Blessed Feast of St. Jude

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Jude (and St. Simon)–a Solemnity for us, since St. Jude is our patron.  In addition to our Perpetual Novena to St. Jude, we observe a special nine-day Novena in preparation for his Feast Day.  We keep all of you in our prayers as we offer our novena for the intentions of our friends, relatives, and benefactors, and all who call on us and on St. Jude for our intercession in their needs.  On this great feast may God hear and answer our prayers through the intercession of the Apostle St. Jude. … Continue reading

Easter Greetings

Most joyful Paschal greetings from all of us here at Marbury!  May God bless you and fill you with an abundance of joy during this Easter season. Our thanks to everyone who is so good to us.  We keep all of you in our prayers. In our Risen Lord and His Holy Mother, Mother Mary Joseph, O.P. and Sisters … Continue reading

New Year 2015 – The First Glance of Jesus

Image: Nativity by Barocci: the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Infant Jesus gaze at each other, bathed in light.

Happy and Blessed New Year 2015! On the manger straw the Divine Infant opened His eyes, and from those two divine suns radiated His first look of love on His Mother.  What was the first look of Jesus like, O Virgin Mary?  Out of the eyes of Jesus shone not only His Soul, but also the uncreated Light, the Word of God.  The Father engenders the Son with a single glance, infinite, eternal, and the Word, Light of light, is the living reflection of the eternal look of the Father.  In the bosom of God, the Father and the Son behold each other and there springs forth from them, like … Continue reading

The Year of Consecrated Life

On this beautiful Solemnity of Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception, a “Global Chain of Prayer” celebration is taking place in designated contemplative monasteries around the world, in honor of the Year of Consecrated Life.  The Dominican Nuns are represented by the Monasterio de Santa Catalina in Arequipa, Peru. The Year of Consecrated Life declared by Pope Francis began on the First Sunday of Advent, 2014, and will conclude on the feast of the Presentation of Our Lord, February 2, 2016. The celebration focuses on gratitude for the grace of God in the past, following Jesus more closely in the present, and looking with Him in hope toward the future. “The whole … Continue reading

World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life

Fra Angelico's Presentation in the Temple

This past Saturday, February 2nd, we celebrated the feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple, remembering St. Joseph and Our Lady’s obedience to the law of Moses. From the beginning of time, men recognized that all belonged to God. But it was Moses that God asked that the first born males be consecrated specifically to Him. The concept of consecrated life owes part of its roots to this idea, that God calls certain persons to consecrate themselves totally and exclusively to Himself. For this reason Blessed Pope John Paul II set aside February 2nd as the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. Not only do we … Continue reading