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Great Orators of the Order of Friars Preachers

"A man who governs his passions is master of the world. We must either rule them, or be ruled by them."

Saint Dominic

"How ... strongly should we be drawn to Christ if we find our pleasure in truth, happiness, justice, eternal life: all of which Christ is!"
Saint Thomas Aquinas

"Regard yourself as more vile and miserable in the sight of God because of your faults than any sinner whatsoever, no matter what his sins."

Saint Vincent Ferrer

"The Glorious Virgin the blessed fruit of her womb has saved a world condemned by the fall of our first parents."
Pope Saint Pius V

"God is the proper name of Truth, as Truth is the abstract name of God."

"We must accompany [gay people] as they discern what this means, letting our images be stretched open... This means watching 'Brokeback Mountain,' reading gay novels, living with our gay friends and listening with them as they listen to the Lord."


  1. A more fitting example of the fruits of the last forty years I have not seen. Oremus...

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  3. While the habit does not make the monk, it seems that it does make an orator; by that reckoning, the last "orator" is neither that nor a dominican.

    St. Thomas pray for us!

    BTW, did you know that poor St. Thomas Aquinas, who gave us the entire Office for Corpus Christi, has the indignity to have his mortal remains kept in a Church in Toulouse, France, where there is no tabernacle! Worse yet, his relics are property, not of the Diocese of Toulouse, nor of the Dominican Order, but of the Republic of France!

    When I had the grace to make a pilgrimage there last year, I found that he Church's cloister is presently a secular museum; on display was a collection of golden idols from India!

  4. Sadly, the phrase stretched open, characterizes many more "aspects" of the subjects of this Dominican's commentary.

  5. Isn't it fascinating that not one whisper, not one archivial iota of commentary or observation has yet eminated from the interdicastrial meeting today. What can it mean? I have not heard such silence. It is deafening. Anyone know anything at all?

  6. Hebdomadary,

    We have been updating the previous post all day, so that everything related to the meeting is found in the same place.

  7. Yes, the theology of the grey sweater. I direct you to my blog for nicer pictures of the Order.

  8. Thank you all for your comments, especially the interesting information provided by Br. Alexis.

  9. Brother Alexis' information on St. Thomas is saddening, indeed. But what's to be expected when his Summa is down the proverbial memory hole as far as Rome is concerned.

    Ah, would that Chesterton were alive today!

    Now, if the picture of the homosodomite were a portrait of Aquinas, we could expect to find his relics beneath the Dome of St. Peter.

    By the way, I haven't seen a better example of Newchurch since the priest and deacon preparing the supper meal with giant red bulbs on their noses.

    For the record: the late Norman Cantor, historian of the Middle Ages, noted in a book on that subject that no society that has accepted "homosexuality" as a norm has ever survived, leaving the implication that none ever will. Somebody should outline that passage and send a copy to somebody in the Vatican.

    A digression on usage (see above), "homosodomite" is a far more accurate description than any other, and not meant as an epithet. All men are homosexual in that they are a) male and b) sexual beings. When I want to be cute, I use the British/Aussie term, "poofter", or "pouf." I notice that the word "queer" seems to be coming back into accepted usage. I, being partly Irish, regret that, if true. As for "gay" . . . !

  10. The Dali Lama might make a good Dominican.

  11. Why are homosexuals, homosodomites or whatever they call themselves gaining so much control over our society? What exactly is the percentage of 'gay' people in our country? I've heard it is less than 8%.

    Why are we allowing their take over of our society, church and country?

  12. What is the concensus of Pope Benedict? Is he a good guy or a bad guy?

    There are so many conflicting stories.

  13. Dear Dandilion:

    What's in a word?

    Homosexual is the standard usage, but as I point out, it is nonsense. Homosodomite comes closest, although I'm under the impression I invented it, because it describes the activity that Our Lord condemned. The place he destroyed WAS called Sodom.

    "They" call themselves "gay." I've known many (having been in show biz), and they have all been the saddest people I've ever run across. Most of them hate the Church. The ones inside are there primarily to destroy, whether they admit it or not.

    The Pope is a bad guy. When necessary, I am a consensus of one.

  14. RE: homosodomites
    While I agree 110% with the Church's teachings on the nature and purpose of human sexuality, I must disagree with the way some people are presenting it. True, we must NEVER give an appearance of supporting the "gay lifestyle". but we must also follow St. Francais de Sales example of all things in charity.

    We must, first and foremost LOVE all homosexuals, even those who chose to sinfully express their orientation. Anything less is not Christian. We must present a firm and uncompromising Christian stance on the subject. We must also avoid hatred adn invective. Marginalizing people by using inflammitory language like "sodomite" will just make them deaf to the message of Christ's love that we are trying to preach. Only if we set an example based on love, not hatred, homophobia, and invective, will we succeed in getting practicing homosexuals to turn from their sinfule behavious and incline their hearts to Christ.
    In this day and age, when the world is awash in the "gay rights" movement, it is harder and harder for us to make Christ's message heard. To ask someone who has a homosexual orientation ro be celibate is not the same as it was before - it is much more difficult, becuase such a person does not, as before have the majority of the people areound him lauding his efforts at chastity, but, rather, everyone around him ridicules his attempt to follow Christs will. I would personally like to see a person of homosexual orientation (not a cleris or religious, just a regular "joe")cannonised for "heroic chastity" - renouncing the crushing pressure of the world, and embracing Christ in the face of a world that rejects him. This would provide an example that would speak louder than any words, an example in holiness from which all those sufferinf from homosecual desires and temptations could draw strength.

  15. please excuse my numberous spelling errors in my last post... i was posting from my laptop and I still haven't gotten used to this tiny keyboard


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