February 24, 2018
Ecce quam bonum et quam jucundum, habitare fratres in unum! Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell in unity (Psalm 132:1).
📷: St. Dominic (right) meets St. Francis in Rome
Saint Dominic and Saint Francis we need your help! We love you! Pray for us! Help rebuild God’s holy Church. Send us good friars after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14).
Originally posted 2/24/2018
February 14, 2018
📷: Fra Girolamo Savonarola, O.P. (1452-1498) via http://bit.ly/2A5qE16
Originally posted 12/15/2017
February 13, 2018
And I saw another angel flying through the midst of heaven, having the eternal gospel, to preach unto them that sit upon the earth, and over every nation, and tribe, and tongue, and people: saying with a loud voice: “Fear the Lord, and give him honor, because the hour of his judgment is come; and adore ye him, that made heaven and earth, the sea, and the fountains of waters” (Revelation 14:6-7).
Who is the Angel of the Judgment in the Apocalypse (Revelation) of St. John? It is none other than St. Vincent Ferrer. How do we know? The saint identified himself as such and proved it by a well-attested miracle in front of many people at “the Dominican Convent of St. Stephen”: the resurrection of a dead woman who said he was telling the truth, then died again. The identification is confirmed by “the bull of Canonization … St. Louis Bertrand …,” the iconography of the saint, “the Breviary office,” and the work of St. Vincent Ferrer in preaching the Gospel all over Europe and converting tens of thousands of Jews (St. Vincent Ferrer averted the General Judgment which he had conditionally prophesied would soon occur). On these points, see Fr. Stanislaus M. Hogan, O.P., Saint Vincent Ferrer, O.P. (New York: Longmans, Green, & Co., 1911), 48-57 (http://bit.ly/2jnucVn).
📷: Andrea Procaccini, “St. Vincent Ferrer” (http://bit.ly/2BVqH0m)
Originally posted 12/12/2017
February 11, 2018
“The days of the infidel are counted. What a fearful thing it is for him to fall into the hands of God in the hour of death! He knows this truth, and because he knows it, he dies in the fury of despair, and, as it were, in the anticipated torments of the suffering that awaits him in hell.”
Fr. Michael Müller, C.Ss.R., God the Teacher of Mankind: The Church and Her Enemies, “The Ninth Article of the Apostles’ Creed” (New York: Benziger Brothers, 1880), 269 (http://bit.ly/2lHXbW0)
February 9, 2018
Contraception frustrates the primary end of marriage [procreation-education] in an attempt to fulfill to secondary end [mutual aid and the allaying of concupiscence], and on this basis is judged to be contrary to the natural law. Abortion introduces a disorder into human nature itself by directly intending the destruction of innocent human life. Fornication is opposed to the very institution of marriage: the unwed are not responsibly related to each other so as to provide a stable family situation in which possible issue of their union can be properly cared for and brought to maturity. Thus injury can result to the offspring and also to the community, which is likely to be burdened with their care. Adultery, like fornication, is a disorientation of sex from its natural end, and it adds the further malice of injustice to the married partner who is wronged by the adulterous act.
Fr. William Wallace, O.P., The Elements of Philosophy: A Compendium for Philosophers and Theologians (New York: Alba House, 1977) 243, §78.6 (references to New Catholic Encyclopedia articles omitted)
Originally posted 12/13/2017