Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sandra Schneiders

Today is the Memorial of St. Irenaeus

St. Irenaeus
"The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and strength, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of God came down upon the Lord, and the Lord in turn gave this Spirit to his Church, sending the Advocate from heaven into all the world…” These are the words of Saint Irenaeus in, ‘The sending of the Holy Spirit,’ on his treatise Against Heresies. This working of the Holy Spirit which he held very dear to him.

 Saint Irenaeus was an early Church Father of the 2nd century A.D. He was mentored by Saint Polycarp, himself a disciple of Saint John the Evangelist. Saint Irenaeus became Bishop of Lyons and fulfilled his calling as a prolific writer. Most notably, he defended the faith against the intellectual imperialism of the Gnostics; refuting their claims by defining truth as available to all. He said truth is public, unifying, and pneumatic (permeating). Additionally, Saint Irenaeus helped identify the canon of scripture and the creed.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Formation of Brothers

Chapter VI
154. Following the requirements of our legislation and of our Ratio Formationis Generalis,
formation should aim at this, that beginners are led gradually to the fullness of the life and
apostolate which are proper to the Order.
155. To engage in formation profitably, on the part of the candidate the following qualifications
are required: physical health, psychological maturity proportionate to his age, suitability for
social life, a consistently sound Christian life, aptitude, the right intention, and the free will
of consecrating himself to God and the Church in the Dominican way of life.
156. Primary responsibility for his own formation lies with the candidate himself, in free
cooperation with the grace of a divine vocation, and under the guidance of masters and of
other assistants.
157. The brethren who are suitably chosen and carefully prepared are to be placed in charge of
formation. Several can collaborate in this work of formation, but one should be in charge
of coordinating the whole process of formation.
* 158. Where it seems opportune to a provincial chapter, a formation council, distinct from the
conventual council, can be established to work on matters pertaining to the whole process
of formation and, in this way, to help the master in his duty. The provincial chapter or the
prior provincial with his council shall determine the composition and duties of this council.
159. The master has responsibility for both the spiritual life and for discipline in so far as both
are required for the full instruction of those to be formed, leaving to them, moreover, the
freedom of approaching other priests for more personal spiritual direction.
160. The convent of formation shall be organized in such a way that, while maintaining the
requirements for training, the conditions of the actual life they will eventually be expected
to lead will be presented to the candidates in a suitable progression.
* 161. Truly fraternal common life should flourish in the convents of formation so that, while
retaining appropriate group distinctions, those to be formed can actively and gradually
participate in the life of the community to acquire a more sound and complete training.
Therefore, all the brethren should be conscious of their own responsibility in the formation
of the younger brethren.
162. Every province shall arrange suitable practical experiences in accord with the age and
background of its candidates to develop their personal and religious maturity as well as their
preparation for the apostolate.
* 163. There shall be a Ratio Formationis for the whole Order, approved by a general chapter or
by the Master of the Order, to be revised from time to time, which will set forth the spiritual
principles and the fundamental educational norms for the training of the brethren, leaving
to the provinces the responsibility of developing regulations appropriate to the
circumstances of times and places.
164. Although the formation of the brethren lasts for many years with interruptions of studies to
gain experience and is spread out over various stages, nevertheless it ought to be conceived
and carried out in practice as a continuous and progressive process whose integration arises
from a unity of purpose. Therefore, the different periods of formation detailed below must
be understood in the light of this unity.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Archbishop: Build the habit of prayer in your lives

“This world [and] our nation would only change when each one of us begins to live the values of the kingdom - justice, peace, love, harmony. When we begin to live these values in our homes, in our workplaces, in our places of recreation, then the kingdom begins to come into being.”

This was the teaching put forward to members of the local arm of the Global Apostleship of Prayer by Archbishop Joseph Harris, chief celebrant at the group’s annual Mass and rally last Sunday at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Curepe.

He noted, “Since not one of us is perfect, all of us [will] take time before we can begin to live the values of the kingdom. It is something we have to be working at day after day.” Therefore, “we can either facilitate the coming of the kingdom by the speed with which we begin to make the values of the kingdom the habits by which we live, or we can be obstacles to the coming the kingdom by [our] refusal to make the values of the kingdom the habits by which we live”.

Archbishop Harris said, “Since every human being is a creature of habit” and “the predominant habit in our lives defines us” then if the predominant values in our lives are the values of the kingdom of God, then we will be known as kingdom people.

His Grace further noted in his homily that “a kingdom person would love as Christ loves,” therefore, “to love as Christ loves us, means putting aside the selfishness in our lives [and] learning to put others first.”

The only way we can do that is by putting God first through “building the habit of prayer in [our] lives. When you build the habit of prayer in your life, God will give you the graces that you need to love as His Son showed us. If all of us live the values of the kingdom, then I can assure you slowly but surely, we would see crime decrease, we would see more love in our land, we would be loving as Christ loves us.”

Before Mass, a prayer session for an increase in vocations was led by concelebrant and Apostleship of Prayer spiritual director Fr Michael Makhan and assisting deacons, including Reverends Cy Moore, Derek Walcott, Jeffrey Supersad and Malcom Joab. – CN reporter

Church call on Gov’t to look again at Gender policy - No to abortion, same sex unions

The Roman Catholic Church in Trinidad and Tobago is urging the People’s Partnership government to look again at its draft Gender Policy and excise any clauses that impinge on the sanctity of all life.

A release from the Catholic Commission of Social Justice (CCSJ) and Vicar General Msgr Robert Llanos, identified three specific areas of concern. They are -: re-definition of the term ‘gender’; legalised abortion and same sex unions.
“The Catholic Church rejects any attempt to redefine ‘gender’ which, as the Holy See stated at a UN meeting in March 2011, ‘asserts that sexual identity can somehow be adapted indefinitely to suit new and different purposes, not recognised in international law.’”
 Addressing abortion, the release stated, “We reject any attempts to legalise abortion in Trinidad and Tobago. We believe human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation.
 “We agree with Mother Teresa that abortion has portrayed the greatest of gifts – a child – as a competitor, an intrusion and an inconvenience.” The release stated that it stood by the Church’s teaching that, “We cannot endorse choices that drastically and unjustly limit the choices of other human beings.
 “We stand as the voice of our vulnerable, voiceless unborn and call for others to open centres such as Mary Care Centre, which was established since 1980, as a sanctuary for unmarried, pregnant young women,” added the release.
 Continuing, the statement read, “As we strive to move from a culture of death to a culture of life in Trinidad and Tobago, we must reject the violence of abortion and devise effective strategies to enable our pregnant mothers to have their babies and to care for them.”
 Touching on the issue of same sex marriage, the release pointed out that the Church believes “that marriage is a faithful, exclusive and lifelong union between one man and one woman, joined as husband and wife in an intimate partnership of life and love.”
 Pope Benedict XVI has warned of “powerful political and cultural currents seeking to alter the legal definition of marriage.” The CCSJ said the Church was prepared to defend traditional marriage from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Happiness and the monastic life

Bridge to God

If you want ot build a bridge to God, you must also build bridges with
the peoplein you life-friends and foes included. You cannot obtain one without
the other. Push yourself to make peace with people today.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Trini Brothers in International Eucharistic Congress

Bro. Matthew Martinez OP, Bro. Christophe Cole, Bro. Sean Crepin.
This caption was taken when the brothers attened the 50th International Eucharistic Congress. This congress was also attened by pilgrims from Trinidad and Tobago.

CREDItable Conversations- Prog 1- The Origin of Catholic Moral Understan...

Friday, June 15, 2012

Archbishop Plays the National Instrument

The Archbishop of Port of Spain, Trinidad Joseph Everad Harris playing the national musical instrument of Trinidad and Tobago. This musical instrument is the only instrument to be invented in the twentieth century. In the picture above, His Grace is seen playing a musical piece with young people of the Archdiocese in its family day on Sunday 10th June, 2012. If music be the friut of life play on.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Flourishing Dominican Vocations from the Philippines

The Dominican vocation continues to flourish in the Philippines with a good number of young men entering the Order by making their first profession of religious vows, some renewing their vows while some others are making their final commitment by making solemn profession. These are certainly signs of a bright future for the Order in the Philippines.

First Profession of Vows

Ten brothers made their first profession on May 8, 2012 at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag in Pangasinan. The new student-brothers are: Bros. Reginald Zamora, Asanka Melroy Adikari Arachige Don, Ariel Adolfo, Rambang Ngawan, Jay Quisay, Jayno Jabonillo, Gerard Advincula, Jaymar Capalaran, Niño Peñaredondo and Jose Laureano de Jesus. After their profession, they moved to the Dominican Studentate at Quezon City, where they will continue their formation in religious life and also pursue their studies for priestly ordination. The rite of profession was integrated in the Eucharistic Celebration, in which the new Prior Provincial, Bro. Gerard Francisco P. Timoner III, OP presided and preached. The whole celebration ended with a lunch at the Novitiate grounds.

Renewal of Profession of Vows

Simple profession aims to fortify the resolve of young Dominicans to pursue the religious life fully up until death. With the resolve to continue in their religious journey, some brothers renewed their profession of vows at the hands of their Prior, Bro. Giuseppe Pietro Arsciwals, OP (delegated by the Provincial) on Tuesday April 1, 2012 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary La Naval de Manila. In the presence of the Master of Students, Bro. Clarence Victor C. Marquez, OP, they publicly expressed their desire to continue their Dominican life for a year. These brothers were asked to persevere in their chosen vocation by being faithful to the life and spirit of St. Dominic. The brothers who renewed their simple profession are: Bros. Jestoni E. Porras, Jessielito N. Pelimer Jr., Don Dominique Marco Antonio S. Go and Bryan C. Cortel.

Solemn Profession of Vows

On Easter Sunday April 8, 2012 at Santo Domingo Church, Quezon City, seven student-brothers made their solemn profession during a Eucharistic Celebration attended by their families and other guests. Those who made their final and total commitment are: Bros. Michael M. Sales, Roy C. Villaraza, Mingdry Hanafi Tjipto, Aaron C. Reyes, Arden Xerxes D.Dacuma, Jayson R. Gonzales and Hilario V. Sicat Jr. Bro. Quirico T. Pedregosa Jr., OP, was the presider and preacher.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

New Provincial

New Provincal Fr. Gregory Carroll OP
On Friday 8th June 2012, the elective chapter of the Irish Province of the Dominican Order elected Fr.Gregory Carroll OP as its provincal. Fr. Carroll spent close to tewnty years here in Trinidad and was a popular member of the Dominican community in Arima. We say congratulations to him and pray that God gives him the health and the strength needed to carry out this important task. God bless you Fr. Gregory Carroll OP.