A Gospel Reflection on the 3rd Sunday of Advent, December 11, 2011.
Dominican Province of the Philippines
Alam ninyo dun sa Santo Domingo Church kapag nakikita ako ng tao o kaya kapag may taong lumapit sa akin para magtanong, madalas ay napapagkamalan akong Dominican Priest or Dominican Brother. Ang tingin ng mga tao sa akin doon sa Santo Domingo Church lalo na kapag ako ay nakasuot ng Dominican Uniform ay Dominican Priest or Dominican Brother. Naalala ko tuloy nung aking Temporary Profession last April 29, 2009, paglabas namin nila Bro Adrian, Bro Art at Alex ng kuwarto dun sa Parish Center ng Santo Domingo ay may mga bata na lumapit sa akin para magmano.
ANO BA YAN?
Sa aming apat na magkakasama sa akin lang nagmano ang mga batang iyon. Ganyan na ba ang tingin ninyo sa akin, ang tingin ninyo sa akin ako ay Dominican Priest. Minsan nga may dalawang nanay na lumapit sa akin, nung magtatanong sila sa akin ay tinawag nila akong FATHER.
Alam ninyo kapag may tumatawag sa akin ng Father, ang sinasabi ko sa mga tao,
HINDI PA AKO PARI,
AKO AY ISANG DOMINICAN TERTIARY.
Alam ninyo maraming namamatay sa maling akala, madalas ay nagkakamali tayo sa pagkakilala natin sa isang tao.
ANO ANG ISINISIGAW NI JUAN BAUTISTA?
SINASABI NIYA ITO AY SAPAGKAT NALALAPIT NA ANG PAGDATING NG PANGINOON.
Ngayon tayo ay nasa ikatlong linggo na ng adbiyento at tinatawag natin itong GAUDETE SUNDAY o REJOICE SUNDAY.
Sa mga panahong ito, tayo ay abalang-abala na sa paghahanda natin sa pasko.
PERO HINDI NINYO PINAGKAKAABALAHAN ANG MGA SPIRITUWAL NA BAGAY!!!!!
PATULOY PA RIN KAYONG NABUBUHAY SA KADILIMAN!!!!!!!
ABALA KAYO SA MGA MASAMANG GAWAIN!!!!!!!!!
NANDIYAN ANG PANGUNGURAKOT!!!!!!!!
PAGPATAY SA KAPATID MO!!!!!!!!!
KASAKIMAN AT GAHAMAN SA PERA!!!!!!!!!!
MASYADO NINYONG PINAGKAKAABALAHAN ANG MGA BAGAY NA MAKA-MUNDO!!!!!!!!!
SA PALAGAY NINYO MASAYA BA KAYO SA GINAGAWA NINYO?!!!!!!!!!
KUNG ANG PUSO MO AY PUNO NG GALIT AT INGGIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AY HINDI PA RIN MASAYA ANG PASKO MO!!!
KAYONG MGA MAGULANG IYAN ANG ITINATANIM NINYO SA ISIP NG MGA BATA!!!!!
AKALA NG MGA BATA MAY SANTA CLAUS NGAYONG PASKO!!!!
ANG PASKO AY ANG PAG-IBIG,
ANG PASKO AY ANG MALINIS NA PUSO AT KALULUWA.
Sana bago dumating ang paskong ito ay MAKAPAGSISI KA NA SA MGA KASALANAN MO AT MAGBALIK-LOOB KA NA SA DIYOS.
PAANO SIYA MAKAKAPASOK SA BUHAY MO KUNG HINDI KA PA NAGSISISI SA MGA KASALANANG GINAWA MO?
PAPASUKIN MO NA SIYA SA BUHAY MO PARA MAGING MASAYA ANG IYONG PASKO.
PAANO MANGYAYARI ITO?
MAGSISI KA NA SA MGA KASALANAN MO,
PAGBAYARAN MO ANG MGA KASALANANG NAGAWA MO SA TAONG BAYAN!
MAGBALIK-LOOB KA NA SA DIYOS.
HINDI PA AKO PARI ay nagsasalita na ako sa inyo ngayon para paalahanan kayo na KAYO AY MAGSISI AT MAGBALIK-LOOB SA DIYOS AT IHANDA NINYO ANG INYONG SARILI SA PAGDATING NG PANGINOON SA INYONG BUHAY ngayong panahon na ito ng kapaskuhan.
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!