Sunday, October 31, 2010

ZENIT - Benedict XVI's Letter to Seminarians

ZENIT - Benedict XVI's Letter to Seminarians

ZENIT - Vatican Message for Hindu Feast of Diwali

ZENIT - Vatican Message for Hindu Feast of Diwali

Hosting Jesus

Luke 19: 1-10
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus was in Jericho and was passing through the town. Everybody wanted to see Him. One can imagine the crowds as they crammed every space. There was a little rich man, the chief tax collector whose name was Zacchaeus, who had the opportunity of personal gain through unjust means but he too wanted to see Jesus! Zacchaeus was short in stature and could not see over the crowds gathered around Jesus, so he perched atop a sycamore tree hoping to catch at least a small glimpse of Jesus as he passed through Jericho on his way to Jerusalem. As he drew closer, Jesus looked up noticing the little rich man and said to him: “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today” (Lk 19:5). The rich man hurried down with joy to go ahead to prepare to host Jesus.

Upon hearing this exchange between Jesus and Zacchaeus, the crowds began murmuring about Jesus’ habit of spending time and dining with sinners. Typical of Jesus!

In Luke’s Gospel the first Beatitude reads simply: ‘’Blessed are the poor’’ while in Matthew’s list it is rendered as ‘poor in spirit’. Luke more clearly than the other Gospels make the point that God’s justice has a preference for the poor and little people. In his Beatitudes Luke created a parallel between the blessings: ‘blessed are they’ and the woes- ‘woe to you who are rich’. Does this mean that Zacchaeus was not worthy of meeting Jesus, or even dining with him? However, we must not forget that it was Jesus who noticed Zacchaeus and he too who invited himself over to Zacchaeus’ house. ‘’Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man has come to seek and save the lost.’’(Lk 19: 9,10)

Zacchaeus seemed not to be satisfied with the wealth he had gained and seemingly risked a limb or two by climbing up a tree simply and maybe out of curiosity to see Jesus. Often I overhear others say that most rich and wealthy people’s lives are still empty and unhappy; that they are searching daily for something more. But what about the poor and not so fortunate man who has no wealth, riches or possessions? Is he searching too? Are they unhappy too? Having lived and experienced as well as observed both socio-economic divides, the answer is yes. Yes, all of us are searching for truth, for answers, for meaning, something that seems credible and hopefully give us to peace and happiness.

What does Zacchaeus’ encounter with Jesus say to us today? I suppose the question I would ask myself is this - am I willing to go ‘out on a limb’ for my faith? All of us, rich and poor, young and old have an inborn desire and longing for God. Today’s Gospel shows us a little man whose heart is restless until he saw Jesus. St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the church in his Confessions writes: ‘’Our hearts are restless until they rest in You. St. Thomas Aquinas and later St. Teresa of Avila describes it in a beautiful way: ‘’God alone suffices!’’ May we find rest and allow Jesus to minister to us today. We do not always have to be the ‘better’ person and send an invitation to Jesus. He loves us so much and is desperate for us to experience that love and forgiveness because he knows our longings. The conversion we need today can happen if we allow Jesus to ‘come to us for tea.’

Jesus entered Jericho and was going through the twon when a man whose name was Zacchaeus made his appearance; he was one of the senior tax collectors and a wealthy man. He was anxious to see what kind of man Jesus was, but he was too short and could not see him for the crowd; so he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus who was to pass that way. When Jesus reached the spot he looked up and spoke to him: 'Zacchaeus, come down. Hurry, because I must stay at your house today'. And he hurried down and welcomed him joyfully. They all complained when they saw what was happening. 'He has gone to stay at a sinner's house' they said. But Zacchaeus stood his ground and said to the Lord, 'Look, sir, I am going to give half my property to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody I will pay him back four times the amount'. And Jesus said to him, 'Today salvation has come to this house, because this man too is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek out and save what is lost'.

Luke 19:1-10

Friday, 29 October 2010 00:00 Stephen Jones OP

Friday, October 8, 2010

St. Louis Bertrand

October 9
Friar and Priest

St. Louis was born in Valencia, spain, on January 1, 1526, and in 1544 entered the Order against the wishes of his parents. He came to so exemplify the ideals of Dominican life that he was appointed master of novices. Combining an austere life with zeal for spreading the gospel, he asked to be sent to the fartheast parts of the Americas and in 1562 was sent to what is now Colombia. He was given the gift of communicating with the Indians in their own tongues and withn the encouragement of Bartolomeo de Las Casas defended their rights against the Spanish conquerors.
He returned to Spain in 1569 and again assumed the position of master of novices. He died at Valencia on October 9, 1581. St. Louis is the patron of novitiates and formation personnel.

Blessed Matthew Carreri

October 8
Friar and Priest

Blessed Matthew was born at Mantua, Italy, around 1420 and entered the Order there in 1440. His life was maked by assiduous paryer, severe penance and an exact fidelity to regular observance, all of which prepared him for a life of apostolic preaching. So great was his charity that he once offered to deliver himself into slavery in order to rescue a mother and her daughter capture by pirates. Throughout his life Blessed Matthew labored to promote regular observance in the Order. He died at Vigevano on October 5, 1470.

Blessed Ambrose Sansedone

October 8
Friar and Priest

Blessed Amborse was born at Siena, Italy, in 1220 and enter the Order there in 1237. Together with St. Thomas Aquinas and Peter of Tarentaise (Pope Innocent V)he studied at Paris and Coloogne under St. Albert the Great and he and Thomas began to teach at Cologne under Albert's guidance. In addition to teaching and preaching he was often involved in diplomatic missions for both popes and monarchs. In the midst of this activity he was able to maintain a contemplative prayer life. He died at Siena on March 20,1287. His commemoration falls on the anniversary of the confirmation of his cult by Gregory XV on October 8, 1622.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Find Out God's Will For Your Life.

The Dominican Community of Holy Cross cordially invite ona and all to "find out God's Will for your" This would be held on Saturday, November 27th 2010 from 9:am to 11:00am. Come with an open mind and heart to listen to God's will for your life. For more information call 868 781 5865.


Once more we have celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7th, even as we observe Rosary Month during October. In 2002, John Paul II enriched our Rosary prayer with the Luminous Mysteries or the Mysteries of Light, emphasizing more than ever that the Rosary is a prayer meditation on the life of Christ. It is always to JESUS through Mary. All true devotion to Mary leads the devotee to her Son.

We have seen different forms of the Rosary becoming more popular. The Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Rosary of Liberation and the Rosary for the Dead are all popular forms of prayer which see the beads as a means to an end. Some of these are of very recent vintage. The Divine Mercy chaplet of St. Faustina originated in her colloquies with the Lord in the 1930s. The Rosary of Liberation is a composition of the Brazilian Regis Castro in the 1980s. They have become substitutes for the traditional Dominican form of the Rosary which became central to the devotion of this archdiocese during the episcopal tenure of Archbishop Finbar Ryan.
It should also be noted, however, that the Castros do not recommend that the Rosary of Liberation become a substitute for the Dominican Rosary. As they say on page 12 of the book, ”The Rosary of Liberation in no way excludes the wonderful devotion to the Rosary of Our Lady.” Part of the problem is that many devotees approach the Rosary as a means of getting things from Our Lady and from God. They choose to pray whichever form seems to be more “powerful” in meeting their needs. The Rosary as meditation on the life of the incarnate Christ and other mysteries of faith is seen as secondary to the Rosary as a weapon in some spiritual warfare or as a means of manipulating the spiritual, of getting more and more grace.
It is a very short step from this “use” of the Rosary to the latest fad, the wearing of the Rosary around the neck. This is today a worldwide phenomenon. As such it is good business. Chaplets of great beauty and cost are being sold specifically to be worn around the neck. Traditionally, monks and nuns have worn rosary beads on the waist with easy access for use in prayer. If at the waist, why not on the neck?
It may be useful here to take up again the old distinction between the chaplet and the rosary in which the chaplet usually referred to the string of beads and the rosary to the prayer. With such a distinction the rosary is a prayer and the chaplet the tool of that prayer. It is not meant to be a guard, bordering on superstition. When someone who does not understand our faith wears it as jewelry or as a guard, even when engaging in evil acts, we all must be concerned. In today’s world, we cannot stop the commercialization of religious objects. Most of our religious artifacts are manufactured in China and the Vatican is powerless to stop it. We should not have our children wearing the chaplet, if we are not also praying the rosary with them. Nonetheless, a rosary around the neck of someone, who seems not to share our faith, is an invitation to dialogue. It is an opportunity to find out why the person is wearing it, to share faith and to ask God for the grace to be His instrument in calling a person beyond superstition to light and truth. A few years ago, our antagonists were making converts from Catholicism trample on chaplet beads. Today gangster boys are asking priests to “bless” them with a set of beads. The former would be an occasion of sin. The latter must be grasped as an opportunity of grace.
However, we choose to carry our chaplets, may we fervently pray the Rosary this month, seeking always our deeper transformation into Christ at the service of Church and society.

Clyde M. Harvey
Holy Rosary/St. Martin’s Pastoral Cluster

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Our Lady of the Rosary

October 7
Our Lady of the Rosary

From its beginning the Order of Preachers has shown special honor and devotion Mary, Mother of God. The Rosary, which places before us the chief mysteries of the life, passion and resurrection of our Savior, has been one of the chief ways in which the Order has expressed this devotion. Our brother, Alan de La Roche (1428-1478) helped to define the structure of the Rosary and zealously promoted its recitation. At Douai in 1470 he established the first Rosary Confraternity. In 1476 our brother Jacob Sprenger established at cologne the firsy such Confraternity which had papal approval. Pope Saint Pius V gave the Rosary definitive from in is bull Consueverunt Romani Pontificis (September 17, 1569).

Today's feast commemorates the great naval victory won by christian forces over the Truks at Lepanto on Sunday, October 7, 1571. Pope Saint Pius V decreed that a fest in honor of Our Lady of Victories be celebrated each year on that day. His successor, Gregory XIII, transferred the feast to the first Sunday of October under the new title of Our Lady of the Rosary that the victory was thought the invocation of Our Lady of the Rosary that the victory was thought to have been gained. In the reform of the liturgy the feast was returned to its original day.

Blessed Bartolo Longo

October 6
Blessed Bartolo Longo
Lay Dominican

Bartolo Longo was born in Naples in 1841 and obtained his degree in civil law at the University there. Faith was weak in the intellectual circles of the the time and Bartolo had wavered in his own faith,even to the point of dabbling in spiritualism. He was converted through the work of Fr. Alberto Radente, O.P., and in 1872 became a Tertiary with the name Rosario. called to promote the Rosary by divine intervention he was responsible for building the Sanctuary of our Lady of Pompeii (1876) as well as founding of a congregation of sisters, the Sisters of the Holy Rosary of Pomperii (1877). He was zealous not only in promoting devotion of our Lady, but also in works of social justice. He died at Pompeii on October 6, 1926.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

A Model for Mothers and Religious Alike

Sunday Beatification for Woman Who Lost Husband, 6 Children

By Carmen Elena Villa

ROME, SEPT. 30, 2010 ( "If a happy person has existed in life, it is I," Mother Anna Maria Adorni affirmed, despite having suffered the death of her husband and her six children.

Mother Adorni (1805-1893), who at 52 founded the Congregation of Handmaidens of Blessed Mary Immaculate and of the Institute of the Good Shepherd, will be beatified this Sunday in Parma, Italy. Benedict XVI will be represented at the ceremony by Archbishop Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes.

Xaverian Missionary Father Guglielmo Camera, postulator of her cause of beatification, told ZENIT that the future blessed is a model of a "young Christian, wife, mother and founder."

"It's very original that one person can be a model for several states of life," he said.

Anna Maria Adorni was born and grew up in the town of Fivizziano, in the province of Massa and Carrara in northern Italy. Her father died when she was 15. She wanted to be a Capuchin nun but she gave in to her mother's will and in 1826 married Antonio Domenico Botti, whom she loved very much. Only three months later, her mother died.

"It's enough to love one another very much," said the future blessed about marriage. "All husbands would be good if the women were always attentive to detail and quick," she asserted. She and her husband had six children.

"She thought children were a gift, she really formed them so that they would go to heaven, in the sense of prayer, of faith and the passage from this world to the house of the Father," Father Camera noted.

Harsh test

Her husband died when she was 39, after four months of a severe illness during which she gave him every care. She remained alone with four children (two had already died when very young): Poldino, 16; Alberto, 7; Guido, 4; and Celestina, 3 months.

Anna Maria felt the call to become a consecrated widow, to dedicate herself to works of charity, especially with prisoners: "She was very committed to prisoners, in whom no one was interested," said Father Camera.

"And it wasn't a question of visiting prisons as a way of escape. She was always very committed. She lived this motherhood to those who were not her children," he continued.

Then other moments of pain followed. Her children Guido, Alberto and Celestina died while still very young. Only Poldino was left and he entered a Benedictine monastery and died at 26.

Despite all these sorrows, Anna Maria did not lose hope. Many men of faith admired her attitude and some sought her advice, among them St. John Bosco, Bishop Domenico Maria Villa, and Blessed Andrea Ferrari, archbishop of Milan.

Several women wished to follow her example and thus was born a pious union of women visitors of prisons, under the protection of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, an association of women volunteers specialized in prison ministry.

On May 1, 1857, together with eight companions, she started the new Congregation of Handmaidens of Blessed Mary Immaculate of Parma. Two years later, she made with them the private vows of chastity, obedience and poverty.

These women consecrated their religious life to rescuing fallen women, to protecting those in danger, to giving maternal help to the homeless and orphans. "Not only did they go to visit them but they committed themselves to inserting them in society with a job. They received them so as to ensure their future," said Father Camera.

Bishop Andres Miotti of Parma confirmed the statutes of this community on Jan. 28, 1893. Anna Maria died on Feb. 7 that year, just nine days later. "She was clothed in the religious habit practically on her deathbed," commented the postulator of her cause.

Anna Maria's reputation for holiness began to spread rapidly. Some 60 alleged miracles were recorded as due to her intercession. Moreover, many spoke of miracles that the future blessed had wrought in life: "The Lord operated in her life. She had a very beautiful faith because she trusted her confessors, human mediations, sought to understand what the Lord desired, moment after moment, and this faith took her very high," concluded Father Camera. "I think the miracles she worked were due to this faith."

ZENIT - Pontiff Still Praying for Haiti

ZENIT - Pontiff Still Praying for Haiti

Dominican Vocation: different aspects of our life

Friday, October 1, 2010

Sr. Abbott OP recieves Final Profession

A Dominican sister of St Catherine of Siena, Sr. Aluna Abbott OP, received final profession today 2nd October, 2010 at her home parish St. John the Evangelist RC Church Diego Martin and a reception in her honor was held at the Marian Hall Holy Name Convent Port Of Spain, Trinidad.

In the homily of this celebration Archbishop Gilbert Congratulated Sr. Abbott on this milestone event. This profession is a show of gradual up-building of vocation in the archdiocese.

For the Religious is the sign of God's presence on earth. This is done thought their vows(poverty, chastity, and obedience)while living as it dictated through their constitution. This constitutional frame work sets the stage also for the community life of the group.

Religious life, he added, is a radical way living our baptism promise. This radicality calls one into a deep sense of radical commitment. His is why for him out of the three vows obedience is the hardness of all because it means that one has giving up their freedom to the work of the community.

He admitted that at age 45 to 60 people tend to loose their sense of commitment. This occurred because people did not radically live out their commitment. The only way to leave through this period is to be serious about their commitment.

In ending he called Sr. Abbott to stay committed to the call that God gave to her in the good times and bad time and she surly would reap the rewards that the religious life promised her. God bless you Sr. Aluna Abbott.

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