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Sunday, August 2, 2020

St. Dominic's Genuflections

St. Dominic's Fourth Way of Prayer was to kneel.  Catholics kneel a lot in prayer.  It's not the only prayer posture but it is an indication of humility and supplication.  St. Dominic genuflected often, besides staying in a kneeling position to pray.  He was always talking to God.  Talk to God on this fourth day of praying a novena to St. Dominic.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Separation and neutrality

Separation and neutrality: At the time of the Revolutionary War, the Church of England was the established church in the mother country and the southern colonies (plus a few New York counties). King George was the head of the church. 

Scourging Yourself

Back in the day, specifically St. Dominic's day, it was not unusual for people who wanted to do penance or align themselves with Christ, would imitate Jesus' scourging at the pillar.  Today, it is the opposite.  A practice like whipping oneself would be considered masochistic.  So even though, St. Dominic's third way of praying was to scourge himself, I am looking at his reasons for wanting to align himself with Jesus' suffering, rather than copying Dominic's physical actions.

Today I am fasting, instead of whipping for I am praying for the third time in my novena to St. Dominic.


Friday, July 31, 2020

Prostrations

St. Dominic's second way of praying is to prostrate himself on the floor and pray.  Pray.  I'm not using a set novena, nor a set prayer.  I'm praying extemporaneously.  Remember, I'm a simple old lady.  I can't memorize anymore, so set prayers are out of the question.  Besides, the effort it will take me to get up off the floor is a prayer of suffering I can unite myself with Jesus' suffering.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

St. Dominic's Nine Ways of Prayer and Novena

Image courtesy of irishdominicanvocations.blogspot.com
August 8 is the Feast of St. Dominic.  The novena to St. Dominic would start today and since there are nine ways of praying, according to St. Dominic, I thought I'd copy his postures while I pray a novena.

Already I'm stuck.  My parish church isn't open due to COVID-19.  So I can't bow to an altar.  I'll have to bow to a crucifix on the wall.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Mercy's Madness

My "cloistered brother," Michael writes:

Mercy's Madness

My brokenness sings, because...
                                                                          
mercy fixes my stupid things...

The pain I bring,
when my humor zings, when my heart breaks,
anger fares and swings
Mercy calms life's unkind dings...

My brokenness sings, because...
mercy fixes my stupid things...

When the darkness covers the
depth of my despair,
God's mercy makes its repair,
placing a heart that cares
strength to bear, what sin tears...

My brokenness sings, because...
mercy fixes my stupid things...

Thank you God, for
Mercy's madness, for you constantly
grant me the grace, the forgiveness that
mercy brings, over and over
again is truly a...love that can be called

Mercy's Madness____
grant me the grace, the forgiveness

The Lord Rules


Lectio:  
Psalm 19:8-11

The precepts of the     giving joy to the heart.    giving light to the eyes.    enduring forever.    and all of them are righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold,    than much pure gold;    than honey from the honeycomb.    in keeping them there is great reward.

Studium:

Psalm 19 is the 19th psalm in the Book of Psalms. The psalm starts by reflecting on God's glory in creation and moves to reflect on the use of God's commandments.  Nature consists of heaven, earth and ocean.  The psalmist notes the perfection of all around him with the perfection of the 10 Commandments.   Simply, the psalmist connects the perfection between the sun and the Torah.  Both enlighten man.  Both glory their Creator.  The Torah is whole and complete as the Torah expresses wholeness and God's glory.

Meditatio:

 Nature is beautiful.  Is Psalm 19 telling me that the 10 Commandments are beautiful?  Both nature and God's laws have order.  I see that nature does have a rhythm that ensures its growth.  So does following the 10 Commandments foster my growth?  Lord

Oratio:   Lord, I see how nature follows Your laws, how can I not.  I try and when I fail I will try again.  I will never stop trying.


Contemplatio:

You, O Lord are more precious than gold. Your ways are my ways.

Resolutio:

Jesus, You know that my spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.  I resolve to try harder and never give up.




St. Dominic's Genuflections

St. Dominic's Fourth Way of Prayer was to kneel.  Catholics kneel a lot in prayer.  It's not the only prayer posture but it is an in...