Category: Holy Week

Simon Peter

The Apostle Peter, the fisherman, plays an important role in the drama of Good Friday. Today’s poem from Education for Justice is entitled “Simon Peter” by John Porch. Simon Peter There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Yes, four which I… Continue Reading “Simon Peter”


Today on Holy Thursday we remember, not only the Last Supper, but also Jesus agonizing vigil in Gethsemane. So today’s poem from Education for Justice is by Mary Oliver. Gethsemane The grass never sleeps. Or the rose. Nor does the lily have a secret… Continue Reading “Gethsemane”

O Taste and See

Today’s Lenten poem from Education for Justice is by Denise Levertov. O Taste and See The world is not with us enough O taste and see the subway Bible poster said, meaning The Lord, meaning if anything all that lives to the imagination’s tongue,… Continue Reading “O Taste and See”

The Vine

Today’s Lenten poem from Education for Justice is by Thomas Merton. The Vine When wind and winter turn our vineyard To a bitter Calvary, What hands come out and crucify us Like the innocent vine? How long will starlight weep as sharp as thorns… Continue Reading “The Vine”

The Feast of the Annunciation

March 25th, nine months before Christmas – the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus, is celebrated this day in Lent. So today’s Lenten poem from Education for Justice is Annunciation by Denise Levertov. This year, because we are in the midst of Holy… Continue Reading “The Feast of the Annunciation”

Tenebrae, continued

I am including a short clip of one of the friars extinguishing a candle on the Tenebrae hearse following chanting of a psalm this morning. And I will be on retreat at our Santa Sabina Center in San Rafael through Sunday. So there will… Continue Reading “Tenebrae, continued”

What is Tenebrae?

Tenebrae is a series of prayer services from a very old monastic practice which is done during the Triduum, or the three days preceding Easter. It is practiced at the time of morning prayer, and if you happen to be part of a Dominican… Continue Reading “What is Tenebrae?”

We Remember

Last night at Dominican University Father Joe Aleugaray shared a story about distilling the message of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures to one  word. Apparently someone once asked a rabbi to do exactly that. His answer was the word “remember“.  Father Joe expanded on… Continue Reading “We Remember”