Today the Church celebrates the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, an occasion to remember the immense love Jesus holds for all of us in His Heart. Sometimes it can be tempting to think that God has stepped away from His creation, or has lost interest in it. Today’s feast counters those mistaken thoughts with the knowledge that God loves us with a love beyond measure, a love so great and intense we cannot find words to properly express it–although texts from Scripture help to convey a small portion of it.
I have loved you with an everlasting love, so I am constant in my affection for you.
With everlasting love I have taken pity on you, says the LORD, your redeemer…The mountains may depart, the hills be shaken, but my love for you will never leave you and my covenant of peace with you will never be shaken, says the LORD, who takes pity on you.
Isaiah 54:8b, 10
On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood there and cried out: “If any man is thirsty, let him come to me! Let the man come and drink who believes in me!” As scripture says, From his breast shall flow fountains of living water.
John 7:37 -38
May we choose today to again put out trust in the overflowing, endless love of Jesus Christ! Let us come to drink at His fountain!
Yes, believe it or not–Dominican Life on Lotus Lane has been up for twelve years! It’s amazing how time flies when you’re having fun. We’re also celebrating almost a year on our new platform, and we’re so grateful to all of you who read and follow and like and comment on this blog. We’re praying for you!
This is also a special day because it’s the day before Pentecost–that great day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles and Mary in the upper room and sent them out as preachers to the whole world. In the same spirit (or Spirit) our Dominican friars in the southern province are electing a new provincial today. We pray for all the electors as well as the friar who will take up the helm, and we also pray for Fr. Tom Condon, OP, who has served so faithfully and so well for two terms. We understand he’s planning a much-deserved sabbatical, and hope he’ll return ready to work again!
May you be inspired by the Holy Spirit as you go forward through life, and may you act on the inspirations the Spirit gives you!
Pope Francis is consecrating the world–and especially Russia and the Ukraine–to the Immaculate Heart of Mary today. He’ll be doing this about 12:30 PM Central in the USA and you can watch it on the Vatican website. Today at Mass we made the consecration ourselves, led by Father Ian. Here’s where you can download it if you’d like to do the same! Let us all be united in prayer for peace in Ukraine and Russia.
As part of our 75th Jubilee celebration, a dear friend of ours painted a lovely portrait of the front of the Monastery. We hung it in the lobby, and it looks fantastic!
We know Ada from our long association with a family in the La Porte-Beaumont, Texas area, the Polkers, who have been generously bringing us groceries of all kinds for 45 years. When Ada joined the fun, we became friends with her–and that led, eventually, to our beautiful painting.
Ada Jones is a Texas artist who specializes in natural scenes in a variety of mediums. You can see more of her artwork (or even purchase some) at her website, https://www.adavjones.com/
Please keep in mind that this painting, like all of Ada’s work, is copyrighted.
Our dear Sr. Mary Regina died on August 4, 2021. She was 85 years old and had been professed 63 years.
Sister entered the Dominican monastery in Cincinnati, OH in 1955 and came to Lufkin in 1989 when that monastery had to close. We were privileged to live with Sister, who gave a wonderful example of patience, abandonment to God’s will, and fortitude during her last years.
We hope to have some more about Sister here soon, and we will have more information in the Fall issue of our newsletter, “Monastery Bells”.
There’s one word that sums up our annual retreat: fantastic!
Fr. Vincent Davila, O.P., a friar from St. Albert the Great Province (central) gave us several great conferences on “The Mystical Body of Christ in St. Paul”. Fr. Vincent was able to blend theology and moral encouragement (that is to say, he gently skewered many of our faults and failings in a way that made us laugh umcomfortably) in a manner that was inspiring to many sisters. In addition to his conferences, Fr. Vincent preached his theme of the Mystical Body during his homilies at Mass, providing further interesting commentary. We contributed by planning hymns for Mass and Benediction to fit his themes, which he appreciated. We\’ll have more news about Father and our retreat in the next issue of “Monastery Bells”.
It was hard to return to the everyday world today after such an excellent retreat, but we all feel refreshed, renewed, and ready to pray–and grow in virtue–with greater fervor. Thank you, Fr. Vincent!
It\’s that time of year again! Tonight we begin our annual ten-day community retreat. This year our retreat master is Fr. Vincent Davila from St. Albert the Great Province (aka the central province). We\’ll have more to tell you after the retreat. For now, we just want to let you know that our schedule will vary somewhat in order to accommodate our retreat conferences. However, Mass tunes will still be the same: 7:20 Monday-Saturday and 7:00 Sunday. That\’s right! Our chapel is finally open to the public for Sunday Mass.