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The Call of Discipleship in Today's Gospel

Jesus means these words. This is not poetry. When the rash person offered to follow him, Christ clearly stated the terms: no home, no family, no old connections, no old work, only new relationships, new places to go and to be, new work. Do not complain if you have asked to follow Him and then you are stripped of all. If you find yourself isolated, marginalized, lonely, being called to a work unknown to you, rejoice. You are following Christ.

If you still do not understand, read Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson's None Other Gods.

Gospel Reading
Luke 9:57-62
As they were going along the road, a man said to Him, "I will follow you wherever you go." And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay His head." To another he said, "Follow me." But he said, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father." But he said to him, "Leave the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God." Another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home." Jesus said to him, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."

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Happy Feast Day to All Dominicans

Prayer to St. Dominic for those fighting the good fight.

Father, You know and I know that I have been falsely accused. Help me to have Faith like St. Dominic, that together with You, I cannot and will not be harmed in any way, shape or form. I ask You to walk with me and protect me from those who wish to harm me.
Through Jesus Christ's Precious, Pure and Holy name I pray. - Amen

And from Sext, today, from Psalm 55 (56)

You have kept track of my wanderings –
  so collect my tears in your wineskin,

  and keep count of every one!

In case you missed this....

JULY 29. 2013
On Monday, July 29, in the Chicago Tribune, a group of Catholics published an open letter addressed to me and to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). They accused the Church of turning her back on the poor. This accusation follows a decision by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) to include support for “same-sex marriage” as part of their political agenda. The CCHD cannot fund groups that support this goal.
Donors to the CCHD give to this anti-poverty organization with the understanding that their money will be passed on to organizations that respect the teachings of the Catholic faith. Organizations that apply for funds do so agreeing to this condition.
On May 23, the ICIRR board broke faith with its member organizations when it publicly supported so called “same-sex marriage.” For its own political advantage, it introduced a matter extraneous to its own purpose and betrayed its own members, who were not consulted.
The CCHD had no choice but to respect the unilateral decision of the ICIRR board that effectively cut off funding from groups that remain affiliated with ICIRR. Without betraying its donors or the Catholic faith, the Catholic Church’s long-standing work for immigrant groups and for immigration reform remains intact. This record speaks for itself and is well known. It is carried locally by Priests for Justice for Immigrants and by Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants, along with very many lay Catholics, in collaboration with the Archdiocesan Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education, led by Elena Segura with my complete support.
It is intellectually and morally dishonest to use the witness of the Church’s concern for the poor as an excuse to attack the Church’s teaching on the nature of marriage.  Four weeks ago, Pope Francis wrote: “…marriage should be a stable union of man and woman…this union is born of their love, as a sign and presence of God’s own love, and of the acknowledgement and acceptance of the goodness of sexual differentiation, whereby spouses can become one flesh and are enabled to give birth to a new life.” In other words, when it comes to marriage and family life, men and women are not interchangeable. The whole civilized world knows that.
Those who signed the open letter in the Tribune proclaimed their adherence to the Catholic faith even as they cynically called upon others to reject the Church’s bishops. The Church is no one’s private club; she is the Body of Christ, who tells us he is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Because the signers of the letters are Catholic, they know that in a few years, like each of us, they will stand before this same Christ to give an account of their stewardship. Jesus is merciful, but he is not stupid; he knows the difference between right and wrong. Manipulating both immigrants and the Church for political advantage is wrong.

Francis Cardinal George, OMI
Archbishop of Chicago

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For St. Dominic's Day, Some of The Dominican Postings

07 Feb 2012
New Sister, I hope that the Dominican Rite makes a comeback with the sisters as it is beginning to do with the younger generations of friars. I am pleased to report that the friar whom our prior provincial has recently assigned ...
20 Jan 2013
Like the Jesuits, Salesians, Benedictines, Ursulines (and others not covered in this mini-series), the Dominicans developed and used a method of pedagogy. This is what "scholasticism" really is. It is based on five areas:
14 Feb 2013
I shall save the best one until last, the Universal Doctor of the Church, Thomas Aquinas, and as we already looked at St. Catherine of Siena, a Third Order Dominican, I can concentrate on St. Albert the Great today. Again, I am ...
02 Dec 2012
Decades ago, the Dominicans decided to go with the Novus Ordo Missae and basically ditch the Dominican Rite Mass (though this is making a comeback); I think they did the same with the breviary. But I believe there is also a ...

21 May 2013
The Dominicans are doing very well here, as the one getting the most vocations wears a full habit and allows for a multiple use of talent in various places, such as evangelization, catechesis, and other parish work. The new ...
18 Jan 2013
If I have time, I shall write about the Ursulines and Dominicans. But, sadly, few of those schools exist which still follow the original methodologies. Again, to preserve these aspects of our Catholic identity, it may be up to home ...
23 Nov 2012
An order, such as the Benedictines, Dominicans, Franciscans, Fraternity of St. Peter, or the Institute of Christ the King have various things in common. I shall list those: first, an order has a spirituality unique to that group of men.

08 Aug 2012
Posted by Supertradmum. The Meeting of St Dominic and St. Francis, Fra Angelico, 1430. Today, I pray for A, S, R, Z, E, T, V, C and all the Dominicans I know. Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook ...

17 Feb 2013
Reading Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas parallels eating Death by Chocolate Cake. I shall continue with the Doctors of the Church and Perfection tomorrow. Goodbye to the Dominicans and hello to the Benedictines.
28 Jan 2013
Staying with the Dominicans today, on the Feast of the Greatest, I pick up on G-L's reference to Henry Suso, who I first discovered in about 1980. Here is a section of his writings to help us. Again, read footnotes, as they are ...
08 Feb 2013
Emily said... I love that she was a Lay Dominican. She gives me hope, since I was not accepted by any of the cloistered orders due to my crazy health...the biography by Sigrid Undset is such a wonderful introduction to her.
08 Jun 2012
He may make contemplatives desire the active life, or vice versa. Blessed Jordan of Saxony, second General of the Dominicans, contracted a high fever. He had a prior skilled in medicine who told him to sleep on a soft bed.

14 Feb 2013
Albert, more than many, writes clearly of the Illuminative and Unitive States here. Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook. Labels: doctors of the Church, dominicans, perfection again, saints and martyrs ...
16 Feb 2013
There is only one Universal Doctor of the Church and that is St. Thomas Aquinas, the last Dominican in the series, but not the least. Among the volumes of his work, On the Perfection of the Spiritual Life will take up several ...
15 Feb 2013
(2); count of monte cristo (5); covenant (3); Crucifixions (6); cults (6); cute (13); danger for kids (3); David Jones (1); death of the west (28); decline of the West (38); Deuteronomy (3); doctors of the Church (152); dominicans (26) ...
16 Feb 2013
... Moses and John, the saints who show us the Love of God. To be continued................... Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook. Labels: doctors of the Church, dominicans, perfection again, saints and martyrs ...

16 Feb 2013
... is created rather than to the Creator himself, putting the created before the Creator. Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook. Labels: doctors of the Church, dominicans, perfection again, saints and martyrs ...
15 Feb 2013
... abode in Christ Jesus who is the way for those who come to him, the truth and life. Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook. Labels: doctors of the Church, dominicans, perfection again, saints and martyrs ...
16 Feb 2013
... to follow Christ, renounces riches and chooses poverty. To be continued......................... Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook. Labels: doctors of the Church, dominicans, perfection again, saints and martyrs ...

On Hermits and Anchorites

I found the above book on line. Some of you may be very interested in it.


Prayers, please

The property I have thought would be a house of Adoration is still up for sale. Please pray for me about this.

Protests Over New Merida Doll

I watched it with someone who loves it. Well, I guess it helps me understand what the Millennials like. I like the mom, three little boys, and the horse best, in that order. Merida is a brat. I guess she does change.

I saw this movie. And, the heroine is nothing like the new doll desired by the Disney folks.

Edible Wild Plants

just in case and there are great books out on this subject as well