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Saint Dominic did not leave his sisters and brothers a wealth of written work. Therefore, I don’t have a quote of his that talks about “hope.” Nevertheless, those who followed after him have written many words. What else would one expect from The Order of Preachers?
One of those later Dominicans was Saint Thomas Aquinas, who at the end of his life looked back on his work and said that it was all straw. Thomas called hope, “a movement or stretching forth of the appetite towards an arduous good.” Surely Dominic would have agreed with and approved of, both of Thomas’s arduous study and pursuit of the good, the true and the beautiful, as well as of his hopeful look forward to what was yet to unfold.
We, in the manner of Dominic de Guzman, Thomas Aquinas, Catherine of Siena, and all those who have gone before us, continue to run with perseverance the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1)
The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.
– Wendell Berry
Thanks to the Dominican Sisters of Amityville, I just discovered this wonderful quote, which was translated from the Italian by Suzanne Noffke, OP, a Dominican Sister of Racine. The door grating is in Siena, Italy.
Start being brave about everything. Drive out darkness and spread light. Don’t look at your weaknesses. Realize instead that in Christ . . . you can do everything.
– Catherine of Siena, Letter T200/G112/DT9 Frate Bartolomeo Dominici, in Asciano, written in late March 1372
Sometimes we have to do the work, even though we don’t yet see a glimmer on the horizon that it’s actually going to be possible.
– Angela Davis
Los Angeles has drained so much water from Owens Valley. I spent 40 years in L.A., so I am aware how we used it. Those tufa spires you see in the image above from Mono Lake, were it not for the water that L.A. has used, they would be under water.
We can be discouraged by the signs we see around us as to the damage we are doing to this sacred place on which we live. But we will not give up hope. We look for a glimmer on the horizon, and continue to raise our voices, and do what we must do today.