April 29 – Feast Day of St. Catherine of Siena – 5 Wednesdays Preparatio​n

Dear Dominican Brothers and Sisters:
    This is a most excellent time to begin our devotion to St. Catherine in preparation for her feast day.  It may be said for five Wednesdays, morning and evening.
     March 27, April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24…Feast Day of St. Catherine is April 29th…
     Have you heard of an express novena or an express devotion?  Rather than weekly, it may be said for five days in a row.
     If you should skip a day, ask for grace and continue.  Our Lord and His servants are generous and gracious.
Read slowly, meditate, and have faith,
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May 2012 Meeting

Dear Lay Dominicans and Inquirers:

Just a reminder that we will be meeting a week later this month due to Mother’s Day.  So we will meet on May 20th, at the Dominican priory located adjacent to the University of Dallas.
In speaking with our provincial president, Col. Jo Ann Cotterman, she recommended that we return to praying the Liturgy of the Hours together.  So this month, I’d like to try praying the morning prayer before Mass in the library.  So the day will run as follows:
  • Inquirers class at 10AM in the library
  • Morning prayer at 10:50 in the library
  • Mass at 11:15
  • General Meeting after Mass, until about 1 or 1:15
  • Enjoy our sack lunches together
  • New inquirers, you are welcome to join us for any parts of the meeting that you wish!
Also, the Executive Council met in March and planned the following topics and dates for our general meetings.
  • April 11th:  David Toups gave a wonderful presentation on “Avoiding Distractions in Prayer!”
  • May 20th:  St. Martin de Porres, moderated by Annette Butler
  • June 10th:  Psalms, moderated by Barry Burton
  • July 8th:  Spiritual Direction presented by Cheryl Denise Pumphries
  • August 4th or 11th:  Annual day of Reflection
  • September 9th:  St. Louis de Montfort
  • October 14th: Reflections on mysteries of the Rosary
  • November 11th:  How the Bible Came About, presented by Bill Malloy
  • December 9th:  The Holy Trinity, presented by Barry Burton and Cheryl Denise Pumphries
  • January 13th:  Election of Officers

St. Martin de Porres, ora pro nobis!

Born:  December 9, 1579
Died:  November 3, 1639
Feast: November 3
Often associated with: a dog, a cat, a bird, and a mouse eating together from a same dish; broom, crucifix, rosary, a heart
Please see the attached reading regarding this great saint and these links regarding St. Martin de Porres.
Hope to see everyone on the 20th!
In Christ,

October 2011 Meeting

Dear Lay Dominicans and Inquirers:

We will have our monthly Lay Dominican meeting next Sunday, Oct. 9th at St. Albert’s Priory, located near the Holy Trinity Seminary, adjacent to the University of Dallas.  As usual, our meeting will begin after the 11:15 Mass, in the library.  Following the meeting we will have our sack lunches, then pray the rosary together.  The inquirers class will begin at 10AM in the library.  Newcomers are welcome to come for any part of the meetings.

St. Thérèse of Lisieux, ora pro nobis!

This month we will consider the spirituality of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, her “little way.”  We will discuss the compatibility of her way of thinking to a Dominican lifestyle.  To prepare, please take a few moments to read a little about this great saint and her way of loving God.

http://www.romancatholicism.org/therese2.htm

http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=105

This month’s meeting will be led by Bill Malloy.  I’ll see you in November!

In Christ,

Annette Butler

St. Rose of Lima: a model of penitence

St. Rose of Lima was a contemporary of St. Martin de Porres.  They most likely knew each other and worked closely together.  St. Rose was known for being extremely penitential—which makes her less popular today than St. Martin—but that was only one aspect of her life.  She also did a lot of charity work and was very competent at treating the sick with her knowledge of herbs and natural medicines.  It is said that her prayers saved the city of Lima from an invasion by the Dutch.

She was more contemplative than active, however.  She bears a similarity to St. Catherine of Siena, to whom she had a devotion.  Both St. Rose and St. Catherine lived penitential lives, and both died young, in their thirties.

Even though St. Rose’s life is very different from ours, we all share with her a desire to do God’s will, even if people around us don’t understand us or know what we are doing.  We should all try to have St. Rose’s radical love of God, piety, charity, obedience to God and family, and humility.

We should also strive to be penitential—although our penitential acts need not necessarily be so harsh, or self-imposed as St. Rose’s were.  Penitence can be as simple as just offering up and being grateful for life’s trials, using them as an opportunity to grow.  The black part of the Dominican habit symbolizes penitence and serves as a reminder that we are all to live penitential lives.

St. Rose was the first person born in the Americas to be canonized a saint.

St. Albert the Great: seeker of truth in all things

Born in 1207, St. Albert the Great became a Dominican during the early years of the Dominican Order, which was primarily occupied at that time with battling the Albigensian heresy. Like many other men, Albert came to the Order through the influence of Bl. Jordan of Saxony, St. Dominic’s successor as Master of the Order, who attracted university students to the Order wherever he went. So, it was also a time of very rapid growth for the young Order.

Among all of his contemporaries, many of whom were surely very learned and bright, Albert was unique. Even among the great saints of the Church, relatively few earn the title “the Great.” Albert was especially competent in mechanics and applied sciences, as well as the natural sciences (as opposed to the abstract sciences of philosophy and theology). He recognized nature as a creation of God and helped the discipline of natural sciences to grow by encouraging fellow Dominicans to look to nature as a place where truth can be found. He was a very thorough investigator of the natural world and contributed much new knowledge about the way the physical world is designed.

Today, St. Albert is best know as the professor and colleague of St. Thomas Aquinas. St. Thomas was very quiet and reserved, nicknamed “The Dumb Ox” by his classmates, but St. Albert could see his potential greatness and encouraged it. Together they examined the philosophy of Aristotle, which had been re-introduced to Europe by Arabic scholars. They worked to re-translate Aristotle from the original Greek into Latin, in order to correct Averroes’ erroneous Arabic translations. Both of these saints were great in their own ways, although St. Thomas Aquinas is better known. It is said that St. Albert the Great possessed a great humility, so he was most likely very content to have his pupil outshine him.

St. Albert was chosen as the patron of our priory because of our proximity to the University of Dallas.

St. Albert is Patron Saint of natural sciences in the Church, but his knowledge spanned nearly every subject–hence his title, Doctor Universalis, the Universal Doctor.  He was well known in his time as a peacemaker and settler of disputes.  He lived for most of the 13th century, dying in the year 1280.

May 2011 Meeting

Dear Lay Dominicans and Inquirers,

Please note that due to Mother’s Day falling on our usual day to meet, we will move our May meeting to May 1st.   We’ll still meet at the usual time (after the 11:15 Mass at the Priory–so around noon or just after.)

This month we are studying St. Albert the Great. Check your formation materials (Phase 2) for the reading, or go online to read up on this great saint –http://www.domcentral.org/trad/alblinks.htm– lots of links to search, but the first one in the list is broken.

St. Albert Magnus, ora pro nobis!

Be sure to check out our website, and please note the prayer request feature in the upper right corner.

Who will be the first to submit something for our list?  Remember that praying for each other is a spiritual work of mercy that we can all do!

Hope to see you on the first!

In Christ,

Annette Butler

April 2011 Meeting

St. Rose of Lima, ora pro nobis!

Dear Members and Inquirers of the Lay Dominicans,

I’m hoping that everyone can come to our April meeting. We will meet this Sunday, April 10th.

Our meeting will be held at St. Albert the Great Priory located near the Holy Trinity Seminary, adjacent to the University of Dallas campus.

The inquirer formation group will meet before Mass at 10AM in the library, and all newcomers are also welcome to attend.

We will then meet after the 11:15 Mass at around noon in the library. After our meeting we will enjoy our sack lunches, pray the rosary together after lunch, ending just before 2 pm. New inquirers are always welcome to just come and attend the meeting.

This month we will be looking at the life of St. Rose of Lima, a Lay Dominican and the first saint from the Americas. Here is information about St. Rose of Lima http://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/ROSE.htm and http://saintwiki.com/index.php?title=St._Rose_of_Lima.