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Wednesday of Hope – Nothing is Hopeless

When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you are slamming the door in the face of God.

– Charles L. Allen

Celebrating the Feast of St. Catherine of Siena

 

 

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

Love that Can Bridge All Divisions

In a world so torn apart by rivalry, anger, and hatred, we have the privileged vocation to be living signs of a love that can bridge all divisions and heal all wounds.

– Henri Nouwen

Wednesday of Hope – It Is Never Hopeless

When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you are slamming the door in the face of God.

– Charles L. Allen

The Feast of Saint Dominic

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Tomorrow, August 8th, is the Feast of St. Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers, otherwise known as the Dominicans. It is always appropriate to celebrate a feast on the eve of the feast. And as we are celebrating the 800th Anniversary of the Dominican order this year, we could actually celebrate Dominic everyday.

The photo above is detail of a fresco named, Madonna delle Ombre at the Convento (or now, Museo) San Marco, in Florence. Dominic holding what we call his last will and testament. According to his brothers, he gave this to us on his deathbed: ” Have charity, guard humility, hold fast to voluntary poverty.” He promised that he would continue to guide them in spirit. He died on August 2, 1221, and was buried as he wished, “at the feet of his brethren.”

Door of Gratitude

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In moments of surprise we catch at least a glimpse of the joy to which gratefulness opens the door.

  • David Steindl-Rast, Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer

Dawn’s Door

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Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.

– Emily Dickinson