Silence and Noise

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Ironically, as I am typing this, I am listening to some music. I do not exaggerate when I say that I have a sort of an addiction to music—especially secular music, as we will see in the songs I reference below. I almost always have some song stuck in my head throughout the day. In […]

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The Beauty of the Vow of Chastity

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

I love the vow of chastity! Yes, you heard me right. I, a twenty-four-year-old male, who grew up in the hyper-sexualized culture of twenty-first century America, am thankful that I have chosen not to marry. This choice is especially puzzling in a society where the chastity of priests and religious is looked upon by many […]

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The Night is Always Darkest Before the Dawn

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Psalm 130:6-7 “My soul looks for the Lord more than sentinels for daybreak. More than sentinels for daybreak, let Israel hope in the Lord, For with the Lord is mercy, with him is plenteous redemption,” When you can, reread the miracles of Jesus, especially in the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). I am often […]

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The Ark of your Might

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Today marks the 103rd anniversary of the apparitions of Fatima. All such apparitions are judged the way we judge any private revelation, namely, by whether they are in accord with the Faith revealed once and for all to the saints and handed down to us in Sacred Scripture and Tradition. One of the most consoling […]

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Dead Man Walking!

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Readings: John 12: 24-26 | Phil 3: 8-14 There was a morbid custom in parts of the American prison system before the 1960s: as a man condemned to die was led to the place of execution, a guard would call out, “Dead man walking! Dead man walking!” When I was a student brother, I’d say […]

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Alone?

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

I am always fascinated by flying. It is remarkable how many people and systems have to work together in order to allow travelers to go from one part of the globe to another. And there is the flying itself—rising from the ground and seeing the landscape get smaller and smaller is always a strange sight. […]

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We Shall Reap Our Harvest

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

When I was growing up, my family kept a garden. There would be a certain day in the mid-spring, a warm and dry day, when we’d start the work of planting. The first thing to do was to prepare the ground, and so we uprooted the weeds that had grown in the autumn and died […]

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The Good Shepherd Lays Down His Life for His Sheep

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

There is no doubt that the Coronavirus pandemic is a global tragedy. It has been heartbreaking to hear news of many dying weekly. However, I realized that the Lord has providentially afforded me an opportunity to prepare for my upcoming presbyteral ordination in a unique way. First of all, the pandemic gives me a realistic […]

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Pandemic Reflections

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

This has certainly been a strange and disturbing few weeks we have lived through, with practically our entire world going into shelter-in-place mode in the face of COVID-19. Most shocking of all, at least from my perspective as a friar, is the cancellation of public Masses. Here at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Benicia, CA, […]

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A Short History and Theology of Spiritual Communion

Thursday, April 9, 2020

With many facing limited or no access to the Eucharist, the practice of making a Spiritual Communion is becoming increasingly known. But what is it, what are it’s theological underpinnings, and can it be fulfilling? Fr. Bernhard Blankenhorn, O.P., son of the Western Dominican Province, and aggregate professor of theology at the Pontifical University of […]

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