Retreat Notes 2015 Part IV

retreat notes

Sunday Morning
7:30 Rising Bell
8:15 Morning prayer and benediction
8:45 Conference
10:00 Mass
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 isΒ 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.
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