Seeking the Lord with St. Mary Magdalen

Happy feast of St. Mary Magdalen! Known as the Apostle to the Apostles for her role in bearing the news of Jesus’ Resurrection, St. Mary Magdalen is a patroness of the Order of Preachers.  As we ponder her story today through the readings at Holy Mass and in the Divine Office, we see her also as a model for us Dominican Nuns in persevering in our vocation to “Seek God,” and for those young women who are seeking His will for their lives. Upon my bed by night I sought him whom my soul loves; I sought him, but found him not; I called him, but he gave no answer. … Continue reading

Video: Canticle of the Passion

Photo: Dominican Nun venerates the Crucifix

The Canticle of the Passion, or the “Passion Verses” as we say, is a specifically Dominican devotion traditionally sung on the Fridays of Lent.  A compilation of texts from Sacred Scripture relating to the sufferings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, this devotion was revealed by the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Catherine de Ricci, a cloistered Dominican Tertiary of the 16th century, after the Saint experienced the first of her many ecstasies sharing Our Lord’s Passion. “Our Lady is said to have desired Catherine, when she revealed this Canticle to her, to spread it through the convent as a form of prayer and contemplation supremely pleasing to our Lord. The venerable confessor, Fra … Continue reading

The Holy Name of Jesus as a Seal on One’s Heart

Image of the Holy Name

This letter from our Dominican brother, Blessed Henry Suso, speaks in his distinctive evocative style of devotion to Our Lord and to the Holy Name of Jesus.  Although he is writing to Dominican nuns as their spiritual father, his words may apply to all who love and seek God. Pone Me ut signaculum super cor tuum! The eternal God pleads for a resting-place with His bride: “Lay me upon thy heart like a love-token” (Song of Songs). My dear children, I am sending you these letters to provide food for your souls by which your heart and spirits may be constantly renewed and set aflame in tender love of the … Continue reading

These Souls! These Souls!

Dominican Nun praying at foot of Crucifix

Then Jesus said to all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. What profit is there for a man to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?”    -Luke 9:23-25 In commenting on this Gospel passage earlier this Lent, one of our priests cited a line from “A Man for All Seasons”.  When Richard Rich had just perjured himself against Sir Thomas More in exchange for the Attorney Generalship of Wales, the Saint says to … Continue reading

800th Jubilee – Dominican Rosary Meditations and Plenary Indulgence

Over 800 years ago our Holy Father St. Dominic began his life work, gathering men around him to preach God’s Truth for the salvation of souls after the example of the apostles.  As the “holy preaching” grew by the grace of God, St. Dominic saw the need for universal approval to free his brethren to preach the Word not only in one diocese but wherever needed in the Church.  In 1216, he obtained the desired approval from Pope Honorius III.  From November 7, 2016 to January 21, 2017, the Order of Preachers celebrates the 800th Jubilee (Anniversary) of this great event. Among the first fruits of St. Dominic’s holy preaching … Continue reading