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Fr. Dismas Sayre, O.P.
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If you pass laws promoting abortion a thousand times, we shall protest a thousand times and more, until all such laws cease to be, until all mothers are taken care of, until all children received the help they need, until every child is truly wanted.

We. Will. Not. Stop.

We will extend love and mercy until the end of days. We will preach against the lie that it is only a "choice." We will march until they place us in jail, and then we will sing in jail of the goodness of the Lord and His love for His people, from conception to natural death.

Take our breath away, and we shall sing from the Heavenly Choirs, never ceasing to intercede for our world and our nation.


We. Will. Not. Stop.

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The devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus is an ancient practice, and one oftentimes seen in the East as "The Jesus Prayer," focusing on a short meditation, "Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner," or even just reciting the name over and over.

This is the patronal feast for my province in the Dominican Order, so join with me in giving glory to His Name!

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The Litany of the Holy Name was approved for private use
by Pope Sixtus V in 1585. The present form
was approved by Pope Pius IX for local use in 1862.
In 1866 Pope Leo XIII approved it for public use
in the Universal Church.

Members of the Confraternity of the Holy Names
of God and Jesus can receive a partial indulgence
for reciting this prayer.

Lord, have mercy. Lord have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ have Mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord have Mercy.
Jesus, hear us. Jesus hear us.
Jesus, graciously hear us. Jesus, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Splendor of the Father, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Brightness of eternal Light, have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of Glory, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Sun of Justice, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most amiable, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most admirable, have mercy on us.
Jesus, the mighty God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Father of the world to come, have mercy on us.
Jesus, angel of great counsel, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most powerful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most patient, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most obedient, have mercy on us.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart, have mercy on us.
Jesus, lover of Chastity, have mercy on us.
Jesus, lover of us, have mercy on us.
Jesus, God of Peace, have mercy on us.
Jesus, author of Life, have mercy on us.
Jesus, example of Virtues, have mercy on us.
Jesus, zealous lover of souls, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our Refuge, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Father of the Poor, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Treasure of the Faithful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, good Shepherd, have mercy on us.
Jesus, true Light, have mercy on us.
Jesus, eternal Wisdom, have mercy on us.
Jesus, infinite Goodness, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our Way and our Life, have mercy on us.
Jesus, joy of Angels, have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of the Patriarchs, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Master of the Apostles, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Teacher of the Evangelists, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Strength of Martyrs, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Light of Confessors, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Purity of Virgins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Crown of all Saints, have mercy on us.

Be merciful, spare us, O Jesus!
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Jesus!
From every evil, deliver us, O Jesus.
From every sin, deliver us, O Jesus.
From your wrath, deliver us, O Jesus.
From the snares of the devil, deliver us, O Jesus.
From the temptation of fornication, deliver us, O Jesus.
From everlasting death, deliver us, O Jesus.
From the neglect of your inspirations, deliver us, O Jesus.

By the mystery of your Holy Incarnation, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Nativity, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Infancy, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your most divine Life, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Labors, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Agony and Passion, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Cross and Dereliction, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Sufferings, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Death and Burial, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Resurrection, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Ascension, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Institution of the Most Holy Eucharist, deliver us, O Jesus
By your Joys, deliver us, O Jesus.
By your Glory, deliver us, O Jesus.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have
mercy on us.

V. Jesus, hear us.
R. Jesus, graciously hear us.

Let us pray. O Lord Jesus Christ, you who said: Ask and
you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock and it
shall be opened to you; grant we beseech you, to us who
ask the gift of your most divine love, that we may ever
love you with our whole heart and with all our words and
deeds, and may never cease from praising you. Make us,
O Lord, to have a perpetual fear and love of your holy
Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom
you bring up in your steadfast fear and love: who lives
and reigns forever and ever. Amen.
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At a certain point, some things, if not most will be beyond our control to change or affect in any material way.

If we have not put it in God's hands before, then now is as good a time as any. Faith does not tell us the outcome ~ it tells us that God will be with us in the journey. The Holy Family began life with a series of journeys into unknown circumstances, but God was with them the whole way.

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Louis Mercier, "Notre Dame des Petits." For the Feast of the Holy Innocents

When the little children die, ~
And Death loves the fairest heads ~
While on earth their mothers mourn,
Weeping by their tiny beds.

They have cast their cerements
From their limbs and lightly rise,
Leave nightly graveyards grim,
Run direct to Paradise, ~

To the Holy City straight,
Trembling for their little shrouds,
Come they, scarce with rosy feet
Touching blue and opal clouds.

Seeing them all naked so
Mary wistful doth recall
Sorrows of earth long ago
When her Jesus, too, was small.

Instantly her slender staff
Satin bobbin doth adorn,
Weaving warp and woof made moist
With the humid breath of morn.

Taking the soft clouds nearby
Cherubs in their angel fun
Cut our pretty robes of mist,
Fit the babies every one.

Soon their robes are fitted on
And the infants romping come,
Mid lilies white and violets blue
To play in their new Heaven-home.

Seeing them all joyful so
Marty smiling doth recall
Joys on earth once long ago
When her Jesus, too, was small.

(image: Detail of Francois-Joseph Navez Belgian's "Massacre of the Innocents")


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This is the Christmas message to the world from the Dominican Sisters in Iraq.

Pray for them, as they continue to support and aid their people during this exodus and genocide.
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I will be a chaplain for a tour with young Catholics to visit Catholic Ireland. If you happen to be interested, please contact Regina Magazine via their website reginamag.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/reginamagazinetours/


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Sorry for the lapse. I've been away on a mission, and also down with this year's nasty flu.

If you happen to be going to the Walk for Life West Coast, please come visit the Dominicans and Sisters of Life at our beautiful gothic church, St. Dominic's for some prayerful and beautiful spiritual nourishment.
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As thou takest thy seat at table, pray. As thou liftest the loaf, offer thanks to the Giver. When thou sustainest thy bodily weakness with wine, remember Him Who supplies thee with this gift, to make thy heart glad and to comfort thy infirmity. Has thy need for taking food passed away? Let not the thought of thy Benefactor pass away too.

As thou art putting on thy tunic, thank the Giver of it. As thou wrappest thy cloak about thee, feel yet greater love to God, Who alike in summer and in winter has given us coverings convenient for us, at once to preserve our life, and to cover what is unseemly.

Is the day done? Give thanks to Him Who has given us the sun for our daily work, and has provided for us a fire to light up the night, and to serve the rest of the needs of life.

Let night give the other occasion of prayer. When thou lookest up to heaven and gazest at the beauty of the stars, pray to the Lord of the visible world; pray to God the Arch-artificer of the universe, Who in wisdom hath made them all. When thou seest all nature sunk in sleep, then again worship Him Who gives us even against our wills release from the continuous strain of toil, and by a short refreshment restores us once again to the vigour of our strength. Let not night herself be all, as it were, the special and peculiar property of sleep. Let not half thy life be useless through the senselessness of slumber. Divide the time of night between sleep and prayer. Nay, let thy slumbers be themselves experiences in piety; for it is only natural that our sleeping dreams should be for the most part echoes of the anxieties of the day. As have been our conduct and pursuits, so will inevitably be our dreams.

Thus wilt thought pray without ceasing; if thought prayest not only in words, but unitest thyself to God through all the course of life and so thy life be made one ceaseless and uninterrupted prayer.”

St. Basil the Great, saint for January 2nd, from Homily V, In martyrem Julittam.
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In the Office of Readings for the Feast of the Holy Family, Pope Paul VI remarks on the Holy Family as the exemplar: "May Nazareth serve as a model of what the family should be. May it show us the family’s holy and enduring character and exemplifying its basic function in society: a community of love and sharing, beautiful for the problems it poses and the rewards it brings; in sum, the perfect setting for rearing children—and for this there is no substitute." (I posted this originally on The Rosary Center)


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"The people that sat in darkness, hath seen great light: and to them that sat in the region of the shadow of death, light is sprung up. " The Gospel of St. Matthew 4:16.

With the dawning of Christ's birth among us according to the flesh, our God humbled Himself, so that He may exalt our lowly flesh according to His own divine nature. Let us follow in His ways, becoming like little children ourselves, true sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father.
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As beautiful as "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" is, one of the more touching, for me, Advent hymn is the old "Conditor Alme Siderum," or "Creator of the Stars of Night."

Like "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," it captures the longing of every human heart, and the collective sigh and groaning of our fallen race.

May we likewise sing from our hearts now, as we await the Second Coming of Our Lord.

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Creator of the stars of night,
Thy people's everlasting light,
Jesu, Redeemer, save us all,
And hear Thy servants when they call.

Thou, grieving that the ancient curse
Should doom to death a universe,
Hast found the medicine, full of grace,
To save and heal a ruined race.

Thou cam'st, the Bridegroom of the bride,
As drew the world to evening-tide;
Proceeding from a virgin shrine,
The spotless Victim all divine.

At Whose dread Name, majestic now,
All knees must bend, all hearts must bow;
And things celestial Thee shall own,
And things terrestrial, Lord alone.

O Thou Whose coming is with dread
To judge and doom the quick and dead,
Preserve us, while we dwell below,
From every insult of the foe.

To God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit, Three in One,
Laud, honor, might, and glory be
From age to age eternally.


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"If relativism signifies contempt for fixed categories and those who claim to be the bearers of objective immortal truth … then there is nothing more relativistic than Fascist attitudes and activity... From the fact that all ideologies are of equal value, that all ideologies are mere fictions, the modern relativist infers that everybody has the right to create for himself his own ideology and to attempt to enforce it with all the energy of which he is capable." -- Benito Mussolini, "Diuturna," 1921.

Listening to a talk by Dr. Peter Kreeft, it is frightening to learn how much Mussolini echoes the sentiments floating around in our world, where we "make" our own realities and define them, and them impose them. We no longer define ourselves by reality, the world, but seek to make our own world, and wonder why we go so wrong, when, by definition, "our" world that we make ourselves is fantasy.


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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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    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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Typical Village Inn. Good folks, and cheap, good comfort food.
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