We here are uniquely prepared to contribute both to the renewal of the Church and to the well-being and justice of the culture. This is so not only because of our philosophical and theological knowledge, but, more importantly, because we have slowly learned what our own identity is, what our own voice sounds like. Our gift is simply that we have learned, in some measure, to be ourselves, to use our own voice, and to value the voices of others.
What is sanctity? In what does holiness really consist? We seem to recognize it when we see it, but it is certainly hard to define it. We seem to sense that there must be something that all saints as such seem to share, but what is it?
Prayer is not easy but the struggle to pray can be itself a part of prayer; so may we strive this week to deepen and increase our life of prayer. Let us compete well; let us finish the race; let us keep the faith. And may we know that the Lord will stand by us and give us strength; and that through the lifting of our hearts and minds we too can be made right with him.
DSPT Alumnus John David Long-García, editor of The Catholic Sun, was honored as Journalist of the Year in the annual Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the Arizona Newspaper Association. "The Dominican motto “Veritas” applies to what I do, but perhaps “contemplare et contemplata aliis tradere" — “to contemplate and give to others the fruits of contemplation” — is more apt. I strive to contemplate the truth and share it with others as a Catholic journalist."
I am sure you have heard of Pope Francis’ interview, which predictably was taken by the media to mean that they have now an ally in the pope against the teachings of the Church. They take the pope to say: “The Church should cease to be obsessed about abortion, gay marriage or contraception. It should become a Church of love rather than of dogma.” These are quite literally the headlines of the NYT. But what did the pope really mean? And what did he really say?
What’s wrong with world? I am. I, who so often fail to live up to my priestly call, fail to live up to my vows, fail in charity towards you and my Dominican brothers, fail in detachment from the things of this world. What’s wrong with the world is that though the grace of our Lord has been abundant, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus, I remain a sinner.
We remember Mary Magdalen’s title of Apostle to the Apostles – the one who was sent to preach the good news to those who would be sent to preach it to the world. It is for this reason that St. Dominic chose the Magdalen as the co-patroness of the Order of Preachers, why it is so fitting that this parish dedicated to her is staffed by the Dominican Order. She is the first to announce the resurrection – and we need to go out and announce the resurrection as well.
The goal of the philosopher is to ignite the quest in others. This, of course, is not merely the shouting of truth claims in the face of passersby, but rather, infusing the will to question, the will to study into them, which ultimately opens the door to wonder. While most are relatively content to work themselves into exhaustion and then go to sleep, the philosopher’s duty is to wake the people up from their slumber so they can live full and thriving lives.
Janko Zagar, OP, died on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at the age of 92 as the result of complications from a head trauma received during a recent fall. Fr. Janko was born in Croatia in 1921 and came to the U.S. after WWII. He was Professor Emeritus of Moral and Social Philosophy and Theology. He obtained the Lectorate in Sacred Theology (STLr) from Blackfriars Hall (Oxford) and the master of arts degree from Oxford University; and the doctorate from University of Paris (Sorbonne).
DSPT Student Br. Justin Gable, OP was elected Vice-President of the American Maritain Association, together with GTU/DSPT alumnus Dr. Michael Torre, Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco who was elected President.
I know that I will be stretched to love within this vocation the Lord has given me, in ways that I could never invent on my own. I am thankful and humbled by the call I received, and I pray that the Lord will give me the grace to be faithful to the mysterious path of love to which he has called me.
As we approach the Solemnity of the birth of our Lord Jesus, and as we work through the final week of the academic term, let us strive to cultivate a deeper awareness of the sheer gratuity and love of God as it is reflected in even the smallest things in our lives. Let us especially strive to recognize this gratuity and love as it is reflected in the people around us. In other words, let us enter into reality. For it is precisely in this recognition that a secret to happiness may be found.
St. Albert the Great blazed a path to God through the natural sciences. Now - whether a professional scientist, a more casual bird-watcher, or one who simply enjoys watching nature shows - you too can be a saint. Conducting scientific investigation can lead you to God if you follow the example of Albert. If you follow this pedagogy you will be a saintly scientist.
Reflection by Fr. Luke Buckles, OP - In the last hours of her life she was with friends and was praying right before she died the 23rd Psalm. May the Lord provide a place of rest and peace for a sheep who in her own words "as a sheep from the late 60's in Berkeley, could only be lead by the Lord."
“You are my God, have mercy on me, Lord, for I cry to you all the day long. Give joy to your servant, O Lord, for to you I lift up my soul. O Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of love to all who call. Give heed, O Lord, to my prayer and attend to the sound of my voice.” (Psalm 86:2b-6)
On 2 September 2011, Mary Fabilli died at the age of 97 in her home in Berkeley, California. Ms. Fabilli had a nearly sixty-year connection with spiritual and liturgical life of St. Albert College (the original home of DSPT). St. Albert Priory will host a vigil rosary on Thursday evening, September 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm, and a requiem Mass on Friday, September 9 at noon. Interment will follow at St. Dominic Cemetery, Benicia, California, the place of burial for William Everson, and other members of the Dominican family, in particular the friars of the Western Dominican Province.
Richard L. Thomas, husband of Pamela G. Thomas, passed away unexpectedly on January 27, 2011 while vacationing in Maui, Hawaii. Pamela Thomas received her MA Theology degree from DSPT in 1999, and taught several courses in religion and the arts here as an Adjunct Faculty. She and Rick are also ongoing supporters of DSPT.
September 20, 2010 As a member of the faculty of DSPT, it has been a great privilege to be able to participate in the General Chapter of the Order of Preachers as a delegate. I have met many exemplary friars from around the world, including those who are involved in research and teaching in philosophy, theology, and other areas -- all of whom are very gracious despite all the work we have to do.
The Thomist tradition that lies at the heart of the DSPT identity is over 700 years old. The vibrancy of this age-old school of thought was evident in Warsaw, Poland in early July. Over seventy Dominican friars gathered there for a three-day conference, entitled The Dominicans and the Challenge of Thomism. The brethren, most of them young, came from Canada, the USA, Nigeria, Ireland, Great Britain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, the Ukraine, Poland, Australia, Vietnam and Taiwan. Four DSPT professors were among the participants: Fr. Michael Dodds, OP, Fr. Bryan Kromholtz, OP, Fr. Anselm Ramelow, OP and Fr. Richard Schenk, OP.
On March 12, Charles Muscatine died at the Kaiser Medical Center in Oakland at the age of 89. While well-known for his seminal work, "Chaucer and the French Tradition: A Study in Style and Meaning" (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1957) and his contributions to education and free speech, Charles Muscatine was also a leader in academic freedom who found solace during the tumultuous McCarthy era in the support from the faculty of St. Albert College (the original name for the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology).