7:30 Rising Bell
8:15 Morning prayer and benediction
11:00 brunch–silence ends
Conference four dealt with one of the dominicans’ favorite things: contemplation. In fact, my favorite Dominican motto is “Contemplate and give to others the fruit of your contemplation.” Fr. C ran with this idea in his last conference. He also touched on the Dominican pillar of study.
- “You have to be perfect to get into heaven. It’s the entrance requirement.”
- Purgatory–fire of purification
- We have to have a desire to intercede for others.
- Practice of virtue–trial and error. The more you do it, the easier it is.
- Flexibility and adaptability in prayer life
- Study is meant to be lovely: good study pursues wisdom
- Virtue is in the middle of two extremes.
- “The happiest possible activity is contemplation.”–St. Thomas Aquinas
- Practical intellect: Thinking about what you do
- Speculative intellect: (or Contemplative intellect) Ponders the truth. Looks on God in a disinterested way.
- Adoration is an extension of Mass
- Have gratitude–this frees the soul to love God.
- Allow him to make all things new.
Homily: Third Sunday of Lent Year B (Jesus overthrowing the tables in the temple)
- Emotion is part of man. Passion drives us.
- Being passionate about your task can be a good thing.
- In the Gospel, Jesus is furious. “Zeal for God’s house” has consumed him.
- St. Dominic witnessed by her fervor, warmth. He was intrepid. and compassionate.
- He had “radiant joy in all circumstances”
- Fervor of the Holy Spirit: Acts 18:25
- Hate what is evil and hold fast to what is good.
- “Be aglow with the spirit, rejoice in your hope, be constant in prayer.”
- “Joy is the leaven which pervades Dominican life.” (One of the reasons I love being a Dominican) Joy and zeal give us strength to do God’s will.
- Fervor enkindles the joy of the Holy Spirit.