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Friarly, started as a classroom project back in the Fall of 2010. We wanted to promote the preaching of our student friars who have the opportunity every weekend to preach on the readings from the Lectionary. Here on Friarly, and through our podcast, we hope to engage with men and women around the world and to show them the passion for the Gospel of Jesus Christ that we bring to this Friarly Life


God’s Love on Full Display | 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jul 29 • 12 min
This week in the Sunday Gospel, the love of Jesus Christ is on full display showing us exactly who our God is and who we are called to be. Preaching for a weekday prayer service, Br. Dominick Jean, OP, takes these readings and weaves them together to show…
More Than Ordinary, More Than Amazing
Jul 12 • 20 min
Do we realize how amazing ordinary people are? God has given the world many natural gifts; he’s given human beings many natural gifts, and he’s made us amazing. And God offers us many gifts even more marvelous. Dcn. James Pierce invites us to let Jesus…
The Yoke is Easy, The Burden is Light
Jul 5 • 8 min
We all know that the burdens in this world are heavy, and it’s amazing news that Jesus promises us a light, easy burden. Sometimes it’s hard to trust that Jesus’ message - such good news - is true; are we afraid to trust him? From the times of the Old…
Courage in Christ | 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jun 17 • 10 min
Our country and our world seem to be swimming in fear these days. Fears and anxieties are all around us, demanding our attention and it is in the midst of this noise that Jesus whispers in our hearts: Fear no one. We are called not to be a People of fear…
Hunger for Me | Corpus Christi
Jun 11 • 8 min
On the Feast of Corpus Christi we are reminded about the manna from Heaven, about the gift we have received in the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus will be really present on the altar this Sunday and even if we cannot be there we will long for Him,…
God’s Gifts & Our Response | Pentecost Sunday
May 31 • 7 min
The Holy Spirit gives to each of us gifts, the most powerful of which is God’s love for us and the love he has bestowed upon our hearts. But this love and these other gifts are not always apparent. In the Gospel, Jesus simply breathes upon the disciples.…
Contrasting Loves | May 30, 2020
May 30 • 3 min
There is a wonderful diversity present within the Dominican Order and within the early disciples. Every evening as we pray the De Profoundis we hear the names of those characters who have gone before. Many of them widely different from one another. As…
Peter & Paul VI: Models of Leadership
May 29 • 3 min
In the Gospel today Peter shows us that to be a Christian leader means constantly accepting the call of Christ to feed and to tend his sheep. At the end of the day, Peter is a leader not because of his own ability, but because he allows Christ to be his…
A Church Where All Are One | May 28, 2020
May 28 • 4 min
Deacon James Martin Nobles, O.P., makes it clear and pulls no punches. Christ calls us to be one people dedicated to him and to each other. But the Church cannot be one, cannot be united, as long as racism remains. Racism is a sin which disrupts the unity…
An In-Between Time | May 27, 2020
May 27 • 4 min
The time between the Ascension and Pentecost is a strange and in-between time for the Church. We do not yet have the fullness of the Holy Spirit which shall unite us in love as the Body of Christ, but our Lord has already gone ahead of us to Heaven. This…
Taking Ownership | May 26, 2020
May 26 • 3 min
At some point in a leader-follower or teacher-student relationship there comes a point where the student and the follower has to take ownership. That person must in turn become a leader for the sake of their own growth and flourishing. The same goes for…
The Gifts We Have Been Given | May 25, 2020
May 25 • 4 min
Often we fall into what Fr. DePorres Durham, O.P. calls a “dangerous game” of comparisons. We forget the great gifts each one of us has been given. And we especially forget the great gifts showered on us by the Advocate, the Holy Spirit. Each of us…
Ascending with Christ | Ascension Sunday
May 24 • 7 min
When Christ ascended into Heaven he was not distancing himself from humanity, but calling all of us to join him. The Ascension is a call by Christ for us to rise, to climb up to Heaven, and to become divinized ourselves. Each and every human person has a…
God is not far | May 22, 2020
May 22 • 5 min
God reassures us, through both Scripture and through the feast we celebrate today, that He is indeed with us. God is not far from anyone and it is his presence which will sustain us. In Acts we see the Lord appearing to Paul and offering him reassurance…
The Purpose of Waiting | May 21, 2020
May 21 • 4 min
Throughout our daily lives we find ourselves waiting for many things. In fact, waiting seems to be a core aspect of our life here on Earth and yet it is one of the most difficult things we do. What’s the point? Rev. Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P., asks us…
Preaching Christ Crucified | May 20, 2020
May 20 • 4 min
Paul’s missionary work in Athens yielded few results. Only a few truly heard and believed the message he preached. He used both reason and faith with the Athenians and yet it was not enough. Then he went on to Corinth, and it is on this journey that Paul…
Better That I Should Go | May 19, 2020
May 19 • 3 min
Jesus makes an outrageous claim to his apostles: that it is better that he should go. This the person who changed their lives forever at his coming and now he says it is better that he should go? That it is somehow better, Rev. Br. James Pierce Cavanaugh,…
Do Good Anyway | May 18, 2020
May 18 • 2 min
Often in the history of the church and in the personal lives of Christians there has been persecution. People have taken the good works Christians have done and have mocked them, ridiculed them, and even given ulterior and sinister motives to them. And…
Seeing the Gifts | 6th Sunday of Easter
May 17 • 9 min
Newly ordained deacon and Rev. Brother Ben Keller, O.P., was ordained on Saturday, and already he is preaching to us the Good News. Rev. Br. Ben Keller asks us to look not at the great struggles and anxieties which are and have been confronting us, but to…
Ready for Hope | 6th Sunday of Easter
May 16 • 8 min
On May 16, 2020 Br. James Martin Nobles was ordained to the diaconate. That evening, at a Saturday Vigil Mass for the 6th Sunday of Easter, he was able to assist and to preach as a deacon. Rev. Brother James Martin reminds us of the need for hope. We need…
A Greater Love | May 15, 2020
May 15 • 6 min
Christ has called us, through his own example, into a greater love. This new commandment is the ushering in of a new Messianic Age, an age of the Holy Spirit. We are each called to live and work in this new world. Today is also the feast day of St.…
Called to Serve | May 14, 2020
May 14 • 8 min
On the Feast of St. Matthias we are reminded that authority is not something to be sought, but something which is accepted with humility. When we are called to positions of authority we are truly called into service for the Church and for our brothers and…
Remain in Me, Don’t Go | May 13, 2020
May 13 • 3 min
On a daily basis, how readily do we remember that God is always present to us? Fr. Ed Ruane, O.P. encourages us to always remember that God is always present to us. He encourages us to hear the voice of Jesus, “I remain with you; will you remain with me?”…
Life in the Spirit | May 12, 2020
May 12 • 3 min
A life which is led by the Spirit is not necessarily an easy one. It comes with many bumps, and even with some crashes. The peace of Christ which comes with this life is not the peace of this world. It is not a timeshare in Florida or a large retirement…
Distracted from Jesus | May 11, 2020
May 11 • 4 min
It is easy to love Christ and to follow his commandments when we are focused. But often we find ourselves caught up in distractions both those which are natural and those sent by the Devil to lead us away from Jesus. We are called to discern and to invite…
Be a Christ Bearer | May 10, 2020
May 10 • 9 min
Each of us is called to bring Christ to others. We see in the first reading from Acts the Commissioning of the first deacons of the church, those like Stephen who would go out, ministering to the needs of the poor, listening to their concerns and…
A Particular Task of Love | May 9, 2020
May 9 • 2 min
Each of us is called to love and to perform the works of Christ in a unique and particular way. No one else can fulfill this role for us, only we can do these things to which God is calling us. God is calling you and me into his very self in particular…
Mary, Encouragement of Preachers | May 8, 2020
May 8 • 4 min
When St. Dominic founded the Order of Preachers he based it on the life of the early apostles. He desired to imitate them in zeal and missionary spirit. It is no surprise that Mary, the Queen of Apostles, would shower down blessings upon this Order. In…
Disagreement among Saints | May 7, 2020
May 7 • 3 min
“But John left them and returned to Jerusalem.” Why did John Mark leave? Was he afraid of the journey, of the danger? We may never know. We do know that Paul and Barnabas will disagree and even fight on whether to bring John Mark with them, we see this in…
Intimacy with the Father | May 6, 2020
May 6 • 3 min
What is perhaps the most defining characteristic of Jesus in the Gospels? Fr. Michael Mascari, O.P. points us to today’s Gospel of the answer: intimacy with the Father. Jesus always points to the one who sent him and always orients his will to the…
My Sheep Hear My Voice | May 5, 2020
May 5 • 5 min
Fr. Ed Ruane, O.P. reminds us who strive to follow the the way of Jesus, that there exists an, “awful long trip,” from the head to the heart - from knowing with our minds what we ought to do, and being convicted in our hearts about what we ought to do.…
Pastoral Responsibility | May 4, 2020
May 4 • 3 min
To be a pastoral minister is no easy task. The Church in recent years has found herself damaged by the work of pseudo-pastors, fake ministers who instead of drawing the flock of God together, have scattered it. Fr. Mark Wedig, O.P. calls us to be better,…
Cutting through the Noise | Good Shepherd Sunday
May 3 • 6 min
In our world today it can be difficult to hear the voice of our Good Shepherd Jesus Christ. We are constantly bombarded with noise and anxieties which seek to distract us. These other voices though do not bring the Good News that the voice of Jesus…
The Wisdom of Staying | May 2, 2020
May 2 • 4 min
We continue the Bread of Life discourse in the Gospel today and we see those who did not remain with Jesus, those who found his sayings too difficult. Fr. Mark Wedig, O.P., in his homily on the Gospel reflects on his experience as a Dominican these past…
St. Joseph: Worker & Intercessor | May 1, 2020
May 1 • 7 min
Often particular people are drawn and attracted to particular saints. Perhaps it is the hardships and struggles the saint endured, maybe it was the manner of their preaching. But everyone can find something to be drawn to in the life of St. Joseph the…
The Ear of Our Heart | April 30, 2020
Apr 30 • 3 min
Often in conversations we can listen only to respond. The sudden cessation of noise means its our turn to speak, but what God asks of us is for us to hear with the ear of our hearts through Lectio Divina. Fr. Ed Ruane, O.P., breaks down both our need for…
All the Way to Heaven is Heaven | Feast of St. Catherine of Siena
Apr 29 • 4 min
Today the Dominicans and the entire Church celebrate the witness of the Doctor and Virgin, St. Catherine of Siena. A woman of deep prayer, contemplation, and communion with God who ventured out in service to the poor and the entire People of God. St.…
Seeing the Lord at Work | April 28,2020
Apr 28 • 5 min
Often we fail to see the Lord working in our lives. We can believe that all our gifts, all our blessings and talents are of our own making. But the truth is, it is always God working in and through us. Fr. Simon-Felix Michalski, O.P., reminds us to look…
The Gift & the Challenge | April 27, 2020
Apr 27 • 6 min
In the readings today Christ begins the Bread of Life discourse and we see the great gift that Jesus has given us both in his Body and in His Word. We too are like the crowds and are grateful for the gift. But do we understand what the gifts really mean?…
Dealing with Disappointment | 3rd Sunday of Easter
Apr 26 • 6 min
We are often disappointed in our lives. The disciples on the road to Emmaus were also disappointed. They had hoped Jesus was the one to save Israel and to usher in a time of wonder. And then Jesus died and with it went their hope. But Jesus returned to…
We Fear No Lions | April 25, 2020
Apr 25 • 4 min
We are confronted with two different portrayals of lions today. On one hand, St. Mark, whose Feast is today, is portrayed as a lion. This symbolizes courage and bravery in the face of persecutions and anxieties. We’re all meant to be brave as we proclaim…
What We Have | April 24, 2020
Apr 24 • 2 min
In our lives we are confronted with many worries, many problems. In the face of some of these problems we can feel powerless and ineffectual. But the response of Andrew in the Gospel gives us a hint at how we can respond. Confronted by the vast crowd of…
How Do You See the World? | April 23, 2020
Apr 23 • 4 min
“It is impossible to persevere in a fervent evangelization unless we are convinced from personal experience that it is not the same thing to have known Jesus as not to have known him, not the same thing to walk with him as to walk blindly, not the same…
Adopted by the Spirit | April 22, 2020
Apr 22 • 4 min
In Baptism we are not only cleansed from our sins but we become adopted by the Holy Spirit in a special and intimate manner. Fr. Mark Wedig, O.P., takes us back in time to the early Church’s understanding of Baptism and then asks us to consider what it…
The Effects & Fruits of the Spirit | April, 21, 2020
Apr 21 • 5 min
The question posed by Nicodemus is one which we all ask in one way or another. How are we to know that the Spirit is really working in the world if we cannot see it and understand it? How are we to be born again in the Spirit if we don’t know anything…
God is in Control | April 20, 2020
Apr 20 • 3 min
It’s human to prefer the familiar and the known. We hesitate before stepping into an unknown or unfamiliar situation. And yet, Fr. Michael Mascari, O.P., reminds us that it is God who is in control. The Holy Spirit moves like a wind through our lives and,…
Holding on to Joy | Br. Ben Keller, O.P.
Apr 19 • 4 min
Br. Benjamin Keller, O.P., preaches for the Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) on 1 Peter 1:3-9. How do we hang on to joy, to the joy of the Gospel, even in the midst of our current anxieties? For many, their lives have never been more…
Accepting & Extending Mercy | Divine Mercy Sunday
Apr 19 • 10 min
Some of the hardest things we are asked to do as Christians is to accept both our need for mercy and to extend that mercy to others. Accepting and extending mercy means making ourselves vulnerable to others. Mercy means we have to have the humility to…
This is the Good News | April 18, 2020
Apr 18 • 3 min
Open up the newspaper or turn on the news and very likely you will see some bad news. It is so easy for us to be caught up in the grief and tragedy of this world and forget that this is the Easter Season and we are an Easter people. The Good News may not…
The New Normalcy | April 17, 2020
Apr 17 • 5 min
In the wake of Christ’s death, it must have been tempting for the disciples to return to the old normal, to what they were always used to after the apparent tragedy of the Crucifixion. But Jesus does not call us into the past or ask us to go backwards.…
Who, me? | April 16, 2020
Apr 16 • 3 min
In our Christian lives, and especially in these difficult times, we have to rely on the Cross of Jesus Christ. We have to make a leap of faith and trust in God’s promise and The Cross provides something for us to hang on to in the midst of our doubts and…
Where to Look? | April 15, 2020
Apr 15 • 6 min
Often the Christian life can be a bit like Where’s Waldo. In moments of doubt and anxiety, or even in moments of joy, we can find it difficult to see Christ in the midst of our life. We need to know where to look and it is The Church which teaches us…
A Story Worth Telling Again | April 14, 2020
Apr 14 • 5 min
Some stories are worth telling again. And the story of our Salvation is certainly one of those, Fr. Scott O’Brien, O.P., reminds us. Each year we hear the same readings, the same stories of Resurrection and the response of our ancestors in the Faith. And…
Believing the Resurrection | April 13, 2020
Apr 13 • 6 min
There were in the days after the Resurrection, as well as today, those who disbelieve the Resurrection. Even among Christians there can be a tendency to not recognize the radical mystery of the Resurrection and what it asks of us. The Resurrection calls…
A Better Forever | Easter Morning
Apr 12 • 10 min
Christ is Risen! Christos anesti! For the readings for Easter Morning, see the USCCB. We live in uncertain times. This is not the Easter we wanted or planned for when we began the Lenten Season. COVID-19 has shattered our plans and expectations, Rev. Br.…
The Story Goes On | Easter Vigil
Apr 12 • 8 min
Christ is Risen! Alleluia! The readings for the Vigil Mass can be found on the USCCB. The story of Salvation History, which we see played out in the Easter Vigil readings, is a tale which we are invited to enter into once again this Easter. It is a story…
Extravagant & Suffering Love | Good Friday
Apr 10 • 5 min
For the readings for Good Friday, see the USCCB. The question Fr. Mark poses to us: What was Jesus doing on the Cross? Christ’s suffering was not simply some sort of penal punishment. Rather, the Crucifixion is the full intensity of Trinitarian Love…
Believe, See, and Become the Body of Christ | Holy Thursday
Apr 9 • 8 min
For the readings for Holy Thursday, see the USCCB. On Holy Thursday, we are called to remember both the great gift and also the great challenge that Eucharist is for each of us. It is a gift in that Christ has given us himself as food for the journey. We…
The Tragedy of Sin
Apr 8 • 5 min
Daily homilies and preachings from the Dominican House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. Judas Iscariot remains forever one of the great villains of history. But more than a villain, he is a…
Troubled but not Anxious | April 7, 2020
Apr 7 • 4 min
Daily homilies and preachings from the Dominican House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. We live in troubling times. It is easy for us to panic, to become anxious or worried and to lose…
The Greatest Gift | April 6, 2020
Apr 6 • 5 min
Daily homilies and preachings from the Dominican House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. The actions of Mary in today’s Gospel seem strange, Rev. Br. Christopher Johnson, O.P., explains. She…
I Don’t Even Know Who I Am | Rev. Br. Joseph Paul Albin, O.P.
Apr 5 • 7 min
Rev. Br. Joseph Paul Albin, O.P. preaches during the Mass on Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. Brother Joseph Paul shares with us that we are to look for the crucified one and bow to Him. Christ is our companion in our suffering. “Truly, this was the Son…
Our New Normal | Br. Andrew Martin del Valle, O.P.
Apr 5 • 5 min
Br. Andrew Martin del Valle, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Phillipians 2 6-11 for Palm Sunday. Brother Andrew Martin reminds us that today’s challenging reality reflects a new normal that Jesus invites us into. Even after all this time, Br. Andrew…
I Don’t Even Know Who I Am | Rev. Br. Joseph Paul Albin, O.P.
Apr 5 • 6 min
Rev. Br. Joseph Paul Albin, O.P. preaches during the Mass on Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. Brother Joseph Paul shares with us that we are to look for the crucified one and bow to Him. Christ is our companion in our suffering. “Truly, this was the Son…
Let Us Burn Together | Br. Dominick Jean, O.P.
Apr 4 • 5 min
Br. Dominick Jean, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Isaiah 50: 4-7 for Palm Sunday. Brother Dominick recalls a brother who once defined for him a preacher, “A preacher stands in front of the congregation, and sets himself on fire; the people watch him…
Violence Stops at the Cross | April 4, 2020
Apr 4 • 3 min
Daily homilies and preachings from the Dominican House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. The Gospel exposes the scapegoating both of Christ and of so many people in our world today. Fr. Mark…
Vessels of His Living Word | April 3, 2020
Apr 3 • 5 min
Daily homilies and preachings from the Dominican House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. Christ asks us not merely to trust and believe in his words, but to trust in what he has done for us…
Called to More | April 2, 2020
Apr 2 • 4 min
Daily homilies and preachings from the Dominican House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. Rev. Brother and Deacon Christopher Johnson, O.P., has always admired Abraham. It took immense faith…
A Life of Abundance | April 1, 2020
Apr 1 • 5 min
Daily homilies and preachings from the Dominican House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. The law of scarcity which so governs our material world has no place in the world of grace and charity.…
Christ is the Center | March 31, 2020
Mar 31 • 6 min
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. Fr. Simon-Felix Michalski reminds us that a little…
Through the Dark Valley | March 30, 2020
Mar 30 • 5 min
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. Fr. Kevin Stephens, O.P., asks us to look at the…
Evil Cannot Stand Love | Br. James Pierce Cavanaugh, O.P.
Mar 30 • 6 min
Br. James Pierce Cavanaugh, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Romans 8:8-11 for the Fifth Sunday of Lent. Brother James Pierce invites us to reflect on an underlying battle that we experience: the battle against evil. Because evil is hostile to God, it…
Life in the Trinity | March 29, 2020
Mar 29 • 5 min
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. Fr. Simon Felix Michalski, O.P., calls us to ponder…
Hope Can Find Us | Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P.
Mar 28 • 6 min
Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Ezekiel 37:12-14 for the Fifth Sunday in Lent. Brother James Martin exhorts us to let the Light of Christ into the darkness of our lives, and reminds us that hope can always find us. He seeks to…
Guided by the Spirit | March 28, 2020
Mar 28 • 6 min
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. This morning we celebrated the Mass of the Holy…
Why Did He Go? | March 27, 2020
Mar 27 • 3 min
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. Fr. Simon Felix Michalski, O.P., calls our attention…
Begging For Salvation | March 26, 2020
Mar 26 • 5 min
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. Fr. Ed Ruane, O.P. calls our attention to two…
According To Your Word | March 25, 2020
Mar 25 • 6 min
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. Fr. Michael Mascari, O.P. preaches on the…
The Waters of Life | March 24, 2020
Mar 24 • 5 min
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. Fr. Scott O’Brien, O.P., prepares us for the…
Believe Without Seeing | March 23, 2020
Mar 23 • 5 min
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. Fr. Kevin Stephens, O.P., calls our attention to the…
Live As Children of Light | Br. Thomas Mary Wagaman, O.P.
Mar 23 • 6 min
Br. Thomas Mary Wagaman, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Ephesians 5:8-14 for the Fourth Sunday in Lent. Brother Thomas Mary draws our attention to the relationship between darkness and light. He acknowledges our current time as a time of darkness and…
We Do Believe, We Do Worship | Laetare Sunday, 4th Sunday in Lent
Mar 22 • 6 min
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. Deacon Joseph Paul Albin, O.P. preached for the 4th…
Learn to Trust in God | Br. Carlos Salas, O.P.
Mar 21 • 6 min
Br. Carlos Salas, O.P. preaches during Vespers on 1 Corinthians 3:16-23 for the Fourth Sunday in Lent. Brother Carlos begins by asking us what we do in the midst of unprecedented uncertainty. He reminds us that God sees differently, more clearly than…
God’s Love Affair with Us | March 21, 2020
Mar 21 • 4 min
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. This morning Fr. Ed Ruane, O.P. preached on God’s…
St. John Nepomuck & the Kingdom: Trust vs. Distrust | March 20,2020
Mar 20 • 5 min
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. This morning Rev. Brother and Deacon Christopher Johnson preached. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings…
St. Joseph Our Model | March 19, 2020
Mar 19 • 4 min
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. This morning Fr. Simon Felix Michalski, O.P. preached. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the…
The Law of the Spirit & the Grace of Charity | March 18, 2020
Mar 18 • 6 min
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. This morning Fr. Michael Mascari, O.P. preached. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB We…
Listen To God | Br. Matthew Paul Grote, O.P.
Mar 1 • 8 min
Br. Matthew Paul Grote, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Romans 5: 12-19 for the First Sunday of Lent. Brother Matthew Paul invites us to consider obedience in a creative way. How accustomed are we to listening to God? Obedience is rooted in listening, and…
To Trust God Again | Br. Dominick Jean, O.P.
Feb 29 • 11 min
Br. Dominick Jean, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7 for the First Sunday of Lent. Brother Dominick reminds us that without God, there can be no good, no freedom, no independence. He invites us to clear away the rubble of our lives, and…
We Belong to Christ | Br. Andrew Martin Del Valle, O.P.
Feb 24 • 7 min
Br. Andrew Martin Del Valle, O.P. preaches during Vespers on 1 Corinthians 3:16-23 for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. Brother Andrew Martin invites us to reflect upon our relationships with our brothers and sisters and how from these we all belong…
Live On Purpose | Br. Ben Keller, O.P.
Feb 16 • 10 min
Br. Ben Keller, O.P. preaches on Sirach 15:15-20 for Vespers at the Come & See Discernment Weekend on the 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Br. Ben recounts his experience from his college baseball days, and uses an example from his own life to encourage the…
Br. Adrian McCaffery, O.P. | St. Dominic: A Sketch
Feb 15 • 30 min
What was St. Dominic really like? Br. Adrian McCaffery, O.P., articulates a clear and compelling vision of Dominic during our Spring 2020 Come & See retreat.
Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P. | By What Right Are We Preachers?
Feb 9 • 5 min
Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P. preaches on 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 for Vespers on the 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Br. James Martin reminds us that no experience, rhetorical ability, or human authority can make us worthy to be preachers and ministers. The only…
Br. James Pierce Cavanaugh, O.P. | Where Is The Light?
Feb 8 • 7 min
Br. James Pierce Cavanaugh, O.P. preaches on Isaiah 58:7-10 for Vespers on the 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Christ has come into the world to be light for the world; but so frequently, we do not encounter the light of Christ in the world. Br. James Pierce…
Br. Carlos Salas, O.P. | Cultivating a Life of Expectation
Feb 2 • 5 min
Br. Carlos Salas, O.P. preaches on Hebrews 2:14-18 for Vespers on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Christ became like us and speaks to us in human ways and through the Eucharist and the other Sacraments. He has given us the gift of Himself.…
Br. Matthew Paul Grote, O.P. | Who Can Stand?
Feb 1 • 8 min
Br. Matthew Paul Grote, O.P., preaches on Malachi 3: 1-4 for the Feast of the Presentation. Br. Matthew Paul challenges us to ask, “Who can truly stand in the presence of God?” He gives us a challenging message; on our own, no one of us can. But he also…
Bonus Episode: A Reading for the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P.
Jan 27 • 7 min
In celebration of our brother, St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P., we wanted to share with you both the beautiful prayer and hymn he composed, the “Pange lingua gloriosi corporis mysterium” which is a reflection on the beauty of the moment when the bread and wine…
Br. Andrew Martin del Valle, O.P. | The Unity of Christ
Jan 26 • 7 min
Br. Andrew Martin del Valle, O.P., preaches on 1 Cor 1:10-13, 17 during Vespers for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Br. Andrew Martin asks us to put aside our ‘culture of preference’ and to embrace the unity that comes only from Christ. We are so used…
Br. Dominick Jean, O.P. | A Light That Is Not Our Own
Jan 25 • 7 min
Br. Dominick Jean preaches on Isaiah 8:23-9:3 at Vespers for the Third Week of Ordinary Time. Br. Dominick calls us to consider in what we trust. Do we let the light of Jesus and his Cross touch our lives; if not, what holds us back? He shares the good…
Br. James Pierce Cavanaugh, O.P. | Christ Promises Abundantly
Jan 18 • 6 min
Br. James Pierce Cavanaugh, O.P., preaches on Isaiah 49:3, 5-6 at Vespers for the Second Week of Ordinary Time. Br. James Pierce reminds us how persistently God has called us back to Himself despite our sins and despite our unworthiness. God calls us…
Advent Reading - Anticipating Mary’s Fiat
Dec 20, 2019 • 3 min
As we anticipate the birth of Jesus, we have a poetic reflection from a homily by St. Bernard of Clairvaux, abbot. Narrated at St. Dominic Priory by Br. Adrian McCaffery, O.P. As found in the Liturgy of the Hours, Office of Readings, for 12/20/2019.
Br. Jospeh Paul Albin, O.P. | Sharing in God’s Divinity
Dec 12, 2019 • 6 min
On the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Br. Jospeh Paul Albin, O.P. preached on how Mary shows us her humanity, but how Jesus also had her share in His Divine Life, His Divinity. We too are called to share in this Divine Life. Mary shows us the way. Dec…
Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P. | Hail Christ the King!
Nov 24, 2019 • 8 min
Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Colossians 1:12-20 for the The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Br. James Martin reminds us that the Kingship of Christ, bought by his Blood on the Cross, affects each and…
Br. James Pierce Cavanaugh, O.P. | More Than We Could Hope For
Nov 23, 2019 • 8 min
Br. James Pierce Cavanaugh, O.P. preaches during Vespers on 2 Samuel 5: 1-3 for the The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe This week we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King, but what does it mean to have Christ as our King? Br.…
Br. Dominick Jean, O.P. | Be Amazed
Nov 16, 2019 • 7 min
Br. Dominick Jean, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Malachi 3:19-20 for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. The greatest threat to our spiritual lives is not pain, fear or tribulation. More than anything else, our greatest enemy is boredom and a lack…
Br. Andrew Martin del Valle, O.P. | So Now What?
Nov 10, 2019 • 8 min
Br. Andrew Martin Del Valle, O.P. preaches during Vespers on 2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5 for the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time. Brother Andrew Martin is blunt: this life can often be tedious, humdrum and even boring and so we ask ourselves in moments…
Br. Matthew Paul Grote, O.P. | Do I trust God?
Nov 9, 2019 • 8 min
Br. Matthew Paul Grote, O.P. preaches during Vespers on 2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14 for the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time. Brother Matthew Paul invites us to read the Sacred Scriptures knowing that they contain answers to questions that we do not know…
Br. Thomas Mary Wagaman, O.P. | We Must Not Be Shaken
Nov 3, 2019 • 6 min
Br. Thomas Mary Wagaman, O.P. preaches during Vespers on 2 Thessalonians 1:11—2:2 for the Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time. ​Br. Thomas Mary exhorts us to be worthy of our calling in Christ and not to be shaken by the struggles and difficulties of…
Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P. | Your Father is Ready to Catch You
Nov 2, 2019 • 6 min
Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Wisdom 11:22-12:2 for the Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time. Br. James Martin reminds us that the same God who promised to care for Israel, makes the same promise to us today. God is our loving…
Br. Ben Keller, O.P. | God Knows No Favorites
Oct 26, 2019 • 7 min
Br. Ben Keller, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18, 13-14 for the Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time. God is a God of justice who knows no favorites. Br. Ben invites us all to ask, “Who do I look down upon? Who do I make myself better…
Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P. | Wash In New Rivers
Oct 13, 2019 • 9 min
Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P. preaches during Vespers at the Dominican Come & See on 2 Kings 5:14-17 for the Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time. Br. James Martin preaches on the story of Naaman the Syrian, and asks if we are comfortable following his…
Br. James Pierce Cavanaugh, O.P. | Remember Who You Are
Oct 6, 2019 • 9 min
Br. James Pierce Cavanaugh, O.P. preaches during Vespers on 2 Timothy 1: 6-8, 13-14 for the Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time. Br. James Pierce asks what it means for a Christian to remember his or her identity. How do we intentionally live out our…
Br. Andrew Martin del Valle, O.P. | God Does Not Disappoint
Oct 5, 2019 • 7 min
Br. Andrew Martin del Valle, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4 for the Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time. Br. Andrew Martin reminds us that the cross reveals to us the mind of God; that any present difficulty is not the end of our…
Br. Dominick Jean, O.P. | The Noble Confession
Sep 29, 2019 • 6 min
Br. Dominick Jean, O.P. preaches during Vespers on 1 Timothy 6: 11-16 for the Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time. Br. Dominick reminds us that we are loved, we are forgiven and we are called. If we believe this, we are called to respond to God: to say…
Br. Carlos Salas, O.P. | The presence of God among us
Sep 28, 2019 • 5 min
Brother Carlos Salas, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Amos 6:1A, 4-7 for the Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time. Br. Carlos reminds us of God’s omnipresence and especially of God’s presence in the poor we encounter each day. Jesus Christ himself became…
Br. Matthew Paul Grote, O.P. | A Spiritual School of Baptism
Sep 22, 2019 • 10 min
Brother Matthew Paul Grote, O.P. preaches during Vespers on 1 Timothy 2:1-8 for the Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time. Br. Matthew Paul asks: are we willing to accept the invitation to ascend the ‘stair-steps’ of prayer? Are we resolved to live our…
Br. Ben Keller, O.P. | What Will You Do To Get Ahead?
Sep 21, 2019 • 6 min
Brother Ben Keller, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Amos 8: 4-7 for the Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time. Br. Ben Keller asks the hard question: what do we do to get ahead instead of striving to follow after Christ? Do we trample the poor? Do we…
Br. Thomas Mary Wagaman, O.P. | God’s Plans are greater than ours
Sep 7, 2019 • 5 min
Brother Thomas Mary Wagaman, O.P. preaches during Vespers on Wisdom 9:13-18B for the Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time
Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P. | Reverence and Humility, our guides to Christ
Sep 1, 2019 • 6 min
Br. James Martin, O.P., preaches on The Letter to the Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24 A for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.