April 17, 2014

Removed purple from Church, set up white and gold for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, set up altar of repose for adoration, mopped half of the Church floor including between the pews…

Exhausted. And we’ve barely started. I think I’ll be serving as cross bearer tonight.

The breviary kindly shows mercy on us by exempting those attending tonight’s Mass from praying Vespers, so there’s a “win”. Haha.

April 16, 2014
Lazarus’ Tomb

*I gave this reflection on Lazarus’ Tomb at community Vespers this evening.  I’m going to tag a few people in the hopes they enjoy it, don’t mean to leave anyone out! :) Blessed Holy Week to all of you!*

We are now near the end of our Lenten journey as we prepare to enter into the holiest days of the year.  The Sundays of Lent have given us many Gospel themes ripe for contemplation: Jesus in the desert, the Transfiguration, the Samaritan woman at the well; but no story more captured me or brought more fruit to my personal prayer life this Lent then the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the tomb.

Since we have moved into our new chapel, I have found myself arriving earlier for Compline than I did before.  I enjoy sitting in the dark in silent prayer.  Last week as I sat in the darkened silence of this room, it dawned on me that this chapel, when it is fully dark, is like Lazarus’ tomb, and that each of us are like Lazarus.

The story of Lazarus in the Gospel of John begins with his sisters telling Jesus, “Master, the one you love is ill.”  How true these words ring for us!  We who are ill have a Master who loves us.  We are wounded by sin, and fallen by our pride and vanity; but notice most importantly that the Lord loves us through our illnesses.  Jesus weeps for us in our sin, Jesus enters into our suffering and our death.

In the story of Lazarus, Jesus tells the people to remove the stone sealing the tomb.  This represents that without the grace of God, and without His love; we are truly dead.  We cannot escape from our own tombs except for the mercy and grace of the Lord.  We cannot save ourselves, only our Savior can roll back the stone.  Jesus, being victor over death itself, is the one who unseals tombs, the one who allows us to be free.

But see something interesting here.  Jesus does not go into the tomb and pull Lazarus out.  Rather, he calls into the tomb, “Lazarus, come out!” and the beauty of the story, to me, is that he does!

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April 15, 2014

Got a reflection on Lazarus’ Tomb written up that’ll I’ll be delivering at our community Vespers tomorrow. I’ll post it on here afterwards.

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April 9, 2014

Going to Confession in a bit, Easter is coming soon! Confession is a wonderful way to experience God’s merciful love and fully experience the joy of Easter!

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April 7, 2014

Giving a talk on Dante’s Purgatorio at the parish tonight. I’m excited because I used to do talks like this all the time when I was working at the parish in San Diego, and now it’s been almost two years that I haven’t done one. Oh and I’ll get to give the talk in my habit, so that’ll be new.

You can probably find the handout I’ll be using if you search for it on my page.

April 5, 2014
Snazzy jacket we got from the vocation director #AugustinianFriars

Snazzy jacket we got from the vocation director #AugustinianFriars

April 4, 2014

Love trolling one brother in the community. We let him prepare his Lenten Friday lunch of chicken and whatever meat he found in the fridge and juuuust as he is about to take it to the dining room we remind him that it is Friday as he screams, “Nooooooooooo!”

lol

April 3, 2014
"It was not the crime of Judas so much as his despair of pardon that brought him to total destruction. He killed himself in despair suffocating himself with a noose. What he did to his body is what happened to his soul. Just as those who pull something tight around their throats kill themselves by driving from their lungs the earthly spirit of air, so to do those who despair of God’s merciful kindness inwardly suffocate themselves and make it impossible for the Holy Spirit to remain in them."

— St. Augustine, Sermon 352

March 29, 2014
Religious Life

*Weeks of grumbling about how our toasters take forever to toast things*

Father goes out and buys a new toaster

Father leaves said toaster in box on kitchen counter

Everyone in the house is amazed by the box and the new toaster but is afraid to open the box

Box sits on kitchen counter for three weeks

Cook moves box into pantry

Father baffled as to why new toaster is in pantry

Max gets toaster out of pantry and sets it up

March 28, 2014
Last night was great fun as we were visited by English speaking provincials from around the world and the Vicar General of the Order, who himself was a novice here nearly 30 years ago! Good times :)

Last night was great fun as we were visited by English speaking provincials from around the world and the Vicar General of the Order, who himself was a novice here nearly 30 years ago! Good times :)

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March 26, 2014

4 months of novitiate left till I get to return to San Diego to (God willing) anticipate simple vows for a week before my profession!

Yayyyyyy 8 months done :)

March 26, 2014
Sr. Mary Brigid of the Augustinian Sisters of St. Rita, on how to eat a guilt free cookie during Lent: “Give blood!” :)

Sr. Mary Brigid of the Augustinian Sisters of St. Rita, on how to eat a guilt free cookie during Lent: “Give blood!” :)

March 21, 2014
The Voice
Did anyone see this clip on YouTube? http: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpaQYSd75Ak
What do you think? How cool can this get?
March 15, 2014

Went to a neighboring parish for Mass. Four different people had announcements. This always happens at this parish.

I call the Church St. Patrick of the Bulletin Announcements

March 10, 2014
Forgot to hide my beer… #Catholic #Augustinian #FriarLife

Forgot to hide my beer… #Catholic #Augustinian #FriarLife

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