Monday, November 23, 2015
We just finished a beautiful retreat on mercy with Fr. Jorge Rativa, OP. Father presented a lot of very profound information in an informal, upbeat style, using PowerPoint slides and eliciting participation from the nuns, using prizes as incentive! The conferences were held in our community room and led us all to meditate deeply on the mystery of God's mercy. Father skillfully tied in the Jubilee Year of Mercy as well as our own Dominican Jubilee to bring his points home. We also had a very moving healing service one afternoon in the chapel. The retreat was really amazing and made us all humbly grateful for the gift of mercy God gives to each one of us at every moment.
Father brought us a Dominican jubilee candle from the New Orleans celebration, which we used as part of our prayers before and after each conference.
Fr. Jorge with one of his many PowerPoint slides
Most of the community with Fr. Jorge after the last conference
Thank you so much, Fr. Jorge! We hope you will come back again some time soon!
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Christ is not a king who dominates us, he doesn’t treat us like subjects, but elevates us to his own dignity. He makes us reign with Him, for as the Book of Revelation says: “He has made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father” (1:6). But reigning like Him means serving God and our brothers and sisters, a service that flows from love. To serve out of love is to reign: this is the kingship of Jesus.
--Pope Francis, Solemnity of Christ the King, 2015
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Led by the Holy Spirit, the holy Maid without spot is taken to dwell in the Holy of Holies. By an angel she is fed, who is in truth the most holy Temple of our Holy God. He has sanctified all things by her entry, and has mad godlike the fallen nature of mortal men.
Anne the all-blessed cried out rejoicing: "Oh Zechariah, take her whom the prophets of God proclaimed in the Spirit, and lead her into the holy temple, there to be brought up in reverence, that she may become the divine Throne of the Master of all, His Palace, His resting-place, and His dwelling filled with light."
--from Great Vespers, Orthodox Liturgy for the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple
Today the Church prays in a special way for all those men and women called to the contemplative life. May many more come to join us in this way of life!
Saturday, November 14, 2015
St. Dominic, pray for us during our retreat and always!
It's time once again for our annual community retreat! We'll begin this evening and end on the morning of Monday, November 23. Our retreat master will be Fr. Jorge Rativa, OP, of the province of St. Martin de Porres (the southern Dominican province). We look forward to his conferences!
We are keeping the people of Paris, France in our prayers in a special way at this time. Every day our community prays in a special, specific way for peace among Muslims and Christians in our world and we feel this prayer is more urgently needed than ever. May God grant us the peace we so long for, and keep us all safe from further terrorist attacks!