Monday, February 6, 2012

Brothers and Teachers

Recently our Dominican Brothers have been sharing with us the wisdom they are gradually acquiring in their years of study. This is continuing the tradition which began with St. Dominic, himself, that the brothers feed their sisters with spiritual nourishment through lectures and discussions. In turn the nuns return the favor by contributing the fruit of their contemplation. In this way both are enriched and encourage each other in their vocations.

Brother Dominic David, OP came to our monastery with the background of much study on the life of Edith Stein (Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross). In two lectures he gave an account of her background, her  philosophy, her teaching and writing, her entrance into Carmel and her martyrdom at the hands of the Nazis. She died in the gas chambers at Auschwitz on  August 9, 1942.

On another occasion Brother Peter Hannah, OP treated us to a lecture on the importance of the observance of the Sabbath rest in the lives of all Christians. As Catholics we observe Sunday, rather than Saturday, because that is the day of the Resurrection of Christ. It is not just a matter of refraining from manual labor, but it is making the day holy by resting in the Lord in contemplation, and caring for our neighbors in charity.

We look forward to more of our Dominican Brothers coming to share the insights which they have received in the classroom, in private study and in prayer. In return we pray for them to become holy Dominicans, working for the salvation of souls in parishes, schools, hospitals, and anywhere they can find those who hunger for truth.

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