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“Courage,” the disciples say, “He is calling you!” This joyous message first given to the blind Batimaeus greatly encourages us friars, who ourselves have heard it as we now preach to others. The Lord’s voice is clear and resounds in every human person; he cannot be ignored!
We friars pray your time is well spent reading over what we show you here. May it lead you to consider speaking with one of us soon about your future, on which God’s will has already been stamped. Choose freely what God has chosen for you!
The great courage to be shown as you discern your vocation will be called on every day, but it will be your highest honour and most abundant joy, and so, your salvation for the eternal life.
Fr Paul Rowse, OP
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On 7 November 2015, throughout the world, members of the Dominican family launched the festivities for their 800th anniversary.
The General Promoter of the Rosary went to Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan to celebrate this event. In fraternal simplicity and joy the Jubilee was opened there with a mass in one of the houses of the Sisters of Saint Catherine of Sienna.
The Master of the Order, Brother Bruno Cadoré had communicated his thoughts just before the beginning of the celebration: “The "holy preaching" at Erbil will be particularly close to my heart during this evening’s celebration. Convey my fraternal affection to the sisters, brothers and all their families.”
Fr Louis-Marie’s homily underlined that the Jubilee offers each of us an opportunity to find the road to sanctity, according to three methods:
- By being what we should be at the heart of the Dominican family: “We all have our place in this family and we pray for each other. My sisters, perhaps you have never been to Fatima, but Fatima comes to you, here in Iraq. A few minutes ago I received a message from that town’s Monastery and one of the sisters wrote: “Our prayers accompany you in that large country. Tell them, please, that we are with them in the very heart of our prayers.”
- By welcoming God’s Mercy. Mercy for others and mercy for oneself. And it is no coincidence that our Jubilee corresponds to the one of Mercy desired by Pope Francis!
- By taking refuge under Our Lady’s mantle. Saint Dominic’s vision is well known: in heaven, he is reunited with all the members of his Order under the Virgin’s mantle!
Live as a family, in mercy, under Our Lady’s mantle!
That’s the programme for our Jubilee… a programme of sanctity!
Fr. Louis-Marie ARIÑO-DURAND, o.p.
General Promoter of the Rosary
(23 November 2015)
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Saint of the Day
A soldier and courtier to King Yezdigerd I of Persia in the early fifth century, James was a Christian who, during Yezdigerdâ€™s persecution of Christians, renounced his faith for fear of death.His family, who had not apostacized, contacted James upon the death of the king, and thus the end of the persecution, and chastised him for having renounced his Heavenly King before the worldy king of Persia.Upon hearing the rebukes of his family for the denial of his faith, James was thrown into a deep crisis of conscience, and he went through a true, deep conversion, uniting and conforming himself to the living God. Wanting to make amends, he professed his faith before the new king, Bahram and was condemned to death.He is referred to as â€˜Intercisusâ€™ because the name literally means â€˜hacked to pieces,â€™ and this name was given to him documenting the manner of his death. He was hung from a beam and slowly cut into 28 pieces, beginning with his fingers and then his toes, hands, and so forth until his beheading, the final cut.Even though the crowd, made up of many Christians, urged him to renounce his faith and worship the sun because they could not bear to see him suffer such excruciating torture, he never renounced his faith. Instead, he made every piece cut from his body an offering to the Living God, and won the crown of martyrdom.James Intercisus is the patron saint of lost vocations and torture victims.