Daily Prayer: July 22, 2017

St Mary Magdalene, you came with springing tears to the spring of mercy, Christ; from him your burning thirst was abundantly refreshed through him your sins were forgiven; by him your bitter sorrow was consoled.

My dearest lady, well you know by your own life how a sinful soul can be reconciled with its creator, what counsel a soul in misery needs, what medicine will restore the sick to health.

It is enough for us to understand, dear friend of God, to whom were many sins forgiven, because she loved much.

Most blessed lady, I who am the most evil and sinful of men do not recall your sins as a reproach, but call upon the boundless mercy by which they were blotted out.

U.S. Bishops Domestic Justice Chairman Exhorts Senate For More Reasonable Approach On Health Care

WASHINGTON—In light of uncertainty about how the Senate will proceed on health care in the coming days, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on the Senate to fix problems with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in a more narrow way, rather than repeal it without an adequate replacement.

“Before any legislation had been proposed, the bishops were clear that a repeal of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act ought not be undertaken without the concurrent passage of a replacement plan that ensures access to adequate health care for the millions of people who now rely upon it for their wellbeing,” wrote Dewane in the July 20 letter to the full Senate. “To end coverage for those who struggle every day without an adequate alternative in place would be devastating.”

The Fruits of Prayer: Preaching. Homily for Saturday, July 22, 2017

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Readings for Today

Contemplare aliis tradere.  To contemplate in order to give the fruits of contemplation to others. That is the connection between prayer and action.  For Dominicans, it is the connection between prayer and preaching.  Remember the Baltimore Catechism question about why God made us.  “To know, love and serve Him in this life and to live forever with Him in the next.” All prayer should lead to God.  God should be the focus of our prayer.  This week we have looked, with the help of the readings, at prayer as praising, resting and thanking.  Besides our own sanctification, what is all of this for?

On this feast of Saint Mary Magdalene, by looking at her example, we get an answer.  It is this service of others.  And if we examine the life of Saint Dominic, and the driving question he asked God (What is to become of sinners?) we understand he founded the Dominican Order for preaching and the salvation of souls.  While we know Saint Mary Magdalene as one who was transformed by God’s grace, we may not always think of Mary Magdalene as the first preacher.  She was the first to proclaim to the others the resurrection of Jesus.

Do you bring new life to those around you? Are you concerned with the salvation of others?  Do you take the time to contemplate the love of God so as to share the power of that love to others who may not know Jesus? The purpose of prayer is to get to know God more.  In prayer, we come to love God more. Authentic, true love must be shared.  So, share, what God in His mercy, has done for you.

The Power of Thanks: Homily for Friday, July 21, 2017

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Readings for Today

If you are like most, there are many things in your life for which to be thankful.  Some are obvious.  We are thankful for people we love and care about.  Parents are usually grateful for their children, and vice-versa.  We might be thankful for a job, or a nice place to live.  But do we express this thanks to God?  Or do we take all of the people and things in our life for granted? It can be easy to do so.  The very fact we love someone can easily be forgotten.  We can assume they know how we feel.  Expressing to God and others our thanks is important.

But have you ever thought about giving thanks for those things that seem to be bad in our life?  For example, maybe there is that co-worker in your life that really gets on your nerves. Have you ever thought about giving thanks to God for that person? Maybe they are helping you to learn patience.  Or maybe what seems like a hardship is really a path to detachment.  By experiencing something negative, but searching for God in that experience, we can grow in faith.  So whether it is good or bad, be sure to give thanks to God today.

St. Thomas : The Search Engine

This web application allows you to search through the works of Aquinas in both English and Latin. It allows you to do proximity word and phrase searches. For each result found, the paragraph containing the result will be displayed together with a link to the website where the full text can be found. Furthermore, if desired, one can save and categorize results in user defined groups of results.

Daily Prayer for Thursday, July 20

A prayer for rest

O God, 

you have given us the power to do many things.  Sometimes we can become so busy with activity that we forget to take time to step away and rest.  You reminded the disciples often of this need.  Help us to rest, so that we might remember again those things that are really important.  Help us to relax, and so recharge ourselves by opening up to the power of rest.  Help us always to remember to value those moments of rest, whether it is vacation, a day off, or even just a small break.  Help us to make a retreat, either great or small, so that we can come to know you better.  Help us to remember that value that the people in our lives have.  Let us never become so busy we forget them.  Help us always to be open to your priorities in our lives.  Lead us away for a while with you.  We ask this in the name of Jesus, who is Lord, forever and ever.  Amen.

The Power of Rest: Homily for Thursday, July 20, 2017

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Readings for Today

Today the focus is on rest.  It can be easy to overlook just how important it is to rest.  We live in a culture where rest is not always valued.  We are expected to be productive.  Rest can seem like a waste of time.  We are expected to be available for work.  Rest can take us away from work.

But Jesus was the primary example of rest.  He often went away, sometimes at the height of his popularity.  He called the disciples to go away with him.  Rest.  Pray.  Get in touch again with the God who called them.  Get to know again what really is important about themselves and others.  For some, summer can be that time to re-create.  We can take a vacation.  Maybe we go on a retreat.  But in all the busy activity of our lives, we can never become so busy that we lose sight of God and his place in our lives.

The Power of Praise: Homily for Wednesday, July 19, 2017

To listen to the entire homily, click here. Readings for Today God is awesome.  But do you ever take the time to praise him?  It can be easy to go to God when we are in need.  When someone we love is sick, or someone we care about needs a job.  But do we really […]

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