Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

New and Older Friends

Yesterday we welcomed a number of friends and visitors. In the morning we met our Southern Province Novice, Carlos. You can read more about the visit with our Dominican Friars at our Facebook site.

Then in the afternoon, we welcomed back Fr. Gavin Vaverek. We joke that we have seen more of him since he left the parish a few months ago than we did when he was pastor.

He spoke to us for almost 1 1/2 hours about CONFLICT: what it is, what causes it, how to resolve it. Especially interesting are his very real examples from everyday life.

Thank you Lord, for Father Gavin. 

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our lord


From the Gospel:
"While they were eating, He took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "Take and eat; this is My Body." Then He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "This is My Blood of the Covenant, which will be shed for many." (Mark 14:22-24)

Today we read the entire account of Jesus' Passion from the Gospel of Mark. This narrative will be with us the entire coming week. We need to ponder this mystery with Mary during the coming days.

Today we recount and relive the triumphant entry of Christ into Jerusalem. But the joy does not last for long. He is soon attacked, conspired against, arrested, beaten and crucified for each of us. He does this in total selfless love.

Make an act of Spiritual Communion asking for an increase in faith, and reflect on the Mystery of the Eucharist

Saturday, March 17, 2018

A Castle Visit

In mid-week we enjoyed an interesting visit with Fr. Nathan Castle, OP of Holy Name Province in the western third of the United States. He was home visiting family and friends in the Groves, Texas area near the Gulf of Mexico. Some of the Sisters have known Father Nathan and members of his family for many years.

Although much of his ministry has been with young adults on College campuses,  he is now assigned to itinerant preaching, which involves many different audiences. He told of us the many kinds of retreats he gives: to prison inmates, those struggling with addictions, healing of memories, etc. We teased him that he was "auditioning" to give us a retreat.

He even gives a retreat on the classic film, The Wizard of Oz. For example, his retreat of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is called "The Red Slippers" after the sparkling shoes that Dorothy clicks together to take her home. In fact, he has written a book on the spirituality of Oz, And Toto, Too: the Wizard of Oz as a Spiritual Adventure. His main goal is to find new ways to reach out to those who have no religious affiliation.

May God bless Father Nathan and his preaching
for the Kingdom of God!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thursday of the 4th Week of Lent

From the Gospel:
 "The works that the Father gave me to do, and that I perform, testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me." (John 5)

The work of Our Lord for which the Father sent Him is the salvation of souls.

Pray the Our Father for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, while meditating on the gift of eternal life.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Lent

From the Gospel:
"... whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven."  (Mt 5:19)

It important to respect the Ten Commandments, because they are the basic "law" given by God to the Jewish people through Moses, and passed on to Christianity through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

And yet, the Ten Commandments are not a property of any religion. They are part of the natural law written into the human heart by our creator, God almighty.

Consider each of the Ten Commandments and make a firm amendment to change a habit in your life that leads you to sin.