Preaching


The OP after our names stands for “Order of Preachers,” the formal name of the religious order founded in 1216 by St. Dominic. As Dominicans, we preach with our lives—in both word and deed—guided by a search for truth (veritas) and a commitment to contemplate and share the fruits of our contemplation (contemplate et aliis tradere). 

Our Dominican lives are shaped by the interconnecting movements of study, prayer, communal life, and ministry. 

Dominic so firmly believed in the importance of study to the preaching mission that he provided a rule of “dispensation” from other responsibilities in the event they interfered with study. We are women committed to study. Through prayer and contemplation we interiorize our learnings and enter into communion with the Source of all truth. Our communal life orients us to the common good of the whole Earth community. And in ministry, our preaching takes effect.

As women of the Gospel, our preaching is also expressed in word. Read reflections on the Word of God posted by Adrian Dominican Sisters and Associates on the Praedicare Blog below.

 


Preaching for the 2024 Deceased Jubilarians by Sister Joan Delaplane, OP

Liturgy for the 2024 Deceased Jubilarians
Preaching by Sister Joan Delaplane, OP

 

Friday, June 21, 2024
Proverbs 31:10-30
Revelation 14:13
Matthew 11:25-30

Sister Joan Delaplane, OP

The Book of Proverbs asks: "A valiant woman, who can find her?" We can; in fact, the 80 that we’ve named here were 'valiant women.' Valiant is defined by Thorndike as strong in word or spirit, courageous, brave; and in light of those 80, we would have to add, dedicated, faith-full, hard-working, generous, risk-taking Dominican women, grounded in LOVE.

But the heart of Jubilee today, I believe, is celebration of the faithfulness of our Creator to each Deceased Jubilarian who was lovingly willed into life, cherished and cared for every sacred moment of life. Secondly, we celebrate how, through the gift of the Spirit, they were empowered to give a faith-full response to life and love to their last breath. Each unique life made a difference on Mother Earth and to our Congregation. "The fruit of her toil brings her honor in this place."

I do believe in the Communion of Saints, and that our bond of love is not severed by the thin veil that separates our physical selves. I believe in the power of their intercessory prayer, care and concern for our community, our nation, and our world to this very day.

We are well aware that we have some challenging months ahead. "Have faith," says Mary McGlone, "that when the forces of evil unleash their worst, they ultimately expose themselves impotent against love." We can trust that the Divine Mystery of Love who breathed each of us uniquely into life out of love, for love, to be a tangible incarnation of that love for God’s people and creation, will continue to be with us faithfully as promised. And we have, and need, God’s gift of one another, as well, on the way.

Proverbs tells us that valiant women speak wisely. What words of wisdom would our Sisters in the Communion of Saints wish for us to hear from their present perspective? Would they remind us to hold fast to Jesus’ promise to be with us, as Jesus trusted and held fast to Abba’s embrace of him as Beloved Son in midst of suffering and the unknown?

Would they remind us of God’s word in Isaiah 46: "Listen to me…you who have been borne by me; even to your old age, I am God; even when you turn gray, I will carry you."

We celebrate a faithful God who told us that even if a woman forgot her nursing child or had no compassion for the child of her womb, yet "I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hand." (Is 49:15, 16)

Our deceased Sisters utilized their diverse and wondrous gifts in so many beautiful ways. There were also some very difficult times and circumstances with which life confronted them. At times, it was challenging, I’m sure, to grasp the truth Jesus spoke: "My yoke is easy; my burden light." But love of God and trust in this God’s faithfulness can bring that truth to bear in one’s life.

I believe there is a witness to that in a poem that the brother of one of our Jubilarians received from a priest friend of his. She said I could share it with you today. Father Ray had been in a car accident which severed his spinal cord and left him quadriplegic. He wrote:

To walk I cannot use my feet
My hands I cannot use to eat
But, oh, I have my eyes to see.
Dear God, you are so good to me.

My body's bound with an iron chain,
I am quite cognizant of pain
But I restrain the blinding tear.
And thank you God, that I can hear.

The common life I truly miss
My brother’s company was bliss.
But grace for all I may beseech.
I thank you God, for the gift of speech.

For every need I must depend
Upon the services others lend.
Oh heavy cross, the galling kind,
But, oh, my God, I have my mind.

Daily, hourly, suppressed desire,
To do for others ignite a fire,
That lights my way up Calvary’s hill.
The only solace, 'tis God's will.

What we know to be God’s will is that we be open to the grace to believe in and trust the Divine Promise to be lovingly and compassionately with us always. Yes, reason to celebrate and give thanks!

Thank you, God, for the gift of life of each of our deceased Sisters who shared faith and life with us on our journey. "Let them find rest from their labors, for their works accompany them," and our memories honor them. Amen!

 

your Comment will be showing after administrator's approval







b i u quote


Save Comment
Showing 0 Comment



 

LINKS

word.op.org - International Dominican Preaching Page

Catholic Women Preach - Featuring deep spirituality and insights from women

Preach With Your Life - Video series by Adrian Dominican Sisters

 


 

Recent Posts

  • Preaching for 2024 Founder's Day Mass by Sister Corinne Sanders, OP Posted 3 weeks ago
    2024 Founder's Day Liturgy Preaching by Sister Corinne Sanders, OP   Thursday, June 27, 2024 Isaiah 56:1,6-7 Matthew 7:24-25 On this day June 27, 1923, Bishop Gallagher of Detroit delivered an unexpected and spontaneous announcement regarding the separation of the Adrian Province from the New York Congregation. All in attendance at the commencement exercises of ...
  • Preaching for 2024 Founder's Day Morning Prayer by Sister Carol Johannes, OP Posted 3 weeks ago
    Morning Prayer for 2024 Founder's Day Preaching by Sister Carol Johannes, OP   Thursday, June 27, 2024 1 Corinthians 3:9c-11 What a perfect text for today! “For we are God’s co-workers; you are God’s field,” Paul says, “God’s building.” All of us have been God’s co-workers for decades: teaching, preaching, healing, feeding, caring, encouraging, ...
  • Preaching for 2024 Jubilee Liturgy by Sister Elise D. García, OP Posted 3 weeks ago
    2024 Jubilee Liturgy Preaching by Sister Elise D. García, OP Saturday, June 22, 2024 Isaiah 12:3-6 Philippians 1:3-6 Luke 1:39-56 Happy Jubilee, Jubilarians! ¡Feliz Jubileo! Congratulations y felicidades. On behalf of all your Adrian Dominican Sisters let me express our deep gratitude to you for your 25, 60, 70, 75 and 80 years of life as ...
  • Preaching for the 2024 Deceased Jubilarians by Sister Joan Delaplane, OP Posted 3 weeks ago
    Liturgy for the 2024 Deceased Jubilarians Preaching by Sister Joan Delaplane, OP   Friday, June 21, 2024 Proverbs 31:10-30 Revelation 14:13 Matthew 11:25-30 The Book of Proverbs asks: "A valiant woman, who can find her?" We can; in fact, the 80 that we’ve named here were 'valiant women.' Valiant is defined by Thorndike as strong in word ...
  • Preaching for Easter Sunday 2024 by Sister Bibiana "Bless" Colasito, OP Posted 4 months ago
    Easter Sunday 2024 Preaching by Sister Bibiana "Bless" Colasito, OP Sunday, March 31, 2024 John 20:1-18   Good morning, everyone! Today’s Gospel shows the reversal of an androcentric world thinking of male dominance even in the interpretation of grace. This world thinking of male dominance was not patronized by Jesus in today’s gospel. In fact, ...
  • Preaching for Easter Vigil 2024 by Sister Elise García, OP Posted 4 months ago
    Easter Vigil 2024 Preaching by Sister Elise García, OP Saturday, March 30, 2024 Mark 16:1-7   And so it is that women were the first to witness that Jesus was raised. Women who had followed Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem. Women who stood by him at the foot of the cross through his passion ...
  • Preaching for Good Friday 2024 by Sister Lorraine Réaume, OP Posted 4 months ago
    Good Friday 2024 Preaching by Sister Lorraine Réaume, OP Friday, March 29, 2024 Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12 Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 John 18:1 - 19:42   How can someone be so powerful and so vulnerable at the same time? Jesus is very clear who he is: "I am! I am!" he declares twice. No one intimidates him, even ...
  • Preaching for Holy Thursday 2024 by Sister Corinne Sanders, OP Posted 4 months ago
    Holy Thursday 2024 Preaching by Sister Corinne Sanders, OP Thursday, March 28, 2024 Exodus 12:1-14 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-15   Tonight we gather on this most holy night which begins the Triduum – the sacred three days that mark our faith. In the Gospel, it is, as John says, the festival of Passover and Jesus ...
  • Preaching for Palm Sunday 2024 by Sister Frances Nadolny, OP Posted 4 months ago
    Palm Sunday 2024 Preaching by Sister Fran Nadolny, OP Sunday, March 24, 2024 John 12:12-16   Good morning! Here it is Palm Sunday and it was exactly three months ago that we celebrated a glorious Christmas Eve liturgy. Our liturgical year, in conjunction with the activity of our full moon in the wonders ...
  • Preaching for New Year's Day 2024 by Sister Frances Nadolny, OP Posted 7 months ago
    Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God New Year's Day 2024 Preaching by Sister Fran Nadolny Monday, January 1, 2024 Numbers 6:22-27 Galatians 4:4-7 Luke 2:16-21   Good Morning and Happy New Year! Our New Year greeting and wishes for you are simple, taken right from this morning’s Book of Numbers: May our God ...
Read More »