fleeing away because of the fierce and divine fire that God's Presence is. But that Divine Fire is what we are meant for, can we step towards it and allow God to transform us through the fire of His Love?
February 1, 2021
Bearing Much Fruit | January 27 2021
The soil which Jesus speaks about in the Gospel today can tell us a lot about the spiritual life and how we cultivate the kind of life which bears much fruit. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
January 27, 2021
Mothers of Christ | January 26, 2021
In the Gospel today Christ gives us a striking image: that we are called not merely to be brothers and sisters of Christ, amazing thought that is, but also to be mothers to Christ, giving birth to Christ in the world and in the hearts of all men and women. How can we become "mothers of Christ"? Fr. Vincent Davila, OP, gives us a few hints. For the daily readings, see the USCCB. Today is the Memorial of Sts. Timothy and Titus, bishops.
January 26, 2021
Speak Lord, Your Servant Is Listening | 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
When God speaks, are we ready to listen? No matter where we are in life, or our past experience, God is always ready to welcome us with open arms. Dcn. James Pierce invites us to consider our own openness to God, and examine places in our lives where we may not be so open. “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
January 17, 2021
We Need A Prince of Peace | Christmas Night
Christmas is a time to celebrate the coming of Christ, the Prince of Peace. But do we act as though we need a Prince of Peace? Dcn. James Pierce calls for reflection on the burdens experienced even before the pandemic, and encourages the wait for the Light of Christ. "...peace to those on whom His favor rests."
December 25, 2020
A Throne Firm Forever
God promises to David, king of Israel, a throne firm forever. Yet, it seems that with the failure of the Israelite kingly line, that God broke this promise. Dcn. James Pierce calls us to re-examine God's promise of a throne firm forever. He encourages us to see that God keeps this promise, and makes the promise anew, even now. "...your throne shall stand firm forever."
December 20, 2020
Mary & A New Creation | Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Today is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
December 8, 2020
Transformed by the Word | December 3, 2020
Today is the Memorial Feast of St. Francis Xavier, SJ. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
December 3, 2020
Christ Overcomes Our Fears | December 2, 2020
For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
December 2, 2020
Responding to God Swiftly | November, 30 2020
Christ's voice broke through the noise and distraction which surrounded by Simon Peter and Andrew. What about us? Do we respond with swiftness to Christ's voice? Today is the Feast of the Apostle and Martyr, St. Andrew. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
November 30, 2020
Br. Greg Dunn, O.P. | The Word of God Made Fresh This Advent
Br. Greg Dunn, O.P., preaches on 1 Cor 1:3-9 fr the First Sunday of Advent. Br. Greg places the Word of God at the core of our Advent experience. It is in the Word of God, in the liturgy, the hymns, and the prayers of Advent that we see the Word of God made fresh in our own lives yet again. Is the Word which is Christ truly the center of our lives?
November 30, 2020
The Hardness of the Human Heart | Hoang Nguyen, OP
Br. Hoang Nguyen, OP preaches on Isaiah 63:16B-17, 19B; 64:2-7 for the First Sunday of Advent. Why does God allow our hearts to remain closed to his love? God is giving us time to turn back to him in preparation for when he comes again.
November 29, 2020
Br. Peter Lewitzke, O.P. | First Things First
Br. Peter Lewitzke, O.P. preaches on 1 Corinthians 15: 20-26, 28 for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Br. Peter preaches on the importance of having Jesus be the king of our heart before we can try and bring Jesus' kingdom into the world. "in Christ shall all be brought to life, but each one in proper order: Christ the firstfruits; then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ; then comes the end."
November 23, 2020
Who Is My King? | Br. Jordan DeGuire, O.P.
Br. Jordan DeGuire, O.P. preaches on Ezekiel 34:11-12,15-17 for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Each of us faces a choice. When we sin, we attempt to make ourselves kings and queens of our own lives. However, Jesus the Good Shepherd offers us a way out.
November 22, 2020
Our Golden Coins | November 18, 2020
Each of us has been given a number of golden coins in our own life. The coin of our humanity, our Imago Dei. The coin of our Catholic Faith, and for us religious, the coin of our profession. How do we spend that coin given to us? Today is the Memorial of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
November 18, 2020
I Want To See | November 16, 2020
For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
November 16, 2020
Living in God's Light | Br. Thomas Mary Wagaman, O.P.
Br. Thomas Mary Wagaman, O.P. preaches during Evening Prayer on 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 for the thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time. "But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness, for that day to overtake you like a thief. For all of you are children of the light and children of the day."
November 16, 2020
Too Good To Be True | 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
God gives amazing gifts to each and every person, and those gifts bear fruit. But what does it look like when a person lives the fullness of God's gifts? And what does it look like when someone is afraid to live those gifts fully? Dcn. James Pierce shows us what it looks like when one lives God's gifts, and encourages us: Don't be afraid to be too good to be true. "Well done, my good and faithful servant... come, share your master's joy."
November 16, 2020
Br. Joseph van Havermaet O.P. | Made For Relationship
Br. Joseph van Havermaet O.P. preaches on Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. The passage from Proverbs reminds us of our great need for relationships and communion. Relationships which bestow life upon us, like those of a married couple, enrich our lives and enable us to live holy lives. What are the life-giving relationships in your life? And how are you called to be such a source of life for others? Readings are from Cycle A
November 15, 2020
What We Ought To Do | Nov 13, 2020
Today is the Memorial of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
November 13, 2020
Changing the Narrative | Nov 12, 2020
For the daily readings see the USCCB.
November 13, 2020
Growth in Gratitude & Grace | November 11, 2020
We are invited during these present times to extend the hand of grace to others just as it has been handed to us. St. Martin of Tours is our example today, showing us by his example, what it means to see Christ in all people, especially the poor. Today is the Memorial Feast of St. Martin of Tours. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
November 11, 2020
St. John Lateran: Our Visible Sign of Unity
Today on the Feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran we celebrate not simply a church, but the Church and Cathedral of Rome which serves as that visible sign of our unity. John Lateran is truly the cathedral of the entire Church.
November 9, 2020
Br. Andrew Martin Del Valle, O.P. | We Are the Ones Who Are Left
Br. Andrew Martin Del Valle, O.P., preaches on 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 for the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. There have been many who have gone before us in the Faith and many will come after us, but we are alive now, today. We are the ones who are left here on this earth to be witnesses to Christ. This Present Moment and these current times are meant for us. This moment has been entrusted to us. Let us be witnesses of hope and true preachers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. "Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep."
November 9, 2020
Who is Wisdom? | Br. Dominick Jean, O.P.
Br. Dominick Jean preaches on the first reading for the 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time. What does it mean to be wise? Is it the possession of facts about the world? Only Jesus can show us.
November 8, 2020
When Faith is Our Priority | November 4, 2020
A plague. A Church in need of reform. Dioceses without bishops for decades. An assassination attempt. No wonder St. Charles Borromeo was described by a biographer as “an austere, dedicated, humorless and uncompromising personality.” But with so much uncertainty in our world today, he could be the perfect saint. And the readings remind us that the chaos of our lives becomes ordered when our faith is the priority. Today is the Memorial of St. Charles Borromeo. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
November 4, 2020
Br. Greg Dunn, O.P. | Gospel Simplicity
Br. Greg Dunn, O.P. preaches on 1John 3:1-3 for the Solemnity of All Saints. Br. Greg preaches that the way to join the saints in heaven is to know who we are in God, we are His beloved children. "Beloved, we are God's children now"
November 1, 2020
A People of Thanksgiving | October 30, 2020
At the core of our Catholic spirituality is the Eucharist and with it thanksgiving. We are a people of the Eucharist, a People of Thanksgiving. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
October 30, 2020
The Mission of the Apostles | October 28, 2020
The Apostles were each particularly called by Christ to their mission and each of us has been chosen by God for mission. Are we ready to embrace that mission of the Apostles to preach and teach for the salvation of souls? Today is the Feast of Sts. Simon and Jude For the Feast day readings, see the USCCB.
October 28, 2020
Br. Peter Martyr Lewitzke, O.P. | Witness Beyond Words
Br. Peter Lewitzke, O.P. preaches on 1 Thessalonians 1: 5-10 for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. How is that we don't have any written homilies of St. Dominic? What makes the legacy of a great preacher? Br. Peter explores the impact of witness for the enduring legacy of witnessing to the Gospel. "You know what sort of people we were among you for your sake"
October 27, 2020
Br. Greg Dunn, O.P. | We Are Called
Br. Greg Dunn, O.P. preaches on Exodus 22:20-26 for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time during our Come & See Weekend. Br. Greg takes us through salvation history, and our own Dominican history, to explore just how God is calling us into His Wonderful Life and how He has always called us, His People. "If he cries out to me, I will hear him; for I am compassionate."
October 25, 2020
Christ's Crucified Love & Our Vocation | Come & See Weekend
Jesus encapsulates in these two Commandments today all the wisdom of the world. To love God and to love our neighbor are acts of self-gift, of Agape-style love. That love is what we see on the Cross. And it is this gift of love is what propels us and pushes us forward and into our vocation. We have to make the decision to love with Christ's own Crucified Love and to take the next step. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
October 25, 2020
Living Out Our Vocation | Come & See Weekend
How often when looking for our vocation do we look for cause and effect? We expect God to show us some great sign and from that great sign we are supposed to simply know our calling in life. Cause and effect. But God offers to us many good things and it is given to us to choose how we shall live our our holiness. How are we going to live out our vocation?
October 25, 2020
A Manner Worthy of Our Calling | October 23, 2020
As Christians we have put on Christ through our Baptism and our participation in the Church, but we do not always live up this calling and the garment that is our Christ-like calling becomes disheveled. How can we change and reorient ourselves towards Christ? For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
October 23, 2020
Setting the Earth Ablaze | October 22, 2020
The life of a Christian is a divisive one. It forces us to choose God as our primary and central relationship. But when we do so, just as our saint today John Paul II did, we embrace that universal call to holiness which beckons all of us. And it is this holiness which will set the earth ablaze with love. Today is the Memorial of Pope St. John Paul II. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
October 22, 2020
Religious Anxiety | October 21, 2020
There is the anxiety which threatens to overwhelm us, the psychological anxiety of the world, but as religious people we must remember that we are also in another state of religious anxiety as we await the fulfillment of the Kingdom and Christ's coming again. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
October 21, 2020
Miscalculating Our Wealth | October 19, 2020
The rich fool in the Gospel today radically miscalculates what it is that makes us wealthy. In reality his surplus has isolated him from God and neighbor and cut him off from grace. Do we, in our own lives, calculate rightly what is of value? Today is the Memorial for Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
October 19, 2020
10,000 Hours | Br. Jordan DeGuire, O.P.
Br. Jordan DeGuire, O.P. preaches on 1 Thessalonians 1: 1-5 for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Br. Jordan preaches on St. Paul's First Letter to the Thessalonians on the importance of being steadfast and faithful in following God's call, seeing the journey as hard work, but marked by hope in knowing that God is with us. "Remembering you in our prayers, unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love and endurance in hope"
October 19, 2020
The King of Kings | Br. Thomas Mary Wagaman, O.P.
Br. Thomas Mary Wagaman, O.P. preaches on Isaiah 45: 1, 4-6 for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Br. Thomas Mary preaches to remind us that all we have has come from God, the King of Kings, who calls us to use our gifts, talents, and skills for God's glory. "I have called you by your name, giving you a title,... I am the Lord and there is no other."
October 18, 2020
Be Not Afraid | October 16, 2020
We are called to be leaven for the world through our prayer and our action. But often we are afraid, we allow what others might think of us to throw us off and to distract us. Fr. Patrick reminds us today of those beautiful and comforting words from Pope St. John Paul II, "Be Not Afraid!" For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
October 16, 2020
Count Your Blessings | October 15, 2020
Do we ever take the time to count our blessings? We have been given every spiritual blessing in the heavens, but do we acknowledge that reality and do we offer blessings to others? Today is the Memorial of St. Teresa of Avila. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
October 15, 2020
Living in the Spirit | October 14, 2020
Jesus' rebuke of the Pharisees should hit us hard, it should be an arrow to our gut. These men did want to follow the Law, in fact, they loved the Law. But they loved the Law more than they loved God? What about us? Do we love our own righteousness more than God? Or do we live in and follow the Spirit? For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
October 15, 2020
Seeing Everything Anew | October 12, 2020
Sin distorts our vision, preventing us from seeing things as they truly are. But time spent with Christ, particularly through the Eucharist, can help correct and purify this distorted vision, helping us to see everything anew. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
October 12, 2020
Br. Joseph van Havermaet O.P. | Why Do We Preach?
Why do we preach? Do we preach for ourselves and for what we gain, for our egos and our pride? Or do we preach for Christ and embrace both abundance and difficulty for his sake? These are the questions Br. Joseph poses to us today. Br. Joseph reflects and preaches on Phillipians 4:12-14, 19-20 for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time "I know how to live in humble circumstances; I know also how to live with abundance. In every circumstance and in all things I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, of living in abundance and of being in need."
October 12, 2020
What is Rightfully Christ's | October 9, 2020
As Christians we know that we belong to Christ. Christ has rescued us, his rightful creation, from the hands of the Enemy, The Strong Man, the Devil. But we tend to forget this, or worse, we tend to believe we are the ones who make ourselves righteous or that we are in control. Always we need to remember what is rightfully Christ's: Our very selves.
October 10, 2020
Approaching God with Empty Hands
The mistakes the Galatians make, and for which Paul berates them, is they mistakenly think of taking their works with them to Heaven. They became motivated by vainglory rather than the Cross of Christ. We know as Christians that we go before God with empty hands. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
October 8, 2020
Hail Mary, the New Eve | October 7, 2020
Today is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. The readings today come from the propers of the Dominican order.
October 7, 2020
The Gift of Divine Mercy | October 5, 2020
Everyone needs to know they are loved. More than anything else in the world today, people are searching for Love and for Mercy and the message that they are searching for can be found in the message of Divine Mercy which has been given to St. Faustina. Today is the Memorial for St. Faustina For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
October 5, 2020
Made For The Wedding Feast | Br. Greg Dunn, O.P.
Br. Greg Dunn, O.P. preaches on Isaiah 5: 1-7 for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Br. Greg urges us to look at the story of the vinegrower, and his disappointment with the vineyard. He prompts us to ask whether our choices always reflect the good that God, who loves us, has in mind. "The vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are his cherished plant..."
October 5, 2020
Cry Out To The Father | Br. Dominick Jean, O.P.
Br. Dominick Jean, O.P. preaches on Philippians 4:6-9 for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Br. Dominick observes that the anxieties of the world are enough to drown us, if we don't have help. Fortunately, we have hope in our heavenly Father, who wants nothing more to help us when we cry out to him. "Have no anxiety at all, but...make your requests known to God."
October 5, 2020
Recognize Jesus When He Comes | 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
God has long sent tenants to care for His vineyard, to care for his people. But those tenants don't always remember their purpose: they don't always serve faithfully, and they don't always recognize God's presence among them. Dcn. James Pierce encourages us to work faithfully in the vineyard, and in that work to always be prepared to recognize Jesus. "...the kingdom of God will be...given to a people who will produce its fruit."
October 4, 2020
God Cares for Us through His Angels | October 2, 2020
God's providential care for us never tires or slackens. To provide us with an added assurance of that loving care, we have by our side at all times our guardian angels who look after us even as they gaze upon the face of the Father. Today is the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
October 2, 2020
Shaking off Yesterday's Dust | October 1, 2020
Each day is a new chance to embark on the Little Way of love. Each day we must shake off the dust of yesterday, our past sins and failings and rise, refreshed by the Sacraments to love and serve the Lord. Today is the Feast day of St. Thérèse of Lisieux For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
October 2, 2020
Vagabonds for Christ | September 30, 2020
For many of us, the family and the home are sources of identity. And yet for the Christian our first and primary identity must be in Christ. Christ in the Gospel tells us that the Son of Man has no place to rest his head and we must join him on that journey and become vagabonds for Christ. Today is the Memorial of St. Jerome For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
September 30, 2020
The Logic of the Kingdom | September 28, 2020
How easy it is to lose sight of Jesus is offering us, the logic of the Kingdom of Heaven. Here are the Apostles, arguing over who is greater, right after Jesus has said that he will be taken and killed. And we do the same thing, we argue over "prizes" of power and position, not realizing that as Christians that's not the game we're called to play For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
September 28, 2020
Br. Peter Martyr Lewitzke, O.P. | A Choice to Hope
Br. Peter Martyr reflects upon Ezekiel 18:25-28 as he asks us to look beyond our present circumstances to the hope that is promised, to the hope that is sure to come. "You say, "The LORD's way is not fair!" Hear now, house of Israel: Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?" For the Sunday readings, see the USCCB.
September 27, 2020
Death as Communion | September 26, 2020
The Book of Ecclesiastes calls us to reflect upon the finite nature of our life here on earth. We strive to cling to our youth and our lives here and we forget that death is a moment of communion. Are we willing to embrace that Communion when it comes? For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
September 26, 2020
A Moment of Revelation | September 25, 2020
The days of our lives can blend one into another and yet from time to time there comes a moment of Revelation. Perhaps a moment of great love, a moment of sin and in this revelation we find ourselves forever changed. Are we ready for this moment when God offers it to us? For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
September 26, 2020
Everything is Made New | September 24, 2020
It is so easy to look at the world and wonder if anything is truly different from day to day. The sun rises and sets, night comes and it goes and we continue to fall into the same patterns of sin. And yet as Christians we cannot answer that everything is mere vanity or that things are somehow still the same. Christ has come in the flesh, the Word Incarnate has dwelt among us and we are changed forever. And so we must begin each day anew trusting that we, and indeed everything, will be made new through Christ. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
September 24, 2020
A Poor Friar Who Prays | September 23, 2020
St. Padre Pio is a Capuchin Friar who is known throughout the world today for his miraculous abilities. Miraculous healings, his bearing of the wounds of Christ (the Stigmata), and his long hours and gift for the Sacrament of Reconciliation are all a part of what make him a saint. But he became a saint because he simply wanted to be, in his own words, "a poor friar who prays." Today is the Memorial of St. Padre Pio. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
September 23, 2020
He's Still Hiring | 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Do we believe that God is still hiring? It's easy in our day-to-day lives to limit God's generosity by not recognizing all the good gifts that God wants to give to us. Dcn. James Pierce invites us to turn our hearts to God, and to accept the amazing generosity on offer. "...let him turn to the Lord in mercy..." USCCB Link to Readings for 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 21, 2020
Br. Jordan DeGuire, O.P. | Christ Will Be Glorified
Br. Jordan DeGuire, O.P. preaches on Phillipians 1:20-24C, 27A for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Br. Jordan preaches on St. Paul's letter to the Phillipians, reminding us that our hope is in Jesus Christ and not in man. How can we trust in Jesus more? "Christ will be magnified in my body..."
September 21, 2020
St. Juan Macias & the Sacrament of Charity | September 18, 2020
In a special way Dominicans remember the cooperator brother St. Juan Macias who was known for his great charity towards all those he encountered as a porter and a provider for the community in Peru. But where did his great charity and love for others come from? It came from the Eucharist, that sacrament which St. Thomas Aquinas calls the Sacrament of Charity. Do we partake of that great Sacrament and let it fill us with the love of Christ? Today is the Dominican Feast Day for St. Juan Macias, O.P. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
September 18, 2020
Br. Carlos Salas, O.P. | Called as Apostles Today
Br. Carlos Salas, O.P. is currently on pastoral assignment at St. Peter Catholic Church in Memphis, TN. While there he recently had the opportunity to preach at Adoration for the Young Adults of the parish. In this preaching, Br. Carlos calls us to consider how we can be apostles today just as St. Paul was in his own time. Each of us is called. Are we willing to listen?
September 18, 2020
The Midst of Our Discomfort | September 17, 2020
Often our comfort becomes our great excuse for avoiding the difficulties of living the Gospel. we do not want to be uncomfortable, we do not want to sit in our discomfort as we examine our lives. We are so often like the pharisee in the Gospel. Can we instead sit in the midst of discomfort, embracing it for the sake of Jesus Christ, who calls us not to comfort but to greatness? For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
September 17, 2020
Love Alone is Credible | September 16, 2020
Often Paul's ode to love in Corinthians becomes something sentimental and soft, but the martyrs today remind us that love is anything but soft. Love is the driving and motivating force of our Christian witness. Without love all our actions, no matter how great, are wooden and they will ring hollow to those who witness them. Love alone is credible. Today is the Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
September 16, 2020
Br. Joseph van Havermaet O.P. | We Are The Lord's
Br. Joseph van Havermaet, O.P. preaches on Romans 14:7-9 for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Br. Joseph challenges us all to remember that our divisions and even the bonds of death do not separate the members of the Body of Christ. No matter what we go through, the life of Christ is open to all of us. "...whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s."
September 14, 2020
At the Cross, Our Station Keeping | September 14, 2020
How often are we overwhelmed by pain and suffering? How often do we find ourselves flinching in the face of pain in the lives of others and even in our own lives? The Cross of Christ, and the Passion of Jesus, offers us grace and courage in approaching pain and suffering. Through the Cross we are given strength to face all the trials that come our way. Today is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross For the Daily Readings, see the USCCB.
September 14, 2020
Br. Andrew Martin Del Valle, O.P. | Heroic Forgiveness
Br. Andrew Martin Del Valle, O.P. preaches on Sirach 27:30-28:7 for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Br. Andrew Martin breaks open the book of Sirach, and invites us to ask: how willing are we to forgive? It is easy to hold onto old grudges, but with forgiveness God has shown us, we are called to more. "Remember your last days, set enmity aside..."
September 13, 2020
The Foundation of Our Life | September 11, 2020
What words and beliefs form the foundation of our lives? Are we building our lives on the Word Incarnate, Jesus Christ, who gives us his own life and who guides us? Or do we still cling to the words of the world and what they offer? The world is often like a blind guide, but we are called to follow the enlightened guide who is Christ. As Christians we are called to build our lives on the Word which endures. Are we ready to do that? For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
September 11, 2020
Loving with God's Own Love | September 10, 2020
There should be something different about the love of a Christian. We're called to bless those who curse and persecute us. To give our tunic and our cloak as well. But how often do we fail to love with God's own love? How often do we disregard, abuse, and hate those whom we should love simpy because they are different in some small way? That is not how God loves. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
September 10, 2020
Do You Know That You Know You're Saved? | September 9, 2020
For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
September 9, 2020
Seeing the Miraculous | September 7, 2020
Have you ever seen a miracle? A question often asked to people of faith, and one where our gut reaction often is to say no. And yet, haven't we? Haven't we seen miracle after miracle everyday of our lives? For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
September 7, 2020
Br. Dominick Jean, O.P. | A Christ-Haunted People
Br. Dominick Jean, O.P. preaches on Romans 13:8-10 for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. It's easy to talk about love in generalities and abstractions. What does it mean to love your neighbor in flesh and blood?
September 6, 2020
Br. Jordan De Guire, O.P. | Lord, what do you want from me?
Sometimes, it's clear what God wants from us. Usually, it isn't. What are we to do in such cases?
September 6, 2020
Anniversary Mass For Deceased Benefactors | Sept 5, 2020
Today the Dominican Order remembers all those who support our way of life. Our life, devoted to preaching and the salvation of souls, is only possible through the generosity of others. Through their witness, we are able to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. This day we honor them and pray for them in a special way with a special liturgy. May they be blessed a hundred-fold in Heaven.
September 5, 2020
Trust the Lord | September 4, 2020
So often we do not know what the future holds. We have plans and expectations but those are all too easily threatened. But while we don't know what our future holds, we do know who holds it. Our Lord in his providential care is always working for our good. But do we trust him enough to let Him? For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
September 4, 2020
The Depths of Self-Surrender | September 3, 2020
Jesus calls us out into deep waters. It is there that we will find our greatest fulfillment and our greatest challenge. If we are to answer that call, like the Apostles did, we need to dive into the depths of self-surrender, placing ourselves into the hands of the Lord. We are called out into the depths, but our God is with us. Do we trust Him enough to surrender to Him? Today is the Memorial of Pope St. Gregory the Great. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
September 3, 2020
The Most Important Thing | Sept 2, 2020
In the Gospel, Jesus does some flashy things. He teaches and preaches, just yesterday he cast out a demon, and today he heals Simon Peter's mother-in-law and everyone in the town of Capernaum. But what is the most important thing? Because it's not any of these. It's something more basic, more fundamental. Listen in to Deacon Ben's homily and find out exactly what the most important thing is. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
September 2, 2020
Living Our Mission Fully | August 31, 2020
Jesus provides a model of servant leadership. He gives up many good things for the sake of his mission, in order that he might bring to us our Salvation. What are we willing to give up in order to live our mission as Christians fully? For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
August 31, 2020
Br. Hoang Nguyen, O.P. | Good, and Pleasing, and Perfect
Br. Hoang Nguyen, O.P., reflects on the second reading for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Romans 12:1-2. As Christians we are often swimming upstream against the culture of the world. The Mind of Christ, which St. Paul in Romans encourages us all to have, helps us to see what in the world needs to change. But what about the good that is in the world? St. Paul calls us to reflect on all that is good and pleasing and perfect and to make it our own. There is much in the world which we Christians have taken and incorporated into our faith. Cultural traditions and expressions which find their fullness in Christ and His Church. Can we put on the Mind of Christ and see and discern all that is good, and pleasing, and perfect? For the Sunday readings, see the USCCB.
August 31, 2020
Deacon James Martin Nobles, O.P. | 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
"Offer it up" A phrase familiar to many Catholics, but Deacon James Martin Nobles asks us this Sunday if we've really taken that phrase to heart. Do we understand what it means to offer it up? What it means to sacrifice and to give the Lord Jesus our everything? Or is it just another trite and tired phrase we Catholics like to say? Listen as Deacon James Martin walks us through the liturgy itself, where our prayers and sacrifices are lifted up to God Our Father. Readings come from Cycle A for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 30, 2020
God Is Not A Liar | Br. Peter Lewitzke, O.P.
Br. Peter Lewitzke O.P. preaches on Jeremiah 20: 7-9 at Vespers for the 22nd Week of Ordinary Time. If God wants our best, why is it that so many of his followers have hard lives. Br. Peter shares his own experience of feeling misled by God and by his own Catholic Christian faith, and discovering an invitation to 'fall in love' with God. That invitation exists for all of us: will we accept it?
August 29, 2020
The Richness of the Saints | August 29, 2020
As we remember the life and martyrdom of John the Baptist on this feast day, we are also forcibly reminded of the great richness which is the Communion of Saints. Within the halls of Heaven are blunt confessors of faith like John the Baptist. There are theologians who grappled with nuanced questions about nature of God and being. There are preachers who were able to rouse people to joy and also to make them weep. The saints show us the richness and diversity of God's Kingdom. Each of us in our own way is called to be theologians, preachers, and confessors. The trick is to see how God is calling you in the particular moment. Today is the Memorial of the Passion of John the Baptist For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
August 29, 2020
We're Awake & God is Speaking | August 27, 2020
The Gospel asks us to stay awake and aware and it seems as though the entire world in recent days, weeks, and months has been forced awake by disasters, a global pandemic, and racial tensions. And it is now when we are awake that God calls out to us, it is now that God speaks to us, shouting in and through our pain so that we might hear what it is we are to do and to preach in these difficult days. Are we listening? Today is the Memorial of St. Monica. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
August 27, 2020
God Loves Us Too Much To Leave Us | August 26, 2020
God loves us just as we are, but His Love does not stop there. He loves us, in fact, too much to leave us where and how we are. He seeks to give us His very self and so be transfigured in imitation of Him. Do we let God love us enough to change us? For the Daily Readings, see the USCCB.
August 26, 2020
We're Not Called to be Nice | Aug 24, 2020
Often we can confuse niceness and pleasantness with Charity. But niceness never seeks to correct for fear of giving offense. Charity does correct and fiercely at times too. Often instead of seeking after charity with one another, we settle for niceness out of fear. But that's not the Gospel and that's not what Jesus asks us to do. Today is the Feast of St. Bartholomew, Apostle For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
August 24, 2020
A Search Into the Heart of God | Br. Greg Dunn, O.P.
Br. Greg Dunn O.P. preaches on Romans 11:33-36 at Vespers for the 21st Week of Ordinary Time. Br. Greg shares an experience from a family camping trip, which drew him to consider the search for God in his life. In each human heart is a hunger for God. By loving God and the people around us, and by accepting the treasures Jesus left us, we can search more and more successfully. "Oh the depths of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God."
August 23, 2020
Mary: An Example of Sacrifice | August 22, 2020
Our Lady while reigning now in Heaven with her Son, did not have an easy life on earth. Her life is for us a model and example of sacrifice and what it truly means to offer up our sufferings for the salvation of the world. We are called in these difficult days, when certain demands and sacrifices are required of us, such as wearing a mask, to take Mary as our model and to say with her "let it be done." If Mary was sure of anything in her life it was God. Let us place our trust in God and offer up our lives and sacrifices for Him and for our neighbor. Today is the Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
August 22, 2020
The Greatest Kindness: Loving Yourself | August 21, 2020
Jesus lays out for us the great commandment: To love God with everything we have and to love our neighbor as our self. But what does it mean to love our self? When is our self-love selfish and when is it spiritual? Some key insights are provided into cultivating proper self-love and, using the example of Pope St. Pius X and some of his reforms, we can see how the Eucharist strengthens and informs this love. Take a listen. August 21 is the Memorial Feast of Pope St. Pius X. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
August 21, 2020
God Makes Holy His Own Name | August 20, 2020
Rebellions and refusals are what mark the history and the response of God's People to God's promises. This failure is one we all share. But the prophet assures us in the first reading that it is not through us that God proves his holiness and makes great His Name. God alone does that. God alone is faithful and true at all times and that goes especially when we are unfaithful. He has never abandoned us and he even invites us, the entire world, into his banquet through Christ. But are we willing to enter in, to put off a heart of rebellion and to take up the wedding garment of a new heart and a new spirit? He invites us in as intimate partners but are we will to sit down and to partake of his banquet? For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
August 20, 2020
God's Scandalous Arithmetic | August 19, 2020
The logic and arithmetic of God's mercy is not so easily discernible to us as we so often like to believe. The Gospel today reminds us that God is Himself the Prodigal Employer, who gives to each out of his own generosity. We are meant to rejoice and to take delight when sinners return to the Lord and receive the reward of Divine Life. But instead often we can become envious because God is generous. God's mercy comes to us powerfully when we recognize our need for it. And we all need it. Let us rejoice whenever someone comes running to the Lord. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
August 19, 2020
God's Love on Full Display | 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
This week in the Sunday Gospel, the love of Jesus Christ is on full display showing us exactly who our God is and who we are called to be. Preaching for a weekday prayer service, Br. Dominick Jean, OP, takes these readings and weaves them together to show 1) God's compassionate and Providential care for us all 2) How he supports and feeds us and 3) how he calls us all to be like the disciples and to participate in his magnificent work, sharing his blessings with the world.
July 30, 2020
More Than Ordinary, More Than Amazing
Do we realize how amazing ordinary people are? God has given the world many natural gifts; he's given human beings many natural gifts, and he's made us amazing. And God offers us many gifts even more marvelous. Dcn. James Pierce invites us to let Jesus into our lives; let him make us more than ordinary, more than amazing.
July 12, 2020
The Yoke is Easy, The Burden is Light
We all know that the burdens in this world are heavy, and it's amazing news that Jesus promises us a light, easy burden. Sometimes it's hard to trust that Jesus' message - such good news - is true; are we afraid to trust him? From the times of the Old Testament, God has called his people out of that fear and into trust. Jesus called to people in his day, and calls to us in ours, 'You can trust me. My yoke is easy, my burden is light.'
July 5, 2020
Courage in Christ | 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Our country and our world seem to be swimming in fear these days. Fears and anxieties are all around us, demanding our attention and it is in the midst of this noise that Jesus whispers in our hearts: Fear no one. We are called not to be a People of fear but a People of God who live in hope. By trusting in Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, we are able to let God transform our fear into courage and we in turn become the intimate friends and preachers of God. The perfect love of God casts out our fear forever. What do you fear? What courage are you being called to today? Not tomorrow, today. For the Sunday Readings, see the USCCB for June 21.
June 18, 2020
Hunger for Me | Corpus Christi
On the Feast of Corpus Christi we are reminded about the manna from Heaven, about the gift we have received in the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus will be really present on the altar this Sunday and even if we cannot be there we will long for Him, long for the food that is Jesus. He is the only food that can satisfy us. And it is not just his Body and Blood that he provides. He also gives those who hunger and thirst for righteousness what they long for. Jesus fills our every need, and satisfies our every desire.
June 11, 2020
God's Gifts & Our Response | Pentecost Sunday
The Holy Spirit gives to each of us gifts, the most powerful of which is God's love for us and the love he has bestowed upon our hearts. But this love and these other gifts are not always apparent. In the Gospel, Jesus simply breathes upon the disciples. A quiet, low-key sign by any measure. Do we recognize the quiet signs even in the midst of our own anxiety and hopelessness? And even if we do see God's gift, are we able and willing to respond? For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 31, 2020
Contrasting Loves | May 30, 2020
There is a wonderful diversity present within the Dominican Order and within the early disciples. Every evening as we pray the De Profoundis we hear the names of those characters who have gone before. Many of them widely different from one another. As different as Peter and the Beloved Disciple, one a martyr they other who lived a full life on earth. But who each have within them a great love for the Lord. Just as we are called to have. This love for Christ is made manifest in widely different ways and in ways which can seem to be contrasting. But these contrasting loves, more than anything else, show us the truly unique role that we each have to play. We each will love different but we are all called to love. We are each unique and yet we are united.Let us love fully, each in our own way. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 30, 2020
Peter & Paul VI: Models of Leadership
In the Gospel today Peter shows us that to be a Christian leader means constantly accepting the call of Christ to feed and to tend his sheep. At the end of the day, Peter is a leader not because of his own ability, but because he allows Christ to be his guide and to grant him the grace he needs to persevere. The same goes for Paul VI whose feast we celebrate today. Paul VI too offers us a vision of leadership which does not rest on power or on personal ability or accomplishments, but which rests on Jesus Christ, the one and the only guide of the Church. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 29, 2020
A Church Where All Are One | May 28, 2020
Deacon James Martin Nobles, O.P., makes it clear and pulls no punches. Christ calls us to be one people dedicated to him and to each other. But the Church cannot be one, cannot be united, as long as racism remains. Racism is a sin which disrupts the unity and bond of love which binds us to Christ. But racial reconciliation is possible. We cannot merely study racism. we have to work constantly towards reconciling ourselves. In giving away our privilege and power we enable those who are oppressed and persecuted to flourish and we become more like Christ who gave himself away for love of us. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 28, 2020
An In-Between Time | May 27, 2020
The time between the Ascension and Pentecost is a strange and in-between time for the Church. We do not yet have the fullness of the Holy Spirit which shall unite us in love as the Body of Christ, but our Lord has already gone ahead of us to Heaven. This in-between time is a time of vulnerability as we prepare our hearts for something new, something burning. For the flame of love which will unite our hearts and make us one, just as Christ and the Father are one. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 27, 2020
Taking Ownership | May 26, 2020
At some point in a leader-follower or teacher-student relationship there comes a point where the student and the follower has to take ownership. That person must in turn become a leader for the sake of their own growth and flourishing. The same goes for our Christian Life. In the Gospel, Jesus prepares to pass the torch to his disciples and, while he will remain united with them in one sense, his human presence will be gone from their midst soon. We are in the same boat and we too have to take ownership of our spiritual lives and our growth as Christians. Christ and the Spirit have enabled us and strengthened us but we still have to cooperate and choose to become the Christian leaders we are meant to be. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 26, 2020
The Gifts We Have Been Given | May 25, 2020
Often we fall into what Fr. DePorres Durham, O.P. calls a "dangerous game" of comparisons. We forget the great gifts each one of us has been given. And we especially forget the great gifts showered on us by the Advocate, the Holy Spirit. Each of us through our Baptism has been called into the life of the Church and strengthened by grace and the Spirit to participate and live out or calling. The gifts we have been given are of infinite worth already, we don't need to compare or to worry about what others have. We are rich in the Spirit. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 25, 2020
Ascending with Christ | Ascension Sunday
When Christ ascended into Heaven he was not distancing himself from humanity, but calling all of us to join him. The Ascension is a call by Christ for us to rise, to climb up to Heaven, and to become divinized ourselves. Each and every human person has a destiny which rests in Heaven, it is our ultimate fulfillment and Christ has himself prepared the way. Take heart, Rev. Br. Adrian McCaffery, O.P. exhorts us. Christ has not abandoned us, not then and certainly not now. Take heart and climb. Climb up to the Lord, Ascend with Christ. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 24, 2020
God is not far | May 22, 2020
God reassures us, through both Scripture and through the feast we celebrate today, that He is indeed with us. God is not far from anyone and it is his presence which will sustain us. In Acts we see the Lord appearing to Paul and offering him reassurance that God will sustain him during his difficulties. We also see in the person of St. Rita of Cascia who we celebrate, what loving perseverance can do. For years she was married to a terrible and cruel man, but she refused to hate. She trusted in God even in the midst of difficulty. Eventually after her husband's death she made her way to a monastery where she became an Augustinian nun, entrusting her life to God in another radical endeavor. Do you trust God and do you believe that God is never far from you? Feast of St. Rita of Cascia For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 22, 2020
The Purpose of Waiting | May 21, 2020
Throughout our daily lives we find ourselves waiting for many things. In fact, waiting seems to be a core aspect of our life here on Earth and yet it is one of the most difficult things we do. What's the point? Rev. Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P., asks us to reorient and to consider not what we are waiting for but rather who. Waiting provides an opportunity to connect with God, to remember God in our waiting and the promises he has made to us. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 21, 2020
Preaching Christ Crucified | May 20, 2020
Paul's missionary work in Athens yielded few results. Only a few truly heard and believed the message he preached. He used both reason and faith with the Athenians and yet it was not enough. Then he went on to Corinth, and it is on this journey that Paul realized that to preach the resurrection without the Crucifixion was to miss the point. The primary goal of Paul's preaching would become preaching Christ and him Crucified. Once he began to do this, he saw the Spirit move many to conversion. May it be so with us. How can you preach Christ Crucified in your life? For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 20, 2020
Better That I Should Go | May 19, 2020
Jesus makes an outrageous claim to his apostles: that it is better that he should go. This the person who changed their lives forever at his coming and now he says it is better that he should go? That it is somehow better, Rev. Br. James Pierce Cavanaugh, O.P., says, that he should suffer and be crucified. And it is. It is better. Because Jesus has sent to us the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, who empowers and intercedes for us, providing new life to our lives. Christ has not left us alone to suffer. He sent the Holy Spirit. Where is the Holy Spirit in your life? Are you open to receiving that Spirit? For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 19, 2020
Do Good Anyway | May 18, 2020
Often in the history of the church and in the personal lives of Christians there has been persecution. People have taken the good works Christians have done and have mocked them, ridiculed them, and even given ulterior and sinister motives to them. And yet, Christ calls us to do good anyway. Fr. Scott O'Brien, O.P. remind us of the call we have received. It is a call to act for good in the world in the name of Jesus Christ. Christ calls us to do good and the Spirit of Truth, the Advocate whom Christ has sent, enables us and strengthens us so that we can do these good works, these works of mercy. How is God calling you to do good today? For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 18, 2020
Seeing the Gifts | 6th Sunday of Easter
Newly ordained deacon and Rev. Brother Ben Keller, O.P., was ordained on Saturday, and already he is preaching to us the Good News. Rev. Br. Ben Keller asks us to look not at the great struggles and anxieties which are and have been confronting us, but to see the gifts we already have been given. The movement of the Spirit is hard to discern and can be difficult to see, but if we can see these small gifts we will begin to recognize just how much greater than we ever imagined is God's love for us. What are the gifts in your life? For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 17, 2020
Ready for Hope | 6th Sunday of Easter
On May 16, 2020 Br. James Martin Nobles was ordained to the diaconate. That evening, at a Saturday Vigil Mass for the 6th Sunday of Easter, he was able to assist and to preach as a deacon. Rev. Brother James Martin reminds us of the need for hope. We need to be disciples of hope who rely and trust on God. This hope is not something of our own crafting but something which comes from waiting and preparing for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Are you ready for Hope? For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 17, 2020
A Greater Love | May 15, 2020
Christ has called us, through his own example, into a greater love. This new commandment is the ushering in of a new Messianic Age, an age of the Holy Spirit. We are each called to live and work in this new world. Today is also the feast day of St. Isidore. A farmer and a lay man, Isidore was devoted to prayer and to charity towards his neighbor, often giving them more than he gave himself. He embodied for us this new commandment that Christ has given us, this law of charity. How do we love with this greater love of Christ? How do we follow the example of the St. Isidore the Farmer? For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 15, 2020
Called to Serve | May 14, 2020
On the Feast of St. Matthias we are reminded that authority is not something to be sought, but something which is accepted with humility. When we are called to positions of authority we are truly called into service for the Church and for our brothers and sisters. Fr. Michael Mascari, O.P., reminds the brothers that when we speak of our vocations or our discernment process we must be attentive to the voice of Christ and to what he is calling us into. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 14, 2020
Remain in Me, Don't Go | May 13, 2020
On a daily basis, how readily do we remember that God is always present to us? Fr. Ed Ruane, O.P. encourages us to always remember that God is always present to us. He encourages us to hear the voice of Jesus, "I remain with you; will you remain with me?" For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 13, 2020
Life in the Spirit | May 12, 2020
A life which is led by the Spirit is not necessarily an easy one. It comes with many bumps, and even with some crashes. The peace of Christ which comes with this life is not the peace of this world. It is not a timeshare in Florida or a large retirement check. It is something more mysterious and more wonderful. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 12, 2020
Distracted from Jesus | May 11, 2020
It is easy to love Christ and to follow his commandments when we are focused. But often we find ourselves caught up in distractions both those which are natural and those sent by the Devil to lead us away from Jesus. We are called to discern and to invite the Holy Spirit into our lives so that we can be empowered to focus on Christ even in the midst of distractions and activities. We are called to have a relationship with Jesus Christ and to follow his commandments out of love for that relationship. What in your life is keeping you from that relationship? For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 11, 2020
Be a Christ Bearer | May 10, 2020
Each of us is called to bring Christ to others. We see in the first reading from Acts the Commissioning of the first deacons of the church, those like Stephen who would go out, ministering to the needs of the poor, listening to their concerns and anxieties, and who would bring Christ to them. We are each called to be a Christ Bearer likes these early disciples and deacons were. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 10, 2020
A Particular Task of Love | May 9, 2020
Each of us is called to love and to perform the works of Christ in a unique and particular way. No one else can fulfill this role for us, only we can do these things to which God is calling us. God is calling you and me into his very self in particular and unique way. How do we respond to this particular task of love? For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 9, 2020
Mary, Encouragement of Preachers | May 8, 2020
When St. Dominic founded the Order of Preachers he based it on the life of the early apostles. He desired to imitate them in zeal and missionary spirit. It is no surprise that Mary, the Queen of Apostles, would shower down blessings upon this Order. In the early Church Mary was there with the Apostles, encouraging them and renewing their spirits. She did it for the early Dominicans appearing to those like Dominic, Jordan of Saxony, Humbert of Romans, Reginald of Orleans and many others. She never lost faith in her Son and she continues to pour out graces upon we her adopted children. (photo by Fr. Lawrence Lew O.P.) For the daily readings, see the USCCB. To renew or promise dedication to Our Lady with the Dominican Order, see OPVocations.org.
May 8, 2020
Disagreement among Saints | May 7, 2020
"But John left them and returned to Jerusalem." Why did John Mark leave? Was he afraid of the journey, of the danger? We may never know. We do know that Paul and Barnabas will disagree and even fight on whether to bring John Mark with them, we see this in Acts 15. But this is not something meant to discourage us but rather to give us consolation. The saints did not simply descend straight from Heaven and were perfect heroes from beginning to end. They were flawed men and women just like us. We should be comforted by the realization that even the Apostles were still human. The saints understand us and our struggles intimately. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 7, 2020
Intimacy with the Father | May 6, 2020
What is perhaps the most defining characteristic of Jesus in the Gospels? Fr. Michael Mascari, O.P. points us to today's Gospel of the answer: intimacy with the Father. Jesus always points to the one who sent him and always orients his will to the Father's Will. That is a relationship which we are all called to enter into as Christians who have been born again in Christ. We too are called to intimacy with the Father. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 6, 2020
My Sheep Hear My Voice | May 5, 2020
Fr. Ed Ruane, O.P. reminds us who strive to follow the the way of Jesus, that there exists an, "awful long trip," from the head to the heart - from knowing with our minds what we ought to do, and being convicted in our hearts about what we ought to do. And he reminds us of the even longer trip, "from the heart to the feet," - the trip from being convicted in what we ought to do to actually acting as we should. In the midst of this challenging message, we are encouraged that no one can take us our of the Father's hand; let us pray to remain in the hands of God, that we may walk in the path that God prepares for us. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 5, 2020
Pastoral Responsibility | May 4, 2020
To be a pastoral minister is no easy task. The Church in recent years has found herself damaged by the work of pseudo-pastors, fake ministers who instead of drawing the flock of God together, have scattered it. Fr. Mark Wedig, O.P. calls us to be better, drawing is into a portion of Dominican formation, the pastoral year, and asks us to do one thing : to participate in Christ's own identity as the Good Shepherd. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 4, 2020
Cutting through the Noise | Good Shepherd Sunday
In our world today it can be difficult to hear the voice of our Good Shepherd Jesus Christ. We are constantly bombarded with noise and anxieties which seek to distract us. These other voices though do not bring the Good News that the voice of Jesus brings, they cannot. So how do we cut through the noise? Fr. Kevin Stephens, O.P. offers his thoughts and reminds us: The voice of Jesus is the voice we have been hardwired to hear. It is the voice that we have always and will always look for. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 3, 2020
The Wisdom of Staying | May 2, 2020
We continue the Bread of Life discourse in the Gospel today and we see those who did not remain with Jesus, those who found his sayings too difficult. Fr. Mark Wedig, O.P., in his homily on the Gospel reflects on his experience as a Dominican these past 40 years. Many brothers have stayed and enjoyed the banquet of Wisdom which comes from Christ's presence. But others have left and for some this was Providence and for others it was foolishness. Fr. Mark reminds us of the power and the wisdom of staying, of enduring even when things become difficult. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
May 2, 2020
St. Joseph: Worker & Intercessor | May 1, 2020
Often particular people are drawn and attracted to particular saints. Perhaps it is the hardships and struggles the saint endured, maybe it was the manner of their preaching. But everyone can find something to be drawn to in the life of St. Joseph the Worker whose feast is today. St. Joseph did not preach in words. Instead he quietly and humbly went about doing God's work. St. Joseph was a craftsman all his life, laboring for his community. St. Joseph is the Universal Patron of the Church and his long devotion to work continues even now as he intercedes on our behalf in every way.
May 1, 2020
The Ear of Our Heart | April 30, 2020
Often in conversations we can listen only to respond. The sudden cessation of noise means its our turn to speak, but what God asks of us is for us to hear with the ear of our hearts through Lectio Divina. Fr. Ed Ruane, O.P., breaks down both our need for deep reflection on Scripture and also on how the Father himself draws us to Christ through this reflection. Let us listen with the ear of our hearts to the Father who pulls us into Christ's presence. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
April 30, 2020
All the Way to Heaven is Heaven | Feast of St. Catherine of Siena
Today the Dominicans and the entire Church celebrate the witness of the Doctor and Virgin, St. Catherine of Siena. A woman of deep prayer, contemplation, and communion with God who ventured out in service to the poor and the entire People of God. St. Catherine reminds us that Jesus Christ is himself the Way that leads us to Heaven. He never promised it was an easy path to follow but as long as we remain in and with Jesus we remain on the Way. And the entire Way is Heaven because we are with Christ.
April 29, 2020
Seeing the Lord at Work | April 28,2020
Often we fail to see the Lord working in our lives. We can believe that all our gifts, all our blessings and talents are of our own making. But the truth is, it is always God working in and through us. Fr. Simon-Felix Michalski, O.P., reminds us to look for the Lord working in our lives and to try and see everything in a new and different way. We have to recognize like Stephen did, that God is at work and our ministry only bears fruit when rooted in Christ. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
April 28, 2020
The Gift & the Challenge | April 27, 2020
In the readings today Christ begins the Bread of Life discourse and we see the great gift that Jesus has given us both in his Body and in His Word. We too are like the crowds and are grateful for the gift. But do we understand what the gifts really mean? Do we understand what they tell us about the giver of those gifts? The gifts of God come with a challenge. We are tasked with coming to better understand what it is we believe. What gifts has God granted you in your life and what challenges do these gifts offer? What do these gifts tell us about the Giver himself? For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
April 27, 2020
Dealing with Disappointment | 3rd Sunday of Easter
We are often disappointed in our lives. The disciples on the road to Emmaus were also disappointed. They had hoped Jesus was the one to save Israel and to usher in a time of wonder. And then Jesus died and with it went their hope. But Jesus returned to them, opening the Scriptures their eyes and breaking bread for them. We must never lose our Christian Hope which rests in the promise of Christ. We have to continue to cultivate the virtue of hope and to recognize that even with all Christ has given us, he is going to provide even more for us. We need only rest all our hope in Him. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
April 26, 2020
We Fear No Lions | April 25, 2020
We are confronted with two different portrayals of lions today. On one hand, St. Mark, whose Feast is today, is portrayed as a lion. This symbolizes courage and bravery in the face of persecutions and anxieties. We're all meant to be brave as we proclaim the Gospel. But we also see the Devil portrayed as a lion and the Devil is certainly not noble or brave. In fact, he is weak and he preys on the weak. Listen to Deacon Chris Johnson, O.P., break down what these opposing images mean for us and our faith life. Today is the Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
April 25, 2020
What We Have | April 24, 2020
In our lives we are confronted with many worries, many problems. In the face of some of these problems we can feel powerless and ineffectual. But the response of Andrew in the Gospel gives us a hint at how we can respond. Confronted by the vast crowd of people, the disciples are left wondering: how are we to feed these people? Andrew's reply is simple but evocative: He tells Jesus what they have. And then Jesus does what Jesus always does. He provides. We need only offer to God what we have, God will do the rest. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
April 24, 2020
How Do You See the World? | April 23, 2020
“It is impossible to persevere in a fervent evangelization unless we are convinced from personal experience that it is not the same thing to have known Jesus as not to have known him, not the same thing to walk with him as to walk blindly, not the same thing to hear his word as not to know it, to find our peace in him, as not to. -Pope Francis, Joy of the Gospel Fr. DePorres Durham, O.P., uses the first reading to remind us of what we have heard both by Pope Francis and throughout Christianity: Jesus Christ has changed us. By our Baptism into the Body of Christ we are forever changed and we cannot go back. The Apostles in the first reading today know this. It is impossible for them to not preaching Jesus Christ, because they have encountered him in a personal way. The way they see the world has shifted forever. How has your Baptism, your vocation, changed how you see the world? For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
April 23, 2020
Adopted by the Spirit | April 22, 2020
In Baptism we are not only cleansed from our sins but we become adopted by the Holy Spirit in a special and intimate manner. Fr. Mark Wedig, O.P., takes us back in time to the early Church's understanding of Baptism and then asks us to consider what it really means for our lives that we are adopted by the Spirit. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
April 22, 2020
The Effects & Fruits of the Spirit | April, 21, 2020
The question posed by Nicodemus is one which we all ask in one way or another. How are we to know that the Spirit is really working in the world if we cannot see it and understand it? How are we to be born again in the Spirit if we don't know anything about the Spirit? But as we learn both in Thomas Aquinas and Galatians we can learn about the cause of something by looking at its effects, or in the case of the Holy Spirit, the Fruits of the Spirit. Fr. Ed Ruane, O.P., says that we can see the Fruits of the Spirit within the Church and our own personal lives. What effects and fruits of the Spirit do you see in your own life? How are you being called to conform yourself more closely with Christ and to be born again in the Spirit? For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
April 21, 2020
God is in Control | April 20, 2020
It's human to prefer the familiar and the known. We hesitate before stepping into an unknown or unfamiliar situation. And yet, Fr. Michael Mascari, O.P., reminds us that it is God who is in control. The Holy Spirit moves like a wind through our lives and, like it says in the Gospel, we are not sure where it comes from or where it goes. By our Baptism we become more open to the promptings and movement of the Spirit within our own lives and discover that the unknown is not as dangerous as we thought. Not when we have the Spirit and when we know that God is truly in control. Dominican Memorial Feast: St. Agnes of Montepulciano For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
April 20, 2020
Holding on to Joy | Br. Ben Keller, O.P.
Br. Benjamin Keller, O.P., preaches for the Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) on 1 Peter 1:3-9. How do we hang on to joy, to the joy of the Gospel, even in the midst of our current anxieties? For many, their lives have never been more unsettled or more turbulent. We have lost control of our lives and there are no easy answers. But Br. Ben Keller, O.P., assures us that Christ walks beside us in the dark. He walks with us through our sorrows and pains and for each of us he offers something unique and intimate. What do you need to hold on to joy? "Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy,"
April 19, 2020
Accepting & Extending Mercy | Divine Mercy Sunday
Some of the hardest things we are asked to do as Christians is to accept both our need for mercy and to extend that mercy to others. Accepting and extending mercy means making ourselves vulnerable to others. Mercy means we have to have the humility to recognize our own mistakes. And mercy means we have to accept that this is what Jesus did and so we have to do the same. Deacon Christopher Johnson, O.P. makes it clear: when Jesus returned and appeared to the disciples in the locked room he gave them peace, forgiving them even though they had abandoned him. We're called to imitate that perfect mercy of Jesus and to accept that we need it in our own lives. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
April 19, 2020
This is the Good News | April 18, 2020
Open up the newspaper or turn on the news and very likely you will see some bad news. It is so easy for us to be caught up in the grief and tragedy of this world and forget that this is the Easter Season and we are an Easter people. The Good News may not be on the television screen, but it is a constant presence in our life if we slow down and remember it. Jesus Christ is risen indeed. The tomb is empty. This is the Good News which we are called to preach with joy and exultation. Alleluia!
April 18, 2020
The New Normalcy | April 17, 2020
In the wake of Christ's death, it must have been tempting for the disciples to return to the old normal, to what they were always used to after the apparent tragedy of the Crucifixion. But Jesus does not call us into the past or ask us to go backwards. Rather, Jesus asks us to embrace a new and transformational new normalcy. In the midst of this pandemic/ and the real tragedy that it has been, we are encouraged to find in this new normalcy some measure of grace. People and nations are forced to work together, to see in one another their common humanity and their responsibility to each other. So how is God working even in this moment for you, your family, and your friends? What's your new normalcy that you're being called to? For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
April 17, 2020
Who, me? | April 16, 2020
In our Christian lives, and especially in these difficult times, we have to rely on the Cross of Jesus Christ. We have to make a leap of faith and trust in God's promise and The Cross provides something for us to hang on to in the midst of our doubts and our tribulations. The Cross is hope. It is also encouragement. Each of us is asked by God to do some service, some act for God and for our neighbors. But often we fail to make the leap and we ask again and again: Who, me? Do you mean me, God? Yes, you. For the daily readings, see the USCCB.
April 16, 2020
Where to Look? | April 15, 2020
Often the Christian life can be a bit like Where's Waldo. In moments of doubt and anxiety, or even in moments of joy, we can find it difficult to see Christ in the midst of our life. We need to know where to look and it is The Church which teaches us where to look through the mystery of Her Life in Christ. In the first reading we see the joy of the crippled man after he is healed and we see that it is this witness of joy which convinces the people in the Temple of God's power and wonder. In the Gospel the disciples see Jesus in the Scriptures and in the breaking of the bread. Both of these things are not mere past events, they still happen to us today. For the Readings of the Day, see the USCCB.
April 15, 2020
A Story Worth Telling Again | April 14, 2020
Some stories are worth telling again. And the story of our Salvation is certainly one of those, Fr. Scott O'Brien, O.P., reminds us. Each year we hear the same readings, the same stories of Resurrection and the response of our ancestors in the Faith. And each time the story only grows, going deeper into our lives as we internalize the message of God's love which is still pouring out to us today. For the readings of the day, see the USCCB.
April 14, 2020
Believing the Resurrection | April 13, 2020
There were in the days after the Resurrection, as well as today, those who disbelieve the Resurrection. Even among Christians there can be a tendency to not recognize the radical mystery of the Resurrection and what it asks of us. The Resurrection calls for us not merely to die to our sins but also to give up those things which we cherish most and so to gain Christ in the fullness of his glory. Fr. Michael Mascari, O.P., uses the example of Mary Magdalene to explain that even she had to let go of that which she loved best, the Jesus she knew before the Resurrection, in order to step back and see him for who he was: Her Resurrected Lord. May we all come to believe more deeply and enter into the mystery that is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. For the readings of the day, see the USCCB.
April 13, 2020
A Better Forever | Easter Morning
Christ is Risen! Christos anesti! For the readings for Easter Morning, see the USCCB. We live in uncertain times. This is not the Easter we wanted or planned for when we began the Lenten Season. COVID-19 has shattered our plans and expectations, Rev. Br. Christopher Johnson, O.P., says. And yet this uncertainty is the same uncertainty felt at the First Easter with the Apostles. And we like them are called to hope in the Lord who makes good even out of the darkest of our experiences. We have hope and faith, not in something temporal, but in something salvific. A Better Forever promised to us by Christ when he rose from the dead and restored us to life.
April 12, 2020
The Story Goes On | Easter Vigil
Christ is Risen! Alleluia! The readings for the Vigil Mass can be found on the USCCB. The story of Salvation History, which we see played out in the Easter Vigil readings, is a tale which we are invited to enter into once again this Easter. It is a story which calls us out of the tomb of our sins and pasts, wiping them away. It is a story which calls us into the new life of Christ. It doesn’t matter when we enter this story, what matter is that we enter it at all. Christ calls and we must answer. And this story, this tale of Salvation, is one which shall never end. The story goes on.
April 12, 2020
Extravagant & Suffering Love | Good Friday
For the readings for Good Friday, see the USCCB. The question Fr. Mark poses to us: What was Jesus doing on the Cross? Christ's suffering was not simply some sort of penal punishment. Rather, the Crucifixion is the full intensity of Trinitarian Love poured out through Christ's suffering for us. Christ redeemed us by loving us with a reckless and suffering extravagance which is beyond our human understanding. We are redeemed through and by God's persistent and abiding presence in our own suffering. Behold the Cross. Behold the Love poured out for us and our salvation.
April 10, 2020
Believe, See, and Become the Body of Christ | Holy Thursday
For the readings for Holy Thursday, see the USCCB. On Holy Thursday, we are called to remember both the great gift and also the great challenge that Eucharist is for each of us. It is a gift in that Christ has given us himself as food for the journey. We our nourished and strengthened by this heavenly food and are slowly transformed. But as Fr. DePorres Durham, O.P. reminds us, we are also called to be transformed by this Eucharist and to then be the Body of Christ to a world in need of transformation itself. The purpose of the celebration of the Easter Triduum is accomplished when we respond to God’s grace and change to become more like Christ, the Body of Christ we receive, and in the words of Saint Paul, the Body of Christ we are.
April 10, 2020
The Tragedy of Sin
Daily homilies and preachings from the Dominican House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. Judas Iscariot remains forever one of the great villains of history. But more than a villain, he is a tragedy. In turning his back on Christ, in refusing to seek mercy and forgiveness for his betrayal, Judas betrayed not only Jesus and the disciples. He betrayed himself. That's what sin does. It takes what is great within us and it twists it beyond all recognition. As we prepare for the Easter Triduum, let us prepare our hearts by turning from sin, seeking God's forgiveness and praying that we might not only be true to God and to our neighbor, but to ourselves.
April 8, 2020
Troubled but not Anxious | April 7, 2020
Daily homilies and preachings from the Dominican House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. We live in troubling times. It is easy for us to panic, to become anxious or worried and to lose perspective. Fr. Kevin Stephens, O.P., reminds us that even Jesus was "deeply troubled." Christ has taken on our flesh, carried our sins, and he can take our worries and anxieties as well. We may be troubled, but we must trust in the Lord. For like it says in Isaiah, if we are like a polished arrow in the hands of God, we know that we shall find our mark.
April 7, 2020
The Greatest Gift | April 6, 2020
Daily homilies and preachings from the Dominican House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. The actions of Mary in today's Gospel seem strange, Rev. Br. Christopher Johnson, O.P., explains. She opens herself up to ridicule and to scorn because of the extravagance of her action. But those extravagant actions of Mary are founded upon something even more extravagant. The love of Christ for her. Each of us is called to pour out our own expensive perfume, our lives and love, for Jesus Christ because he has given us the Greatest Gift of all. Salvation.
April 6, 2020
I Don’t Even Know Who I Am | Rev. Br. Joseph Paul Albin, O.P.
Rev. Br. Joseph Paul Albin, O.P. preaches during the Mass on Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. Brother Joseph Paul shares with us that we are to look for the crucified one and bow to Him. Christ is our companion in our suffering. “Truly, this was the Son of God.” https://friarly.com/
April 6, 2020
Our New Normal | Br. Andrew Martin del Valle, O.P.
Br. Andrew Martin del Valle, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Phillipians 2 6-11 for Palm Sunday. Brother Andrew Martin reminds us that today's challenging reality reflects a new normal that Jesus invites us into. Even after all this time, Br. Andrew Martin asks if we have yet become accustomed to the 'New Normal' of Christ. If we live in Christ, he accompanies us in our fear, and invites us to trust in Him. "...obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." https://friarly.com/
April 6, 2020
I Don’t Even Know Who I Am | Rev. Br. Joseph Paul Albin, O.P.
Rev. Br. Joseph Paul Albin, O.P. preaches during the Mass on Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. Brother Joseph Paul shares with us that we are to look for the crucified one and bow to Him. Christ is our companion in our suffering. “Truly, this was the Son of God.” https://friarly.com/
April 5, 2020
Let Us Burn Together | Br. Dominick Jean, O.P.
Br. Dominick Jean, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Isaiah 50: 4-7 for Palm Sunday. Brother Dominick recalls a brother who once defined for him a preacher, "A preacher stands in front of the congregation, and sets himself on fire; the people watch him burn." Br. Dominick encourages every Christian to draw closer to the Light of Christ, so that we may be set ablaze as light in the world. "...that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them." https://friarly.com/
April 5, 2020
Violence Stops at the Cross | April 4, 2020
Daily homilies and preachings from the Dominican House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. The Gospel exposes the scapegoating both of Christ and of so many people in our world today. Fr. Mark Wedig, O.P. points us to Christ. Christ who becomes the despised through the agony of His Passion and he is united with all those who society victimizes and abuses through violence and hatred. But it is there that violence stops. Violence stops at the Cross. And more than stopping, the nonviolence of the Cross, Christ's willing suffering, reverses the savagery and hatred of groups and transforms it and us in an all together supernatural manner. Violence stops at the Cross and with Christ Crucified.
April 4, 2020
Vessels of His Living Word | April 3, 2020
Daily homilies and preachings from the Dominican House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. Christ asks us not merely to trust and believe in his words, but to trust in what he has done for us and what he continues to do in us in our lives today. It can be hard for us to believe mere words,, even if the words are those of Christ himself and the words of the Church. But in these moments of difficulty we are called to believe because Christ has come into our lives like a great wind. He has healed us, freed us, and redeemed us. And we, through Christ's saving action, has transformed us into vessels of His Living Word.
April 3, 2020
Called to More | April 2, 2020
Daily homilies and preachings from the Dominican House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. Rev. Brother and Deacon Christopher Johnson, O.P., has always admired Abraham. It took immense faith and courage to leave behind everything he knew to trust in God's promise. It took even greater faith to offer up his greatest treasure, his very son, to God. Yet when called, Abraham answered. In the same way the saint today, St. Francis Paola, answered the call to leave behind the comfortable religious life he had found in Italy for the more difficult job of teaching the nobles and royalty of France about humility and charity. Both men answered the call of God even though it was immensely difficult. May they help us to answer the call that God has placed in our own lives.
April 2, 2020
A Life of Abundance | April 1, 2020
Daily homilies and preachings from the Dominican House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. The law of scarcity which so governs our material world has no place in the world of grace and charity. In the world, scarcity rules. But in Christ abundance is freely given. Fr. Scott O'Brien makes it clear that to hoard grace, to cut corners, and to feed each other only crumbs either of love or material goods, is disobedience to the Gospel. Jesus Christ offers us a life of abundance, of freedom from our sins and failings. And it is this same life which we are called to share with others through our relationship with Christ and our witness to the Faith.
April 1, 2020
Christ is the Center | March 31, 2020
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. Fr. Simon-Felix Michalski reminds us that a little complaining can be OK, but what happens when it becomes bitter or toxic? We begin to lose our focus and our center in Christ. In the desert the Israelites complaining becomes bitter and toxic and they lose sight of God. We are called to be faithful and to remember that it is Christ who is the Center of our lives. We cannot let complaints and bitterness take over the spot in our hearts reserved for God.
March 31, 2020
Through the Dark Valley | March 30, 2020
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. Fr. Kevin Stephens, O.P., asks us to look at the question of fear. In both the first reading and in the Gospel passage, a woman fears for her life. We too, in our own lives, suffer from fears, both ordinary and extraordinary. But Psalm 23, our responsorial psalm, reminds us of an essential truth: God always walks beside us. Though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, God remains by our side. When we turn to him in prayer it is not so much that we are asking for some supernatural miracle or for God to somehow 'change his mind' but we are turning to him and asking for the reassurance that is his Presence. Lord, grant us your peace and help us to recognize your Presence which never leaves us.
March 30, 2020
Evil Cannot Stand Love | Br. James Pierce Cavanaugh, O.P.
Br. James Pierce Cavanaugh, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Romans 8:8-11 for the Fifth Sunday of Lent. Brother James Pierce invites us to reflect on an underlying battle that we experience: the battle against evil. Because evil is hostile to God, it attacks us instead with one weapon: avoiding unconditional love. Let us follow Christ’s example, who embraced the cross for love of us. “Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.” https://friarly.com/
March 30, 2020
Life in the Trinity | March 29, 2020
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. Fr. Simon Felix Michalski, O.P., calls us to ponder what it means to live a life in the Spirit. Each of us will die and present ourselves before God, but even now on Earth we have the opportunity to participate and share in the Life and Love of the Holy Trinity. We have to called to grow pursue the renewal of our lives in the Spirit, to ask God for it in prayer and and contemplation, and finally to live the Life of the Spirit here and now.
March 29, 2020
Hope Can Find Us | Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P.
Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Ezekiel 37:12-14 for the Fifth Sunday in Lent. Brother James Martin exhorts us to let the Light of Christ into the darkness of our lives, and reminds us that hope can always find us. He seeks to echo Pope Francis' recent message of hope: let us invite Jesus into our lives; with Him, life never dies. "...you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and have you rise from them..."
March 29, 2020
Guided by the Spirit | March 28, 2020
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. This morning we celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit as we prepare for a priorial election, where we will elect our new prior (house superior). Fr. DePorres Durham, O.P., preaches, reminding us to that it is the Holy Spirit which guides and directs us. Our role is to cooperate with that Spirit and to be open to the promptings of that Spirit. Fr. DePorres calls to mind Pope Francis's Urbi et Orbi blessing from March 27. The Holy Father reminded us all, he said, that we are all of us in this world together, one Body of Christ. It is only together and trusting in the Spirit which Christ himself has given us, that we can persevere in God's Will. Please pray for St. Dominic Priory as we elect a new prior. St. Dominic, Pray for us!
March 28, 2020
Why Did He Go? | March 27, 2020
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. Fr. Simon Felix Michalski, O.P., calls our attention to the fact that Jesus knew He would die if He went up to Jerusalem, and yet He went anyway. Why did He go? He went for love of us. Fr. Simon Felix reminds us of this, and then reminds us that we are all called to follow in His footsteps; to be willing to lay down our lives for love of others.
March 27, 2020
Begging For Salvation | March 26, 2020
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. Fr. Ed Ruane, O.P. calls our attention to two readings in which Moses and Jesus beg for salvation for the people they love. This message is particularly relevant to us, whose hearts are always prone to hardness. He asks us to pray hard for a second conversion, that we be drawn more deeply into the gentle, loving heart of God.
March 26, 2020
According To Your Word | March 25, 2020
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. Fr. Michael Mascari, O.P. preaches on the Annunciation through the eyes of St. Thomas Aquinas; that the Birth of Jesus was planned and executed entirely because God's love for humanity. Under God's Providence, Mary acts according to God's plan. Amazingly, as Mary was, we are also completely enfolded in God's Providence; in the midst of all our anxiety, we can always turn to God and trust in His hidden work.
March 25, 2020
The Waters of Life | March 24, 2020
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. Fr. Scott O'Brien, O.P., prepares us for the difficulties and mixed emotions that await the people of God in the coming months; he compares the waiting difficulty to another winter, as the natural world prepares for spring. In the midst of this, he encourages us to take heart in Jesus - the temple from which the waters of life flow. Hoping in Jesus, our we have a cause for hope in even the greatest darkness, in the coldest winter.
March 24, 2020
Believe Without Seeing | March 23, 2020
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. Fr. Kevin Stephens, O.P., calls our attention to the fear and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 as a reality which brings us to greater solidarity with the fear and anxiety of the past. He helps us to identify with the man who begs Jesus to heal his son, and to save his son from death. That man believed that Jesus could save his son, and Jesus rewarded his faith with the healing he asked for. This reminds us of the power of God's providence; that we can believe with equal assurance that God has not forgotten us, and that there is light and peace waiting on the other side of trial.
March 23, 2020
Live As Children of Light | Br. Thomas Mary Wagaman, O.P.
Br. Thomas Mary Wagaman, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Ephesians 5:8-14 for the Fourth Sunday in Lent. Brother Thomas Mary draws our attention to the relationship between darkness and light. He acknowledges our current time as a time of darkness and fear, but then encourages all of us as capable of bringing light into the world in the midst of the darkness. He reminds us of St. Paul's promise that, in Jesus, we overcome all darkness. "...now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light..."
March 23, 2020
We Do Believe, We Do Worship | Laetare Sunday, 4th Sunday in Lent
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. Deacon Joseph Paul Albin, O.P. preached for the 4th Sunday in Lent, Laetare Sunday. In his homily, Br. Joseph Paul acknowledges the difficult times that are before us. It is easy to feel like the blind man at the beginning of the story, but he also reminds that there is a journey from darkness to light, from blindness to the full flowering of the faith. What does worshiping God look like today when so many of our brothers and sisters are unable to pray together, celebrate Mass, and simply to come together? Br. Joseph Paul calls us to prayer, expansive mercy and quick forgiveness. Listen in.
March 22, 2020
Learn to Trust in God | Br. Carlos Salas, O.P.
Br. Carlos Salas, O.P. preaches during Vespers on 1 Corinthians 3:16-23 for the Fourth Sunday in Lent. Brother Carlos begins by asking us what we do in the midst of unprecedented uncertainty. He reminds us that God sees differently, more clearly than human beings. In this time of great uncertainty, he asks us to be humble before God, and to trust in Him. "Not as man sees does God see..."
March 21, 2020
God's Love Affair with Us | March 21, 2020
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. This morning Fr. Ed Ruane, O.P. preached on God's great love affair with us. It is not sacrifices or offerings which God primarily desires. It is love and knowledge of Him and His ways. He does not want gifts from us if it means we don't truly love Him. The Prophet Hosea asks us to return and to trust in God's loving embrace. No matter how many times we might fall into infidelity of sin, if we turn back to God, much like the tax collector in the Gospel does, we shall discover the wonderful news that God will not, nor will he ever, abandon us.
March 21, 2020
St. John Nepomuck & the Kingdom: Trust vs. Distrust | March 20,2020
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. This morning Rev. Brother and Deacon Christopher Johnson preached. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. We are reminded today of the need for trust in God. In the first reading, the prophet Hosea cries out to Israel to trust in God and not to trust Assyria, or alliances, or strength of arms. In the midst of our own worries and anxieties, do we trust God to care for us and to love us? Do we cherish that relationship with Him? Br. Chris holds up St. John Nepomuck, the patron saint of Confessors and whose optional memorial is today, as a model of trust in God. Listen in and find out why.
March 20, 2020
St. Joseph Our Model | March 19, 2020
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. This morning Fr. Simon Felix Michalski, O.P. preached. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. March 19 is the feast of St. Joseph the husband of Mary and the the earthly father of Christ. He is also our foster father, our defender, our protector, and our intercessor. During his life St. Joseph was a perfect model not only of humility and obedience but also in responding promptly to God's call. When called in a dream to leave behind all he had ever known and to take Mary as his wife, he did not hesitate. In the same way we are called to respond to God, promptly and without hesitation, trusting God just as Joseph did. St. Joseph, pray for us!
March 19, 2020
The Law of the Spirit & the Grace of Charity | March 18, 2020
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. This morning Fr. Michael Mascari, O.P. preached. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB We see both in the Scriptures today and in the Summa Theologiae of Thomas Aquinas that the Law we Christians are under is that of the Spirit and of Charity. We are no longer under obligation, but a People of Freedom through Christ. And with this freedom, we are called to fall ever more deeply in love with God and with our neighbor. Not out of obligation, but out of our great desire. “Has there ever been a people whose God is closer than the God of the Christians for whom the Holy Spirit animates everything?”
March 18, 2020
Listen To God | Br. Matthew Paul Grote, O.P.
Br. Matthew Paul Grote, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Romans 5: 12-19 for the First Sunday of Lent. Brother Matthew Paul invites us to consider obedience in a creative way. How accustomed are we to listening to God? Obedience is rooted in listening, and when we more successfully listen to God, we walk more in His ways. "...through the obedience of the one, the many will be made righteous."
March 2, 2020
To Trust God Again | Br. Dominick Jean, O.P.
Br. Dominick Jean, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7 for the First Sunday of Lent. Brother Dominick reminds us that without God, there can be no good, no freedom, no independence. He invites us to clear away the rubble of our lives, and find a way to trust God; either again or for the first time. He invites us to accept the friendship God offers. "Then the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and placed there the man whom he had formed."
March 1, 2020
We Belong to Christ | Br. Andrew Martin Del Valle, O.P.
Br. Andrew Martin Del Valle, O.P. preaches during Vespers on 1 Corinthians 3:16-23 for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. Brother Andrew Martin invites us to reflect upon our relationships with our brothers and sisters and how from these we all belong to Christ. This belonging calls us to recognize our unity in Him and to allow Christ to make holy all that we do. “all belong to you, and you to Christ, and Christ to God.” https://friarly.com/
February 24, 2020
Live On Purpose | Br. Ben Keller, O.P.
Br. Ben Keller, O.P. preaches on Sirach 15:15-20 for Vespers at the Come & See Discernment Weekend on the 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Br. Ben recounts his experience from his college baseball days, and uses an example from his own life to encourage the brothers and discerners to live their lives more intentionally. He tells us that when we live our lives in Christ, we live our lives to our full potential. Only when we live in Christ, do, "Live on Purpose." "Before man are life and death, good and evil, whichever he chooses shall be given him."
February 16, 2020
Br. Adrian McCaffery, O.P. | St. Dominic: A Sketch
What was St. Dominic really like? Br. Adrian McCaffery, O.P., articulates a clear and compelling vision of Dominic during our Spring 2020 Come & See retreat.
February 15, 2020
Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P. | By What Right Are We Preachers?
Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P. preaches on 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 for Vespers on the 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Br. James Martin reminds us that no experience, rhetorical ability, or human authority can make us worthy to be preachers and ministers. The only authority, the only experience that matters for us is the one Paul describes in this letter to the Corinthians: Jesus Christ, and him crucified. "For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified."
February 10, 2020
Br. James Pierce Cavanaugh, O.P. | Where Is The Light?
Br. James Pierce Cavanaugh, O.P. preaches on Isaiah 58:7-10 for Vespers on the 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Christ has come into the world to be light for the world; but so frequently, we do not encounter the light of Christ in the world. Br. James Pierce invites us to ask, 'Where is the Light?' The prophet Isaiah's words to Israel give today's followers of Jesus a sure path to the Light of Christ, in such a way that darkness is unable to overcome. "...light shall rise for you in the darkness, and the gloom shall become for you like midday."
February 9, 2020
Br. Carlos Salas, O.P. | Cultivating a Life of Expectation
Br. Carlos Salas, O.P. preaches on Hebrews 2:14-18 for Vespers on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Christ became like us and speaks to us in human ways and through the Eucharist and the other Sacraments. He has given us the gift of Himself. Whether we suffer pain or rejoice in happiness, Christ is with us and is experiencing everything with us. This is our great consolation, Br. Carlos says, and we must through our prayer and lives cultivate a life of expectation as we look forward to the ultimate union with Christ that is Heaven. "Because he himself was tested through what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested."
February 3, 2020
Br. Matthew Paul Grote, O.P. | Who Can Stand?
Br. Matthew Paul Grote, O.P., preaches on Malachi 3: 1-4 for the Feast of the Presentation. Br. Matthew Paul challenges us to ask, "Who can truly stand in the presence of God?" He gives us a challenging message; on our own, no one of us can. But he also shares good news; Jesus IS able to stand in the presence of God, and invites us to share in His life, so that we may stand as well. Will we accept the gifts Jesus offers us to stand in His Body? "But who will endure the day of his coming? And who can stand when he appears?"
February 2, 2020
Bonus Episode: A Reading for the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P.
In celebration of our brother, St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P., we wanted to share with you both the beautiful prayer and hymn he composed, the "Pange lingua gloriosi corporis mysterium" which is a reflection on the beauty of the moment when the bread and wine truly become the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ. Also, the Dominican Order has a set of proper readings for the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, and we wanted to share one of those readings with you. This one comes from Aquinas' own work on the nature and value of study combined with charity. God bless and May St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P., pray for us!
January 28, 2020
Br. Andrew Martin del Valle, O.P. | The Unity of Christ
Br. Andrew Martin del Valle, O.P., preaches on 1 Cor 1:10-13, 17 during Vespers for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Br. Andrew Martin asks us to put aside our 'culture of preference' and to embrace the unity that comes only from Christ. We are so used to be able to pick and choose whatever suits are fancy and so isolate ourselves into camps of liberal, conservative, traditional and progressive. Christ calls us to more, he calls us to a unity of mind and spirit. Are we willing to put aside our preference and to embrace the presence of Christ? "I urge you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree in what you say, and that there be no divisions among you,"
January 27, 2020
Br. Dominick Jean, O.P. | A Light That Is Not Our Own
Br. Dominick Jean preaches on Isaiah 8:23-9:3 at Vespers for the Third Week of Ordinary Time. Br. Dominick calls us to consider in what we trust. Do we let the light of Jesus and his Cross touch our lives; if not, what holds us back? He shares the good news that by choosing Christ, our lives are transfigured to share in His glory. "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light..."
January 26, 2020
Br. James Pierce Cavanaugh, O.P. | Christ Promises Abundantly
Br. James Pierce Cavanaugh, O.P., preaches on Isaiah 49:3, 5-6 at Vespers for the Second Week of Ordinary Time. Br. James Pierce reminds us how persistently God has called us back to Himself despite our sins and despite our unworthiness. God calls us forth into his wonderful light, promising us everything and speaking the perfect Word which is found and made known in the Suffering Servant Jesus Christ. "The LORD said to me: You are my servant, Israel, through whom I show my glory."
January 19, 2020
Advent Reading - Anticipating Mary's Fiat
As we anticipate the birth of Jesus, we have a poetic reflection from a homily by St. Bernard of Clairvaux, abbot. Narrated at St. Dominic Priory by Br. Adrian McCaffery, O.P. As found in the Liturgy of the Hours, Office of Readings, for 12/20/2019.
December 20, 2019
Br. Jospeh Paul Albin, O.P. | Sharing in God's Divinity
On the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Br. Jospeh Paul Albin, O.P. preached on how Mary shows us her humanity, but how Jesus also had her share in His Divine Life, His Divinity. We too are called to share in this Divine Life. Mary shows us the way. Dec 12, 2019
December 13, 2019
Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P. | Hail Christ the King!
Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Colossians 1:12-20 for the The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Br. James Martin reminds us that the Kingship of Christ, bought by his Blood on the Cross, affects each and every aspect of our lives and it is only within the Kingship of Christ that we can truly reflect and understand ourselves and our faith. No reflection is possible unless we recognize the primacy of Christ who is King of all and who holds all in Himself. "He is before all things, and in him all things hold together."
November 24, 2019
Br. James Pierce Cavanaugh, O.P. | More Than We Could Hope For
Br. James Pierce Cavanaugh, O.P. preaches during Vespers on 2 Samuel 5: 1-3 for the The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe This week we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King, but what does it mean to have Christ as our King? Br. James Pierce shows us that even what we are imagining our King will give us, even what we desire from Him, is insufficient to what God is willing to give. We are being given more than we could hope for, so how can we be worthy of that gift? "King David made an agreement with them there before the LORD, and they anointed him king of Israel."
November 23, 2019
Br. Dominick Jean, O.P. | Be Amazed
Br. Dominick Jean, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Malachi 3:19-20 for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. The greatest threat to our spiritual lives is not pain, fear or tribulation. More than anything else, our greatest enemy is boredom and a lack of wonder. Br. Dominick reminds us of the often quiet ways which God works in our lives and asks us to live a life of radical amazement. To be spiritual, he says, is to be constantly amazed. "But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays."
November 16, 2019
Br. Andrew Martin del Valle, O.P. | So Now What?
Br. Andrew Martin Del Valle, O.P. preaches during Vespers on 2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5 for the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time. Brother Andrew Martin is blunt: this life can often be tedious, humdrum and even boring and so we ask ourselves in moments of doubt: So Now What? Andrew Martin encourages us to use these moments as encounters with Christ and as encouragement for deeper conversion to the ideals and endurance which Christ calls us to give. “May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the endurance of Christ."
November 10, 2019
Br. Matthew Paul Grote, O.P. | Do I trust God?
Br. Matthew Paul Grote, O.P. preaches during Vespers on 2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14 for the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time. Brother Matthew Paul invites us to read the Sacred Scriptures knowing that they contain answers to questions that we do not know yet know that we have. Then we will realize that trust in the Lord precedes all other concerns. “It is my choice to die at the hands of men with the hope God gives of being raised up by him.”
November 9, 2019
Br. Thomas Mary Wagaman, O.P. | We Must Not Be Shaken
Br. Thomas Mary Wagaman, O.P. preaches during Vespers on 2 Thessalonians 1:11--2:2 for the Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time. Br. Thomas Mary exhorts us to be worthy of our calling in Christ and not to be shaken by the struggles and difficulties of this world. The day is coming when all struggle will be utterly and magnificently worth it. "We ask you, brothers and sisters, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our assembling with him, not to be shaken out of your minds..."
November 3, 2019
Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P. | Your Father is Ready to Catch You
Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Wisdom 11:22-12:2 for the Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time. Br. James Martin reminds us that the same God who promised to care for Israel, makes the same promise to us today. God is our loving Father, Lord of the Universe, and is ready to help us. Do we trust in him? "For you love all things that are and loathe nothing that you have made..."
November 2, 2019
Br. Ben Keller, O.P. | God Knows No Favorites
Br. Ben Keller, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18, 13-14 for the Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time. God is a God of justice who knows no favorites. Br. Ben invites us all to ask, "Who do I look down upon? Who do I make myself better than?" And he reminds us that just as Jesus laid down his life for us, so He laid down his life for them. "The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds..."
October 26, 2019
Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P. | Wash In New Rivers
Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P. preaches during Vespers at the Dominican Come & See on 2 Kings 5:14-17 for the Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time. Br. James Martin preaches on the story of Naaman the Syrian, and asks if we are comfortable following his example. Are we comfortable letting go of control, and letting God work through others in our lives? For men discerning a Dominican Friar vocation, are they comfortable 'washing in new rivers of discernment?' "...I will no longer offer holocaust or sacrifice to any other god except to the LORD."
October 13, 2019
Br. James Pierce Cavanaugh, O.P. | Remember Who You Are
Br. James Pierce Cavanaugh, O.P. preaches during Vespers on 2 Timothy 1: 6-8, 13-14 for the Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time. Br. James Pierce asks what it means for a Christian to remember his or her identity. How do we intentionally live out our faith in Jesus Christ? And how does our life in faith impact our relationship with those who have gone before us? "Beloved: I remind you, to stir into flame the gift of God..."
October 6, 2019
Br. Andrew Martin del Valle, O.P. | God Does Not Disappoint
Br. Andrew Martin del Valle, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4 for the Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time. Br. Andrew Martin reminds us that the cross reveals to us the mind of God; that any present difficulty is not the end of our story. True faith requires patience, humility and trust in God. Do we settle for comfort, or seek deeper grace? "For the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint..."
October 5, 2019
Br. Dominick Jean, O.P. | The Noble Confession
Br. Dominick Jean, O.P. preaches during Vespers on 1 Timothy 6: 11-16 for the Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time. Br. Dominick reminds us that we are loved, we are forgiven and we are called. If we believe this, we are called to respond to God: to say 'yes' to Him. "Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made the noble confession..."
September 29, 2019
Br. Carlos Salas, O.P. | The presence of God among us
Brother Carlos Salas, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Amos 6:1A, 4-7 for the Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time. Br. Carlos reminds us of God's omnipresence and especially of God's presence in the poor we encounter each day. Jesus Christ himself became poor for our sake. We owe it to him to sit up and take notice of God and his work among the least of us. We cannot just ignore them or walk away. "Thus says the LORD the God of hosts: Woe to the complacent in Zion!"
September 28, 2019
Br. Matthew Paul Grote, O.P. | A Spiritual School of Baptism
Brother Matthew Paul Grote, O.P. preaches during Vespers on 1 Timothy 2:1-8 for the Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time. Br. Matthew Paul asks: are we willing to accept the invitation to ascend the 'stair-steps' of prayer? Are we resolved to live our baptism? "...that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity."
September 22, 2019
Br. Ben Keller, O.P. | What Will You Do To Get Ahead?
Brother Ben Keller, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Amos 8: 4-7 for the Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time. Br. Ben Keller asks the hard question: what do we do to get ahead instead of striving to follow after Christ? Do we trample the poor? Do we gossip about our co-workers? Or do we imitate Jesus? "Hear this, you who trample upon the needy..."
September 21, 2019
Br. Thomas Mary Wagaman, O.P. | God's Plans are greater than ours
Brother Thomas Mary Wagaman, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Wisdom 9:13-18B for the Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time
September 7, 2019
Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P. | Reverence and Humility, our guides to Christ
Br. James Martin, O.P., preaches on The Letter to the Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24 A for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.
September 1, 2019