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Fr. Dismas Sayre, O.P.
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Attended University of Utah
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One of my side jobs in my priory is librarian.  I found this while entering books into our library.  Enjoy!
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A Reflection (by. Fr. T.A. McKernan, 1932)
When your planning and your scheming
and your dreaming, go awry,
And defeat seems ever threatening
whatsoever you would try;
When you want the sun, 'tis cloudy!
when you want the rain, 'tis dry!
Cheer up, my friend, recalling
in that hour that this golden line:
It is better far to whistle than to whine!
How many, many heartaches the
loved one you would spare;
How few the tell-tale furrow
on your brow would chisel Care.
If a moment, you would, faltering,
with my reasoning compare,
Unto your mind recalling
this philosophic line:
It is better far to whistle than to whine!
It is better far to whistle than to whine!
Tho the creed seem far
more human than divine,
I cannot but be thinking
the advice hails from Above
To give up our lagging footsteps
up the hill a kindly shove;
The Creator to the creature
clearer showing forth His love,
In this easier fathomed line
visioning a truth divine,
It is better far to whistle than to whine!
Now, don't mistake the motives
that do underly this saying,
For whining lips no place afford
the tender chord of my praying;
So whilst some wiser posing ones
with quibbles be delaying,
Conscious of no fell design,
I advance again the line:
It is better far to whistle than to whine!
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"Let him never cease from prayer who has once begun it, be his life ever so wicked; for prayer is the way to amend it, and without prayer such amendment will be much more difficult." -St. Teresa of Avila

Stopping prayer because we fall into sin is like not going to the dentist because our tooth has started to hurt.  
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I had the honor of attending Fr. Paul Duffner's 100th Birthday Celebration and Mass.  This short, but touching tribute, shows the priestly heart of the man, with a little timeless advice.
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"Labor without stopping; do all the good works you can while you still have the time." -St. John of God

Wasn't it just Christmas?  Why are all the summer clothes already out in stores?  What was it that you wanted to do, something good, something holy, but haven't gotten around to it?

Now is the acceptable time, as Scripture says!  If you were looking for a sign to get that done, I hope this serves:

(photo: from wikimedia, Old St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco)
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Word! Thank you, Father! Wake us up from our stupor.
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“Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the church, is often labeled today as a fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and ‘swept along by every wind of teaching,’ looks like the only attitude acceptable to today’s standards.”  -- Pope Benedict XVI

Remember: every madness, every lunacy, every horrific idea was once bore the spark of popularity and freshness.  Not everything new is bad, not by far!  But what passes for "new" is often but so much recycled and repackaged old ideas with a fresh veneer, each new cycle forgetting one key fact: human nature and its woundedness by Original Sin.    

Until we accept that fact as a race, and about ourselves individually, there will only be progress in the speed in which we destroy ourselves.
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Gracias Fr. Dismas DIos lo bendiga!
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"To obey the commandments of our Savior Jesus Christ is worthy neither of blame nor of condemnation." --St. Justin Martyr

St. Justin's works are interesting, in that they give us a view into immediately post-apostolic Christianity (which appears, oddly enough, like the Catholic Church in essence).  But they are also interesting in that it is dealing with a hostile pagan world --- one that could not tolerate the Christian worldview, at least in the open and public square.

And so St. Justin gives us a framework as well for dealing with the increasingly hostile, secular world.  He was trained as a philosopher, and was able to engage the pagan world on their terms.  Yet, he never shied away from proclaiming the fullness of Faith, but always seeking to explain it in a way that could capture pagan imagination.

Well, he wasn't entirely successful in the eyes of the world (which is why is he is St. Justin Martyr), but he was successful beyond measure in the eyes of the Lord.  Stay strong, stay faithful, and "be always ready to give a reason for your hope, but do this with gentleness and respect." (1 Peter 3:15)

Art: Trial of Justin Martyr the Philosopher
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Evil may have its hour, but Good shall have its day.
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""May we never risk the life of our souls by being resentful or by bearing grudges." -- St. Gregory of Nyssa  

Resentment and grudges are two sure-fire ways of killing charity in our heart.  We finally manage to be happy for once, and wham, our old grudge drags us back into that infernal mire of hate and darkness.

Treat grudges and resentment like the poison they are: remove them at once, and counter them with prayer and charity.  Repeat as necessary, but do not let them fester!

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Amen. Thank you, Father! 🙏⛪
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“The whole truth is generally the ally of virtue; a half-truth is always the ally of some vice.” -- G.K. Chesterton

This is one reason that it's so hard to fight vice and sin in the public square -- in every sin that we intend, we see, or project a partial or incomplete truth or good.  

We preach the whole Truth -- Christ is not "a" truth, or "part of" the truth, or "another" truth, or "true only for me," but THE Truth, thus He must be proclaimed fully and without any diminishing.
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"I imagine that the angels themselves, if they came down as schoolmasters, would find it hard to control their anger.  Only with the help of the Blessed Virgin do I keep from murdering some of them." --St. Benildus

Even the saints can struggle with the same daily temptations we "mere mortals" struggle with!  Whether it is asking for the help of the Virgin, counting to 10, willing oneself to override one's emotions, or channeling that energy into something more productive, we all need to find a way to deal with things such as anger.  Search for what works for you in particular.  
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"If the Lord at the moment of my death reproves me for being too kind to sinners, I will answer, 'My dear Jesus, if it is a fault to be too kind to sinners, it is a fault I learned from you, for you never scolded anyone who came to you seeking mercy.'"  -- St. Leonard of Port Maurice

If in doubt, mercy.  Forgive, and you will be forgiven.  Mercy can be difficult emotionally, but once we have the courage and strength to forgive, we begin to have an insight into Our Lord.
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"“The preaching of the Church truly continues without change and is everywhere the same. It has the testimony of the Prophets and Apostles and all their disciples.” ---St. Irenaeus

In the readings immediately following Easter Day, we hear of the early Church preaching the one and the same message to all people, careful to safeguard Herself from error, and preach nothing but the True God, Christ Crucified, who rose from the dead.

This is what we are as a Church -- we are the organic descendants of a heroic tradition, brave witnesses to the Truth in a Person, or rather, to the Truth who IS a Person, Jesus Christ.  

We can preach no other Truth, for there is no other.
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  • Holy Rosary Church
    Parochial Vicar, 2014 - present
    Parochial Vicar.
  • Western Dominican Province
    Friar, 2000 - present
    Member of the Dominican Order since 2000. Professed first vows 2001, Solemn Vows 2006, Ordination to the Diaconate 2007, and Ordination to the Priesthood 2008.
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Los Angeles, CA - Pittsburgh, PA - Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico - Pittsburgh, PA - Rota, Spain - Salt Lake City, Utah - Houston, Texas - Toronto, ON - Oakland, CA - Antioch, CA
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Holy Rosary Church 375 NE Clackamas St Portland, OR
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Catholic. Dominican. Friar. Reader. Bird lover. Sports fan. Bad punster.
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A short stint in the Navy, worked as a techie at a major university library, then became a Dominican friar.  Ordained since 2008!
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  • University of Utah
  • Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
  • School of Hard Knocks
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Ok, I'm biased, but there's some of the best pumpkin bread and chocolates here in the gift shop! Of course, that also includes a religious goods store and bookstore. The chapel is open most days from early morning until early evening, with Adoration when the chapel is not in use for Mass.
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