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Fr. Dismas Sayre, O.P.
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In the Dominican Order, we celebrate St. John of Cologne and companions, Martyrs of Gorkum.  St. John was captured trying to minister to the friars and priests being held by Protestant Dutch pirates.
On July 9, 1572, nineteen priests and religious were put to death by hanging at Briel, the Netherlands. They had been captured in Gorkum on June 26 by a band of Calvinist pirates called the Watergeuzen (sea-beggars) who were opposed to the Catholicism of the Spanish princes of the country. During their imprisonment, the priests …
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"You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working, and just so, you learn to love by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves."
-St. Francis de Sales
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In today's Gospel, the swineherds beg Jesus to leave their district, after He casts the demons into the swine, and the swine run off into the sea.  Do we also beg Jesus to leave us, when our Faith challenges our commercial interests or way of life?  Or would we welcome Him at seeing such wonders?
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Back from another hospital visit. Two observations, take 'em or leave 'em:

1) I've yet to hear someone say "Man, I'm glad I held on to that grudge for years," or "I fought that jerk all these years, and I feel so much more fulfilled for it."

2) If you think women are weaker, go visit the NICU (Neonatal ICU). That kind of thing destroys most men. We just don't handle being powerless protectors very well.
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About our Blessed dominican for today, Bl. John Dominici, OP.  (via St. Patrick's in DC)  

 Blessed John Dominici de Banchini, OP B (AC)
Born in Florence, Italy, 1376 (or 1350?); died in Hungary 1419; cultus confirmed in 1832; beatified in 1837 by Pope Gregory XVI.

John is an example of the triumph of spirit over difficulty, and an indication that God can use any type of instrument He chooses, if He has a certain work to be done. John was almost rejected by the Dominicans because he had such a severe speech defect that the superior felt he would never be able to preach--a real impediment in the Order of Preachers.

The saint was born into a poor Florentine family. His early years were noted for piety. In fact, if anyone came looking for him, his mother would say, "Go and look in the church. He spends most of his time there." He had a special love for the Dominican church of Santa Maria Novella, and he haunted it from early morning to late at night. It was not a surprise to anyone when, at the age of 17, he decided to enter the Dominican order.

Here several difficulties presented themselves. John had no background of education, which was absolutely necessary in an order of scholars. To make matters worse, he had the speech defect. Some of the fathers felt that he should support his parents, although they protested that this should not stand in the way of their son's vocation. It was two years before John was allowed to begin his novitiate at Santa Maria Novella. The order soon discovered the treasure they had. John excelled in theology and Sacred Scripture, and so he was sent, with the other superior students, to finish his studies in Paris.

Now he was face to face with the difficulty that his superiors had seen from the beginning. An ordained priest, member of a preaching order, he must fulfill his vocation by preaching. His superiors attempted to forestall any embarrassment by assigning him work in the house. John felt that the intervention of heaven was required, so with the utmost simplicity he prayed to Saint Catherine of Siena, who had just died, to cure him. The impediment disappeared, and John joyfully began to preach. He became one of the most famous Dominican preachers.

In 1392, after years of successful missionary work in all the cities of Italy, John was appointed vicar-provincial of the Roman province. It was a task that, both intellectually and spiritually, called for a giant.

The plague had cut into the order with such devastating effect that regular life barely existed. The convent of Santa Maria Novella had lost 77 friars within a few months; other convents were in even worse condition. The mortality had been higher among the friars than anywhere else, because they had gone quite unselfishly to the aid of the stricken people. However, this misfortune had left the order perilously understaffed, and there were a good many members who believed quite sincerely that the conditions of the time called for a mitigated observance of the rule. Many of the houses were already operating in this fashion. It was to be the principal work of Blessed John Dominici to right this condition, and bring back the order to its first fervor.

He began his work with a foundation at Fiesole. Before he had even erected the new convent, four young men received the habit, one of whom was Antoninus--future saintly archbishop of Florence. Two years later, two of the most gifted young artists in Italy, whom history would know as Fra Angelico and his brother, Fra Benedetto, received the habit. With these and other earnest young men, John Dominici set about the difficult work of building anew an order that had suffered a diminution of its original fervor. Soon the house at Fiesole,and others modeled upon it, could be described, as the first houses of the order were, the "homes of angels."

Difficult days were in preparation for John Dominici. He was appointed cardinal in 1407, named archbishop of Ragusa, and chosen as confessor to the pope. Due to schism, there were two claimants to the papacy. The situation grew even worse when, after another election, no less than three powerful men claimed to have been lawfully elected pope.

Largely through the diplomacy and wise counsel of John Cardinal Dominici, the rival claimants to the papal throne agreed to withdraw their claims, and the groundwork was laid for the election of a new and acceptable candidate. At this time, John Dominici publicly renounced his cardinalate, thus indicating to the enemies who accused him of political ambition that he cared nothing for honors in this world.

John was preaching in Hungary against the heresies of John Hus at the behest of the pope when he died. He was buried in the Church of Saint Paul the Hermit in Buda. Many miracles were worked at his tomb before it was destroyed by the Turks (Benedictines, Dorcy).
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Are we afraid of the Good News? Do we cower before earthly rulers and popular opinion? How little it takes to silence us sometimes!
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“Be submissive to good, unbending to evil, gentle in generosity, untiring in love, just in all things.” –St. Columban
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Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought. -Pope St. John Paul II
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The pic on the right is an ad in the New York Times.  Same lady.  Same class of anti-Catholic vitriol
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Fellow sinners, let us turn to Our Mother's Immaculate Heart! She will always guide us back to her Son, who is the Way.
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"What does the poor man do at the rich man’s door, the sick man in the presence of his physician, the thirsty man at a limpid stream? What they do, I do before the Eucharistic God. I pray. I adore. I love." St. Francis of Assisi
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I don't think I've shared it here, but I will be transferring at the end of June to our parish and priory of Holy Rosary, Portland, near the convention center.  Pray for me in my new assignment!
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Catholic Priest (Vicar for Hispanic Ministry)
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  • St. Dominic's Church
    Parochial Vicar, present
    Vicar for Hispanic Ministry
  • Monastery of the Angels
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    Chaplain to our Dominican nuns. Daily Mass 7 AM.
  • Western Dominican Province
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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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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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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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  • 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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