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Fr. Dismas Sayre, O.P.
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"No one may prefer his own will to the will of God, but in everything we must seek and do the will of God." St. Basil the Great

It is often not so much in knowing the will of God, but in desiring our own, that we struggle.  In our struggle with our own will, we find it hard to discern the will of God, but we have been left a a treasure of Scripture, a rich Tradition, and the thoughts of the saints to help us.

This is one good reason to read good books - to immerse ourselves outside our own will and see from a loftier vantage point.

(photo via Pinterest: "Monk reading in the library of the arch-abbey of St. Peter, Salzburg"
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Many "Payday Loan" places are the very idea condemned in the Bible under "usury" -- that is, interest exploiting the poor, and in many cases, interest trapping the poor. It cries out to Heaven loud and clear. Unfortunately, laws meant to rein in runaway credit places are often derailed by political money.

If you know of a bill that is being debated in your local district, state, or in the federal level, please consider contacting your representatives and governors, and help put an end to this.

If you see your elected official has accepted monies from these groups, call them on it.
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Novena, Day 5: Jesus shows us one of the Works of Mercy that is often too uncomfortable for us, because we don't know what to say or do: comforting the sorrow (or in general, being with those who suffer).

So you can't "fix it?" Sometimes just being there, consoling and condoling, is enough. Do what you can, with true love and concern.


(image: James Tissot, "The Resurrection of the Widow's Son at Nain," public domain, via Logos)
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We interrupt this Novena for Breaking News!

I have been appointed as (part-time) Director of the Rosary Center, home to our Rosary Confraternity, effective July 1st. I will be following in Fr. Reginald's illustrious steps.

I will continue to be one of the parochial vicars at Holy Rosary Church, Portland.

You may now continue with your regularly-scheduled Novena.
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Congratulations Father on yr new assignment and may the Blesses Mother be with you always.
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I begin preaching the St. Peregrine Novena here at St. Dominic's in San Francisco tomorrow. My theme is on healing the spiritual cancers in our time.

Too often, it's only when we are dying or sick that we begin to recognize our own spiritual sickness, those cancers which crippled us spiritually, which keeps us from living life as we should -- a life not measures in health or power or money, but in love.

We need to be healed of these things, either to ready ourselves for the next life, or to truly live what time we have been given. That is the healing the whole world needs, even the "healthy."
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"And the catholic faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; Neither confounding the Persons; nor dividing the Essence. For there is one Person of the Father; another of the Son; and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one; the Glory equal, the Majesty coeternal. Such as the Father is; such is the Son; and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father uncreated; the Son uncreated; and the Holy Ghost uncreated. The Father unlimited; the Son unlimited; and the Holy Ghost unlimited. The Father eternal; the Son eternal; and the Holy Ghost eternal. And yet they are not three eternals; but one eternal. As also there are not three uncreated; nor three infinites, but one uncreated; and one infinite. So likewise the Father is Almighty; the Son Almighty; and the Holy Ghost Almighty. And yet they are not three Almighties; but one Almighty. So the Father is God; the Son is God; and the Holy Ghost is God. And yet they are not three Gods; but one God. So likewise the Father is Lord; the Son Lord; and the Holy Ghost Lord. And yet not three Lords; but one Lord. For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity; to acknowledge every Person by himself to be God and Lord; So are we forbidden by the catholic religion; to say, There are three Gods, or three Lords. The Father is made of none; neither created, nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone; not made, nor created; but begotten. The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son; neither made, nor created, nor begotten; but proceeding. So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts. And in this Trinity none is before, or after another; none is greater, or less than another. But the whole three Persons are coeternal, and coequal. So that in all things, as aforesaid; the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity, is to be worshipped. He therefore that will be saved, let him thus think of the Trinity." ~from the Athanasian Creed
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Quicumque vult salvus esse, ante omnia opus est, ut teneat catholicam fidem:
Quam nisi quisque integram inviolatamque servaverit, absque dubio in aeternum peribit.
Fides autem catholica haec est: ut unum Deum in Trinitate, et Trinitatem in unitate veneremur.
Neque confundentes personas, neque substantiam seperantes.
Alia est enim persona Patris, alia Filii, alia Spiritus Sancti:
Sed Patris, et Fili, et Spiritus Sancti una est divinitas, aequalis gloria, coeterna maiestas.
Qualis Pater, talis Filius, talis Spiritus Sanctus.
Increatus Pater, increatus Filius, increatus Spiritus Sanctus.
Immensus Pater, immensus Filius, immensus Spiritus Sanctus.
Aeternus Pater, aeternus Filius, aeternus Spiritus Sanctus.
Et tamen non tres aeterni, sed unus aeternus.
Sicut non tres increati, nec tres immensi, sed unus increatus, et unus immensus.
Similiter omnipotens Pater, omnipotens Filius, omnipotens Spiritus Sanctus.
Et tamen non tres omnipotentes, sed unus omnipotens.
Ita Deus Pater, Deus Filius, Deus Spiritus Sanctus.
Et tamen non tres dii, sed unus est Deus.
Ita Dominus Pater, Dominus Filius, Dominus Spiritus Sanctus.
Et tamen non tres Domini, sed unus est Dominus.
Quia, sicut singillatim unamquamque personam Deum ac Dominum confiteri christiana veritate compelimur: ita tres Deos aut Dominos dicere catholica religione prohibemur.
Pater a nullo est factus, nec creatus, nec genitus.
Filius a Patre solo est: non factus, nec creatus, sed genitus.
Spiritus Sanctus a Patre et Filio: non factus, nec creatus, nec genitus, sed procedens.
Unus ergo Pater, non tres Patres: unus Filius, non tres Filii: unus Spiritus Sanctus, non tres Spiritus Sancti.
Et in hac Trinitate nihil prius aut posterius, nihil maius aut minus: sed totae tres personae coaeternae sibi sunt et coaequales.
Ita ut per omnia, sicut iam supra dictum est, et unitas in Trinitate, et Trinitas in unitate veneranda sit.
Qui vult ergo salvus esse, ita de Trinitate sentiat.
Sed necessarium est ad aeternam salutem, ut incarnationem quoque Domini nostri Iesu Christi fideliter credat.
Est ergo fides recta ut credamus et confiteamur, quia Dominus noster Iesus Christus, Dei Filius, Deus et homo est.
Deus est ex substantia Patris ante saecula genitus: et homo est ex substantia matris in saeculo natus.
Perfectus Deus, perfectus homo: ex anima rationali et humana carne subsistens.
Aequalis Patri secundum divinitatem: minor Patre secundum humanitatem.
Qui licet Deus sit et homo, non duo tamen, sed unus est Christus.
Unus autem non conversione divinitatis in carnem, sed assumptione humanitatis in Deum.
Unus omnino, non confusione substantiae, sed unitate personae.
Nam sicut anima rationalis et caro unus est homo: ita Deus et homo unus est Christus.
Qui passus est pro salute nostra: descendit ad inferos: tertia die resurrexit a mortuis.
Ascendit ad caelos, sedet ad dexteram Dei Patris omnipotentis: inde venturus est iudicare vivos et mortuos.
Ad cuius adventum omnes homines resurgere habent cum corporibus suis: et reddituri sunt de factis propriis rationem.
Et qui bona egerunt, ibunt in vitam aeternam: qui vero mala, in ignem aeternum.
Haec est fides catholica, quam nisi quisque fideliter firmiterque crediderit, salvus esse non poterit.

"Athanasius non fuit summus pontifex, sed Alexandrinus patriarcha, et tamen symbolum constituit, quod in Ecclesia cantatur."
(Summa theologica, II-II, q. 1., a. 10., 3.)
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Today, our Lord instructs us to forgive by teaching the "Our Father."

Why forgive? Well, it's difficult to fully embrace anyone when you still have your hands around someone else's throat. At the very least, it's kind of awkward.
Unwrap those hands from your enemy's throat, and your embraces will be that much better.
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Novena Day Six:

Spoke on the "forgotten" beatitude, that of "Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted."

We don't normally hear about this beatitude, even in funerals, where the beatitudes are one of the options for the Gospel, which is a shame, because it's a perfect time to give people the room and blessing to mourn.

We mourn, because we lose something, whether someone or something important to us, like a job. But mourning is connected to love -- you can only mourn what you love. No one mourns an evil that disappears. And what is the only thing that lasts? Love.

And God promises us that the last thing He will do in the New Jerusalem will be to "wipe every tear from [our] eyes." He Himself, and there we will have no further cause to mourn.

There, mourning itself shall disappear. It will have served its blessed purpose. 
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The Immaculate Heart is a singular favor to a most favored creature of God, but the favor of God did not spare her from suffering and grief. If anything, the lack of sin removed anything that might muddle or confuse that unadulterated suffering and grief.

So like a mother, she understands us, better than we her children understand ourselves. Go to her.
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Sartre was wrong. Hell is not "other people," though we like to paint it so in our imagination. Hell is a prison of self that we cannot escape from, nor will even risk escape from, lest we be hurt.

That is the imagery and lesson of the Sacred Heart -- a heart crowned by thorns imposed by the very creature that rejected Him. Yet He still seeks us out. He still leaves Himself vulnerable to rejection. But rejection is not the worst thing -- not loving is.
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Should Mass be done facing liturgical East? There's renewed debate on this point, but it bears examining. Is there anyone in a parish that made the switch back?

I understand the practical reasons for the change, but for me, there is a greater unity of symbol in facing East in common, and a richer liturgical tradition.
Cardinal Robert Sarah made the comments in an exclusive interview with Famille Chrétienne. The Vatican's liturgy chief has called on priests to celebrate Mass facing east. In an interview with the French Catholic magazine Famille Chrétienne, Cardinal Robert Sarah said that the Second Vatican ...
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Several of the Roman communities in my region face East. It makes intuitive sense to me to have the priest joining us in prayer, leading us to God. It's funny when I encounter people who call it "turning his back to us," as if that's the thought process at all and if it were that it would be preferable to have him turn his back on God.
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Never, ever forget.

NEWS ANALYSIS: The shared experience of cultural devastation is a fierce source of Armenian identity.
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  • Holy Rosary Church
    Parochial Vicar, 2014 - present
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    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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