Wednesday, April 4, 2012

eLumenate Introduces Father Lataste


eLumenate is a supplement to the Lay Dominican newsletter, eLumen. The Spring issue is devoted to my spiritual hero, Pere Marie Jean-Joseph Lataste, O.P.

Pere Lataste is going to be beatified on June 3rd. I am blessed to be going. Of course, I'll blog about the entire pilgrimage. Until then, you can read about Pere Lataste here.

He's noted for founding the Dominican Sisters of Bethany, along with Mother Henri-Dominique, O.P. He'll be beatified as the Apostle of Prisons because the Dominican Sisters of Bethany accept ex-prisoners. In fact, they have a "rule of discretion," which forbids questions and discussing a sister's background. There is no past in Bethany, only the present and future hope.

One of the best articles in this particular eLumenate, was written by a "cloistered brother" in New Jersey. He explained Latastian Spirituality.

"The spirituality of Pere Marie Jean-Joseph Lataste, O.P. upholds the dignity and humanity of those deprived of liberty. It also promotes a Christian response of the faithful to the poor and disenfranchised in a way the pre-dates and illuminates the social doctrine of the Church. Latastian spirituality is Dominican spirituality.

Pere Lataste's spirituality was informed by his Dominican vocation, nourished by the Christocentric mystery of the Paschal Lamb, and expressed in inclusivity and social concern."

Throughout the entire issue, is some nice art work. Also courtesy of a "cloistered brother."

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