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Friday of the 5th Week of Lent Reflection

By: Fr. Cristóbal Torres, O.P St. Dominic Priory Miami, FL   Readings: Jer 20:10-13 / John 10:31-42   No good deed goes unpunished, or so the saying goes.  Jesus’ words in today’s gospel appear to echo the same idea: “I have showed you many good works from my Father.  For which of these are you trying to stone me?”  As we prepare to undertake our annual descent into Jesus’ terrifying undoing over the next seven days, the facts would appear to line up with the popular saying: Sometimes […]

Thursday of the 5th Week of Lent Reflection

By: Fr. R. B. Williams, O.P. Holy Rosary Priory Houston, TX   Readings: Genesis 17:3-9 / Ps. 105:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 / John 8:51-59   “You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.”   Abraham is an ancestor in faith for three major religious traditions: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.  Yet Jesus claims to his adversaries in today’s gospel scripture that he [Jesus] existed “before Abraham came to be.”  […]

The Annunciation of the Lord

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We are quite familiar with this Gospel of the Annunciation.  In fact, we are so familiar with it that we often take it for granted and fail to listen deeply since we already know ‘the end of the story.’   In our imaginations, let us ponder the words of this angel, this disturber of prayer.  Gabriel tells Mary to not be afraid.  Really!  Consider the implications.  The affirmations, “Hail, full of grace,” “You have found favor with God.”  And the promises, “You will conceive in your womb and […]

Dominican Formators Gather

Dominican Formators from all four provinces in the U.S., Argentina, England and Ireland gathered for their annual meeting in Oakland, CA on March 19-22, 2015.  St. Martin de Porres Province formators friar Scott O’Brien, OP (Novice Master – front row, far right), friar Charles Johnson (Director of Vocations – back row, far right) and friar Paul Whittington, OP (Student Master – back row, 3rd from right).

Tuesday of the 5th Week of Lent Reflection

By: Sr. Marian Sartain, O.P. Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Nashville TN   Readings: Numbers 21: 4-9 / John 8:21-30   We might well be tempted to think today’s first reading from the Book of Numbers a bit strange. God’s People, afflicted by a death-dealing plague, beg his help; and He heals them by having them gaze on an image of the very cause of their affliction.  Instead of simply taking the plague away, He insists that the sign of their suffering and death become the means of […]