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Letter from General Prioress – Our Lady of the Rosary 2020

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Dear sisters,

     On the 7th of October we celebrate with joy the beautiful feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. For us as Dominicans it is a good opportunity to reflect on the figure of the Virgin, her glory and her teachings.   Mary was associated in a very special way with the Incarnation, Passion and Resurrection of the Son of God.

      With joy we can see how, due to various circumstances, the rosary has become fashionable again, it is again in its place, that is, in the hands of the faithful, young and not so young, lay people as well as the consecrated persons.

              One of the many gifts that Saint John Paul II has left the Church is precisely this: to bring back the Holy Rosary in the hands of everyone. By his example, he motivated and confirmed those who had never abandoned this pious practice, even in times when it was ridiculed.

              Among all the devotions that are dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the rosary is the one that most identifies and unites Catholics. It is a powerful prayer that allows us to live the mysteries of the Gospel, to remember and meditate on the most significant moments on the life of the Savior. The rosary is an evangelical prayer, which requires meditation. It teaches us that, with Christ, glory is achieved through joy and pain.

              In the Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae we read: “The Rosary of the Virgin Mary is a prayer loved by countless Saints and encouraged by the Magisterium. Simple yet profound, it still remains, a prayer of great significance, destined to bring forth a harvest of holiness.  The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christocentric prayer. In the sobriety of its elements, it has all the depth of the Gospel message in its entirety”. (RVM n.1)

              Indeed, the Holy Rosary helps us to live immersed in the mystery of Christ, almost continually pondering his life, his words, his example, his conduct and also fostering identification with Christ.

              It brings us in a special way to all the people of God, both the simple and the learned, the saints and sinners. There is no prayer that needs less preparation and, at the same time, is so effective to the heart and mind of man.

              Saint Paul VI affirmed, “not only does this prayer not in conflict with the Liturgy, it sustains it, since it serves as an excellent introduction and a faithful echo of the Liturgy, enabling people to participate fully and interiorly in it and to reap its fruits in their daily lives.” (RVM 4) Contemplation is the essential element of the Rosary, it is a perfect prayer. It is a reading of the Gospel in a Marian key.

              My dear sisters, let us constantly entrust our personal path of sanctification and apostolate to the Virgin Mary, through the faithful and humble prayer of the Holy Rosary. In history, we do not lack the example of so many saints who were able to carry out their work of evangelization with great efficiency and efficacy.

              May we all have a good month of October! May the Holy Rosary unite us, like the rosary beads, in an intense sisterly love.

              Happy feast day of our Lady of the Rosary!

              My fraternal embrace and prayer,

         

Sor Mª Asunción González, OP.

General Prioress

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Carta de la Priora General – Nuestra Señora del Rosario 2020

Por | 2020, Carta de la Priora General

Queridas hermanas:

      El 7 octubre celebramos con gozo la hermosa fiesta de Ntra. Sra. del Rosario, para nosotras como dominicas, una buena oportunidad para reflexionar sobre la figura de la Virgen, sobre su gloria y sus enseñanzas.  Maria estuvo asociada en modo especialísimo a la encarnación, la pasión y Resurrección del Hijo de Dios.

      Con alegría podemos constatar cómo por diversas circunstancias el rosario ha vuelto a ponerse de moda, está nuevamente en su lugar, es decir, en las manos de los fieles, jóvenes y menos jóvenes, laicos y consagrados.

         Uno de los muchos dones que San Juan Pablo II ha dejado a la Iglesia es precisamente este: haber vuelto a poner el santo Rosario en las manos de todos. Con su ejemplo, motivó y confirmó a cuantos nunca habían abandonado esta piadosa práctica, incluso en las épocas en las que se les podría haber ridiculizado.

         Entre todas las devociones que hay dedicadas a la Virgen Maria, el rosario es la que mas identifica y une a los católicos. Es una magnifica oración que nos encamina a vivir los misterios del Evangelio, a recordar y meditar los momentos mas significativos del Salvador. El rosario es una oración evangélica, que necesita la meditación; nos ensena que, con Cristo, a través del gozo y el dolor se consigue la gloria

         En la Carta Apostólica Rosarium  Virginis Mariae: “El Rosario de la Virgen Maria, leemos …es una oración apreciada por numerosos santos y fomentada por el Magisterio. En su sencillez y profundidad, sigue diciendo también… es una oración de gran significado, destinada a producir frutos de santidad. Es una oración centrada en la cristología. En la sobriedad de sus partes, concentra en si la profundidad de todo el mensaje evangélico”.  (RVM n.1)

         En efecto, el Santo Rosario nos ayuda a vivir inmersas en el misterio de Cristo, casi rumiando continuamente su vida, sus palabras, su ejemplo su conducta y favoreciendo, también la identificación con Cristo.

         Nos acerca de modo especial a todo el pueblo de Dios, tanto a los simples como a los doctos, a los santos como a los pecadores. No hay ninguna oración que necesite menos preparación y, al mismo tiempo, que sea tan eficaz para el corazón y la mente del hombre.

         San Pablo VI afirmaba, “no solo no se opone a la Liturgia, sino que le da soporte, ya que la introduce y la recuerda, ayudando a vivirla con plena participación interior, recogiendo así sus frutos en la vida cotidiana” (RVM n, 4). La contemplación es el elemento esencial del Rosario, es una plegaria perfecta. Es una lectura del Evangelio en clave mariana.

         Mis queridas hermanas, confiemos constantemente nuestro camino personal de santificación y apostolado a la Virgen Maria, por medio de la oración fiel y humilde del Santo Rosario. En la historia, no nos falta el ejemplo de tantos santos que con gran eficacia pudieron llevar a cabo todo su trabajo de auténtica evangelización.

         ¡Que tengamos todas un buen mes de octubre! Que la oración del Santo Rosario nos una, como las cuentas del rosario, en un intenso  amor fraternal.

         ¡Feliz día de la Virgen del Rosario!

         Un fraternal abrazo y mi oración,

         

 Sor Mª Asunción González, OP.

 Priora General

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Daily Gospel

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Saint Luke 10, 25-37

Monday of the Twenty-seventh week in Ordinary Time

Letter to the Galatians 1,6-12.

Brothers and sisters: I am amazed that you are so quickly forsaking the one who called you by the grace of Christ for a different gospel
(not that there is another). But there are some who are disturbing you and wish to pervert the gospel of Christ.
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach (to you) a gospel other than the one that we preached to you, let that one be accursed!
As we have said before, and now I say again, if anyone preaches to you a gospel other than the one that you received, let that one be accursed!
Am I now currying favor with human beings or God? Or am I seeking to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ.
Now I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel preached by me is not of human origin.
For I did not receive it from a human being, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

Psalms 111(110),1-2.7-8.9.10c.

I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart
in the company and assembly of the just.
Great are the works of the LORD,
exquisite in all their delights.

The works of his hands are faithful and just;
sure are all his precepts,
Reliable forever and ever,
wrought in truth and equity.

He has sent deliverance to his people;
he has ratified his covenant forever;
holy and awesome is his name.
His praise endures forever.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 10,25-37.

There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?”
He said in reply, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
He replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”
But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus replied, “A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead.
A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight.
He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn and cared for him.
The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, ‘Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.’
Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?”
He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

 

Evangelio del día

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San Lucas 10, 25-37

Un doctor de la Ley se levantó y le preguntó para ponerlo a prueba: “Maestro, ¿qué tengo que hacer para heredar la Vida eterna?”.
Jesús le preguntó a su vez: “¿Qué está escrito en la Ley? ¿Qué lees en ella?”.
El le respondió: “Amarás al Señor, tu Dios, con todo tu corazón, con toda tu alma, con todas tus fuerzas y con todo tu espíritu, y a tu prójimo como a ti mismo”.
“Has respondido exactamente, le dijo Jesús; obra así y alcanzarás la vida”.
Pero el doctor de la Ley, para justificar su intervención, le hizo esta pregunta: “¿Y quién es mi prójimo?”.
Jesús volvió a tomar la palabra y le respondió: “Un hombre bajaba de Jerusalén a Jericó y cayó en manos de unos ladrones, que lo despojaron de todo, lo hirieron y se fueron, dejándolo medio muerto.
Casualmente bajaba por el mismo camino un sacerdote: lo vio y siguió de largo.
También pasó por allí un levita: lo vio y siguió su camino.
Pero un samaritano que viajaba por allí, al pasar junto a él, lo vio y se conmovió.
Entonces se acercó y vendó sus heridas, cubriéndolas con aceite y vino; después lo puso sobre su propia montura, lo condujo a un albergue y se encargó de cuidarlo.
Al día siguiente, sacó dos denarios y se los dio al dueño del albergue, diciéndole: ‘Cuídalo, y lo que gastes de más, te lo pagaré al volver’.
¿Cuál de los tres te parece que se portó como prójimo del hombre asaltado por los ladrones?”.
“El que tuvo compasión de él”, le respondió el doctor. Y Jesús le dijo: “Ve, y procede tú de la misma manera”.

 

Daily Gospel

Por | Gospel

Saint Matthew 21, 33-43

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: “Hear another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey.
When vintage time drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce.
But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat, another they killed, and a third they stoned.
Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones, but they treated them in the same way.
Finally, he sent his son to them, thinking, ‘They will respect my son.’
But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.’
They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?”
They answered him, “He will put those wretched men to a wretched death and lease his vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the proper times.”
Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the scriptures: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes’?
Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.

 

Evangelio del día

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San Mateo 21, 33-43

Jesús dijo a los sumos sacerdotes y a los ancianos del pueblo:
«Escuchen otra parábola: Un hombre poseía una tierra y allí plantó una viña, la cercó, cavó un lagar y construyó una torre de vigilancia. Después la arrendó a unos viñadores y se fue al extranjero.
Cuando llegó el tiempo de la vendimia, envió a sus servidores para percibir los frutos.
Pero los viñadores se apoderaron de ellos, y a uno lo golpearon, a otro lo mataron y al tercero lo apedrearon.
El propietario volvió a enviar a otros servidores, en mayor número que los primeros, pero los trataron de la misma manera.
Finalmente, les envió a su propio hijo, pensando: “Respetarán a mi hijo”.
Pero, al verlo, los viñadores se dijeron: “Este es el heredero: vamos a matarlo para quedarnos con su herencia”.
Y apoderándose de él, lo arrojaron fuera de la viña y lo mataron.
Cuando vuelva el dueño, ¿qué les parece que hará con aquellos viñadores?».
Le respondieron: «Acabará con esos miserables y arrendará la viña a otros, que le entregarán el fruto a su debido tiempo.»
Jesús agregó: «¿No han leído nunca en las Escrituras: La piedra que los constructores rechazaron ha llegado a ser la piedra angular: esta es la obra del Señor, admirable a nuestros ojos?
Por eso les digo que el Reino de Dios les será quitado a ustedes, para ser entregado a un pueblo que le hará producir sus frutos.»