The Domincan Moment: December 1, 2017

The DePorres Pages features short prayers from the tradition of Saint Dominic in this new series known as The Dominican Moment. These are short pieces for meditation and prayer. They are either quotes from Dominican saints, (Saint Dominic actually wrote little), or by those inspired by him. At the end of each clip, there are reflection questions to pray about and reflect on during the day.

Today, Aquinas provides the reason why some things of revelation can only be known because God tells us.

 

The Dominican Moment: November 28, 2017

The DePorres Pages features short prayers from the tradition of Saint Dominic in this new series known as The Dominican Moment. These are short pieces for meditation and prayer. They are either quotes from Dominican saints, (Saint Dominic actually wrote little), or by those inspired by him. At the end of each clip, there are reflection questions to pray about and reflect on during the day.
Today, Saint Thomas Aquinas speaks about the place and value of the Bible.

The Dominican Moment: November 20, 2017

The DePorres Pages features short prayers from the tradition of Saint Dominic in this new series known as The Dominican Moment. These are short pieces for meditation and prayer. They are either quotes from Dominican saints, (Saint Dominic actually wrote little), or by those inspired by him. At the end of each clip, there are reflection questions to pray about and reflect on during the day.

 

Signum Fidei: Homily for November 1, 2017

Readings for Today

Do you witness to sanctity? Do you show forth holiness in your life? The bishop that ordained me said this: “Don’t wait until you die to be a saint.  That’s too late.  Become a saint now.” Are you a saint? On the seal of the high school where I teach is the Latin phrase, “signum fidei.” It means sign of faith. It suggests that in all things we are to see ourselves as signs of faith.

How do we do this? We are a sign of faith when we are generous, faithful, prayerful and kind. We are a sign of faith when Jesus becomes the center of our lives.  Each time we see another human being as the image of God, we are a sign of faith.  So do not wait to become a saint.  Do so now.

Success, Failure, Everything in between: Homily for Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Readings for Today

Today we learn that there are all different kinds of preachers.  We read about Saint Paul, whose efforts are well-documented, and whose success is known.  There are those who have left the preaching.  And there are those who are downright destructive to the preaching.  Today we celebrate Saint Luke.  He was an evangelist, and also the author of the Acts of the Apostles.  His efforts are noted by Saint Paul as quite helpful.

It serves as a reminder there are zealous and effective preachers, there are those who are holy, but perhaps not as effective. And, there are those who leave altogether, while still others are harmful to the mission. Where do you find yourself? Are you an effective disciple, making other disciples? Are you still trying to figure out what you believe? Or are you a big skeptic? Make time to get to know Jesus better, who can make all things better.

Vengeance: Homily for Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Readings for Today

Isn’t it ironic that today’s reading features vengeance? The day after the Las Vegas shootings and we are face to face with the understandable human emotion. Vengeance. “Do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” Today is a day where it might just be a little easier to understand such an emotion.

But the response of Jesus tells us everything we need to know about vengeance. No.  Jesus rebuked the disciples for their desire for vengeance.  Despite how good vengeance might seem to feel at the time, it fails to satisfy.  Why? Because it does not bring peace.  Quite the opposite.  We fall prey to the very thing we abhor. Lord, please send your peace into our hearts.

Who is saved before me?: Homily for Sunday, October 1, 2017

Readings for Today

Sometimes I get a little smug in my faith.  I think that I am pretty good.  I feel proud of myself. And as I read today’s gospel, it is just at those moments that I should worry.  Because I might very well find Jesus saying to me that the less likely in my eyes are going to be saved before I am. The very people I look down upon, they might be the ones who have really heard the word of God.  They might be the ones who have accepted Jesus.

It is so easy to put others down.  It is so easy to dismiss those who do not seem to be much in the eyes of the world.  Sinners.  It is easy to dismiss sinners by convincing myself that I am not a sinner. I am not like one of ‘those people’. But Jesus has a stark message for me when that happens.  ‘Those people” might be the very ones who truly hear what he has to say.  And if I do not humble myself before Jesus, I might be like those locked out of the wedding feast.

A Ghost: Homily for Memorial of Saint Dominic, August 8, 2017

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Readings for Today

How often do you chase the shadow God?  How often do you limit God? Aaron and Miriam refuse to let God act in a way God chooses.  The disciples do not recognize Jesus. They think he is a ghost. All miss the presence of God because of their expectations.  Since God is not who they think he is, God must be wrong.  Aaron and Miriam do not get it.  The disciples finally do.

We have to let God be God. It is not up to us to tell God what to do.  On this feast of Saint Dominic, it seems similar to his time with the Albegensians.  People are going their own way.  The spiritual life does not guide people to happiness. People want God to do what they want.  People do not want to do anymore the will of God.  And yet, God is not stopped.  Moses continues to do the work God gives him.  The disciples learn more and more from Jesus.  If we are to be true to Saint Dominic’s mission, we too need to go forth to preach in a way that lets God be God.

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.

Fr Miguel Ángel del Río is the New Vicar of the Master of the Order

The Master of the Order, fr Bruno Cadoré had appointed fr Miguel Ángel del Río as his new vicar. He succeeds fr Vivian Boland who has been the vicar since November 2012. Fr Miguel is of the Province of Hispania and he is currently the Socius of the Master of the Order for Italy, Malta and the Iberian Peninsula

Fr Miguel was born in Barillos of Arrimadas (León) in 1970. He entered the Order in 1989 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1995. After his ordination, he studied Liturgy at the Pontificio Ateneo San Anselmo in Rome and obtained his doctorate in 1998.

He was prior of the Convent of Ntra. Sra. del Camino (León) for six years. Before his appointment, he was assigned to the Convent of San Esteban (Salamanca) and was a professor and secretary of the Faculty and School of Theology of San Esteban.