• The Mystery of the Annunciation to Mary of the Incarnation of the Son of God
    The announcement of the Incarnation of the Son of God to Mary and her implicit divine motherhood is preceded by the goodness of God, who reveals to her the mercy with which He has graced her.
  • The Nativity Narrative of Luke
    Johannes Tauler OP describes the Nativity as a kind of three births.  A trinity that, for Tauler, symbolically reflects the Divine Trinity and finds expression in each individual person who makes herself available to the interior movements of the Holy Spirit. The first is the paternal birth, of God begetting His only Son “within the Divine essence.”  The second birth is of Maternal fruitfulness and purity.  The third is “effected when God is born within a just soul […]
  • The Visitation
    The intent of the Advent season, as Catholics, is to prepare for the arrival of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We have begun another Liturgical Church year.
  • … And They Laid Him In The Tomb
    All of the candles were gone. The altar cloth had been removed.  Crucifixes were wrapped in purple cloth. The tabernacle was there with its doors wide open, and it was empty.
  • Jesus Carries The Cross
    “For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”
  • The Crowning With Thorns
    It was common for the Roman soldiers to humiliate the condemned. They would often pick out a victim from among those sentenced to death and mock and abuse them. Think about the psychology here. No compassion, no empathy.
  • The Scourging At The Pillar
    So, I got to thinking about the compressed nature of the Sorrowful Mysteries, and the very minimal mentions of scourging. Why is it that this seeming afterthought in the account of the Passion of Our Lord is one of the Sorrowful Mysteries?
  • The Agony In The Garden
    As a child, the Agony in the Garden held a special mystery. If Jesus is God, and God knows everything, and is all-powerful, then what was he worried about?
  • Invitation to Pray for Peace from fr. Gerard
    Dear brothers and sisters: As we begin the great season of Lent, the Master of the Order, fr. Gerard Timoner, OP, has issued a Lenten message asking us to continue to offer our prayer, fasting, and almsgiving for peace where there is war, unrest, and persecution, particularly for Ukraine, and to remember that we are part of a global Dominican Family.  He also invites us to pray the Litany of Dominican Saints at least once a week […]
  • Lenten Reflection – 2022
    When we think of mystery in the context of religion, we generally have a different experience. We hear or read something that we don’t understand, and when we ask about it, all too often we are told, “Well, it’s a mystery.”
  • To Praise, To Bless, To Preach
    If a Dominican is not devoted to prayer and praise, he cannot contemplate; he cannot even hope to contemplate. Without prayer, he will never penetrate the truths of faith. Speaking of Our Lord’s mysteries
  • Dominican Life is Apostolic
    Undertaking the task of explaining how “Dominican Life is Contemplative” has been a real challenge (just ask Mark who has read a variety of drafts).
  • The Visitation
    There is a lot happening here. When Elizabeth heard the greeting, so did her son, John the Baptist. Consider that John, at around 24 week’s gestation, leapt at the sound of the voice of the mother of God.
  • Advent Reflection
    ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’
  • Advent
    The Season of Waiting Fr. Jude commented in his homily yesterday that emergency hospital waiting rooms are holy places for many prayers are said there. It made me quiet inside.