Posted by: fvbcdm | January 30, 2012

Feast of Saint Hyacinth of Viterbo (30 Jan 2012)

We Dominican friars live in religious houses that are called priories; our priories are directed by the member of the community who is called a prior, and who is elected by the men of the priory for a term of three years.  He can be reelected for a second three-year term, but no more than that consecutively.  

The time has come for that election of a prior, either the one who has served us for the past three years or someone else.  During the past weekend, we gathered to discuss the coming election, and this Monday morning, we celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit, asking the guidance of God upon our deliberations and upon whoever will serve this priory of Holy Rosary in Houston for the next three years. I ask that you join your prayers to ours for our election which will take place this week, for the man who will be elected, and for all of us as we continue to live this life to which we have been called.  The very fact that you read or hear this daily message makes you a part of our preaching apostolate.  We need and ask your prayers that Our Lord will put grace into our hearts, words into our mouths and into your ears and minds—the words that he wants us to preach and you to hear.  


The whole dynamic of preaching is much like that wonderful event on the hillside over the Lake of Galilee when Our Lord found himself surrounded by about five thousand people at the end of the day.  The apostles told Our Lord that he better dismiss the crowd so that they could go buy some food for supper.  And Our Lord replied, that the apostles should give them something to eat.  What in the world was he talking about?  How could these twelve men feed that great crowd with practically nothing to give them?  So he took what meager provisions they had, blessed them, and gave them to the apostles with the instructions to distribute them to the crowd.  So the apostles gave, and gave, and gave, and found themselves doing the impossible, and yet the basket which each of them held seemed to have no bottom as the bread and the fish kept appearing until the whole hungry crowd had had all they wanted.  The people of God are hungry, and they pray for food and drink.  Our Lord calls us to be preachers, that is, providers of the food and drink. And we give and give and give.  Just yesterday, a young woman in the parish thanked me for these daily messages.  She’s been listening to them for years.  We do not produce the bread or the fish; all we do is take what Our Lord has blessed and multiplied, and we distribute it. We need your prayers, your support, your attention, and the Word of God which nourishes both us and you, for we are not above the Church but members of it, needings its ministry as much as you do.  So please pray for us, that the Lord may always put food into the baskets from which we distribute it to you.   Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P. 


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