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Power and Virtue

Pexels-photo-288477 St. Albert the Great Wisdom 6:1-11; Luke 17:11-19 Today we remember St. Albert the Great, Bishop and Doctor of the Church.  He was an extraordinary scholar and was able to see the hand of God in the sciences.  He was also the mentor of another great Dominican, St. Thomas Aquinas.  Our readings for today’s Mass ask us to reflect on the virtues of responsibility, humility and gratitude.  These days the scandals of many men in positions of power, from Hollywood moguls and celebrities to public officials in Washington, DC and elsewhere, remind us of...
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Episode 45 Tap Into Life - Chicago

Bread basket  1942e This week, Br. MJ and Br. Vito are getting ready for the Beatification of Fr. Solanus Casey.  They talk about what a mission is, and what it means to be a missionary.  Also, they discuss how Fr. Solanus and Pope Francis encourage us all to be joyful missionary disciples.   You can read Pope Francis' exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium. Please click here to listen Please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts and Google Play, this helps other listeners find the podcast. Have questions or a suggestion for a topic for the friars? Email us:...
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Oil for the Lamp

Free college pathology student sleeping creative commons (6961676525) 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 25:1-13   There’s been a lot in the news over the past year about an almost epidemic level of sleep deprivation in our country.  So it seems a little weird or at least counter-intuitive to have Jesus urging us to stay awake…until we remember that he’s speaking in the metaphorical sense:  Stay spiritually awake and prepared! Just as physical alertness is aided by good habits like a healthy diet, regular exercise, “unplugging” from our electronic devices at night, not consuming too much caffeine (gotta...
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“Whom—or What—Will You Serve?”

Money-256319 1280 St. Martin of Tours Romans 16:3-9, 16, 22-27; Luke 16:9-15   St. Martin had to leave the Roman army when he became a Christian. He couldn’t reconcile his military service with his new faith.  He couldn’t serve both God and Caesar.  More to the point, he had to choose between God and mammon, which throughout history has been at the heart of many imperial ambitions.  The temptation to mammon isn’t unique to the military.  It’s everywhere:  politics, entertainment, law, the arts, medicine, science and, as Jesus points out...
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