Thursday, October 31, 2013

2013 Total Consecration - St. Louis de Montfort's Way

Ad  Jesum  per  Mariam


 Our group will begin the 33-day preparation for the Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary (using the method of St. Louis de Montfort) on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.  Vows will be taken on the traditional Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Sunday, December 8, 2013).

St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort was a French priest and Third Order (Lay) Dominican whose writings have great spiritual value.  He was also the founder of two religious orders, the Sisters of Wisdom dedicated to the care of the sick and poor girls and the Company of Mary dedicated to missionary work.

The Montfort Method consists of a 33-day prayerful preparation period, followed by the vow of consecration on the 34th day.  Our group used this method last year and many of our members will be renewing the vow this year.

 



Recommended Website for the St. Louis de Montfort Method of Preparation:
Web Based Total Consecration Prayers and Meditations:
 http://totalconsecration.ageofmary.com/preparation-01.html  
(Note: use the PREPARATION tab on the left column to navigate between days)

For more information on St. Louis and his method:
Fish Eaters Total Consecration Home Page (alternate web based prayers and meditations):
 http://www.fisheaters.com/totalconsecrationmontfort.html

Montfort Missionaries (USA Home Page - St. Louis' writings here in PDF format):
 http://www.montfortusa.org/MontfortUSA/Welcome.html

Monfort Spirituality (Blog concerning St. Louis and his spirituality):
http://montfortspirituality.org/

Montfort Publications (Montfort Missionaries Store):
http://www.montfortpublications.com/

Friday, September 27, 2013

Are We Listening?

Agony In the Garden (detail) by Fra Angelico (Bl. John of Fiesole, OP)

I was contemplating the actions of the apostles while Jesus suffered His agony in the garden during my rosary this morning. A horrible thought came to mind: are we like the apostles, sleeping while our Jesus suffers indescribable agony as His precious children are wretchedly aborted - sacrificial victims to our own self-will? Sleeping, because our lives are so busy with worldly demands and delights - that we do not have time to console Jesus by joining with others in protest of this present-day holocaust!

For the past several years, 40 Days for Life Campaigns have been held in our city. I humbly and sadly admit, I did not participate as often as I should have! Overall, though, the turnouts to support Life were quite paltry compared to the number of pro-life people who live here! I have no doubt that we all have been and continue to pray for all mothers to choose life for their babies. But we are also called by the Lord to act - to come to the Garden with Him and stay awake. Yes, and to pray! Praying the rosary, our Blessed Mother assures us, is our best weapon!

On October 12, in numerous cities around the nation, Rosary Rallies will be held as an outcry against Abortion - but how many of us will take the time and make the effort to participate?  I always seem to have an excuse not to interrupt my own plans to attend this kind of event. Am I - are we - truly in sympathy with the wounded Heart of Our Dear Savior, or are we more concerned with our own comforts? Oh, Holy Spirit, please inspire us to Stand With Jesus at this Rosary Rally, to say to our city, to our country and to the world that Enough is Enough!! Oh, Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!!




Editor's Note: A Public Square Rosary will be held in Tallahassee on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Noon, on the grounds of the State Capital.  For more information contact local coordinator Karen Cook at interlakenkaren@gmail.com. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Year of Faith Marian Day - October 13, 2013


Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is an important dimension of Dominican spirituality.   Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, echos this in his words and actions.  On October 13, Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as part of the Marian Day celebration that will involve the statue of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima.  Further information is available at these trusted outlets:

Catholic News Agency Article
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-to-consecrate-world-to-marys-immaculate-heart/

Rome Reports Article (with video clip)
http://www.romereports.com/palio/fatima-statue-headed-to-rome-as-pope-plans-to-consecrate-the-world-to-our-lady-english-10805.html#.UkLBxBBF2rk

Vatican Year of Faith Website (Marian Day Official Program of Events):
http://www.annusfidei.va/content/novaevangelizatio/en/eventi/giornatamariana.html

Fatima Official Website (English Language):
http://www.santuario-fatima.pt/portal/?lang=EN


SUPPORT OUR HOLY FATHER - PRAY FOR HIM

In support of Pope Francis, prayerful requests for intercession to Our Blessed Mother are strongly recommended.  Please include the Holy Father and his intentions with your personal prayer intentions, especially when praying the rosary.  An additional devotion available is the Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Novena prayers are available here:
Basic novena prayer:
http://catholicprayerbook.net/CQprayers/novenaimmaculateheart.htm
Longer novena complete with meditations for each day:
http://catholicprayerbook.net/CQprayers/novenaimmaculateheart.htm




DOMINICAN TEACHING

The Dominican Order is rooted in its devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The rosary was a key tool in the apostolate of St. Dominic.  For further reading on Dominican teaching on the rosary, Fatima, and Consecration to the Immaculate Heart, navigate to the Rosary Center maintained by the Western Dominican Province (US): http://www.rosary-center.org/consecrt.htm



TALLAHASSEE PUBLIC SQUARE ROSARY - OCTOBER 12, 2013

In related news, America Needs Fatima is organizing the national 2013 Public Square Rosary Crusade.  As a part of the national crusade, a Public Square Rosary will be held in Tallahassee on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Noon, on the grounds of the State Capital.  For more information contact local coordinator Karen Cook at interlakenkaren@gmail.com.  

Sunday, September 1, 2013

A Challenge of Humility

Today's theme at Mass was Humility - take the lowest place at the table rather than pridefully going to the head of the table, only to be humiliated when the host asks you to move to a lower one. Of course we all know that one - nothing new here. But then as Father Tom began to explain humility in more depth, it hit me! Trying to look better than I am - no,  even trying to be perfect in the estimations of others. Oh, my - there I was, caught like a deer in the headlights! I have always disliked entertaining because I felt my house was not perfect enough.  This countertop is scratched, that wallpaper needs replacing, I won't have time to do enough housecleaning before my guests come, the list goes on and on! Yet - I go to other people's homes and sometimes theirs are not perfect either. That doesn't seem to phase my obsession. But where does this big concern come from? I always justified it as being an "insecurity complex," but now I see that it was in fact - False Pride! A lack of humility!

I am a retired teacher of the Visually Handicapped, an area of Special Education. Teachers in this field are required to write an Educational Plan for each student annually, specifying the goals and objectives the student will be taught and and expected to master during the school year. I think our Heavenly Father is like that, too, thank goodness! We used to say, in the Charismatic Renewal, that God is a mansion-builder, and He isn't finished with me yet! Or, another image that I like is that I am like an onion, and God peels off one layer at a time. If He ever showed us all our imperfections at one time, I fear it would be a devastating event!

How thankful I am, though, to know that I don't need to be "crippled" by this fear of people coming to my house! Instead, I should be humble and thankful for the Lord's goodness to me in giving me a nice home to live in, a place where I can welcome God's children with His very own love and care! I am not a perfect housekeeper, my home will never grace the pages of a home design magazine, but that is not what is important. Sharing His love - that is what He calls us to do with the gifts that He gives us. So that is what I will try to do, with His grace and help!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Dominican Rite of Admission and Profession

Lay Dominicans del Espiritu Santo

 
invite you to the solemn 
 Dominican Rites of Admission and Profession
within the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Saturday, September 7, 2013
2 o'clock PM

Good Shepherd Parish
Tallahassee, Florida

Celebrant and Homilist
Fr. Michael Somers, SVD
Pastor, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish,
Quincy, Florida

Master of Ceremonies
COL Jo Ann Cotterman, OP, USAR, Ret.
Provincial President
Province of St. Martin de Porres,
Southern Dominican Province, USA

Temporary Promises
Carol Cline
William Cowdrey

Admission to Candidacy
Dolores Henderson
Maureen O'Brien
Vikki Shackelford
David White
Polly White

Light Refreshments Will Follow in the Parish Community Center

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Solemnity of Our Holy Father Saint Dominic

Greetings and salutations on the Feast of Our Holy Father Saint Dominic.


This hymn is normally used at the end of the novena to St. Dominic.  Today, I offer it as my praise to the founder of the Order of Preachers and the father of Dominican charism.

Thou who hero-like has striven
For the cause of God and heaven,
St. Dominic, whose life was given
Sinners to recall.
Saint of high and dauntless spirit,
By thy vast unmeasured merit,
By thy name which we inherit
Hear us when we call.

Flower of chastity the fairest
Of her lily buds thou bearest,
Snow white as the robe thou wearest,
Gift of hands divine.
With thy brow of starry splendor
With thine eyes so mild and tender
Mary’s client, Truth’s defender,
To our prayers incline.

If you wish to use a litany to enhance your prayer today, I recommend this link:
Litany of St. Dominic

Saint Dominic, Ora Pro Nobis!


Monday, July 15, 2013

A Call to Prayer



Submitted by Mrs. Carol Cline, Candidate

Recently while praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Jesus showed me His Sacred Heart - filled with compassion and merciful love for His poor children. In this Heart we are all His little wounded ones - the ladies I met when counseling at Open Door Women’s Clinic, whose stories brought my heart to the brink of brokenness;  the young women like the one in the song of “Fancy” put simply, all the suffering souls of all generations, including myself.

I thought of the Father Mike Somer’s homily on the “Our Father” prayer. The emphasis was on the “our”.  Not “my” Father, but “our” Father. Our faith is always in community, not individually. No exclusions. Jesus came to die in order to save each and every soul, all of us. As a community, we make up the Mystical Body of Christ.  If anyone is missing, it is painful to all of us - as if a toe or finger or other body part had been cut off! This causes Jesus, and therefore each of us, agony.

We are called then to pray and implore for the salvation of all souls. Not only the good people, but also and even with greater supplication for the unrepentant and hardened souls. Our Holy Mother Mary, in Her appearances for over 30 years in Medjugorje, beseeches us, “Dear Children, pray, pray, pray!”  Let us heed her words and bring consolation to both the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary - let us Pray!



Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Fortnight for Freedom

The Fortnight for Freedom takes place from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day. Visit our Fortnight Home Page for more information!

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/

"We must promote religious liberty for all people. Every man and woman must be free to profess his or her faith, whatever it may be. Why? Because that man and that woman are children of God." - Pope Francis
Religious freedom has profound implications for the common good of our nation and world.  The USCCB offers opportunities for you to take action and make your voice heard in support of religious freedom within our nation and throughout the world. 

On the USCCB site you can also watch a short video on Religious Freedom:

Videos on Religious Freedom

Archbishop Llori on religious liberty
View videos on religious freedom from Archbishop William Lori and Bishop Ricardo Ramirez along with addresses given at the 2012 June General Assembly of Bishops by Archbishop Lori, John H. Garvey, Esq., Dr.Thomas F. Farr and the Most Reverend Shlemon Warduni.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Corpus Christi Worldwide Eucharistic Adoration




As an officially sponsored event, Pope Francis will preside over a special Eucharistic adoration that will extend at the same time worldwide involving various parishes and cathedrals.  This hour will be 5PM Rome time (11AM Tallahassee time) on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi (Sunday, June 2, 2013).  For this hour, the entire world will be united in Eucharistic prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

The intentions of the Holy Father for this worldwide event are:


1. For the Church dispersed throughout the world, gathered today as a sign of unity in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist. The Lord makes her ever more obedient in listening to his word to present her to the world as ever "more glorious, without speck or wrinkle, but holy and faultless" (Eph. 5: 28). By means of its faithful proclamation, may this saving word resound once more as the bearer of mercy and may it stimulate a renewed commitment of love, to provide pain and suffering with full meaning and to re-establish joy and peace.

2. For all of those who, in different parts of the world, live the suffering of new forms of slavery and who are victims of wars, of the trafficking of human beings, of drugs, of ‘slave’ labour, for children and women who suffer any form of violence. May their silent cry for help find the Church alert, so that, with her eyes fixed upon Christ Crucified, she may not forget so many of her brothers and sisters left at the of mercy of violence. For all those, too, who find themselves in economic insecurity, especially the unemployed, the elderly, immigrants, the homeless, those in prison, and the marginalised; may the prayer of the Church and her active endeavours to be close to them be a source of comfort to them, of support to their hope, of strength and courage in defending the dignity of the person.

Each particular Church, attentive to its own particular needs, is encouraged to put forward other intentions in harmony with this appeal of the Holy Father.


For more information and to download the official prayer scheme, visit:
Vatican Worldwide Eucharistic Adoration Page

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Blessed Giuseppe Girotti: Another Dominican Saint in the Making

From the Office of the Postulator General of the Order:
 
On the 27th of March, 2013, the Holy Father Pope Francis received Cardinal Angelo Amato, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Cause of Saints. During that audience, the Roman Pontiff authorized the Congregation to Promulgate the Decree on the Martyrdom of the Servant of God Giuseppe Girotti, a professed priest of the Order of Preachers.
 
Fr Giuseppe Girotti was born in Alba, in the northern part of Italy on the 19th of July, 1905. He was born of a humble family that were esteemed for their hard work and godliness. At the age of 13, he was convinced of his aspiration for the priesthood which led him to enter the Dominican Seminary of Chieri (TO). He was a brilliant student, very lively and cheerful too. In 1923, he made his religious profession in “La Quercia”, near Viterbo and on August 3, 1930 he was ordained to the priesthood at Chieri.
 
He specialized in the interpretation of Scriptures at Angelicum, Rome and the √ącole Biblique of Jerusalem. At the √ącole Biblique, he was a student of the Servant of God Marie-Joseph Lagrange, OP and under him, he published his academic work, “Prolita in Sacra Scrittura” in 1934. He dedicated his life to the teaching of Scriptures at the Dominican Theological Seminary of Turin (S. Maria delle Rose). As a result of his extensive study of Scriptures, he published an extensive commentary on the Wisdom Books and the Prophet Isaiah.
 
Esteemed for his vast learning, he loved to exercise his priestly ministry among the poor and lonely especially at the hospice of the elderly which was close to his convent of S. Maria delle Rose, Turin. There came a period of trial and suffering for him, which he accepted in humility. He was deprived of further education and was transferred to the Convent of San Domenico in the historic centre of Turin. Despite this, he continued his research in Scriptures while intensifying the exercise of his priestly and charitable activities. “Everything I do is for charity”, he candidly said once, indicating his continued growth in the virtue of charity.
 
After September 8, 1943, with the German occupation and the birth of the Italian Social Republic, Girotti began a centre for a vast network of support for Jews. His cultural affinity to Jews was nourished during his years of study in Jerusalem and further deepened by his actual study of Scriptures. It is in this sense that we understand his expressions “Carriers of the Word of God” and “Elder brothers” as referring to Jews. At this time, many of them, while facing persecution and much suffering, sought for safe havens and false documents for a new identity. Girotti was able to assist them in many ways.
 
His activities with Jews which were contrary to the Laws of the Fascist and Nazi led to his arrest on the 29th of August, 1944. He was betrayed by a spy who disguised as someone in need of help and he was taken to Villa Cavorette, the place where Girotti had hidden the Jewish Professor Joseph Diena. Girotti was subsequently arrested and imprisoned in the new prison at Turin. Despite the efforts of his prior to have him released, he was transferred first to San Vittore prison in Milan, then to the camp of Gries, Bozano and finally on the 5th of October 1944, he was taken to Dachau, Germany. According to Don Angelo Dalmasso, another priest with whom he was imprisoned, Girotti stood out for his generosity and openness toward the other inmates with whom he frequently shared the Word of God. He was imprisoned in Cabin 26 with a thousand other priests in a space that was originally meant for 180 inmates. Due to this condition, he became ill and was admitted at the infirmary.
 
On Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945, at barely 40years old, Girotti died. His death was probably aided by a lethal injection of gasoline as was the custom then. On his bunk, his fellow inmates wrote, “Here slept Saint Guiseppe Girotti”.
 
In 1988, the curia of Turin started the formal process for his canonization. On the 14th of February, 1995, 50years after his death, he received a posthumous medal as “Righteous Among the Nations”, a recognition from the State of Israel to all those who worked for the salvation of Jews during the Holocaust. His name is inscribed on the official list and a tree is planted in his honour at the Avenue of the Righteous at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.
On the 27th of March 2013, Pope Francis authorized a decree for his beatification. We anticipate that he will be formally beatified at Alba during the Spring of 2014.
 
 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Dominican Liturgy - The Tradition Lives!




As a part of this month's lesson for our Candidates, we discussed the Dominican practice of chanting the Salve Regina and O Lumen following the hour of compline.  Like other religious Orders founded prior to the Council of Trent, the Order of Preachers have maintained their own pre-Tridentine liturgical practice including a Dominican Divine Office and a Dominican Rite with its own missal.  Although following Vatican II many practices have been standardized and some Orders have altered or abandoned their older liturgies, the Dominican liturgical tradition is alive and well today.

The following links provide some further reading and some excellent YouTube video to better illuminate the sacred traditions contained within the Dominican liturgy.

Dominican Liturgy Blog: http://dominican-liturgy.blogspot.com/
A blog maintained by Fr. Augustine Thompson, OP of the Western Province USA; many instructional videos.  Check the left column for more readings and downloads.

Evening Prayer at San Domenico (Bologna, Italy): Link to YouTube Video
Where better to pray an Hour than in the Rosary Chapel of the basilica which houses the tomb of St. Dominic.  The friars pray the hour in Latin.  The O Lumen begins at about the 4:00 mark.  The video is a little dark (and has an annoying ticking sound), but worth a look.
Wikipedia entry for the Basilica of San Domenico

Dominican Salve Regina and O Lumen (Cork, Ireland): Link to YouTube Video
The complete Salve Regina and O Lumen sequence filmed at the Dominican church of St. Marys at Pope's Quay in Cork, Ireland.  This video is excellent! 
Link to Dominican's of Pope's Quay Blog


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Lay Dominican Retreat Opportunity - July 2013

Lay Dominican Retreat

Casa Maria Convent and Retreat House




When: July 26-28, 2013
Where: Casa Maria Convent and Retreat House, Irondale, Alabama
Retreat Master: Father James Junipero Moore, OP
Theme: Preacher of Grace: The Dominican's Role in the New Evangelization

Casa Maria asks for a donation of $160.00 per person, $270.00 per couple for the weekend retreats. This donation includes a $50.00 non-refundable deposit to hold your place.

Complete Retreat Schedule:
 http://www.sisterservants.org/schedule.php

Information about Casa Maria:
http://www.sisterservants.org/index.php

Thank you to Rick Danner in Pensacola for forwarding this information.

Lay Dominican Retreat Opportunity - May 2013

Sister Veronica Dominican Laity 2013 Annual Retreat

Rosaryville, Louisiana


When: May 3-5, 2013

Where: Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, Ponchatoula, LA

Retreat Master: Fr. Charles Johnson, OP

Cost for two night stay (with meals):
$170 per person - single occupancy
$140 per person - double occupancy
$70 per person - meals only (commuter)

Please plan to arrive by 4:30PM on Friday, May 3.  The retreat will end with lunch after Sunday morning Mass.

In addition, donations will be solicited for the Retreat Master stipend and other expenses.

For further information or to register, please contact:
Tim Meaut, tmeaut@cox.net or 504-451-2379
-or-
Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, rosaryville102@charter.net or 225-294-5039

For information about the Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, navigate to:
http://www.catholicretreatcenter.org/

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Habemus Papem: Pope Francis!


Yes, we have a pope after a short conclave.  For complete coverage, check out the Vatican News Site here: news.va

Friday, March 8, 2013

Adopt a Cardinal


I found this mentioned in the Vatican news feed today...  Yes, you can adopt a Cardinal!  If you navigate to the link below, you may register to "adopt a Cardinal".  You enter your name and e-mail, then you will be assigned a random Cardinal to pray for during the upcoming conclave.   I was assigned Albert Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka.  Over 360,000 people have adopted as of this posting.  To "adopt", navigate to:

Monday, March 4, 2013

Fr. Benedict Ashley, OP - R.I.P.



It was with a heavy heart that I heard of the passing of Fr. Benedict Ashley, OP on February 23, 2013.  Educated at the University of Chicago, Notre Dame, and the Aquinas Institute of Theology, he was a theologian, ethicist, teacher, and one of the greatest Dominican theological voices of the twentieth century.  He was well published, and many including myself, found his history The Dominicans to be their introduction to the Dominican tradition.  He worked up until a few days prior to his death at age 97.  He will be interred today, March 4, 2013. 

May the soul of Fr. Benedict Ashley, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Links of Interest
Aquinas Institute Press Release
Blog of former student, Paul A. Zalonski
Wikipedia Entry for Fr. Benedict Ashley
You Tube Video: Fr. Benedict Ashley Lecture, "Why Theologians should study Philosophy."
Fr. Benedict Ashley offerings at Amazon.com

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Worldwide Novena for Election of the Next Holy Father



Beginning March 1, 2013, the first day when the Chair of Peter will be vacant, I encourage you to join in this Worldwide Novena for the Election of the Next Holy Father.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, send down your Spirit over the conclave.  Let the Holy Spirit inspire the hearts of the cardinals, that they may choose the man most pleasing to You, as Successor of Peter and Your Vicar on Earth.  May Mary, Your Mother and Mother of the Church, be our Advocate.  Amen.

Thank you to Mr. Mark Dunn, O.P. for forwarding this prayer from Dr. Mark Miraville, Professor of Theology and Mariology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Prayer for Pope Benedict XVI (on the occassion of his resignation from the Petrine ministry)


The world of faith stands quieted,
can it truly be that Our Holy Father has,
given the flock over to the uncertainty?
To a successor to be chosen by princes?
We stop, partly saddened. Wonderment in full.
What will happen next, O God?

We trust in You!
We offer our Holy Father to Your loving care!
Thank you for the gift of the pontificate
of Joseph Ratzinger, for all the world and for all time,
Benedict XVI!

Our sadness now parts;
we trust in You as our Holy Father has
shown us so great a model of trust.
The world, O Lord, cannot overcome You.
The world can never get too big for God.
In this moment, and in all our moments,
You are lovingly with us.
So, we trust in Your care and protection, Lord Jesus.

O Holy Spirit, help the Church in this time of transition.
Be Her guide in all that is done and that transpires
over the coming weeks and months.
The faithful abandon ourselves to You, Loving Lord.
And, assist in a most special way, keeping him always near you,
our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI.
As he has served the Church and You, Lord, faithfully,
so may we, the people of God, be faithful to him in this hour.

Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for us all, and bring to your Son,
these prayers and petitions.

Amen.

SOURCE: www.acta-sanctorum.blogspot.com

Monday, February 11, 2013

To All,

I'm sure that you have all heard the news by now.  But, in case you missed it or, would like to read up on this announcement I've posted some links and a statement from Cardinal Dolan.  As my good friend says: " And, we pray."


http://www.whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/

Leading the reactions on this morning's shock news of Pope Benedict's announcement of his resignation, the following statement has just been issued by the USCCB president, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York: 
The Holy Father brought the tender heart of a pastor, the incisive mind of a scholar and the confidence of a soul united with His God in all he did. His resignation is but another sign of his great care for the Church. We are sad that he will be resigning but grateful for his eight years of selfless leadership as successor of St. Peter. 
Though 78 when he elected pope in 2005, he set out to meet his people – and they were of all faiths – all over the world. He visited the religiously threatened – Jews, Muslims and Christians in the war-torn Middle East, the desperately poor in Africa, and the world’s youth gathered to meet him in Australia, Germany, Spain and Brazil. 
He delighted our beloved United States of America when he visited Washington and New York in 2008. As a favored statesman he greeted notables at the White House. As a spiritual leader he led the Catholic community in prayer at Nationals Park, Yankee Stadium and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. As a pastor feeling pain in a stirring, private meeting at the Vatican nunciature in Washington, he brought a listening heart to victims of sexual abuse by clerics. 
Pope Benedict often cited the significance of eternal truths and he warned of a dictatorship of relativism. Some values, such as human life, stand out above all others, he taught again and again. It is a message for eternity. 
He unified Catholics and reached out to schismatic groups in hopes of drawing them back to the church. More unites us than divides us, he said by word and deed. That message is for eternity. 
He spoke for the world’s poor when he visited them and wrote of equality among nations in his peace messages and encyclicals. He pleaded for a more equitable share of world resources and for a respect for God’s creation in nature. 
Those who met him, heard him speak and read his clear, profound writings found themselves moved and changed. In all he said and did he urged people everywhere to know and have a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. 
The occasion of his resignation stands as an important moment in our lives as citizens of the world. Our experience impels us to thank God for the gift of Pope Benedict. Our hope impels us to pray that the College of Cardinals under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit choose a worthy successor to meet the challenges present in today’s world. 
Elevated to the College of Cardinals by the retiring pontiff a year ago this week, the 63 year-old Gotham prelate will be the youngest of the 11 papal electors from the US, who comprise the second-largest national bloc after Italy's 28. Statements from other key players in the impending interregnum will be posted as they're received.
 
Mr. Michael Pearson, O.P.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Memorial of Blessed Jordan of Saxony, OP

Perhaps lost in the shuffle this year, the memorial of Blessed Jordan falls on Ash Wednesday - February 13.  Here is a brief synopsis of his life excerpted from the Holy Dominicans publication of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, TN. The complete .pdf file is available here.


Blessed Jordan of Saxony was born at Burgberg, Westphalia, around the year 1185. While studying in Paris he was attracted to the Order by Blessed Reginald of Orleans and received the habit from him in 1220. On the death of Saint Dominic the friars elected him Master of the Order. For fifteen years he ministered to his brothers and sisters by his preaching, his letters, his edition of the Constitutions, his frequent visitations and the example of his life. More than one thousand novices were attracted to the Order during the tenure of his office. He directed Blessed Diana and her community in the way of perfection and governed all his subjects with gentleness and kindness. His love for Mary, the Mother of God, expressed itself by his decree that the Salve Regina was to be sung after compline. Blessed Jordan was shipwrecked and drowned on February 13, 1237.

Blessed Jordan of Saxony (article at Dominican Province of St. Albert) 
Dominican Saints 101: Bl. Jordan of Saxony (article at Dominican Province of St. Joseph) 
Blessed Jordan of Saxony and His Love Letters (article at GodzDogz - English Dominican Students)

Blessed Jordan, ora pro nobis!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Memorial of St. Raymond de Penafort, OP





 St. Raymond de Penafort was the third Master of the Order of Preachers and is considered the father of canon law.  He was born in Catalonia to a wealthy family in 1175.  Educated at Bologna, St. Raymond produced his great work, the Summa Casuum, which is an important work about the sacrament of penance.  At the request of Pope Greogry IX, he went on to systematically re-arrange and codify existing Church laws by publishing five books of Decretals which became the foundation of canon law.  Elected Master of the Order in 1238, he published a revised version of the Dominican Constitutions.  St. Raymond also commissioned St. Thomas Aquinas to write his Summa Contra Gentiles.  St. Raymond passed to his heavenly reward on January 6, 1275, and was canonized by Pope Clement VIII in 1601.  His traditional feastday is January 23, but this has been revised to January 7 in the current Church calendar.

St. Raymond is the patron of lawyers and canon lawyers.  He worked many miracles; among the most celebrated is one of his having, when returning to Barcelona from the island of Majorca, spread his cloak upon the sea, and sailed upon it, in the space of six hours, the distance of a hundred and sixty miles, and having reached his convent, entered it through the closed doors.

St. Raymond de Penafort entry at New Advent Catholic Online Encylopedia
St. Raymond de Penafort article at CatholicCulture.org


St. Raymond de Penafort, ora pro nobis!

Mission San Luis Celebration


I attended the Mass at Mission San Luis on this past Saturday.  The church was full!  Music was provided by the Good Shepherd Parish Men's Choir.  Photos are available at this link:

Tallahassee Democrat Mission San Luis Celebration Photos

Viva La Florida!