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Exaltation of the Holy Cross

4 hours 16 min ago

Fr. John Maria Devaney, O.P., invites Fr. Luke Mary Fletcher, CFR, to this episode of Word to Life. Our hosts discuss the Holy Cross of Jesus Christ, and share insights on how we can carry our own crosses each day.

Image: Fra Angelico — The Crucifixion

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Hospital Chaplaincy

09/08/2018 - 5:19pm

On this episode of Word to Life, Fr. John Maria Devaney, O.P., invites Mr. John Schultz, Director of Hospital Chaplaincy at ArchCare & Fr. Thomas Chellen, chaplain at White Plains Hospital to the show. Our hosts discuss their work as hospital chaplains and the importance of this unique ministry.

Image: Hospital Chaplains

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That I May See

09/03/2018 - 3:23pm

On this episode of Word to Life, Fr. John Maria Devaney, O.P., invites Fr. Barry Braum, MSE to the show. Our hosts discuss Fr. Barry’s recent book, “That I May See: Journeying from Spiritual Confusion and Blindness To the Radiance of the Eucharist.”

Image: Illuminated for Ste. Chapelle, Macheco Master 1536-37

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The Mayor, the Pope, and the Angelic Doctor

08/30/2018 - 10:33am

Fr. Francis Belanger, O.P., is the Pastor of SS. Philip and James University Parish in Baltimore, MD and the Promoter of Catholic Social Teaching for the Province of St. Joseph. The essay below is the latest in his series of essays on Catholic Social Teaching.

On July 5th, the remarkable mayor of Florence, Giorgio La Pira, was declared Venerable by Pope Francis. La Pira (1904-1977) was a Dominican tertiary who lived at the Priory of San Marco for some of his time as mayor. An apostle of peace and integral human development, his life is a testimony to the vigor of the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. La Pira’s public engagement was guided by two great Thomistic principles: the dignity of the human person, as made in the image of God; and the power of the Resurrection to act within the history of the world, drawing all things to their final end in heaven. (Cf. Agnes Brot, Giorgio La Pira: Un Mystique en Politique. Desclée de Brouwer, 2017.)

His sense of the dignity of the human person guided both his personal and political life. His interactions with the needy are indeed the stuff of hagiography: he often returned from a walk missing shoes or a coat which he had given to the poor; miracles were attributed to his presence and prayerful aid. His political philosophy was entirely consistent with his personal charity. He desired and competently achieved development for Florence – jobs and basic city services in the wake of World War II, more than willing to afflict the rich for the sake of the homeless.

It was La Pira’s faith in the Resurrection that undoubtedly led him to dive into the immense tensions of global politics. He led an organization for peace in the Middle East. He gave an address at the U.N. in Geneva in 1954 poignantly titled, “Do nations have the right to destroy cities?” In 1959, after visiting Fatima, he went to the Soviet Union offering friendship, while chiding the Kremlin for forcing atheism on a baptized people: “From the weeping on the banks of the rivers of Babylon they will remember Jerusalem, far off and destroyed, and they will weep and they will take the road of return with joy in their hearts!” By faith, Venerable Giorgio knew that the power of the Paschal mystery could overcome the darkest and most terrible forces.

La Pira was the living embodiment of Catholic Social Teaching. He is a great tonic for our age, when partisan politics often split the message of the Gospel in half – one side favoring social justice, the other human life and family. Giorgio lived this tension but maintained integrity – called a “sacristy communist” by detractors for his preferential option for the poor, he became a tireless crusader for the family and the unborn as laws contravening these values were proposed in the 1960’s and 70’s. His political philosophy was deeply consonant with the integral humanism of his Thomist friend and fellow lay Dominican, Jacques Maritain. La Pira was likewise associated with the tragic figure of the assassinated politician Aldo Moro, who also had a reputation for holiness.

Like Maritain and Moro, La Pira was a friend and collaborator of Blessed Paul VI, soon to be canonized. While a Vatican official during World War II, then Msgr. Montini allowed La Pira to hide out in the Holy Office when the Fascists were seeking to arrest him. The legacies of these two men are intertwined and La Pira’s advance in the sainthood process is perhaps a fruit of the grace of Pope Paul’s upcoming canonization in October. One of the great documents of Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes, is subtitled “The Church in the Modern World. May Venerable Giorgio La Pira, along with this saintly and enlightened Pope, be guides for living the faith in our modern world and to live our faith fully in the realm of politics.

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Cleansing the Church

08/26/2018 - 2:54pm

On this somber episode of the Word to Life podcast, Fr. John Maria Devaney, O.P., and Officer Charlie Carroll of the NYPD, discuss the current sex abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church.

Image: Filippo Tarchiani — “Saint Dominic in Penitence” ca. 1607

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The Life of Grace

08/18/2018 - 2:23pm

On this episode of Word to Life, Fr. John Maria Devaney, O.P. & Fr. Sebastian White, O.P., discuss the life of grace working in the soul and our transformation through the sacraments in the Church.

Image: Uta Barth — nowhere near (Untitled 99.12)

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Sixteen Men Begin Novitiate Year

08/11/2018 - 11:28am

On the Feast of St. Dominic, the Priory of St. Gertrude joyfully received sixteen new novices. The reception ceremony, called vestition, is the formal beginning of the novitiate year. The novices will spend the next year living in community, as they learn the Dominican way of life and remain open to God’s will.

During the vestition ceremony, the men were clothed in the Dominican habit and received their religious names. They are: (Seated) Br. Bertrand Marie, Br. Benedict, Br. Basil Mary, Br. Linus Mary, Br. Titus Mary, Br. Lucius, Br. Matthias Mary, Br. Simeon Mary, (Standing) Br. Nicodemus Maria, Br. Dismas Maria, Br. Polycarp Mary, Br. Gregory Marie, Br. Samuel Mary, Br. Jude Mary, Br. Louis Mary, and Br. Alypius Mary.

We thank Almighty God that He has sent these men to try their vocations in the Order. In your kindness, please continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

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Miracles

08/10/2018 - 4:40pm

On this episode of Word to Life, Fr. John Maria Devaney, O.P., welcomes Fr. Gabriel Gillen, O.P., to the show. Our hosts discuss how God accomplishes miracles through the intercession of His saints & the devotional Shrines in our Province: the Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude & the Saint John Paul II Society & Shrine.

Image: Saint Jude

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Eucharistic Meditations

08/04/2018 - 4:32pm

On this episode of Word to Life, Fr. John Maria Devaney, O.P., meditates the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, citing Sacred Scripture and literature from Saint Peter Julian Eymard.

Image: Alexander Coosemans — Allegory of the Eucharist

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Humanae Vitae

07/28/2018 - 5:17pm

On this episode of Word to Life, Fr. John Maria Devaney, O.P., invites Kathryn Jean Lopez of the National Review & Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie of The Catholic Association to the show. Our hosts discuss the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae & its affect on society in the 21st Century.

Image: Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

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Friars to make Simple Profession in Ohio

07/27/2018 - 5:00pm

It is official! These novices will make their simple profession of vows on 15 August 2018 at the 11:30AM Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Madeira, Ohio – ALL ARE INVITED!

2018 SUMMER VOCATION EVENTS

A light reception follows in the parish center.   The newly professed will begin their studies towards the priesthood at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC the 3rd week of August.  Please say a prayer for them that they may be preachers of grace!

novice class of 20172017 Novitiate class – soon will make simple profession

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You are a Priest Forever

07/20/2018 - 4:50pm

This week’s episode of Word to Life was recorded at St. Louis University during the Dominican Leadership Development Seminar: a program for recently ordained & priests solemnly professed cooperator brothers of the Order of Preachers. Fr. John is joined by Fr. Raymond-Marie Bryce, O.P. (Central Province of St. Albert the Great), Fr. Francis Orozco, O.P. (Southern Province of St. Martin de Porres), and Fr. Corwin Low, O.P. (Western Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus).

Image: Dominican Leadership Development Seminar

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Holy Obedience

07/14/2018 - 5:49pm

Fr. John Maria Devaney, O.P., invites Br. Simon Dankoski, CFR on this episode of Word to Life. Our hosts discuss the importance of being obedient to God and read a rare, hand-written letter by Saint Teresa of Calcutta.

Image: Saint Teresa of Calcutta

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The Grace of Religious Life

07/07/2018 - 5:45pm

On this episode of Word to Life, Fr. John Maria Devaney, O.P., & Fr. Emmanuel Mansford, CFR talk about Religious Life and the many graces to be found therein.

You can listen to the podcast here.

Image: The Clark Family — Dominican Province of Saint Joseph ©

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New York City 2018 Vocation Event

07/03/2018 - 11:22am

Join our friars in New York City on Tuesday, 10 July 2018 from 3-9:30PM for our annual summer vocation gathering at St. Vincent Ferrer Church and Priory on Manhattan.

SCHEDULE:

3PM arrivals

3:30PM Dominican Spiritual Tour of St. Vincent Ferrer Church with the pastor, Fr. Walter Wagner OP

5:30PM Vespers/Dinner with the Friars

6:45PM Talk on the Cardinal Virtue of Fortitude in the parish hall with Bro. John Mark Solitario OP

7:45PM Recreation with the Friars (courtyard of the priory)

9PM Compline & 9:30PM departures

All men 18-34 are invited. MUST RSVP to vocations@dominicanfriars.org

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2018 OHIO Summer Vocation Events

07/02/2018 - 5:33pm

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Thursday 9 August 2018  MAIN OHIO VOCATION EVENT:  Meet the Friars of St. Gertrude Priory (including the Novices) – 3PM arrivals, 5pm Rosary/Vespers, followed by recreation w/friars, 6PM dinner/Talk on Dominican Life, ending w/Compline at 9:15PM in priory chapel  – MEET our NEW VOCATION DIRECTOR – he will be at this event!

*Contact the vocation director for details – event is for men 18-34 – MUST RSVP: 202-642-3597 + vocations@dominicanfriars.org 

OTHER OHIO EVENTS:

Sunday 5 August – OH VOCATION EVENT: DOMINICAN RITE MASS 3PM Missa Cantata for the Solemnity of Holy Father, Saint Dominic in St. Patrick Church (Columbus, OH) – counts for Sunday obligation; Vespers and Dinner with the Dominican Friars – including our novices from Cincinnati. *Contact Fr. Benedict Croell OP for details; event is for men 18-34 MUST RSVP if you want to stay for dinner: 202-642-3597  – MEET our NEW VOCATION DIRECTOR – he will be at this event! + vocations@dominicanfriars.org

Wednesday 8 August –  OH VOCATION EVENT: 11:30AM Mass in St. Gertrude church (Madeira, OH) for the Solemnity of Holy Father, St. Dominic w/newly vested novices *RSVP if you want to MEET THE NEW VOCATION DIRECTOR, Fr. Jacob Bertrand Janczyk OP –  he will be at this event!  202-642 3597 + vocations@dominicanfriars.org

Wednesday 15 AugustOH VOCATION EVENT: 11:30AM Simple Profession Mass for senior novices on the Solemnity of the Assumption (St. Gertrude church in Madeira, OH) *RSVP if you want to MEET THE NEW VOCATION DIRECTOR, Fr. Jacob Bertrand Janczyk OP –  he will be at this event!  202-642 3597 + vocations@dominicanfriars.org

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God Did Not Make Death

06/29/2018 - 2:50pm

On today’s episode of Word to Life, Fr. John Maria Devaney, O.P., reflects on human mortality & how death is transformed because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

You can listen to the podcast here.

Image: Caravaggio — Saint Jerome Writing

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The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

06/22/2018 - 4:41pm

On this episode of Word to Life, Fr. John Maria Devaney, O.P., & Fr. Mannes Matous, O.P., talk about the life & grace of Saint John the Baptist.

You can listen to the podcast here.

Image: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo — “The Infant Saint John with the Lamb” [Detail] (1660-5)

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The Universal Church

06/17/2018 - 2:11pm

On this episode of Word to Life, Fr. John Maria Devaney, O.P., & Br. Justin Bolger, O.P., explore the breadth of the word “Catholic” & discuss the Four Marks of the Church (its One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic aspects.)

You can listen to the podcast here.

Image: Katsushika Hokusai — The Great Wave off Kanagawa

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The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

06/08/2018 - 4:05pm

On this episode of the Word to Life podcast, Fr. John Maria Devaney, O.P., reflects on the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus & the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

You can listen to the podcast here.

Image: The Sacred Heart of Jesus

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