"Go, sell what you have and give to the poor, then come and follow me!" Mt. 19:21

"Go, sell what you have and give to the poor, then come and follow me!" Mt. 19:21

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Archbishop DiNoia OP Easter 2013: "O Happy Fault"

Dominican House of Studies, Washington, DC
J. Augustine Di Noia, O.P.

     Brothers and sisters in Christ. “O happy fault. O necessary sin of Adam, which gained for us so great a Redeemer.” Thus sings the soaring anthem the Exsultet in this solemn Easter Vigil tonight. 

     But we must confess that these two words—“happy” and “fault”—do not seem to belong together. To what depths of faith does their conjunction point us? To know the answer, we must adopt a divine perspective. A daring move, no doubt, but one to which faith itself invites us. When we take the God’s-eye view, what do we see?  (...)


Next "Come & See" Vocation Weekend at the Dominican House of Studies

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Pope Francis' Holy Thursday Homily: "Running Down Upon the Beard"

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This morning I have the joy of celebrating my first Chrism Mass as the Bishop of Rome. I greet all of you with affection, especially you, dear priests, who, like myself, today recall the day of your ordination.

The readings of our Mass speak of God’s “anointed ones”: the suffering Servant of Isaiah, King David and Jesus our Lord. All three have this in common: the anointing that they receive is meant in turn to anoint God’s faithful people, whose servants they are; they are anointed for the poor, for prisoners, for the oppressed… A fine image of this “being for” others can be found in the Psalm: “It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down upon the collar of his robe” (Ps 133:2). The image of spreading oil, flowing down from the beard of Aaron upon the collar of his sacred robe, is an image of the priestly anointing which, through Christ, the Anointed One, reaches the ends of the earth, represented by the robe.

The sacred robes of the High Priest are rich in symbolism. One such symbol is that the names of the children of Israel were engraved on the onyx stones mounted on the shoulder-pieces of the ephod, the ancestor of our present-day chasuble: six on the stone of the right shoulder-piece and six on that of the left (cf. Ex 28:6-14). The names of the twelve tribes of Israel were also engraved on the breastplate (cf. Es 28:21). This means that the priest celebrates by carrying on his shoulders the people entrusted to his care and bearing their names written in his heart. When we put on our simple chasuble, it might well make us feel, upon our shoulders and in our hearts, the burdens and the faces of our faithful people, our
saints and martyrs of whom there are many in these times…

From the beauty of all these liturgical things, which is not so much about trappings and fine fabrics than about the glory of our God resplendent in his people, alive and strengthened, we turn to a consideration of activity, action. The precious oil which anoints the head of Aaron does more than simply lend fragrance to his person; it overflows down to “the edges”. The Lord will say this clearly: his anointing is meant for the poor, prisoners and the sick, for those who are sorrowing and alone. The ointment is not intended just to make us fragrant, much less to be kept in a jar, for then it would become rancid … and the heart bitter.

A good priest can be recognized by the way his people are anointed. This is a clear test. When our people are anointed with the oil of gladness, it is obvious: for example, when they leave Mass looking as if they have heard good news. Our people like to hear the Gospel preached with “unction”, they like it when the Gospel we preach touches their daily lives, when it runs down like the oil of Aaron to the edges of reality, when it brings light to moments of extreme darkness, to the “outskirts” where people of
faith are most exposed to the onslaught of those who want to tear down their faith. People thank us because they feel that we have prayed over the realities of their everyday lives, their troubles, their joys, their burdens and their hopes. And when they feel that the fragrance of the Anointed One, of Christ, has come to them through us, they feel encouraged to entrust to us everything they want to bring before the Lord: “Pray for me, Father, because I have this problem”, “Bless me”, “Pray for me” – these words are the sign that the anointing has flowed down to the edges of the robe, for it has turned into prayer. The prayers of the people of God. When we have this relationship with God and with his people, and grace passes through us, then we are priests, mediators between God and men. What I want to emphasize is that we need constantly to stir up God’s grace and perceive in every request, even those requests that are inconvenient and at times purely material or downright banal – but only apparently so – the desire of our people to be anointed with fragrant oil, since they know that we have it. To perceive and to sense, even as the Lord sensed the hope-filled anguish of the woman suffering from hemorrhages when she touched the hem of his garment. At that moment, Jesus, surrounded by people on every side, embodies all the beauty of Aaron vested in priestly raiment, with the oil running down upon his robes. It is a hidden beauty, one which shines forth only for those faith-filled eyes of the woman troubled with an issue of blood. But not even the disciples – future priests – see or understand: on the “existential outskirts”, they see only what is on the surface: the crowd pressing in on Jesus from all sides (cf. Lk 8:42). The Lord, on the other hand, feels the power of the divine anointing which runs down to the edge of his cloak.

We need to “go out”, then, in order to experience our own anointing, its power and its redemptive
efficacy: to the “outskirts” where there is suffering, bloodshed, blindness that longs for sight, and prisoners in thrall to many evil masters. It is not in soul-searching or constant introspection that we encounter the Lord: self-help courses can be useful in life, but to live by going from one course to another, from one method to another, leads us to become pelagians and to minimize the power of grace, which comes alive and flourishes to the extent that we, in faith, go out and give ourselves and the Gospel to others, giving what little ointment we have to those who have nothing, nothing at all.
A priest who seldom goes out of himself, who anoints little – I won’t say “not at all” because, thank God, our people take our oil from us anyway – misses out on the best of our people, on what can stir the depths of his priestly heart. Those who do not go out of themselves, instead of being mediators, gradually become intermediaries, managers. We know the difference: the intermediary, the manager, “has already received his reward”, and since he doesn’t put his own skin and his own heart on the line, he never hears a warm, heartfelt word of thanks. This is precisely the reason why some priests grow dissatisfied, become sad priests, lose heart and become in some sense collectors of antiques or novelties – instead of being shepherds living with “the smell of the sheep”, shepherds in the midst of their flock, fishers of men. True enough, the so-called crisis of priestly identity threatens us all and adds to the broader cultural crisis; but if we can resist its onslaught, we will be able to put out in the name of the Lord and cast our nets. It is not a bad thing that reality itself forces us to “put out into the deep”, where what we are by grace is clearly seen as pure grace, out into the deep of the contemporary world, where the only thing that counts is “unction” – not function – and the nets which overflow with fish are those cast solely in the name of the One in whom we have put our trust: Jesus.

Dear lay faithful, be close to your priests with affection and with your prayers, that they may always be shepherds according to God’s heart.

Dear priests, may God the Father renew in us the Spirit of holiness with whom we have been anointed. May he renew his Spirit in our hearts, that this anointing may spread to everyone, even to those “outskirts” where our faithful people most look for it and most appreciate it. May our people sense that we are the Lord’s disciples; may they feel that their names are written upon our priestly vestments and that we seek no other identity; and may they receive through our words and deeds the oil of gladness which Jesus, the Anointed One, came to bring us. Amen.

+from Vatican website
Our next vocation weekend at the Dominican House of Studies

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Tenebrae 2013 (VIDEOS) Dominican Schola

Here are a couple of videos from our Dominican Schola at the Dominican House of Studies from the Office of Tenebrae. The first is a Corsican Stabat Mater from the 14th century. The second is the Filiae Jerusalem of Francesco Soriano (1549-1621)

Fr. James Moore OP from the Province of the Holy Name (Western Province) is the schola director. You are invited to join us for Holy Week 2013 at the Dominican House of Studies.

1. At the cross her station keeping,
stood the mournful mother weeping,
close to Jesus to the last.
2. Through her soul, of joy bereaved,
bowed with anguish, deeply grieved,
now at length the sword hath passed.
3. Oh how sad and sore distressed
was that mother highly blessed,
of the sole-begotten One!

Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not over me;
but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
For behold, the days shall come, wherein they will say:
Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that have not borne,
and the paps that have not given suck.
Then shall they begin to say to the mountains:
Fall upon us: and to the hills: Cover us.
For if in the green wood they do these things,
what shall be done in the dry?

Next Vocation Weekend at the Dominican House of Studies

Holy Week 2013 Schedule at the Dominican House of Studies

Friday, March 22, 2013

Last Vocation Weekend to coincide with Divine Mercy Sunday (Archbishop DiNoia OP will speak)

You are invited on the weekend of April 5-7, 2013 for the last "Come & See" vocation weekend for this academic year at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC. This is the weekend after Easter and will therefore coincide with Divine Mercy Sunday.

Click here for more information about the weekend including the schedule for the talks.

A vocation weekend is a no-pressure opportunity to learn more about the Order of Preachers and pray with the 80 friars who live at the Dominican House of Studies. Contact the director of vocations for more info.
We are especially happy to announce that Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia OP, vice-president of the pontifical commission, Ecclesia Dei will speak at this vocation weekend on "Dominican Preaching & the New Evangelization."  He will also be the celebrant and preacher for the Feast of Divine Mercy at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

*our recent vocation videos:
Five Paths to the Priesthood

Leaving all Things Behind (over 25,000 views)

TENEBRAE 2013 at the Dominican House of Studies

Tenebrae will be celebrated at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. (arrive early as it usually fills!) If you would like to meet me, please let me know you are coming. We might be able to reserve seats for men considering a vocation, contact me. (FLIER FOR TENEBRAE 2013)


Come join the Dominican friars in this traditional monastic Holy Week liturgy commemorating the death and burial of the Light of lights, punctuated by the haunting melodies of the Lamentations of Jeremiah as sung on the lips of Jesus Christ weeping over the lost children of Jerusalem.
(click on image to enlarge)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Pope Francis' First Homily: To Build the Church on the Lord's Blood

"My wish is that all of us, after these days of grace, will have the courage, yes, the courage, to walk in the presence of the Lord, with the Lord’s Cross; to build the Church on the Lord’s blood which was poured out on the Cross; and to profess the one glory: Christ crucified. And in this way, the Church will go forward."

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Habemus Papam! His Holiness, Pope Francis

+from his first homily as Pope: I would like that all of us, after these days of grace, might have the courage - the courage - to walk in the presence of the Lord, with the Cross of the Lord: to build the Church on the Blood of the Lord, which is shed on the Cross, and to profess the one glory, Christ Crucified. In this way, the Church will go forward.

I will update any information here about our new holy father and his connection with the Order of Preachers!  Pray for him!

Pope Francis praying before tomb of
St. Pius V at St. Mary Major the day after his election

from Vatican Radio:
The man elected to be the 265th Successor of Saint Peter in the conclave, is Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ordinary for Eastern-rite faithful in Argentina who lack an Ordinary of their own rite. He was born on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires. He was ordained for the Jesuits on 13 December 1969 during his theological studies at the Theological Faculty of San Miguel.

He was novice master in San Miguel, where he also taught theology. He was Provincial for Argentina (1973-1979) and rector of the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel (1980-1986). After completing his doctoral dissertation in Germany, he served as a confessor and spiritual director in Córdoba.

On 20 May 1992 he was appointed titular Bishop of Auca and Auxiliary of Buenos Aires, receiving episcopal consecration on 27 June. On 3 June 1997 was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Buenos Aires and succeeded Cardinal Antonio Quarracino on 28 February 1998. He is also Ordinary for Eastern-rite faithful in Argentina who lack an Ordinary of their own rite.

Adjunct Relator General of the 10th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, October 2001.

He served as President of the Bishops' Conference of Argentina from 8 November 2005 until 8 November 2011.

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by the Bl. John Paul II in the consistory of 21 February 2001, of the Title of S. Roberto Bellarmino (St. Robert Bellarmine).

Member of:
Congregations: for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments; for the Clergy; for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life ;
Pontifical Council for the Family;
Pontifical Commission for Latin America.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Holy Week Schedule 2013 for Dominican House of Studies

Liturgies of Holy Week 2013
Washington DC

Passion (Palm) Sunday, March 24, 2013
11:15 am – Mass with procession

Holy Wednesday, March 27, 2013
7:30 pm – Tenebrae (TENEBRAE POSTER)

Holy Thursday, March 28, 2013
7:30 am – Office of Readings and Morning Prayer
7:30 pm – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper
11:45 pm – Night Prayer in the Chapel of Reposition 

Good Friday, March 29, 2013
7:30 am – Office of Readings and Morning Prayer
12:15 pm – Midday Prayer
3:00 pm – Solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Saturday, March 30, 2013
8:00 am – Office of Readings and Morning Prayer
12:15 pm – Midday Prayer
5:40 pm – Evening Prayer
9:00 pm – Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013
10:30 am – Morning Prayer
11:15 am – Mass of the Resurrection
7:00 pm – Evening Prayer

Easter Monday, April 1, 2013
7:30 am – Mass and Morning Prayer
12:00 pm – Rosary and Midday Prayer
5:30 pm – Office of Readings and Evening Prayer

Check out info for our next "Come & See" Vocation weekend - Archbishop DiNoia OP will be with us