Happy Feast Day!

Because of Poor Sinners

I am often asked how I came to discern with the Dominicans. What draws me to the Dominican Order? While it is ultimately a mystery of God, there are several reasons, and most of them can be explained by my attraction to the four pillars of Dominican life: prayer, study, community, and preaching. But what […]

Starts Today! Novena to St. Dominic

August 8th is the feast day of St. Dominic and a solemnity for many Dominicans.*  Please consider joining me in a novena to St. Dominic, asking his intercession for the salvation of souls, as well as for the intentions of me, my fellow aspirants and all that have contributed prayers, time and treasure to fostering […]

St. Louis Bertrand: Lamp of the New World

Today, on the Dominican calendar is the memorial of St. Louis Bertrand.  Born in Valencia, Spain in 1526, he joined the Dominican Order at the age of 18.  Initially, he was not very good at preaching; however, by perseverance and grace through the intercession of another Spanish Dominican saint known for his fiery preaching, St. […]

Restless Heart

Upon my conversion to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church, one of the first saints I wanted to learn about was St. Augustine.  Why?  Well, quite simply, he’s my birthday saint.  Since then, I’ve been greatly encouraged and edified by this Doctor of the Church.  His life is one to which many of […]

Happy Feast! Our Holy Father Dominic…

Today is the feast day of St. Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers.  So, how much do you know about this Preacher of Grace?  St. Dominic’s legacy began prior to his birth.  After the birth of her first two sons, St. Dominic’s mother, Bl. Jane of Aza, went to the Monastery in Silos and […]

Ever Ancient, Ever New

Did you know the Dominican Order has its own Rite?  The Dominican Rite goes back to the 13th century, almost to the founding of the Order.  This makes the Dominican Rite older than the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite.  To this day, the Dominicans are still permitted to maintain and celebrate the Mass according […]

Thoughts While “Inside”

It is Wednesday, the feast of St. Anthony of Padua, and I’m already halfway through my visit at Corpus Christi Monastery. Of course, this won’t be posted until Monday at the earliest, as I am within the walls of the cloister and my internet connection is off (not that I mind). 🙂 I’ve had much […]

Date Targeted, Onward!

This week, I received the news that I was accepted for entrance to the postulancy at Corpus Christi Monastery.  June 8, 2011 is the target date for my entry into the cloister, to be confirmed as the date draws closer and pending resolution of my educational debt.  This will be no small task, but I am […]

Dominican Family

Today we remember one of the many Dominican saints and his companions – St. John of Cologne.  He was a Dominican serving as a parish priest in Holland in the mid-1500’s and martyred in 1572.  At that time, Holland was engaged in a struggle with Spanish princes.  Anti-Spanish and Protestant soldiers banded together and began to […]