Friars For Life

Ever since the first March for Life in 1974, Americans of all walks of life have risen early in the morning, in the late-January cold, to witness to the dignity of life. And since that first march, consecrated religious have risen with them. This year’s march was no different.

A message from the Dominican Friars on the importance of bearing witness to God’s gift of life.

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In this issue of BlackFriars, you will read about how the Friars continue to stand guard at both gates of life. I thank you for standing with us! May Our Holy Mother Mary watch over all your loved ones, now and at the hour of death.

Hope and excitement permeated the air. Prayer and exhortation flooded the scene. At this year’s March for Life there was an extra little pep in everyone’s step as we marched down Constitution Avenue bound for the Capitol and Supreme Court.

Health care has become so complex, with so many options available, that dying persons and their loved ones often must make many difficult and painful decisions, and they can become so focused on health care interventions that it distracts them from the deeper spiritual dimension.

Thanks to your support, seven more men (six pictured above with Prior Provincial, Very Rev. Kenneth R. Letoile, O.P.) have pledged their lives to fight the Battle for Life as Dominican Friars.

The Province has a lot to recommend itself—our parishes, our campus ministries, the Thomistic Institute, projects like the Hillbilly Thomists and Godsplaining. The Province is very present and engaged, and I think that draws men to the Order. We try to be faithful to the charism and mission of St. Dominic.

Fr. Luke Clark, O.P., was recently named chief exorcist of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, by Archbishop Wilton Cardinal Gregory. He is also cofounder of the St. Michael Center for Spiritual Renewal (catholicexorcism.org), a Catholic organization that trains clergy, religious, and laity on spiritual deliverance.

God wants to create a new heart in us. Jesus, the new Adam, gives us His heart in the Eucharist.

“The Dominican intellectual charism resonates with me and what I want to do, which is bring truth to Brown.”

For over 20 years, the Dominican Friars have partnered with the Sisters of Life in ministering to women vulnerable to abortion, or who have given birth in the midst of crisis situations.

In his play Measure for Measure, Shakespeare shows us what happens when a proud man is given a little bit of temporary authority and forgets what it means to be made in God’s image.

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