Tuesday, December 31, 2013

International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of our Lady of Fatima Comes to Us!

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"Pray, pray a great deal and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to hell because they have no one to pray and make sacrifices for them".

Each Year our monastery has the privilege and honor of welcoming the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of our Lady of Fatima as the holy statue travels around the world, bringing message of peace and hope to millions of faithful Catholics, and bestowing graces and blessings upon our world through the prayers of the faithful.

We invite you to join us again this year as the Pilgrim Virgin comes to us on the First Saturday of the year, January 4th, 2014 with 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by rosary and prayer until 10:00 a.m.

The statue was sculpted in 1947 by Jose Thedim based on the description of Sister Lucia, one of the three children who saw our Lady each month from May to October 1917 in Fatima, Portugal.  On October 13, 1947, in the presence of some 150,000 pilgrims, the statue was blessed by Bishop of Leiria, to be the pilgrim, the traveler.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Puer Natus in Bethelehem! Gaudeamus!

On this joyful day, we give God grateful praise and thanksgiving for his great love and mercy.

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
Upon those who lived in a land of gloom
a light has shone.


For a child is born to us, a son is given us;
upon his shoulder dominion rests.
They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero,
Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.
(Is. 9:1,5)

May we bring Jesus to birth in others and cradle our world in the arms of faith and prayer.

(Puer Natus in Bethelehem, chanted by the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos)

Translation from Wikipedia as follows:

Puer natus in Bethlehem, Alleluia.
Unde gaudet Jerusalem. Alleluia.
Hic jacet in præsepio, Alleluia.
Qui regnat sine termino. Alleluia.
Cognovit bos et asinus, Alleluia.
Quod puer erat Dominus. Alleluia.
Reges de Sabâ veniunt, Alleluia.
Aurum, thus, myrrham offerunt. Alleluia.
Intrantes domum invicem, Alleluia.
Novum salutant principem. Alleluia.
De matre natus virgine, Alleluia.
Sine virili semine; Alleluia.
Sine serpentis vulnere, Alleluia.
De nostro venit sanguine; Alleluia.
In carne nobis similis, Alleluia.
Peccato sed dissimilis; Alleluia.
Ut redderet nos homines, Alleluia.
Deo et sibi similes. Alleluia.
In hoc natali gaudio, Alleluia.
Benedicamus Domino: Alleluia.
Laudetur sancta Trinitas, Alleluia.
Deo dicamus gratias. Alleluia.
A Child is born in Bethlehem;
Exult for joy, Jerusalem! Alleluia.
Lo, He who reigns above the skies
There, in a manger lowly, lies. Alleluia.
The ox and ass in neighbouring stall
See in that Child the Lord of all. Alleluia.
And kingly pilgrims, long foretold,
From East bring incense, myrrh, and gold, Alleluia.
And enter with their offerings,
To hail the new-born King of Kings. Alleluia.
He comes, a maiden mother's Son,
Yet earthly father hath He none; Alleluia.
And, from the serpent's poison free,
He owned our blood and pedigree. Alleluia.
Our feeble flesh and His the same,
Our sinless kinsman He became, Alleluia.
That we, from deadly thrall set free,
Like Him, and so like God, should be. Alleluia.
Come then, and on this natal day,
Rejoice before the Lord and pray. Alleluia.
And to the Holy One in Three
Give praise and thanks eternally. Alleluia.
Translated by Hamilton Montgomerie MacGill, 1876

Deo Gratias!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Silent Advent Waiting With The Virgin Mary

The Annunciation by Fra Angelico

"For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation."  (Ps. 62:1)

At the beginning of each Liturgical Year, our Holy Mother Church gives us this beautiful gift: the four weeks of silent waiting as we prepare for the coming of our great King.  So Come!...let us climb the Lord's mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths." (Is. 2:3)  Let us put away any of the darkness of our soul and put on the armor of light, as St. Paul urges us in today’s Mass reading.  

 God waits for us but where is God to be found and how do we find him?  In the First Book of Kings, Elijah went to the desert and there he awaited the Lord’s instructions.  After looking for God in the strong and violent wind, in the earthquake and in the fire, Elijah did not find God.  Rather, he found God in a light silent sound.  (1 Kings 19:11-12) 

 During this blessed season of Advent, we will limit our internet activities as much as possible as we prepare rooms in our heart for the Infant King to be born in each of us.  Until the glorious celebration of Christmas, we ask that you join us in our Novena of Masses and Prayers which will begin on December 17th for you, our benefactors, friends, family and for our world.  Let us also ask our Blessed Mother to accompany us on this sacred and joyful spiritual journey.  May Christ, the Rising Dawn, increase the virtues he wants us to have: Faith, Hope and Love.

Christmas Novena

Loving God,

You are always at work in the world, make all things new through the power of your Holy Spirit made manifest in your Incarnate Word.

Look graciously upon our community gathered tonight as we present the needs of those for whom we pray during our Christmas Novena.  

Create in each of us hearts open to each other.  Reconcile our lives. 
Free the forgiveness in every person so that peace may radiate throughout our wounded and restless world.  Calm the anxieties within our hearts and assure us of your loving, fatherly hand in all that happens to us.  May we never lose confidence in your love in spite of the calamities that befall us. 

Renew in us the spirit of repentance as we turn to you in love and trust.  May Christmas remind us of the humble birth of Jesus and raise our thoughts to him, who is God-with-us and Savior of all.

We praise and thank you for your loving care and ask that we may be faithful to you always.  Amen.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Dominican Contemplative Soul

A true Dominican is first and foremost a contemplative after the example of our holy father Dominic who spoke only with God or of God during his lifetime. Motivated purely by a deep love for God and for souls, St. Dominic lived a life of fervent prayer and deep union with God while spending his day preaching for the salvation of souls.  Abbot William Peter of St. Paul’s monastery in Toulouse, who knew St. Dominic, testified that he had never seen anyone pray or weep so much.[1]  His passion for souls often forced him to cry out: “O Lord, have mercy on thy people…what is to become of sinners?  In the words of St. Gregory, our holy founder truly drank the truths in contemplation which later poured out in his preaching, and he taught his children to live and act in the same way.[2]

Hence, the primary purpose of the Order of Preachers is contemplation. This came from St. Dominic’s strong belief that only by being a contemplative can a Dominican be a zealous apostle because from the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks (Matt. 12:34).   Thus, any Dominican who is not eager to become a contemplative is falling short in his or her Dominican spirit![3]  Besides the three vows of obedience, chastity and poverty, the contemplative life of the Dominicans is safeguarded by a regular life with its monastic observances, solitude, penance, prayer, study and silence.

Needless to say, the vocation of the Order is awe-inspiring.  It allows the members to achieve the two highest statutes of God’s commandments, namely, to love the Lord, our God with our whole heart, with our whole being, with our whole strength, and with our whole mind; and to love our neighbor as ourselves (Luke 10:27).

Today, as we celebrate the memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we give grateful praise to the Lord for the gift of the contemplative life given to our holy mother Church through the faithful prayer life of our brothers and sisters.  May these "co-workers in the mystery of Redemption" follow faithfully in the footsteps of our Blessed Mother who is the model of the contemplative life. We also give thanks to all those who help to sustain their life of prayer and contemplation for the needs of the Church, for our world and for souls.  And we pray that our merciful God will bless his Church with an abundance of vocations to the cloistered and monastic life.

Deo Gratias!


* Fr. Jean Joseph Lataste O.P.
  [1] [2] [3] William Hinnebusch O.P., Dominican Spirituality.