Tuesday, November 6, 2012

OUR HOLY SISTERS AND BROTHERS





A week after the feast of All Saints, our Dominican Order has a special feast to remember and honor all those of our Dominican Family who have joined our ‘Foundation’ in Heaven. On  November 7 we celebrate the feast of All the Saints of the Dominican Order. This is a chance for us to remember, not only the canonized members of the Order like St. Dominic, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Rose of Lima, and St. Martin de Porres, but also the many lesser known Brothers and Sisters who are now singing with the choirs of Angels.

We remember with love and tenderness, especially those we have lived with, who have fought the good fight and won an everlasting crown. There are those we sat next to in choir, those we loved for their humor, their kindness, their helpful ways, but also those we had a hard time getting along with, who sang off key, who were forever late for dinner, who did not understand the new technology and so always needed help. These shortcomings kept them humble and accepting of pain and inconvenience in reparation for their faults. But their love of God and neighbor brought them through and found them a place under Our Lady’s mantle.

At this time we also remember our confessors, teachers, prayer partners and friends who were part of the Order. There are parents and grandparents who belonged to the Dominican Laity. There are Dominican Sisters who taught us in school or nursed us in hospitals. There are Dominican priests in our parish who counseled us along the way. And so many others.

We rejoice as we remember them all. May we one day gather together again in the beautiful courts of Heaven where Our Blessed Mother is reserving a place for each of us.

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