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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July 22, 2014
Sneak peak for Saturday’s Profession, habit fits great! Now back to novice white for a few more days… #Catholic

Sneak peak for Saturday’s Profession, habit fits great! Now back to novice white for a few more days… #Catholic

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July 20, 2014
Books Read in Novitiate 2013-2014

Though my novitiate still technically has two weeks left, tomorrow we move most of our stuff to Chicago, where we will be starting graduate school in the fall… I’ve kept this list up throughout the year with both serious and goofy books, it’s pretty amazing to think that I’ve had the free time to read all these things (plus a few other things I may have forgotten to write down… anyways here is the list (in order read). Bolded are favorites.

1.  The Dumb Ox, GK Chesterton

2.  Nobrow, John Seabrook

3.  The Everlasting Man, GK Chesterton

4.  The Spirit of the Liturgy, Cardinal Ratzinger

5.  Lumen Fidei, Pope Francis (even though we all know Pope Benedict wrote it)

6.  The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thorton Wilder

7.  Napoleon, Hillaire Belloc

8.  Rise, Let us be on Our Way, St. Pope John Paul II

9.  Priests for the Third Millennium, Timothy Dolan (as bishop in St. Louis)

10.  The Augustinians: Origins and Spirituality, Luis Martin, OSA

11.  Deus Caritas Est, Pope Benedict XVI

12.  Libertas, Pope Leo XIII

13.  Quadragismo Anno, Pope Pius XI

14.  Illustrisimi, Pope John Paul I

15.  Sollicitudo Rei Solcialis, St. Pope John Paul II

16.  Rerum Novarum, Pope Leo XIII

17.  Pacem en Terris, St. Pope John XXIII

18.  Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis

19.  The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, JR Tolkien

20.  Mother of God, Similar to Fire (book of icons)

21.  Advent with the Church Fathers, Cardinal Ratzinger

22.  Fathers of the Church on Mary

23.  Prayer and St. Augustine, Gervase Corcoran, OSA

24.  The Best American Short Stories, 2000

25.  Commentary on the Rule of St. Augustine, Van Bavel, OSA

26.  Prayer, Abhishiktananda

27.  City of God, St. Augustine

28.  The Pelican, Siegfried Back, OSA

29.  These are the Sacraments, Ven. Fulton Sheen

30.  Advent Sermons, St. Thomas of Villanova

31.  The True Priest, Cardinal Pellegrino

32.  Augustine Day by Day, Donald Burt, OSA

33.  Redemptor Hominis, St. Pope John Paul II

34.  Days of Devotion, St. Pope John XXIII

35.  The Bells of Nagasaki, Nagai

36.  The Story of a Soul, Ste. Therese of Lisieux

37.  All Documents of the Second Vatican Council

38.  Completed Works, St. John of the Cross

39.  The Cloud of Unknowning, Unknown Author

40.  A Concise Guide to the Documents of Vatican II, Edward Hahnenberg

41.  By Cross and By Anchor: the Story of Fr. Baraga, James Jamison

42.  St. Nicholas of Tolentino, Michael Digregorio, OSA

43.  Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience, Diarmuid O’Murchu

44.  The Game From Where I Stand, Doug Glanville

45.  Seven Deadly Sins: A Visitors Guide, Lawrence Cuningham

46.  The Violence of Love, Oscar Romero

47.  When the Trees Say Nothing, Thomas Merton

48. Crossing the Desert, Robert Wicks

49.  The Silent Life, Thomas Merton

50.  Trent: What Happened at the Council, O’Malley

51.  Eternal Galilean, Ven. Fulton Sheen

52.  Letters to My Brothers, Fr. Rosetti

53.  Pure Drivel, Steve Martin

54.  Don’t Stand Next to a Naked Man, Tim Allen

55.  Lies My Teacher Told Me, James Loewen

56.  The Gift of Peace, Cardinal Bernardin

57.  Place of Peace and Paradox, Dianne Aprile

58.  Confessions, St. Augustine (O’Rourke translation 2014)

59.  Sein Language, Jerry Seinfeld

July 13, 2014

Going to visit the famous Holy Hill shrine in WI either Thursday or Friday this week

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July 13, 2014

St. Rita’s parish is celebrating a mortgage burning party and pig roast today!

They paid off the new Church in only nine years, saving over a million dollars in interest.

A very happy day here in Racine :)

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July 11, 2014
A beautiful mural in the monastery. From the left you find important Benedictines in history, from the right Old Testament figures leading to Jesus. Many sacrificial symbols and images from life in the monastery. The faces were all of the monks or local people of the area. #Catholic #StBenedictsWI

A beautiful mural in the monastery. From the left you find important Benedictines in history, from the right Old Testament figures leading to Jesus. Many sacrificial symbols and images from life in the monastery. The faces were all of the monks or local people of the area. #Catholic #StBenedictsWI

July 6, 2014

It was nice to have a Sunday Ordinary time Mass, especially after the parade of feasts and Solemnities the calendar had on Sundays

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July 4, 2014
Fr. Jerry was reinstalled as our prior during Vespers this evening

Fr. Jerry was reinstalled as our prior during Vespers this evening

June 29, 2014
For any in Wisconsin and Milwaukee who may be interested.
Catholic Women: the Sisters of St. Rita are Augustinian sisters who run a retirement home for lower middle class residents of Southeast Wisconsin.  They wear a habit, and have a wonderful convent and facility where you can minister, check them out!

For any in Wisconsin and Milwaukee who may be interested.

Catholic Women: the Sisters of St. Rita are Augustinian sisters who run a retirement home for lower middle class residents of Southeast Wisconsin.  They wear a habit, and have a wonderful convent and facility where you can minister, check them out!

June 25, 2014
The Mysteries of Jesus the Migrant- By Br. Maxime Villeneuve, Augustinian Novice

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 by Jesus and the Holy Family, and know that the Lord walks with them.

1st Mystery- Mary, who is in labor, and Joseph find no room at the inn.

Luke 2:7 “And she gave birth to her firstborn son.  She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

2nd Mystery- The Flight from Herod’s Persecution.

Matt. 2:13 “When they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.”

3rd Mystery- The Journey through the Desert

Matt 2:14 “Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt.”

4th Mystery- The Hidden Life of the Holy Family in a Foreign Land

Matt 2:15 “He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

5th Mystery- The Son of Man has no place to lay His Head

Luke 9:58 “Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”

June 24, 2014

BONNE ST. JEAN!!

Today the Church celebrates the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. In Québec this is celebrated by everyone wearing blue, lighting bonfires, and shooting off fireworks!

You better believe I’ll be putting up birthday decorations in our monasteries’ dining room and will have everyone sing Happy Birthday for John the Baptist :)

June 23, 2014

Walk up to lector at daily Mass.

First word on the page is Shalmeneser.

I see you, Monday morning.

June 20, 2014

"The Gift of Peace" by the late Cardinal Bernardin of Chicago is a wonderful little book if you’re looking for one.

He wrote it in his last days in his fight with cancer. It details his overcoming a false abuse allegation and reconciling with his accuser. He speaks to finding truth and healing in his suffering, and how that suffering changed his prayer life. I highly recommend it!

June 20, 2014
“Operation I Do” offers free Catholic weddings

Catholics and all of good will- more projects like this! Get creative!

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