Celebrating the Dominican Jubilee with Lectio Divina #OP800

This past Sunday, the Western Province of the Dominican Order opened the Order's 800-year Jubilee with mass at the various Dominican parishes around the province—or, at least, that's what happened at St. Dominic's in Eagle Rock, where my Lay Dominican chapter meets. The opening of the Jubilee year was celebrated at each of the masses on Sunday, and I and several of my chapter sisters had the privilege of representing the Dominican Laity at the 9AM mass on Sunday morning. It was a joyful time, a … [Read more...]

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Third Orders Aren’t First Orders

Clare Short recently began formation as a Secular Carmelite, and has been blogging about it. She's the mother of young children, and the other day she received a message about her vocation from a priest who should know better: I was recently sent a rather snooty message by a diocesan priest who used to be a Trappist monk. He was telling me that it was basically impossible for me to live a contemplative life in the context of a family home. He told me my children would not find my ‘requirement’ f … [Read more...]

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St. Martin de Porres

Yesterday was the feast day of St. Martin de Porres, a Dominican saint from South America and friend of St. Rose of Lima. I'm a little late to the party, clearly (I spent the last few days down with a cold); but fortunately my fellow Patheosi Diana von Glahn was on the case with a truly lovely post about St. Martin and his gentle devotion to those around him. … [Read more...]

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Formation Notes: Paul Gives the Romans the Straight Dope

I was named to be my Lay Dominican chapter's formation directory last month, filling out the end of a term for another member, and yesterday I had my first meeting with our two novices. Formation in the Dominican Laity is like this:First you come a meeting or two or three, and see whether you want to pursue a Dominican vocation. Assuming you do, you become an "inquirer" ("postulant" is the older term), and at the appropriate time of year (September for our chapter) you begin your first … [Read more...]

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Support the Dominican Nuns!

Traditionally the priests and brothers in a religious order are termed the "first order", and the nuns and sisters the "second order"; but it's an odd fact about the Order of Preachers that the nuns came first.St. Dominic began his career of itinerant preaching in a part of France much overtaken by the Albigensian heresy. The Albigensians were gnostics who preached that the soul is pure and the body is evil; and they acquired followers in part by running schools for the daughters of noble … [Read more...]

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