The Holy Spirit

Dear Parishioners,

We are nearing the end of our discussion on the twelve points of the spirituality of communion. Today we talk about the eleventh point, which is the Holy Spirit. It’s timely we are talking about the Holy Spirit as the solemnity of Pentecost approaches.

The first thing we must say about the Holy Spirit is the Spirit is a mystery we will never fathom—not even in eternity. In the end, all we can do is worship God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as the source of love and to become lost in God’s beauty. Having said this, we can say a few things about the Holy Spirit, knowing these are only sketches. One thing we know about the Holy Spirit is the Spirit is the bond of love between the Father and the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is also the bond among Christians and in fact all people of good will. The Spirit helps us in our weakness and intercedes for us (cf. Rom 8:26). The Spirit is present whenever we love one another. Still, if we wish to hear the Holy Spirit speaking to us, we have to learn to silence those voices that distract us from God.

Preaching is hard work. Oftentimes trying to decide what to say in a homily is like waiting up all night for a loved one to come home. But every now and then the words come together to form a homily that inspires people. It’s as the prophet Isaiah says,

The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue,
That I might know how to speak to the weary
    a word that will rouse them.
Morning after morning
    he opens my ear that I may hear;
And I have not rebelled, have not turned back (Isa 50:4-5).

Hence, when people compliment me on a homily, I like to say, “Thanks. I get by with the help of the Holy Spirit.” It’s true: the Spirit inspires the homilist with the words to say, and the result is renewed communion within the Body of Christ.

Name a time or two when you were able to listen to the Holy Spirit speaking to you as a gift. Share your experience with others.

Brother Ian

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The Gift of the Priesthood

We, Dominican friars, are blessed with the support of many volunteers and benefactors and because of their constant hard work, the Southern Dominican Gala was once again a huge success. Every year we are gifted with more than 300 guests that wholeheartedly support the mission entrusted to us by our founder St. Dominic: to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ. I can’t say it enough, praise God for all of you!

Our Prior Provincial, fr. Tom Condon, O.P., was energized by the great support we always receive from Holy Rosary parishioners and beyond. Furthermore, the constant presence of Bishop George Scheltz at our Gala is a great statement of the continued support of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to the ministry of the Dominican Order since 1913.

Our 2015 recipient of the St. Martin de Porres award, Fr. Richard M. Patrick, O.P., sends his blessings to all who planned the event and made it a memorable day for him. He enjoyed the presence of so many guests and all the support he was shown. We also acknowledge the presence of many doctors, nurses, and staff from St. Joseph Hospital who attended to offer a token of their appreciation to Fr. Patrick for his 27 years of priestly ministry at the hospital, especially to the sick, the dying, and their loved ones.

On a personal note, my heart goes to our 2015 Chairs, Cheryl and John Sullivan (and their beautiful girls, Sarah and Claire), for their leadership in conducting an orchestra of committed volunteers that after many months of preparation, worked long hours, even the day of the event. Many thanks for the gift of their time, talent, and treasure.

The proceeds of this event support the formation of young Dominican friars studying for the priesthood as well as the health care of our older retired or infirm friars.

As we approach the 800th Jubilee of the Order of Preachers in 2016, we give God praise that many young men continue to consider the vocation of the Dominican friar as a way of life. May God’s Name continue to be preached now and forever! The gift of priesthood is priceless!

In the risen Christ,

fr. Juan, O.P.

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