Sunday, February 2, 2014

Jesus...A Light of Revelation to the Nations and the Glory of His People Israel

The light has come and has shone upon a world enveloped in shadows;
The Dayspring from on high has visited us and given light to those who lived in darkness.
This, then, is our feast, and we join in procession with lighted candles to reveal the light that has shone upon us and the glory that is yet to come to us through him.  So let us hasten all together to meet our God.
(St. Sophronius)
Let us rejoice, for today we are reminded again that God is present among us.  He who is our light, our life and our hope has come into his holy temple to set his people free.

Our Mother Church also dedicated this day as a World Day for Consecrated Life.  Let us give thanks to God for the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church. 
While it is true that within the unity of the body of Christ, all baptized persons are called to reflect the splendor of the light of Christ, the consecrated persons, by their profession of the evangelical counsels, have allowed their whole being to be totally conformed to Christ.  Through them, Christ’s light and presence are made visible and active in the world for the salvation of all peoples…It is their duty to show that the Incarnate Son of God is the eschatological goal towards which all things tend, the splendor before which every other light pales, and the infinite beauty which alone can fully satisfy the human heart. (Vita Consecrata)
As we give thanks to God for their selfless service to our Mother Church, we also entrust all consecrated persons to the heart of Mary, our Mother, that she may obtain for them the fullness of her Son’s divine light.


A visit with our Dominican Novice Brothers
Let us pray also that God may inspire many young peoples whom he calls to priesthood and consecrated life to follow him courageously and unreservedly. 
If you who feel called to give your life to God’s service, our Dominican Friars are hosting several Vocation Weekends that you may come to further discern your calling.  If you are living in the West Coast, there will be a Vocation Weekend which will start on Friday, February 28th, at 4 p.m. and ends on Sunday, March 2.  For more information visit their website at: http://www.opwest.org/index.php/vocation-weekends
If you are living in the East Coast, the Friars will have their Vocation Weekends on February 7-9, 2014 and April 4-6, 2014.  These weekends will be held at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC.  For more information visit their website at: http://vocations.opeast.org/2013/09/27/november-2013-vocation-weekend/



 
We vow to Thee, Lord Jesus,
Our lives, that we may reach
The life of holy service,
To praise to bless, to preach;
And grant us now, we pray thee,
In Mary’s cloak to stay
For pagan forms shall perish
And error shall decay
O grant this, God our Father
With Christ thine only Son,
And Holy Spirit blessing
The God both three and one.
(Becket Soule, OP)

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