September 19, 2014

Chicago will have a new Archbishop!  As a new resident of Chicago, I am excited to share in the beginnings of Bishop Cupich’s term at the helm of this wonderful archdiocese.

A local diocese is rudderless without it’s bishop.  This is also true in mendicant life, where our house is led by a prior, the first among the brothers.  I realized this on August 28th, St. Augustine’s Day, when our prior who had not yet moved in (just moved in today!) came to celebrate Mass in house with us.  Fr. Jim began the Mass, and I suddenly realized that we as a house of 14 friars were finally whole, we had our prior.  Celebrating Eucharist with him was a life giving experience where I truly experienced “wholeness” as a community and related that experience to that of the entire local Church, in Communion with the local bishop.

I don’t care if the commentators say the Bishop is a win for Camp A or Camp B.  Whenever you meet said person, you find they have a greater depth and complexity than any commentator ascribed to them to fit their particular agenda.

The Archdiocese of Chicago is a large and heavy yolk to bear, please join me in praying for Bishop Cupich in these weeks before his installation.  Pray that his time in the archdiocese be fruitful and lead to a growth in the Church here in Chicago and the surrounding region.  Amen.

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September 17, 2014
Mysteries of Jesus the Migrant

My earlier blog was featured on CTU’s student journal after I sent it in :)

September 16, 2014
The Mysteries of Jesus the Migrant- By Br. Maxime Villeneuve, OSA

crusadermaximus:

I am proposing these mysteries in solidarity with the millions of our brothers and sisters who live in the shadows of our society. It is my prayer that these mysteries may be meditated upon by all, especially those undergoing great suffering. I pray that they may find solace in the hardships faced…

Reblogging to update the title in it from novice to “OSA”

September 11, 2014
"Vocation is your heart’s great gladness meeting the world’s greatest hunger."

— Buechner

September 6, 2014

Bishop Flores of San Diego has passed away.

Rest in Peace.

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September 4, 2014
The bishop of San Diego, Cirilo Flores, has been diagnosed with untreatable cancer, and his earthly life will end in the coming months. Pray for him, and pray for the San Diego Diocese, in some sense my home diocese. Bishop Cirilo was barely on the job for a year before suffering a massive stroke, and never fully recovering until this more recent news broke.

The bishop of San Diego, Cirilo Flores, has been diagnosed with untreatable cancer, and his earthly life will end in the coming months. Pray for him, and pray for the San Diego Diocese, in some sense my home diocese. Bishop Cirilo was barely on the job for a year before suffering a massive stroke, and never fully recovering until this more recent news broke.

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September 4, 2014
friarfriend:

On the feast of Our Mother of Consolation, we Augustinians honor Mary who, according to popular tradition, gave St. Monica the cincture of our Order. I received this cincture when I was invested with the habit at the beginning of novitiate, so not quite as exciting, but here it is :)
Br. Max, OSA

friarfriend:

On the feast of Our Mother of Consolation, we Augustinians honor Mary who, according to popular tradition, gave St. Monica the cincture of our Order. I received this cincture when I was invested with the habit at the beginning of novitiate, so not quite as exciting, but here it is :)

Br. Max, OSA

September 4, 2014

Just cleaned out the inbox, if you’ve got questions or asks send them on in!

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September 4, 2014
Today in the Augustinian order it is the Solemnity of Our Mother of Consolation.  Our Lady is venerated under this title as patroness of our Order.  The picture above is a depiction of this title, and I selected it to be on the worship aid for my First Profession.  The legend associated with the image is that during one of St. Monica’s trials, she was “consoled” by the Virgin Mary, who gave her the cincture of the Augustinian Order as a symbol of her presence through her trials.
While the story associated with the story makes for nice popular piety, the more important aspect of the feast is celebrating Mary and Jesus as those who are with us amidst our trials and sufferings; and even more so, that Our Lady and Jesus bring about true consolation to life’s worries and problems.
The title of the feast can be a bit misleading.  The title refers to Jesus as being our Consoler, making Mary in turn the “mother” of our consolation.  Mary has been honored under four titles historically by the Augustinians; as Our Mother of Good Counsel, Our Lady of Grace, Our Mother of Consolation, and Our Lady of Help (this title was “given” [stolen lol] to the Redemptorist order by Pope Pius IX in 1865).  
Let us celebrate Mary this day as the Mother of our Consolation, our Help, our Counsel, and our Grace!

Today in the Augustinian order it is the Solemnity of Our Mother of Consolation.  Our Lady is venerated under this title as patroness of our Order.  The picture above is a depiction of this title, and I selected it to be on the worship aid for my First Profession.  The legend associated with the image is that during one of St. Monica’s trials, she was “consoled” by the Virgin Mary, who gave her the cincture of the Augustinian Order as a symbol of her presence through her trials.

While the story associated with the story makes for nice popular piety, the more important aspect of the feast is celebrating Mary and Jesus as those who are with us amidst our trials and sufferings; and even more so, that Our Lady and Jesus bring about true consolation to life’s worries and problems.

The title of the feast can be a bit misleading.  The title refers to Jesus as being our Consoler, making Mary in turn the “mother” of our consolation.  Mary has been honored under four titles historically by the Augustinians; as Our Mother of Good Counsel, Our Lady of Grace, Our Mother of Consolation, and Our Lady of Help (this title was “given” [stolen lol] to the Redemptorist order by Pope Pius IX in 1865).  

Let us celebrate Mary this day as the Mother of our Consolation, our Help, our Counsel, and our Grace!

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August 27, 2014
Sts. Monica and Augustine

For the Augustinian family, these are two of our most special feast days, and they come back to back!  This evening we will be celebrating Mass and a special dinner at our parish in New Lenox, IL.  Tomorrow there is an orientation for new students in Chicago.  Later that evening we will have a social and a nice dinner at the house.  Happy times in community!

August 26, 2014
Confessions: Saint Augustine, Benignus O'Rourke, Martin Laird: 9780232530339: Amazon.com: Books

For those curious, this brand new translation which I read for the first time in June is my favorite translation of the Confessions.

It is written in verse, as St. Augustine wrote it, rather than in prose.  Check it out!

August 26, 2014
8 Reasons Why Augustine & The Confessions still Matter

Really love Fr. Mark’s point #5 where he says, “As Augustine matures, so does his perspective on God, Faith & the Church. I believe that many young people claim agnosticism without realizing this is part of maturation. I think they are turned away by Catholics who have had an easier time at their faith, not realizing that this Negative Way is part of Spiritual Maturation.” [emphasis mine]

August 10, 2014
Tech support

opentolisten:

Today, my dream came true. I helped everyone in the house with some form of technology. Including a flip phone and I had to channel 15 year old me to remember the old tricks. I love it. I love being knowledgeable about an area when I live in a house with brilliant women, who live incredible lives,…

For those discerning vocation, this is what common life in a religious house looks like on the day to day level. And it is wonderful!

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August 3, 2014

Someone on Facebook dubbed me BROMAX

I kinda like it

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August 3, 2014
All those in the various stages of formation with the California Augustinians, one of the last pictures of myself in white! #Catholic

All those in the various stages of formation with the California Augustinians, one of the last pictures of myself in white! #Catholic

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