The Dominican monasteries in our country have a program of On-Going Formation. Every year a topic is chosen, and each monastery invites a speaker who is an expert on the chosen subject to give a couple of lectures on some aspect of that topic. These lectures are recorded and each monastery receives a copy; thus we all benefit from the speakers in all the other monasteries.
This year the topic is the Encyclicals of Pope Benedict XVI, and the one assigned to our monastery is Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth) which is an exposition of Catholic Social teaching.
Our speaker was a Professor from the University of St. Thomas (the Angelicum) in Rome, Father Luke Buckles, OP. Father belongs to our Western Dominican Province and has been a dear friend of our monastery for many years. As he comes home to California each summer, we were fortunate to be able to have him as our speaker on this timely document while he was here. He gave us an overview of the encyclical as a whole and then showed us how it fits so perfectly into our Dominican spirituality. Every social, economic, political and cultural issue in today’s world can, and is, influenced by the life of prayer of the nuns.