A Dominican Season

Readings for Today

At the risk of irritating other religious orders, I think Advent is really a Dominican season. The readings today remind us of the spiritual cycle of a preacher. First, there is the attention to the presence of God in contemplation. We do not control what happens in contemplation, God does. I think this is why it is sometimes difficult. What do we do next? With whatever fruits God wishes to give us, we share those with others in our sacred preaching. Have a holy Advent.

Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri, on December 15, 2018.

A Dominican Season

A Dominican Season
Daily Homilies

 
 
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Readings for Today

At the risk of irritating other religious orders, I think Advent is really a Dominican season. The readings today remind us of the spiritual cycle of a preacher. First, there is the attention to the presence of God in contemplation. We do not control what happens in contemplation, God does. I think this is why it is sometimes difficult. What do we do next? With whatever fruits God wishes to give us, we share those with others in our sacred preaching. Have a holy Advent.

Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri, on December 15, 2018.

Alert and Sober: Homily for Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Alert and Sober: Homily for Tuesday, September 5, 2017

 
 

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Readings for Today

Alert and Sober.  These words are meant to help us. It can be so easy to be sluggish.  We can let life just happen to us.  We can allow distractions to be too much a part of who we are and what we are about.  Rather than alert and sober, we can become sleepy and lazy.  Rather than making life happen, we can sit back and let it happen.

Many religions believe in being awake.  For many religions, the virtue is to be alert, awake, alive.  Rather than allowing life to happen, people should reflect.  They should be awake, making life happen by their deliberate choices. Jesus wants us to be sober and alert.  So, wake up! Jesus is coming to meet you.