A Gospel Reflection on the Solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection, Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012.
Dominican Province of the Philippines
Kung babalikan natin ang kasaysayan ng ating bansa ay marami tayong kinikilalang mga bayani. Halimbawa na lang po, ang ating Pambansang Bayani na si Jose Rizal. Nandiyan din sina Andres Sonifacio, Apolinario Mabini at iba pang mga bayani.
BAKIT SILA TINAWAG NA MGA BAYANI?
Sapagkat sila ay nagbuwis ng buhay para sa ating bayan. At sa panahong ito ay marami tayong kinikilalang mga bayani gaya ng mga OFW. Kapag oras ng kalamidad gaya ng pagbaha ay maraming naglalabasan na mga matatawag din nating bayani.
Naalala ko tuloy noong typhoon Ondoy halos nalubog sa tubig baha ang buong Metro Manila, ultimong mga artista ay nagsilbi rin na bayani sapagkat iniligtas nila ang kanilang kapitbahay. At sa kasaysayan din ng ating simbahan ay marami rin mga bayani na nagbuwis ng kanilang buhay dahil sa pangangaral ng ebanghelyo at pagtatanggol sa ating simbahan gaya nina San Juan Bautista, San Pedro at San Pablo at iba pang mga Apostoles, sina San Lorenzo Ruiz at mga kasamahan niyang martir, San Pedro Verona at iba pang mga Santo at Santa.
Sa araw na ito ng Linggo ng Pagkabuhay, April 8, 2012 ay may isang bayani na ating ipinagdiriwang sa araw na ito, ang bayaning ito ay nag-alay ng kanyang buhay para sa ikatutubos ng ating mga kasalanan at sa pagliligtas ng mundo, ang bayaning ito ay namatay noong Biyernes Santo sa pamamagitan ng pagpapako sa krus at sa araw na ito siya ay muling nabuhay. Ang Bayani na ating bida sa araw na ito ay walang iba kundi si Hesus.
Ang pagkasabi pa ni Maria Magdalena dito,
sa taong ito ng 2012 ay idineklara ng Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines o CBCP ang YEAR OF THE MISSION, ito ay paghahanda para sa pagbubukas ng YEAR OF THE FAITH na idineklara ni Pope Benedict XVI sa darating na October 11, 2012 hanggang November 24, 2013 bilang pagdiriwang ng 50 years ng Second Vatican Council. Ang Year of the Mission at Year of the Faith ay may kaugnayan itong dalawang pagdiriwang na ito.
TAYONG LAHAT AY MGA MISYONERO LALO NA ANG MGA DOMINICANS,
IPINAPALAGANAP NATIN ANG PANANAMPALATAYANG KATOLIKO.
Ito ngayon ang hamon para sa ating lahat na TAYO RIN AY PWEDENG MAGING BAYANI,
Sa panahong ito, ang kinikilalang bayani ng ating simbahan ay ang mga DOMINICANS sapagkat sila ay kilala sa PANGANGARAL NG EBANGHELYO AT SA PAGTATANGGOL SA ATING SIMBAHAN. Mula sa panahon ni Santo Domingo De Guzman hanggang sa panahon ng dark ages at maging dito sa pilipinas noong 1646 na kung saan ay naganap ang BATTLE OF LA NAVAL. Nagwagi sa digmaan ang mga sundalong kastila laban sa mga sundalong olandes na nais sakupin ng kanilang pananampalatayang protestante ang ating bansa.
SINO NAMAN ANG MGA BAYANI DITO?
Ang mga DOMINICANS, sapagkat ipinagtanggol ang pananampalatayang katoliko dito sa pilipinas sa pamamagitan ng tulong ng MAHAL NA BIRHEN NG SANTO ROSARYO NG LA NAVAL doon sa SANTO DOMINGO CHURCH.
Kung gusto ninyong maging mangangaral ng ebanghelyo gaya ng pagiging pari, pagiging brother, pagiging madre at pagiging tertiary, JOIN US IN THE DOMINICAN ORDER IN SANTO DOMINGO CHURCH, Quezon City.
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!