Father’s been keeping a secret

So I wrote a novel.  What of it?

I have been keeping a little secret from you.  During a recent 6-months stint, I was inspired to wrote a novel about a topic that is very dear to my heart.

And of course, every good writer–and frankly, most bad writers too–want to see their work on the bookshelves and on Amazon.  Who wouldn’t want their work to be recommended on Goodreads?

writing-pen1Anyway, after I had completed the second draft of what-was-called “Choices,” I went to Google and typed in “Catholic publishers.” Somewhat quickly, I had discovered Tuscany Press.  Moreover, I learned that Tuscany, based in Boston, holds the annual Tuscany Prize for short stories, Young Adult Novels, and Novels.  Since my protagonist is in his twenties, I was advised to submit to the “novel” category.

Here is the link to a snippet of a portion of “Wandering in the Moonlight.”  Contestants have been informed that the winners will be announced in September.  I know that I would like you to pray for this, but I’m not exactly sure how.  That I win?  That the judges choose the best piece?  That I get a contract?  Not exactly sure.

But do I want to win?  Of course.  Is the competition fierce?  Rather.  Do I want to be chosen because it is the best piece?  Naturally!

Either way, please pray for me–it’s good for my soul.  Ha!

Holy Father Dominic, pray for us!

Our Blogger’s Corner – July 27, 2014, Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

God said to him, ‘Because you have asked for this—not for a long life for yourself, nor for riches,nor for the life of your enemies, but for understanding so that you may know what is right—I do as you requested. I give you a heart so wise and understanding that there has never been anyone like you up to now, and after you there will come no one to equal you.’ “

 

molano dominicI’ve found a lot of comfort in this story from the First Book of Kings. Beloved King David had just died. He had just named his heir—Prince Solomon—to succeed him. One night, the Lord approaches Solomon and asks what gift he would like to receive. Out of all of the things Solomon could have asked for—long life, riches, women, peace, an abundance of crops, a joyful population, or an easy reign—Solomon chose wisdom. Of all the things the Lord God could have given to him, Solomon asks that Lady Wisdom sit by his royal throne. Amazing.

What is more, according to some Jewish traditions, Solomon was 12-14 years old when he was crowned king.

Most of us will not have the privilege to have the Lord God come to us in a dream offering presents. However, by virtue of the Sacrament of Confirmation, we have all received Lady Wisdom in our hearts, that is, the wisdom and grace of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has been unleashed into our souls to guide us, love us and dare us to see creation with the Creator’s eyes.

By virtue of this Sacrament, we have been given Wisdom. How do we live the way of Wisdom? I would suggest that Solomon’s life can offer us a guide. We remember his precarious conception. The First Book of Kings reminds us of the story when the King David’s armies were at war, he wandered around his palace, seeing and falling into lust over Bathsheba. Knowing that she was a married woman, David eventually ordered her husband killed on the battlefield. After marrying her, Bathsheba and David conceive Solomon, the second child of their union.

Over a decade later, Solomon is named heir. His older brother attempts to usurp the throne. Thanks to a few moves of trickery that would have made any Golden-Aged Roman Senator proud, Solomon’s rightful seat is claimed and firmly established.

King Solomon Temple of Heaven Djinn Ring

King Solomon Temple of Heaven Djinn Ring

Imagine the suffering Solomon endured. He knows how he was conceived—it is a matter of public record. His father had just died. His older brother betrays him. His life is threatened. He is suffering.

Yet, in that suffering, Solomon learns wisdom. He learns compassion. Forgiveness. Love. He learns how to be a man.

It would be easy for any of us to lick our wounds and allow them to fester. To allow hurts from a time long past to reign over us. To hold a grudge because it seemingly feels better to hate. Yet Solomon was given wisdom thanks to his lessons of compassion, forgiveness and love.

Which past wounds are still healing? Which hurt still festers in the dark crevices of your heart? My prayer this week is that we learn wisdom from our suffering, so that we may be greater instruments of God’s compassion, forgiveness and love.

~Fr. Isaiah Mary Molano, O.P.

A Preacher’s Life – Contemplata aliis tradere

Let’s take a little break from our series on the Liturgy of the Hours.

Statue of Holy Father Dominic, found in the cloister garden of our House of Studies, the Priory of Saint Albert the Great, OP, Doctor and Bishop

Statue of Holy Father Dominic, found in the cloister garden of our House of Studies, the Priory of Saint Albert the Great, OP, Doctor and Bishop

A few weeks ago, the Western Dominican Province gathered for an assembly.  Most of the 140 friars gathered at our House of Studies, the Priory of St. Albert the Great, to be together, do some long range planning and discerning, and pray together as a community.

While there, I found myself in our cloister garden staring at a statue of Holy Father Dominic.  And it reminded me of a blog post I did when I was in studies.

This is a reflection I wrote about this statue.  I hope this brings you a peek into the life and spirituality of the Dominican Order, and bring you an intimate relationship with He Who Calls.

Holy Father Dominic, pray for us!

Our Blogger’s Corner, July 20, 2014, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This week, Fr. Isaiah Mary will take over. Enjoy! ~ Fr Michael

Molano_CornerThe Priory of Saint Albert the Great is where the Dominicans from the West Coast train for full-time ministry. In back of the building we have acres of fauna and streams. A few years ago one of the older friars decided to build a compost pit.

Every time I would pass by the pit I would revert to feeling like a five-year-old. Here is this pit, full of grass clippings, weeds, dead flowers, refuse from the kitchen, banana peels and orange slices, newspapers and worms: The decomposition of the twigs and petals, the stench of the decaying plant matter and everything else that gets rejected from the pristine decor of the house of studies. There were often times when a part of me would need to quickly walk away from the warm pile of filth—else I would find my day wasted by gazing at a pit of waste.

We look at weeds much the same way we look at sin: Both are things we are afraid to talk about. They are ugly, annoying, always in the way of greater beauty.

compost pile - Not at St. Albert's!

compost pile – Not at St. Albert’s!

However, in a manner of speaking, weeds and sin get a bad rap. Look at the compost pile. In order to make really effective compost (according to Priory Scientist Fr. Emmanuel) you need organic matter, like banana peels, coffee grounds, etc., along with inorganic material, like heat, oxygen and a tad of water. In other words, to make really good compost, you need organic waste, cooperating with heat, oxygen and water. But that is not all. What is most essential is some sort of catalyst to make the ingredients start working together.

In order to have a healthy and progressing life in the Spirit, you need many of the same things. We need to know how we sin. Pride, jealousy, holding gripes, complaining, the list goes on and on. You need humility, self-awareness and self-knowledge in order to have a flourishing spiritual life. In other words, you need a firm grip on yourself. But you also need things that are (in a sense) outside yourself. You need the heat (fire) of the Holy Spirit who is always intruding into your life. You need the oxygen (breath) of life coursing through your veins. You need the waters of baptism splashed on your head. For a flourishing life in the Spirit, a Christian needs his or her intimate knowledge of sin as well as the presence of God.

photo 1Then, and only then, can the catalyst of the Sacrament of Reconciliation work within the Christian, making the person the Saint of Light that we are called to be.

However, that is the rub. So many times we would go to Confession, go over our laundry list, and leave the confessional as though nothing had happened. However, Jesus tells us to “sin no more.” Are we willing to “sin no more” or are we just content with “sinning in only these five ways?” However—we are called to be saints. We are called to be holy. We are called to be extraordinary. Mediocrity is not part of the Christian job-description.

Are we willing to use our sins and our vices as compost for a greater glory? Are we willing to use these terrible things that we do on a daily basis in order to learn how to be the saints that we are called to be? Will we cooperate with the sacramental grace of Confession to rid the weeds of our souls, so that our lives in the Spirit may flourish and make us saints?

The choice, as always, is ours.

~Fr. Isaiah Mary Molano, O.P. 

The Liturgy of the Hours, part III – Where did the Liturgy of the Hours come from?

Where did the Divine Office come from?  Was it something that just happened?  Dropped from the sky like a meteor?  Something that the dolphins and dinosaurs did so we had decided to emulate?

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Credit – Sustainable John

In the psalms, we read, “Seven times a day I praise you” (Ps. 119:164), as well as, “the just man mediates on the law day and night” (Ps. 1:2).  Moreover, we remember in the Gospels and in the Acts of the Apostles that Jesus and the Twelve would oftentimes go to the Temple at certain times of the day.  According to this website, Christians continued to pray as a community throughout the day (See Acts 2:15, Acts 10:9; 10:3, 13).

As the centuries wore on, and the monastic communities arose after the Edict of Milan, the hermits would continue to gather to pray at key moments of the day.  This became what we Dominicans call the “Common Life”, praying together, commonly, for the praise of God.

We still use some of the ancient titles today, the third (terce), sixth (sext) and ninth (none) hour, more commonly known as Midmorning, Midday and Midafternoon prayer.

So without further ado, here are the proper names of the prayers throughout the day:

 

Name of Hour Term in Latin Notes Time prayed at St Dominic’s
Office of Readings Matins Traditionally, this hour was prayed in the middle of the night, well before sunrise.  Today, it may be prayed at any time of the day.  Nonetheless, many religious and lay faithful pray this hour immediately before Morning Prayer.  Offers a tone of the day, because it helps us meditate on the liturgical season, of the saint of the day. Monday through Friday, 7:15am with Morning Prayer
Morning Prayer Lauds Traditionally prayed at sunrise, this hour is prayed at the start of the day.  Lauds and Vespers make up the “major” hours of the day and are the hinge on which all the other hours rest. Monday through Friday at 7:15am with Office of Readings
Midmorning Prayer Terce The Midday hours are also called minor hours; the Dominicans friars are mandated to pray at least one of these three; the cloistered Dominican nuns pray all three.  
Midday Prayer Sext
Midafternoon Prayer None
Evening Prayer Vespers “Vespers” simply means evening.  This hour is prayed as the day transitions to night, traditionally as the sun sets and the evening star appears.  Lauds and Vespers make up the “major” hours of the day and are the hinge on which all the other hours rest. Sunday through Saturday at 5:00pm
Night Prayer Compline Perhaps the simplest yet most elegant of the hours, this hour is traditionally prayed immediately before going to bed.  It is in this hour that we reflect on the day God gave us, pray for His graces, and entrust our souls to Him and His providence.  It ends with a hymn to our Blessed Mother Mary. Sunday at 8:30pm,

Many times during the week at 9:00pm

 

clockIdeally, of course, the brothers would gather in the main Church for every hour. This is the beauty of the Novitiate.  The Novices gather for everything.  We senior friars join them when our ministerial schedule allows.  Though the senior friars must meet the demands of the entire Liturgy of the Hours, I myself have found myself praying midday and/or Compline on my own, in my cell.  A number of times, I have joined our Novice Brothers for midday and rosary, which usually happens inside the priory.

Moreover, we have a rather busy parish.  There are times where Compline is said inside the Priory, out of view from the parish community, in order to fulfill the demands of the ministry.

Holy Father Dominic, pray for us!

Our Pastor’s Corner, July 13, 2014, Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

On that day, Jesus spoke [to the crowds] at length in parables, saying, “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep, and when the sun rose it was scorched, and it withered for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it. But some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear.” (Matt 13:1-9)

The Sower by Eric Gill

The Sower by Eric Gill

Nestled between Oxford Street and Regents Park stands London’s legendary Broadcasting House. Described as “a new Tower of London” when it was built in 1932, Broadcasting House was one of the first houses designed particularly for radio broadcasting. As you enter the building, you are greeted in reception by Eric Gill’s celebrated sculpture, The Sower. With right hand plunged deeply in his seed satchel, the figure gazes beyond the horizon, poised to cast far and wide. For those who endeavor in media pursuits, this iconic statue stands as both a reminder and an inspiration to the task at hand. The sower is the original broadcaster, for he casts broadly in hopes of cultivating and harvesting rich yield.

This weekend, we hear this famous parable of the sower and seed. Often, interpretations of this text are centered in the interaction between the seed and the soil. We focus on how we receive the word of God in our lives. The birds, the thorns, the shallow roots: the seed’s potential fruit are often cut short by the inattention and lack of care of the soil. So, too, our lives can be so filled with fear, anxiety, busyness and indifference that Christ’s presence in our souls withers and dies. Christ’s words are a challenge to see the growth of our spiritual life in terms of real, practical work. In order to prepare the soil of our spirit, we need to cultivate our souls through prayer, nourish them with the sacraments, and root out the weeds with study and service.

Broadcasting House, London

Broadcasting House, London

In another way, this parable invites us to imagine ourselves in the place of the sower. As followers of Christ we are not simply passive to receive God’s word, we are meant to share in the divine sower’s broadcasting mission. As Catholics, we might think of “broadcasting” our faith in terms of televangelists or door-to-door missionaries. In truth, the very witness of our lives is the means by which we broadcast the faith. Sharing the blessings of our lives, encouraging those who are struggling, reaching out to those in need: the opportunities to plant the seeds of truth are plentiful.

Moreover, when we see ourselves as sowers of God’s word, we don’t have to worry or be anxious about the harvest. The seed has its own power and it takes root wherever it is sown. It is not up to us to convince or convert others, anymore than it is the sower’s task to fret about the particularities of where he casts. It is up to us to witness to our faith, to share our stories, to live what we believe: the rest is up to God. Above The Sower statue is the gilded inscription which reads:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“This temple of the arts and muses is dedicated to Almighty God…we pray that good seed sown may bring forth good harvest, and that all things foul or hostile to peace may be banished thence, and that the people inclining their ear to whatsoever things are lovely and honest, whatsoever things are of good report, may tread the path of virtue and wisdom.”

May these words be a reflection of our lives. May what we do and who we are plant the seeds which will bear fruit of eternal life.

~Fr. Michael Hurley, O.P.

The Liturgy of the Hours, part II – The Holiness of Time

It is perfectly conceivable that there is someone, somewhere, praying to God at this exact moment.  Moreover, it is perfectly conceivable that a human being is praying to God at every moment of the day.

The Liturgy of the Hours gathers the People of God at key moments of the day in order to focus and sing God’s praises.  We gather early in the morning, in the middle of the day, at the end of our workday, and before we go to bed, focusing and building our relationship with He Who Calls.

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A very good friend of mine relates Divine Office to medicine.  “We are sick,” she says, “and Office is our medicine.  Taking our aspirin at regular intervals in order to keep us spiritually healthy.”

I’ve always loved that image.  It reminds me to stay humble, that I cannot do it on my own, and I will not ever do it on my own.  Rather, the Office is, in a way, that which sustains me in my relationship with God.

The General Instruction on the Liturgy of the Hours puts it this way: “The purpose of the liturgy of the hours is to sanctify the day and the whole range of human activity. Therefore its structure has been revised in such a way as to make each hour once more correspond as nearly as possible to natural time and to take account of the circumstances of life today.

“Hence, ‘that the day may be truly sanctified and the hours themselves recited with spiritual advantage, it is best that each of them be prayed at a time most closely corresponding to the true time of each canonical hour.’”

bow in prayer 2One of the reasons why I love the Divine Office is because it reminds me of my primary relationship.  We are to connect with the He Who Calls every moment of the day.  Since He had made the day, the entire day ought to be sacrificed to His service for the sake of His people.

Moreover, the Liturgy of the Hours reminds me that time itself is holy.  Every moment and breath will never be repeated.  While checking email, writing a post, curating Facebook material, at a meeting, getting ready for the day…while doing it with a mindful heart to God, that it is a holy act, in one way or another.

Wasting time with God is the best way to spend it.

If you would like to partake of the Liturgy of the Hours, please refer to the Parish Liturgical Schedule.

Holy Father Dominic, pray for us!

 

 

Our Pastor’s Corner, July 6, 2014, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thus says the LORD: Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion, shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem! See, your king shall come to you; a just savior is he, meek, and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass. He shall banish the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem; the warrior’s bow shall be banished, and he shall proclaim peace to the nations. His dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. (Zechariah 9:9-10)

flag_grayskyHappy Fourth of July weekend! The picnics, fireworks and family gatherings on Independence Day remind us of the value of freedom and honor those who have made it possible. Two hundred thirty-eight years ago, the dawning of a dream for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness broke free on the shores of these United States. And we are proud of such heritage even as we are humbled by the sacrifices made. The liberty we enjoy is not simply a freedom from oppression and tyranny, but a freedom for living a virtuous Christian way of life. We should never take these freedoms for granted.

Our first reading gives us a glimpse of how Christ comes as a servant king who will establish a culture of freedom. The freedom which the humble Christ offers is not simply a political freedom, but a promise of spiritual liberation. The power of sin and death dissipates in the lives of those who follow his rule. And yet, precisely because of its spiritual roots, the freedom Christ brings has social and political consequences. The Church has long been an advocate for religious freedom in various areas of the public square, often as a champion for those whose voices are threatened to be muted. In fact, the origin of our nation connects with many core values of our faith. For example, the Preface for the Eucharist Prayer on Independence Day highlights the connection between Christ’s work and the formation of our country. “It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, through Christ our Lord. He spoke to us a message of peace and taught us to live as brothers and sisters. His message took form in the vision of our founding fathers as they fashioned a nation where we might live as one. His message lives on in our midst as our task for today and a promise for tomorrow. We thank you, Father, for your blessings in the past, and for all that, with your help, we must achieve.” Though Christ did not come to establish a political kingdom, the freedom which flows from the Gospel calls us to work for a more just, merciful and compassionate culture. It is interesting to note that Zechariah’s prophecy, “His Dominion shall be from sea to sea and from the Rivers to the ends of the earth” finds echoes in such lyrics of America the Beautiful, “And crowned thy good with brotherhood/from sea to shining sea” and God Bless America, “From the mountains/to the prairie/to the ocean white with foam.” Though we need to be cautious in conflating them, faith and patriotism are not divorced from each other. We are Catholics who are proud to live in a country where human and religious freedoms can be pursued.

And yet, the reason we are able to celebrate freely is because of the sacrifice of those who have answered the call to serve our nation. As a way of treasuring our independence, we remember those dear to us here in our own parish who have taken up the responsibility of shouldering freedom’s standard a world away. Each week, we publish the names of those men and women connected with St. Dominic who have answered the call of duty. Join me this week in praying for these brave men and women.

 

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Prayer for Our Troops

All-powerful and ever-living God, when Abraham left his native land and departed from his people you kept him safe through all his journeys. Protect our soldiers. Be their constant companion and their strength in battle, their refuge in every adversity. Guide them, O Lord, that they may return home in safety. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

~Fr. Michael Hurley, O.P.

The Liturgy of the Hours, part I

10388390_10152511232195962_1462370136_nIt is early in the morning.  The friars and an assembled mass of lay faithful are seated in the choir stalls.  Some look at their watches.  One of the friars flips through a battery of books and looks up at the number board.  He nods ever so slightly and sighs, looking towards the tabernacle.  No one says a word.   Expectation.  Silence.

The prior knocks on the stall twice.

The community rises, and faces the tabernacle.

One of the friars intones, “O Lord, open my lips.”

The community responds, while signing themselves, chanting, “And my mouth shall declare your praise.”

 

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The first time I experienced the Divine Office in its fullness, I found my chin on the marble floor at our House of Studies, the Priory of Saint Albert the Great, in Oakland.  I was mesmerized.  I had never seen anything like it.  What is this and how come I have never seen this before? I thought.  It is a perfectly Catholic way to pray.  Fifty or so friars and a handful of lay faithful engaged in this liturgical ballet of chanting the psalms, reading from Scripture and the Fathers of the Church, reciting prayers of the faithful in an elegant, liturgical English.  But mostly, it was the chanting that had enchanted me.  It is the chanting, really, that still enchants me.

“Seven times a day I praise you…” the psalmist wrote in Psalm 119, and the Church continues to stop and pray throughout the day, also answering St Paul’s urge to pray constantly.

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Main Chapel, Priory of St. Albert the Great, Oakland, CA

Over the next few weeks, we will have present a number of posts regarding the Divine Office, more commonly known as the Liturgy of the Hours.  What is the hidden liturgy that sits in the heart of the heart of the Church?  What is this open-secret that all religious and clerics have been sanctioned and blessed to engage with several times a day?  What is this ancient form of prayer in which any baptized member of the faithful may partake?

With joy in my heart, I hope to write several reflections on this part of our parish’s life.  The Liturgy of the Hours is a way of prayer that has sustained me since entering the Order, and will sustain me till my dying breath.  I am so happy to share this gift with you.

In case you would like to partake in Office as we go through these posts, you are welcome to refer to the “Liturgical and Devotional Schedule” tab on the home page.

Holy Father Dominic, pray for us!

Our Pastor’s Corner, June 29, 2014, Saints Peter & Paul, Apostles

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This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul. Through them, Christ’s power and mission continue in two important ways. First, through Peter and the Apostles, we can be confident that the sacramental life of the Church is rooted in the very words and power of Christ himself. My own priesthood is anchored in the fact that Bishop Vigneron, who laid hands on me, had hands laid on him in a unbroken succession that can be historically traced all the way back to the Apostles. When those in Holy Orders baptize, it is Christ himself who baptizes. When the priest absolves in the confessional, it is Christ who absolves, just as He forgave Peter for his three-fold denial. When oils are used for anointing the sick, it is Christ’s Spirit who touches both body and soul. Peter’s office as the Vicar of Christ ensures that the Church’s sacraments are not simply the continuation of ancient rituals and pageantry. Through the office of St. Peter, Christ heals, absolves and becomes present to us.

Second, St. Paul established the evangelical life of the Church though his preaching and ministry. St. Paul’s life and mission are characterized by Christ’s final words “to preach the Gospel to all nations.” His divinely inspired letters reveal that the gifts of the Holy Spirit enliven the various communities which he established. St. Paul’s faithfulness in preaching the Gospel animates and inspires missionaries and disciples who carry Christ’s message to the ends of the earth. Whereas St. Peter ensures that the Christ continues to nourish the Church through the sacraments, St. Paul gives the evangelical and missionary direction to the Church itself. The Church is not simply a club, no matter how holy, but the living Body of Christ meant to share the good news to all. Through Sts. Peter and Paul, Christ’s ministry and message live.

For us at St. Dominic’s, this Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul is celebrated in the context of our novena to St. Peregrine. Born in Forli, Italy in 1265, St. Peregrine grew up in a city and family culture that had rejected the primacy of the Pope and the validity of the sacraments. When the peregrinePope sent St. Phillip Benizi to be an ambassador for peace and reconciliation, Peregrine took to the streets to protest and heckle his preaching. In fact, during St. Phillip’s homily, Peregrine viciously struck him square in the face. What happened next changed Peregrine forever. Instead of a sharp word or violent response, St. Phillip literally turned his other check. Overcome with remorse, Peregrine abandoned his anger and was so inspired by the life of St. Phillip that he became a brother in his congregation. Peregrine worked to establish peace and reconciliation at a social and political level, but found his energies better served in direct care for the poor, neglected and infirmed. During the course of his ministry to the sick, he developed a cancer in his leg, which ultimately needed to be amputated. The night before the surgery, he spent the night in the hospital chapel in prayer before the crucifix. Falling asleep, he had a dream that Christ came down from the cross, touched his cancerous leg and restored him to perfect health. Awaking, Peregrine discovered his dream was a reality: he was healed! During the next 20 years, St. Peregrine ministered to the sick and was widely known as possessing the gift of healing through his prayers and touch. There are over 300 documented accounts of healing through his direct action. For this reason St. Peregrine is the patron saint of those afflicted with cancer, AIDS and other life-threatening maladies.

dominic and peter and paulThe story of St. Peregrine reminds us that when we are connected with the legacies of Sts. Peter and Paul through the sacraments and the evangelical life of the Spirit through the Church, Christ comes alive in and through us. In honor of St. Peregrine, this Monday we will celebrate the sacrament of the sick at the conclusion of the novena Masses. This sacrament is an extension of the healing ministry of Christ himself, and so I invite those who are in need of healing (in body, mind or spirit) to come and be anointed by the salve of salvation. Christ meets us in the midst of our suffering to bring comfort, peace, and encouragement. Through the intercession of St. Peregrine, may Christ work powerfully in the lives of all in need here at St. Dominic’s.

~Fr. Michael Hurley, O.P.