The Lord has Given Us Great Hopes of a Good Catch!

March 26, 2017

The Powerful Intercession of the Dominican Nuns & Sisters When each of you come on a vocation weekend at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC, I always tell men it is the best way to learn the most about the Order in a very short time.  The vocation weekend goes beyond what you read about the Order, because you meet the over 80 friars here, many of whom are close to you in age. You have a chance to pray with us and to hear presentations by Dominicans about our way of life, which is part of an 800 year living tradition that has made

Nuns in Summit, NJ
Contemplative Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ

many great saints! Before each vocation weekend I write letters to monasteries of our contemplative Dominican Nuns & some Congregations of the Dominican Sisters in the US and Canada asking them to remember you in a special way.  Well, their prayers are powerful!  Our vocation weekends provide a great balance of information, interaction with the friars of our house, and quiet time for prayer to help you consider God’s plan for your life.

Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Dominican Sisters

Bro.Raymund, sent me the following quotation when he was a novice, reminding me that such prayer support between the friars and the contemplative nuns has been a major part of the Order from the beginning using very familiar language! Let it be said that we too, even now, have “great hopes of a good catch!”  Each of you are in our prayers during this time that the Lord will help you to respond generously to His call. “Pray for me without ceasing unto the Lord (1), that He may always open wide His hands to us and may direct His word, through our lips, to His own honour and to the good of the Church and the increase of our Order. At the University of Oxford, where I am at present, the Lord has given us great hopes of a good catch (2): beg Him frequently that in those especially whom we hope to catch, as in others also, His will may be accomplished.”

-Letter #32, Blessed Jordan of Saxony to  Blessed Diana; written from England in the year 1230
(p.113-115 To Heaven with Diana! by Gerald Vann OP)
1. cf. Acts 12:5
2. Col. 3:12
*See also:  Prayer for Vocations through the Intercession of Blessed Jordan &  Vocation Weekends for 2014/2015 Academic Year

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