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Thursday of the 2nd Week of Lent Reflection

By: Fr. Augustine DeArmond, O.P. St. Peter Dominican Community Memphis, TN   Readings: Jer 17:5-10 / Luke 16:19-31   During Lent last year, I encountered a number of people returning to the Church, some doing so after 20 or 30 years of absence.  In each case, the person offered a sense of longing for the comfort of Christian community. Each person in some way expressed the words, “I am alone and want to be close to God.”  In today’s Gospel, the rich man needs both God and community, […]

Friars at Aquinas Center of Theology

The Dominican Friars attended a lecture on Pope Francis by Vatican Correspondent John Allen, Jr., sponsored by the Aquinas Center of Theology at Emory University on March 2, 2015.  Pictured are (L to R) Jorge Rativa, OP, Minlib Dallh, OP, Wayne Cavalier, OP, Jeffery Ott, OP, Tom Condon, OP, John Allen, Bruce Schultz, OP, John Boll, OP, and Craig Mullins, Chair of the Aquinas Center Board.   The Dominican Friars operate the Catholic Center at Emory University.    

Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Lent Reflection

By: Fr. Charles Latour, O.P. St. Anthony of Padua Priory New Orleans, LA   Reading: Mt 20:17-28   “whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.”   Wow! The mother of James and John makes quite the request when she asks Jesus to make sure her sons sit on his right and on his left. Are we looking at proof of the first “tiger mom” in recorded history? No, like any good parent all […]

Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Lent Reflection

By: Fr. John Lydon, O.P. St. Peter Dominican Community Memphis, TN   Readings: Isa 1:10, 16-20 / Matt 23:1-12   Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Katharine Drexel, foundress and ‘apostle of racial harmony and healing.’ She was a wealthy heiress, and had everything that she would ever need or want. Yet she was stirred by her parents to seek God in all things. She saw the plight of Native Americans and Blacks as bearing the Cross of discrimination and she realized that education was the […]

Monday of the 2nd Week of Lent Reflection

By: Mr. George Bercaw, O.P. Dominican Laity Chattanooga, TN   Readings: Dan 9:4b-10 / Luke 6:36-38   Today’s readings present a contrast between our actions and God’s response. Daniel confesses the nation’s sins, which are forcibly expressed by five synonymous verbs: we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from thy commandments and ordinances.  They have refused to listen to the prophets’ warnings, and all classes of the people have sinned – no one was exempt from the disobedience and rebellion.  In fact, […]