Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
1) As you know we have 4 vocation weekends this academic year. If you have not made one, it would be particularly helpful for you.
2) In regard to living chastity, in the past I have told you about the Confraternity of the Angelic Warfare of St. Thomas Aquinas. I would like to invite all men discerning a vocation to our next enrollment in this confraternity which will take place on the Feast of the Archangels on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 7:30PM here in the chapel of the Dominican House of Studies. If you would like to come to be enrolled, please let me know and we could even have you come for 5:30PM vespers/dinner that night.
3) Every year on October 31 we have our annual All Saints Vigil (DC's most popular Halloween alternative for Young Adult Catholics). Last year some 400 young adults attended. This year (Monday Oct. 31, 2011) we have reserved our guest rooms for men considering a vocation who might be interested in coming to participate. It would be possible to spend the night with us.
4) Here you will find the new "Trumpet" from our office of advancement - it has a lot of great news from our province and our Dominican missions and also serves well as a vocation brochure!
5) I am preparing to send to each of you a few things by regular post. If anything has changed in your contact information, can you please shoot me an email?
6) I have Bros. Athansius Murphy OP, Peter Martyr Yungwirth OP, & Ambrose Little OP helping me in the vocation office, so if they contact you to update anything you know why. They are updating this blog fairly regularly and our website is also updated daily. I am trying to get out more to campus ministries this year so their help is very much appreciated. If you would like to invite us, please let me know! We could come in and help with Masses and offer a talk or retreat day.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
This fall marks the beginning of the DC Frassati Fellowship. Two brothers from the Dominican House of Studies are getting the program running. It has been widely successful in New York City and has spread to Baltimore. In October, it has its first event in DC.
Here is the description from the brothers who are organizing it:
The DC Frassati Fellowship follows in the footsteps of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, seeking to bring the whole person to Christ through adoration, study, community, charitable activity, and love of the outdoors. Young adults ages 21-35 in the DC area are welcome to join. Our first events in the month of October will be at the Dominican House of Studies (487 Michigan Ave, NE -- near Brookland/CUA metro):
Wed., Oct. 12, 7:30 PM: Reading/discussion of Pope Benedict's Light of the World and adoration
Sat., Oct. 15: Day hike in N. Virginia
Wed., Oct. 26, 7:30: Reading/discussion and adoration
For more information, sign up for the DC Frassati Fellowship email list and visit www.facebook.com/dcfrassati or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Almighty and eternal God, behold I approach the sacrament of your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ as one sick to the doctor of life, unclean to the fount of mercy, blind to the light of eternal clarity, poor and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth. And so I beg you in your generous mercy to heal my sickness, wash away my filth, enlighten my blindness, grace my poverty, and clothe my nakedness so that I may receive the bread of Angels, the King of kings and Lord of lords, with such reverence and humility, such contrition and devotion, purity and faith, and with such purpose and intention that it may advance the salvation of my soul….and that I may be worthy to be incorporated into His mystical body, and counted among His members. O most loving Father, grant me your beloved Son, whom I now receive veiled in this sacrament, so to behold His face at last revealed, Amen.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
|Fr. Michael Dosch OP with parishioners of two of our|
parishes praying the Rosary in front of abortion clinic in Columbus, OH.
Friday, September 16, 2011
This initiative of the Dominican student brothers will hopefully bear much fruit in the spread of the Gospel as well as train them to better preachers as they get to carry out the Dominican motto of "contemplari et contemplata aliis tradere" (to contemplate and to hand on to others the fruits of contemplation) in their time of formation.
Please feel free to check it out: www.dominicanablog.com, and please pray for the brothers who write and for those who read it.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Aside from the well known Stabat Mater, which is the optional sequence for the day, the Dominicans also sang the Recordare as the Offertory Antiphon for the day. Here is the text and a translation of the version found in the Dominican liturgical books (as opposed to the Roman Graduale):
"Recordare Virgo mater, dum steteris in conspectu Dei, ut loquaris pro nobis bona, et ut avertas indignationem suam a nobis."
"Remember Virgin mother, when you stand in the presence of God, that you speak good things for us, and that you avert his indignation from us."
"Father, as your Son was raised on the cross, his mother Mary stood by him, sharing his sufferings. May your Church be united with Christ in his suffering and death and so come to share in his rising to new life..."
Secondly, note the incredibly long and beautiful melisma (more than one note on a syllable) on "a" at the end. You might wonder why the melisma is put there. It is to signify in a very vivid way how earnestly we desire the Blessed Mother's protection and how far away we want the Lord's wrath to be kept from us. As you can see, chant has a beautiful way of expressing the theology and meaning behind the text.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Fr. William Hinnebusch, in volume 1 of his History of the Dominican Order, wrote this, "Under the winter schedule, September 14 to Easter, the community fasted, eating only one meal a day, except on Sundays.* It was taken about two in the afternoon."
Moreover, the friars also began to wear the cappa in choir at this time until the great Easter Vigil where the cappa was, and still is, shed at the singing of the Gloria. This had both practical and spiritual reasons. Practically, the winter was cold, and the cappa provided extra warmth in the priory chapels. Spiritually, the cappa was worn as a sign of penance, and so its being thrown off at the Gloria indicates that the time of penance and fasting is over for our Lord has conquered sin and death.
May we continue to remember that our Lord has conquered sin and death, and that the Holy Cross is a gift to us.
* This is compared to the summer schedule, Easter to September 14, where the friars ate two meals a day, every day except feast days.
One of the jokes that often get told in Dominican circles concerns what is termed "the Good Life." We say that the good life consists in three things: To live like a Jesuit, dine like a Franciscan, and to die like a Dominican. But what, you may ask, is so great about dying like a Dominican?
There are many traditions that we have concerning devotion to our deceased brethren. If we are privileged to be present at the death of a brother, we are to commend his soul to the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary by chanting the Dominican version of the Salve Regina. Further, the house where the brother was assigned is asked to pray the office of the dead for him and everyone in the province is required to pray one rosary for him and to say or attend one mass for his soul.
But our prayers for our Dominican brothers do not stop there. Every year we celebrate a Mass for all our Dominican departed on November 8. We also say a Mass for all benefactors and friends of the order on September 5, and one for deceased family members on February 7. But our prayers do not stop there. Every week, each house of the province must say at least one Mass and each Dominican must pray one rosary for the deceased of the province. Finally, every evening, usually before dinner, we pray the De Profundis (Ps. 130) for all those who died the following day in all the American provinces.
As you can see, we have a great devotion to our dead and one of the great consolations of being a Dominican is knowing that your brothers will pray for you continually after you die. However, it can be a two way street. Our Holy Father Dominic on his death bed promised to be more helpful to his brethren once he was before God. We also have the assurance that when our departed brothers come before the Lord they too will pray for us who are still in the fight for souls here on earth.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Recently a friend of mine was shocked to hear that rather than write a new rule, St. Dominic and the early Dominicans adopted the Rule of St. Augustine to govern their lives. He asked me why they did this. Well, there are two reasons. First, the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215 forbade the writing of new rules. If a new religious order was to be formed, it needed to adopt a rule that was already in use. But this does not explain why St. Dominic and his early companions chose the Rule of St. Augustine. Thus the second reason, simply stated, is that the Rule of St. Augustine was the most fitting for the life to which they felt called.
However, because the Rule of St. Augustine is more of a spiritual treatise than a legislative one, the early friars developed a series of customs (constitutions) by which they could interpret how to live the Rule practically on a day to day basis. To explain more clearly why the Rule of St. Augustine is fitting for an order of preachers, and how the constitutions of the order were drawn from it, Bl. Humbert of Romans, the fifth Master of the Order, wrote a lengthy commentary on the Rule for the brethren. To help those of you discerning with us to see how the Dominican life is related to the Rule of St. Augustine, I will be posting various quotations from Bl. Humbert's Commentary on the Rule of St. Augustine. If you are interested in reading the Rule itself you can find a translation here. And so without further ado, here is what Bl. Humbert has to say concerning the nobility of the Rule of St. Augustine.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
On September 6, 2011 the Dominican House of Studies in Washington D.C. celebrated the annual mass for deceased benefactors and familiars of the Dominican Order.1
The Dominican charism strongly emphasizes offering prayers and suffrages for its own members as well as though associated with the Order. Besides the anniversary mass described above, the friars preachers also offer a weekly mass for the souls of their deceased benefactors and familiars, as well as for their own brethren. Every friar also offers at least one rosary every week for the same intention.
Fr. Austin Litke, O.P, the celebrant of the liturgy, spoke of a “relationship of justice” that is established between friars and their benefactors. The Dominican friars offer their penances and suffrages to their benefactors so that these men and women may after death “see God face to face…as He is” (1 Jn 3:2). At the same time, Fr. Austin spoke of the need for the friars to “ask for a greater share of the grace of the Holy Spirit” in order to stay faithful in their preaching and in their life of poverty. By living out their charism through the Spirit’s lead, the friars hope that at their judgment Christ will call them as well to “inherit the kingdom prepared for [them] from the foundation of the world” (Mt. 25:34).
1 Usually celebrated on the 5th of September, the mass was postponed by one day due to the placement of Labor Day this year.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
Please pray for our student brothers and all the rest of the students as they continue to ponder the Word of God and the Sacred Truth so that they may more tirelessly proclaim Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.
*For Fr. Boguslawski's homily please click below on the image to go to our provincial website: