16 November 2010

Saint Albert the Great

It is by the path of love, which is charity, that God draws near to man, and man to God. But where charity is not found, God cannot dwell. If, then, we possess charity, we possess God, for “God is Charity” (1 John 4:8)

Saint Albert the Great


Dear Saint Albert,
professed as most learned and noble,
yet still humble in your relationship with both God and man.
Help us to find the grace of charity in our hearts,
given so generously by the Holy Spirit.
With the assistance of your intercession
may we join in your learned nature
to incline ourselves truly to learn the love and charity of
Our Lord, Jesus Christ.


10 November 2010

Dominican Saints and Blesseds for November

3 November:
Saint Martin de Porres (Feast)

5 November:
Blessed Simon Ballachi

6 November:
Blessed Francis de Capillas and Alfonsus Navarette and companions

7 November:
All Saints of the Order of Preachers (Feast)

8 November:
Anniversary of Deceased Brothers and Sisters of the Order

14 November:
Blessed John Liccco
Blessed Lucy of Narni

15 November:
Saint Albert the Great (Feast)

19 November:
Blessed James Benefatti

24 November:
Saint Ignatious Delgado, Saint Vincent Liem, 
Saint Dominic An-Kham, and companions

25 November:
Blessed Margaret of Savoy

The Death of Life

Why death in a church in Iraq?
Why death in the womb of an unwanted?
Why death alone on a street, tethered to sin?
Why death to come daily from our impurities within?

Death is no more an ending, that we are a begin.
Death is no more a victor, than we can rule on our own over sin.
Death is no more a curtain, than a veil for what lies within.

Death is a beginning.
Born into eternal life.
Death is a beginning.
Our hopes in Christ Jesus risen for us, His sons and daughters.
Death is a beginning.
The purpose for which we have been born.
Not to die, but to live with Him for eternity.

So, pray for the dead - that they may see the Christ.
Pray for the faithful who have gone before us.
And pray for those less sure of their path in the hereafter.
Pray for all souls, for one day we will join them.
May each of us reach Christ in the end.