Movie Review: The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water is the latest film from director Guillermo del Toro. It has been described in many ways, perhaps best as an “adult fairy tale.” It’s a beautiful, imaginative film in so many ways, and is already receiving … Continue reading

2018 Provincial Assembly

From January 2-5, 2018 the Dominican Friars of the Province of the St. Martin de Porres gathered at Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center in Houston, Texas, for their Provincial Assembly. This gathering of all the friars of the Province provided … Continue reading

Movie Review: Darkest Hour

Last summer the critically acclaimed movie Dunkirk was released, telling the story of the evacuation of the British troops from Dunkirk to England in 1940. Now we see the story leading up to Dunkirk, from the point of view of … Continue reading

Happy New Year!

The Friars of the Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres (Southern Province, USA), wish everyone a Peaceful and Happy New Year filled with many blessings! I love the ancient blessing from the Book of Numbers in our lectionary reading … Continue reading

Movie Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Going into the latest Star Wars movie, I realized that I was 23 when the first Star Wars was released in May, 1977. Who would have guessed then that it would have become a global phenomenon and is still going … Continue reading

The Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas

In the first reading, St. John addresses the Family of God by praising them for their fidelity, while also cautioning them about concupiscence: lust, enticement of the eyes, and pretentiousness.  In the Gospel reading, Luke reminds us that as Head … Continue reading

The Fifth Day of the Octave of Christmas

Light!  Light!  Light!  It is a golden thread stitched through the Scripture readings for this holy season, as well as for this day; “. . . the true light is already shining . . .” “. . . whoever loves … Continue reading

Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs

Today we remember the deaths of the Holy Innocents.  I am prompted to ask why the Church asks us to remember such a horrible and bloody event in the midst of the Octave of Christmas.  After all, aren’t we supposed … Continue reading

Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

We know St. John was the only apostle to remain with Jesus during the Crucifixion and the one Jesus asked to care for Mother Mary afterwards. St. John’s love for Jesus is also described in the Gospel story as the … Continue reading

Feast of St. Stephen, First Martyr

On this feast day of the protomartyr, St. Stephen, the Good News is “that whoever endures to the end will be saved.” (Mt 10:22)    The theme of today’s readings is deliverance, which is also the message of Christmas.  We recall … Continue reading

The Nativity of the Lord

“And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14) You’ve probably noticed that, unlike the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, St. John’s Gospel does not contain an account of the birth of Jesus. In place of … Continue reading

Fourth Sunday of Advent

I remember when I came to one of my first missions and closed the door, feeling that I wasn’t alone. Two children, about six years old – a boy and a girl – had come into my place without knocking. … Continue reading