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Fr. Dismas Sayre, O.P.
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“The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist.” --Pope St. Gregory the Great

Do you not feel the sentiment or the warmth of love?  Then choose to love, anyway, and act!  Let nothing stand in your way; love is too important for that!

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"Christ did not say: ‘Go and preach nonsense to the world,’ to his first gathering, but gave them the true foundation: that, and only that, was on their lips: so that they made the Gospels lance and shield in their fight to light the faith. Now a man goes to preach with jokes and grimaces, and if there is loud laughter, his cowl swells, and nothing else is needed. But such a devil is nesting in the hood, that if the crowd could see it, they would know what remission they were trusting in: and from this the foolishness has increased so much, on earth, that people would go with any promise, without proof of evidence." -- Dante, Paradiso, Canto 29.

Let us seek the preach the One Gospel, the Word men need to hear, the Word that will heal their souls.  Let us avoid seeking to tickle men's ears with what they want to hear, with novelties and errors of our own fashion, and preach Christ always.
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I first posted this for our nuns, but thought it would be good to share here as well:

"It is not the slightest use burying our heads in the sands. The modern world is not only unchaste; from a Christian point of view it is organized for lust. In Christian times, men were wicked, but they did not pretend that their wickedness was high wisdom. In our own day, by contrast, practices which profoundly shocked the Western world during the first half of the century [20th] are now accepted by the general public, and taken for granted in current literature, press and radio. The plain truth of the matter is that a compromise is being worked out even by intelligent Catholics with the modern lustful way of life. The defences against chastity are crumbling amid the sophistries and laughter of the children of God. Yet if we do not fix our standards at Nazareth where else shall we fix them? Would we care to take up some of the works of even our Catholic novelists and read them aloud to the Mother of God?"

"But this does not mean that we should adopt a prim, prudish and negative attitude toward sex and matrimony. It means, as we have been at some pains to show, that we should organize our whole life positively for virginal chastity. This should be our answer to organized lust in the world around us. There is no other answer." fr. Ferdinand Valentine, OP. 

What is amazing is that this was written in the mid 1950's! How far our society has gone from even those seemingly innocent days. 

But our life is part of the answer - we witness to love: true love, which is God and is of God. 

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Today we celebrate St. Louis, King of France, the 9th to bear that name.

Here is a snippet of a beautiful "Spiritual Testament" he left for his son:

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Be kindhearted to the poor, the unfortunate and the afflicted. Give them as much help and consolation as you can. Thank God for all the benefits he has bestowed upon you, that you may be worthy to receive greater. Be just to your subjects, swaying neither to right nor left, but holding the line of justice. Always side with the poor rather that with the rich, until you are certain of the truth. See that all your subjects live in justice and peace, but especially those who have ecclesiastical rank and who belong to religious orders.

Be devout and obedient to our mother the Church of Rome and the Supreme Pontiff as your spiritual father.

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True charity is, at the heart of it, personal.  It is not bureaucratic.  It is not cold nor impersonal.  It requires of us personal commitment and action.

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His Holiness could not be more blunt, but then, neither could our Lord, when He spoke thus: "But because your are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spew you out of My mouth."

Let us be Catholic Christians, with all that entails!
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Amen. Makes me wonder how many would remain catholic if they had to follow the rubrics. The church is not a democracy. 
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“The Christian life is a continuation and completion of the life of Christ in us. We should be so many Christs here on earth, continuing His life and His works, laboring and suffering in a holy and divine manner in the spirit of Jesus.” -- St. John Eudes

WWJD?  "What would Jesus do?" is not just a phrase or platitude for certain times, but indeed, in the Christian, informs his every act and manner of life.  This is, in part, St. Therese's 'Little Way' -- the mundane and menial can become great, if done as Christ would do it.
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"Our body is not made of iron.  Our strength is not that of stone.  Live and hope in the Lord, and let your service be according to reason.  Modify your holocaust with the salt of prudence."  -- St. Clare of Assisi

Try and do what you can.  This is what God asks.  If He gives you the grace to do more, fine, but if we try to go beyond our human limits without it, it is not God, but ourselves, whom we put our faith in.  And we will be disappointed. 

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“To those who are now promising to fix all your problems, I say, ‘Go and fix yourself.’...Have a change of heart. Get to confession, before you need it even more! The current crisis will not be improved by magicians from outside the country and nor will (improvement) come from the golden mouth of our politicians, so accustomed to making incredible promises.” -Pope Francis (then Cardinal Bergoglio, 2002)

The Bible counsels us to "Put no trust in princes," that is, do not depend solely on politicians and rulers.  Even they have limited power.  Work for good, but belong to God, first, not to a political movement.
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Gracias Fr,Dismas Dios lo bendiga
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Today is the feast of St. Monica, patron saint of mothers and spouses who pray for their spouses and children to come to the Faith.  

She teaches us that patience and charity can win over the most obstinate hearts.  St. Monica lived to see her husband convert on his deathbed, and her son become a light of the Faith.  We may not know the fruits of our prayer, but that should not dissuade us.  Never give up!  Never stop praying!  Put your loved ones always in the hands of God in prayer.  
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"The Church has ever proved indestructible. Her persecutors have failed to destroy her; in fact, it was during times of persecution that the Church grew more and more; while the persecutors themselves, and those whom the Church would destroy, are the very ones who came to nothing.  . . .Again, errors have assailed her; but in fact, the greater the number of errors that have arisen, the more has the truth been made manifest. . . . Nor has the Church failed before the assaults of demons: for she is like a tower of refuge to all who fight against the Devil." -- St. Thomas Aquinas, OP

Today we celebrate St. Bartholomew, Apostle, one of the founding stones of our Church of living members.  Upon their testimony and teaching the Deposit of Faith rests.  St. Bartholomew, pray for the Church of Our Lord, that by your teachings and prayers, She may be delivered from all error and darkness! 

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"Sorrow for sin is indeed necessary, but it should not be an endless preoccupation. You must dwell also on the glad remembrance of God's loving-kindness; otherwise, sadness will harden the heart and lead it more deeply into despair."  -- St. Bernard.

Once in a while, a penitent will come in, and insist on Confessing a particular past sin or two.  This is, in a way, refusing God's gift of forgiveness, and doesn't free the sinner, but binds him in self-wrought chains.  It doesn't mean the guilt might not rear its head once in a while, but that we are not defined by our greatest fault.  

If God Himself has moved on from your sin, then do thou likewise!
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“In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her for guide, you shall never go astray; invoking her, you shall never lose heart.”  -- St. Bernard of Clairvaux

The Blessed Virgin Mary goes before us -- where she went, she awaits us, raised up by her Son and Our Lord.  From there, she beckons us like a Mother who calls her children to begin their first steps in faith.
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  • Holy Rosary Church
    Parochial Vicar, 2014 - present
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    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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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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