Posted by: fvbcdm | November 9, 2015

Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica (9 November 2015)

Today we are celebrating our collective birthday here at the Monastery of the Infant Jesus. In early 1945, a little colony of our cloistered Dominican Nuns came from Detroit down to these parts to begin Dominican contemplative life here. There were a few problems at first — the main one being that the man who was to sell the nuns his property here changed his mind only after they were on their way!

But God takes care of these things in his own way, and by November 9 of that year, the Sisters were firmly ensconced in a large, rambling farmhouse and the Bishop of Galveston, as the diocese was called then, came to impose papal enclosure and begin the perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament which is one of the principal functions of the monastery. So today is observed as the [70th] birthday of the monastery. It also happens to be, in the Church calendar, the feast of the dedication of Saint John Lateran, the cathedral of the Pope as Bishop of Rome, and therefore the principal church of the Catholic world.

Only in heaven will it ever be known how much good has flowed out from the mother see of Rome into the world. And on a smaller scale, only there will it be known how much good has been accomplished by the prayers, the witness, the sanctity of the Sisters in this little monastery in the woods of Texas during these [seventy] years. Let us be grateful for both of them, and thank God for the endless fertility and fecundity of the Church of our Divine Lord. Thank you for seeking God’s truth.  God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This message was composed some years ago.

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