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Our Blogger’s Corner,July 20, 2014, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
This week, Fr. Isaiah Mary will take over. Enjoy! For more goodies, see blog.stdominics.org. ~ Fr Michael
The 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.
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.
Then, 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.
Friday, July 25
Arts at St. Dominic's Concert with a Baroque String Ensemble
Formed in 2013, the Alchemy Trio (Natalie Carducci, violin; Gretchen Claassen, viola da gamba and ’cello; Derek Tam, harpsichord), presents the music of the 17th through 19th centuries in a historically informed manner on period-appropriate instruments. The Alchemy Trio has played in venues ac...
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)
“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)
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...
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...