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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August 2, 2014
Stole this off Fr. Mark’s instagram

Stole this off Fr. Mark’s instagram

August 2, 2014

Driving back to LA with my parents, the Profession went wonderfully! Thanks for all the prayers :)

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August 1, 2014

I make my First Profession of vows tomorrow at 10:30 PST with the Augustinians :)

Pray for me!

August 1, 2014
Fr. Luis Jayme is California’s first martyr, murdered on this spot in 1775 #MissionSanDiegi

Fr. Luis Jayme is California’s first martyr, murdered on this spot in 1775 #MissionSanDiegi

August 1, 2014

At 09:30 PST Fr. Mark, OSA (@ephremhiphop) will be leading Myself, Phil, and Robert in a Holy Hour in anticipation of our First Profession tomorrow.

Please join in prayer in anyway you can! God bless you!

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August 1, 2014
anneofbluetardis:

Day two road trip begins! St. Louis, here  I come!

Pray for the Church’s newest Sister of Mercy postulant as she travels to St. Louis!

anneofbluetardis:

Day two road trip begins! St. Louis, here I come!

Pray for the Church’s newest Sister of Mercy postulant as she travels to St. Louis!

August 1, 2014
Vatican announces desire for more restrained sign of peace at Mass :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

catholicknight:

He added that “I have asked the competent curial offices to study the possibility of moving the sign of peace to another place, such as before the presentation of the gifts at the altar … taking into account ancient and venerable customs and the wishes expressed by the Synod Fathers.”

An inspiration for the suggested change was Christ’s exhortation, at Mt. 5:23, that “if you remember that your brother has anything against you, leave your offering before the altar, and go be reconciled first.”

I like the sign of peace but don’t like it when people are running all over and greeting everyone. I think it could also be omitted from daily Mass and be obligatory for Sundays and Solemnities.

And I would forever ban the practice of being forced to greet people BEFORE Mass begins (which is superficial and never enjoyable).

I’m kind of obsessed with thinking up ways the low/high/solemn Mass of the Extraordinary form can be integrated into the Ordinary form, and that would be one way of many that it could be achieved.

(via 3pmcatholic)

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July 23, 2014
As mendicants, we do not have a choir habit. Over the centuries monasticism did influence the habit, with some friars attaching choir sleeves to their habits when entering the chapel in an attempt to be more like monks.  This is no longer done (that I know of) because it is not true to mendicant spirituality: a combination of the contemplative and the active.

The white habit is an official habit of the order. But in practice it is only used by novices and friars in tropical regions. The norm for a professed friar is to wear black. After August 2nd I’ll give the white habit back to the novitiate and use the black habit you see here.

As mendicants, we do not have a choir habit. Over the centuries monasticism did influence the habit, with some friars attaching choir sleeves to their habits when entering the chapel in an attempt to be more like monks. This is no longer done (that I know of) because it is not true to mendicant spirituality: a combination of the contemplative and the active.

The white habit is an official habit of the order. But in practice it is only used by novices and friars in tropical regions. The norm for a professed friar is to wear black. After August 2nd I’ll give the white habit back to the novitiate and use the black habit you see here.

July 22, 2014
Official Augustinian habits. Black for professed friars and white for tropical regions, novices, and to piss off the Dominicans #catholic

Official Augustinian habits. Black for professed friars and white for tropical regions, novices, and to piss off the Dominicans #catholic

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