A Gospel Reflection on the Solemnity of All Saints, Tuesday, November 1, 2011.
Dominican Province of the Philippines
Tayong mga katoliko ay meron tayong grupong kinabibilangan sa parokya, ang iba sa atin ay abala sa mga gawain ng simbahan.
BAKIT BA NATIN GINAGAWA ITO?
PARA SAAN BA ANG GINAGAWA NATIN?
Ginagawa natin ito ay gusto natin makamit ang tinatawag na CHRISTIAN PERFECTION. Nagsusumikap tayong maging banal, gusto nating maging banal ang ating pamumuhay.
Sa araw na ito ng Martes, November 1, 2011 ay ipinagdiriwang natin ang Kapistahan ng Lahat ng mga Banal. Ang mga Santong ito ay sila ang mga modelo natin sa buhay, tinutularan natin ang kanilang mga halimbawa, ginagawa natin ang mga nagawa nila. Nung sila ay nabubuhay pa dito sa lupa ay katakut-takot na pag-uusig ang hinarap nila. Kahit na sila ay inuusig, pinahirapan at pinatay ay hindi sila gumaganti, tahimik lang sila at kung ano man ang ginawa sa kanila ay ipinapasa-diyos na lamang nila.
Sa buhay natin kung tayo man ay nakakaranas ng ganito, ang mga pag-uusig at pagyurak sa ating pagkatao ay hayaan lang natin sila, ipasa-diyos na lang yung mga taong nang-aapi sa atin.
Kaya napakaganda po ang ating Ebanghelyo (Matthew 5:1-12) sa araw na ito, ito ay tungkol sa Beatitudes. Taun-taon tuwing ginugunita natin ang Todos los Santos ay ito ang gospel na laging ginagamit taun-taon.
Habang tayo ay nabubuhay sa mundong ito ay makakaranas pa rin tayo ng mga pag-uusig at panghuhusga. Pero ang mga pagsubok na ito ay pansamantala lamang at sa bandang huli ay malalampasan natin ang mga pagsubok na ito. Ang Buhay natin dito sa mundo ay hindi tayo permanente. Balang araw pagkatapos ng ating buhay sa mundong ito ay makakatanggap tayo ng gantimpala mula sa diyos.
Makakamit natin ang gantimpalang ito kung tayo ay mananatiling tapat sa panginoon sa kabila ng mga bagyong dumating sa ating buhay.
Santo Domingo Church, Quezon City.
Dominican Province of the Philippines
Who live by the example of St Dominic de Guzman, St Albert the Great, St Thomas Aquinas, St Vincent Ferrer, St Martin de Porres, St Peter de Verona, St Raymund of Penafort,St Vincent Liem dela Paz and the Companions of St Lorenzo Ruiz who died as martyrs.
Missionaries who evangelized Bataan, Pangasinan andCagayan. Religious Priests and Brothers who founded and work at the University of Sto Tomas, Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila, Laguna and Bataan, Aquinas University in Legazpi and the Angelicum College in Quezon City and Iloilo.
The only requirement is your willingness to try.
For details, please call Santo Domingo Convent at telephone number # 7126275 / 7437758 / 09156784728 or you may visit the Mother Church of the Dominican Province of the Philippines and National Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of La Naval – Santo Domingo Church and Convent, 537 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.
DOMINICAN PROVINCE OF THE PHILIPPINES
AM – 5:45*, 6:30, 7:15, 8:00 AM & 12:15 NN
PM – 6:00
* Rosary, Mass with Liturgy of the Hour
SUNDAYS AND HOLYDAYS:
AM – 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00*, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00
PM – 4:00*, 5:00, 6:00, 7:00
* 8:00 am – Conventual Mass
* 4:00 pm – Parish Mass
MASS WITH BLESSING OF THE SICK AND DISTRIBUTION OF BREAD – every Tuesday right after 12:15 nn & 6:00 pm Mass.
WHO ARE THE LAY DOMINICANS?
The lay Dominicans or Secular Dominicans, as they are called today, (and who in the past have been known as Dominican Tertiaries, members of the Third Orders of St. Dominic, or members of the Order of Penance of St. Dominic) are ‘an Association of the faithful living in the world, who participate in the religious and apostolic life of the Order of Friars Preachers under the guidance of the Dominican Brethren and according to the Rule approved by the Holy See and thus strive for Christian Perfection.’ Although the word profession is often used, they do not take vows and, therefore, cannot be strictly called religious; yet, in a wide sense, they may be called religious living in the world. (R.Vahey, OP,Information)
‘Their vocation is superior to membership in a sodality or confraternity because it includes canonical status in a major religious Order and embraces a more universal objective’ (J.Rubba OP, Third Order of St. Dominic)
It is composed of Lay people, men and women, single and married, who live in and are a sign to the World.
(Excerpts from: Lay Dominicans Manual by:Eladio Neira, OP p29)
From the very beginning of the Order of Preachers, there are already groups of Lay people that participates in the apostolic works and associates themselves with the dominican friars. accordingly, “it has its origin in one of the twelfht century penitential movements which centered around St. Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers gathered around himself groups of Lay People for the spiritual and material defense of the Church and, ultimately for the participation in the Apostolate. (E.Neira, O.P.) “Thus, it is not surprising that the “history” of the Third Order does not begin in 1285, when the Master General Munio de Zamora officially promulgated its Rule, nor back to the early years of the 13th century, when St. Dominic lived and worked. The “history” of the Third Order goes back many decades before that. To understand what the Third Order is and whence it came, we have to look at the Church of the Middle Ages and the society in which it lived.” (Richard Weber)
it was known then to be the Order of Penitents of St. Dominic, Third Order of St. Dominic, and now as “Lay Dominican Fraternities”.
REQUISITE FOR ADMISSION:
The Dominican Lay Fraternity taps the vocation of men and women (Single or Married with the consent of spouse) to live a life of STUDY, PRAYER and APOSTOLIC WORK according to his / her own state of life.
1. Well disposed person
2. Practicing Catholic
3. Living a devout life and good refute
4. At least 18 years of age
5. Sincerely desirous of christian perfection
6. Can present a letter of recommendation from his/her parish priest
7. Must not belong to any other religious congregation or with another third order
8. Must be willing to attend meetings and study regularly
Any interested party may ask to be interviewed by any Lay Dominican of the Santo Domingo Fraternity. Regular council and Chapter meeting is held every First Sunday of the month from 12:00 nn – 4:00 pm at Santo Domingo Church – National Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of La Naval, 537 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City. For details, pls call Santo Domingo Convent at # 7126271 or text at # 09154855915
SPREAD THE WORD! BE A DOMINICAN LIVING IN THE WORLD!