Province of St. Albert the Great, USA
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Br. Joseph Trout, OP

Br. Joe is the Socius of the Province, the Provincial's "right hand man."


8 Jun • Burning with love

On this memorial of The Immaculate Heart of Mary, we remember Mary as having the perfect human heart, untouched by sin. In iconography, Mary's Immaculate Heart is pictured in flames, recalling the burning bush that Moses encountered on Mount Horeb from which God spoke of his desire to save humanity. Mary's heart was grafted on to God's heart when she said agreed to become the Mother of God. Even though we see in the Gospel that Mary did not always understand the plan of God, her burning love never wavered.

7 Jun • Love takes flesh

For the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, we are invited to see Jesus as the absolute love of God taken flesh so that we might be able to enter heaven—a proof of the love of God for us.

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Br. Joe Trout, OP breaks open the readings for the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (often still called "Corpus Christi"), revealing the many-layered themes that reveal God's complete plan of salvation for the world—creating us in the image of God to be God's presence in the world and then giving us the Eucharist so that we can live up to this call.

Readings: Exodus 24:3–8, Hebrews 9:11–15, Mark 14:12–16, 22–26

9 May • Who is in charge?

Christians believe that, even though we do not see him, Jesus is still in charge and his plan will one day flood the earth with peace and justice. So we need not worry about tyrants. In the end, Jesus will prevail.