Reflections – Contemplatio

Saint Michael, Archangel

Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael

Today the Christian community specifically honors these three Archangels. While we are honoring them, we will do so by looking at this question:  What is the TRUTH about angels whom we associate as heavenly messengers of comfort and courage? Just as a point of interest, as I began preparing these reflections, I came across Thomas […]

The Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

Recently, there was a film series on television entitled “The Chosen,” which has been widely received as the most recent rendition of the public life of Christ. An extraordinary amount of research has been done by modern theological, archeological, and sociology scholars. What is different about this film is that it begins with the lives […]

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, So that EVERYONE who believes in him might not perish, but might have eternal life” John 3:16 Just to pronounce, to say “EXALTED,” gives a rise to one’s spirit. We have something extraordinary to celebrate today! Yet, we are ever mindful that all […]

Season of Creation, 9-1-23

Season of Creation

Prophet Amos cries out: “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5: 24) and so we are called to join the river of justice and peace, to take up climate and ecological justice, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate injustice and the loss […]

The Assumption of Virgin Mary

The Assumption of the Blessed Mother

We who live in the Western world are not very comfortable with the word “mystery.” Our Eastern brothers and sisters, on the other hand, are much more inclined to be at ease with a state of unknowing. Why is that? We can trace this attitude to our ancestors the Greeks who were convinced that ultimately […]

A Friar Took to Walking

A Friar Took to Walking

He knew all about horses and fancy trappings bells that jingled to announce their coming grooms who kept their mounts in healthy splendor and servants who ministered to riders on the journey. Off to the land of France he went right hand of the good Diego Bishop setting forth from Spain to undo damage caused […]

Feast of the Transfiguration

Sister Margaret Carey delivered this reflection for the Sisters, Associates, and gathered faith community at Dominican Convent for the Feast of the Transfiguration. The Entrance Antiphon for today is: “In a resplendent cloud, the Holy Spirit appeared. The Father’s voice was heard: ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to […]

Feast of St James the Apostle

We celebrate James in mid-summer, so I do feel like a haze has to lift for me to get started. Maybe, it was a hazy, early summer morning when Jesus called his first disciples and found James and his brother John with their father, Zebedee, fixing their fishing nets. (Mark 1:18) Many had probably heard something about him, but they were not expecting, after a long evening of fishing, to be called right then. But yes, he calls them to just leave their nets and follow him. And they did!

I Have Seen the Lord

Saint Mary Magdalene, first to share the good news of Christ’s resurrection with the apostles, is held as the Patroness of the Dominican Order, the Order of Preachers. Sister Catherine Patrice brings us this same good news today as she reflects on Saint Mary Magdalene.  Sister Catherine Patrice ministers in retreat work and spiritual direction. […]

St. Kateri, Santa Fe

Feast of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, 2023

Saint Kateri in front of Santa Fe Cathedral Sisters Helen Regina, Durso, Christine (Chris) Ferrar and Nora McCarthy served the Indigenous Peoples of the Nakoda and Aaniiih Nations at the St. Paul’s Mission Grade School in Hays, MT for 40 years. We invite you to listen to them reflect on St. Kateri Tekakwitha.

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