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Our Blogger’s Corner, July 27, 2014, Seventeenth Sunday in 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.’ “
I’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.
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.
Friday, August 01
Silent All-Night Adoration is a time of quiet prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. It is scheduled to take place on First Friday, from 9:00 p.m. until 7:30 a.m. the following morning. Most attendees spend one or two hours in prayer with the Lord. Because Adoration occurs after the church is locked, ...(more)
St. Dominic's month of celebration opens today and continues with many events including this year's annual concert of music for Trumpet and Organ features a mix of Baroque (Vivaldi, Handel. Bach) and 21st Century compositions. Professor of music at the...
“Francis: the Man and the Myth,” Lecture
“Francis: the Man and the Myth,”Wednesday, August 6, 7:00 p.m., Church. Who is ‘the real’ St. Francis? Join the St. Dominic’s community for a fascinating evening lecture given by celebrated author, educator and Dominican priest, Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P. as he ...(more)
Thursday, August 07
Natural Family Planning - Intro Class
Attend an Introductory Natural Family Planning class. Thursday, August 7, 7:00 p.m., Aquinas Room. Deacon Bill Turrentine and Pat Turrentine, volunteers with the Couple to Couple League, offer an overview of NFP - what it is and why it is important. Engaged or married couples are welcome. To registe...(more)
Sunday, August 10
YAG Silver Jubilee Celebration
Silver Jubilee Celebration of the Young Adults Group, Sunday, August 10th, 6:30 pm Mass, Parish Hall. Current and past members of the Young Adults Group are invited to attend the Silver Jubilee Celebration of the Young Adults Group (founded in 1989). Meet old friends and make new ones.&n...
Class II: Life-Giving Marriages, second Wednesday of the month, 7:30 p.m. in the Siena room
No sign-up is required for the class.
Thursday, August 14
Vigil of the Feast of the Assumption (Holy Day of Obligation)
Feast of the Assumption: Vigil Masses, Church Nave, August 14, 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm. All are welcome to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption which is a Holy Day of Obligation. Vigil Masses on Thursday, August 14th at 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm. On Friday, our Mass Schedule is 6:30 am, 8:00 am a...(more)
Mass of Remembrance, Saturday, August 16th, 10:00 a.m., Lady Chapel. St. Dominic’s will have our annual Mass of Remembrance for all who have suffered a loss of a loved one, one’s health or any kind of loss. Following Mass, we will have a reception in the Siena Room. Everyone is invited.
Registered parishioners are invited to have their children baptized at St. Dominic’s. Parents and Godparents must participate in our Baptismal Preparation Classes. Both parents and at least one of the godparents must attend...(more)
Saturday, August 23
The used clothing drive for the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Lima Center will be held at the Vigil Mass on Saturday, August 23rd and at all Masses on Sunday, August 24th. Parishioners may also drop off their donations to the Parish Office from Tuesday, August 19th through Saturday, August 23rd.
Wedding Music Seminar
An invitation to our next Wedding Music Seminar on Monday, August 25 at 7:30 pm. This is for all those getting married at St. Dominic's in 2014 and early 2015. Couples getting married at other venues are welcome to attend also, on the understanding that not all of our presentation will b...
Contemporary Choir Concert
Contemporary Choir Concert, Wednesday, August 27th, 7:30 pm, Church Nave. All are invited to the Annual Contemporary Choir Concert in celebration of St. Dominic's Month. This year's theme is "We Come to Pray." The Sunday 5:30 pm Contemporary Choir and friends will feature new and r...