- Friday, 26 November 2010 13:12
The Christian community of faith in New Haven, Connecticut mourns the loss of Clementina Valentina, 85, Third Order Laity of the Order of Preachers. Our friend and fellow companion has been called home by the Lord.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated today at The Church of Saint Mary (New Haven, CT) by Father Albino Barrerra, OP and concelebrated by several Dominican friars and a secular priest, the Rev’d Father Donald A. Guglielmi. The Dominican laity were present as well as several Knights of Columbus. As a fitting tribute to such a beautiful woman was the presence of about 100 people gathered in prayer for the Clem.
Clem’s life only makes sense for many of us, as Father Albino said, through the lens of faith. In theological terms, in Clem’s life there was a hermeneutic of faith and continuity formed in the heart of the Church. Like the many narratives in the gospels where faith in Jesus led to conversion, healing and new life, Clem’s life of faith first given to her by her parents at Baptism sustained not only her but also her friends and acquaintances. God gives us the friends we need in order to know Him. In fact, the three gifts of Clem given to us these many years and that have built up the Kingdom of God on earth, I am convinced, were Clem’s capacity for loyal friendship, her deep and abiding faith in and witness to Jesus Christ through the Church and profession in the Third Order of the Dominicans (the Dominican laity) and her quiet, unassuming way of doing things in love. I will miss her warm embrace, her stellar proclamation of the Scriptures at Mass and her good example.
May the Mantle of Our Lady of Grace wrap Clem today and for eternity. Saint Dominic and Saint Catherine of Siena, pray for us.
- Wednesday, 03 November 2010 15:00
At this moment, family, friends, and Jesuits are gathering for the Mass of Christian Burial for the Reverend Father Allen P. Novotny, SJ, 58, President of Gonzaga College High School, Washington, DC. I mention this because I had the privilege of living with Allen for a year and liked him very much. I’ve been saddened since hearing the news on October 27th that Allen died earlier that day from a mutual friend. I was unable to make the funeral Mass but have not ceased praying for Allen’s peace and God’s mercy upon Allen and the rest of us. Eternal rest, dear friend.
- Tuesday, 05 October 2010 08:24
Today, we are praying the Mass of Christian Burial for a friend, Pauline Marie Fahey, who died last Thursday after living with cancer. Join me in praying for her peaceful repose thanking God for this blessing.
Let’s also remember Father Michael A. Fahey, SJ, Pauline’s brother and a very dear friend, who survives her.
May Pauline’s memory be eternal.
Let’s also pray for those who served in the medical profession as nurses, as Pauline did for decades.
- Friday, 27 August 2010 14:37
PAZ with Brother Andre of Marmion Abbey, August 18, 2010
I spent time with friends recently. Visiting with friends is always a treat but it is also reassuring to re-affirm friendship and mutual love as I believe good (true) friends are a path to God. Read the Cistercian fathers on this theme. One such Cistercian Father caught my eye in recent years, Baldwin of Forde (1120-1190), said, “no one should be deluded on the love of God, no one should deceive himself: he who does not love his neighbor does not love God” and “So it is by loving one’s neighbor, through a bond of peace and a fetter of love, that the love of God and the unity of the Spirit are maintained in us” (De vita coenobitica, seu communi).
Archbishop Rembert George Weakland, OSB and PAZ, August 19, 2010
Father Stephen Hyrcyniak with Abbot Leo Ryska of St Benedict’s Abbey, August 21, 2010
Father Stephen Hyrcyniak with PAZ, August 21, 2010