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IN THIS ISSUE: TRUE ENCOUNTERS
Pope Francis’ Authentic Culture of Encounter BILL SKOWRONSKI Dominican Friars, Central Province Director of Communications
n late January, Pope Francis published an open message for the 48th World Communications Day entitled, Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter. Throughout his message, the Holy Father stressed the importance of having “true encounters” in a world in which we often think we are connected to so many people. So with Pope Francis calling us to be truly neighborly in our communications, we begin by asking ourselves as Catholics, as Christians, as Americans, and as human beings: “And who is my neighbor?” (Lk 10:29). In this issue of DomCentralQuarterly, you will find stories that present true encounters and neighborliness in a spectrum. Joe Manzanares and Christopher Rezac are neighbors in Jesus Christ, who encourages us to take responsibility for one another with the story of the Good Samaritan. Father Michail
Ford, O.P., brought one of Christ’s neighbors, St. Jude Thaddeus, to places his message of hope for the hopeless was needed. And finally, Byron Radcliffe shares his story of stewardship for the Catholic Church and the Dominican Order. Without neighbors like him, neither could thrive. Pope Francis points to the opportunities available for Christian witness and establishing a sense of unity of the human family. “The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God,” he says. Even with the advantage of such widespread reach, Pope Francis warns against barricading ourselves “behind sources of information, which only confirm (our) own wishes and ideas, or political and economic interests.” Further, he insists we must keep the doors of the Church open, particularly, “in the digital environment so that people, whatever their situation in life, can enter, and so that the Gospel can go out to reach everyone.” Whether online, through
“To dialogue means to believe the ‘other’ has something worthwhile to say, and to entertain his or her point of view and perspective. Engaging in dialogue does not mean renouncing our own ideas and traditions, but the claim that they alone are valid or absolute.” – From Pope Francis’ 48th World Communication Day message
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social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, in traditional mass media reports, or in our personal conversation, Pope Francis reminds us to respect each other’s human dignity, particularly where we disagree. “To dialogue means to believe the ‘other’ has something worthwhile to say, and to entertain his or her point of view and perspective,” Pope Francis said. “Engaging in dialogue does not mean renouncing our own ideas and traditions, but the claim that they alone are valid or absolute.” It’s our intention, guided by Pope Francis, to grow connections with people like you into true encounters. So please reach back to us, wherever you live. We’ve released two new blogs, “Follow the White Habit” and “The View From My Pew” to offer insight into the daily lives of Dominicans as well as the parishioners whose lives are impacted in the Central Province. Give us a call or send an email to make time for true encounters. Like or follow us on social media and join the conversation to share your individual perspective. Most importantly, keep us in your prayers as you are surely in ours. KEEP IN TOUCH
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A TRUE ENCOUNTER When Chris Rezac, left, helped Joe Manzanares with car troubles, he never expected the ways his kindness would be repaid.
ast December, Joe Manzanares let his son borrow his car for the weekend. They were both distracted by the holidays. Neither remembered to put gas in the car. Joe’s car ran out of gas at the corner of Federal Blvd. and Speer Blvd. in front of St. Dominic Church where Joe is a parishioner.
Chris Rezac was happy to help push Joe’s car several blocks to the nearest gas station. But to do so, he had to put down the piece of cardboard he was holding that read, “Cold. Homeless. Hungry. Spare Anything? God Bless.” Joe thanked him with a burrito and fifteen dollars. At first, Joe didn’t think beyond the moment. “He needed some money, I needed some help,” he said. “But it grew beyond that.” Joe asked Chris, “What’s your story? Why are you here?” “Growing up Catholic and going to church every Sunday and having CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 »
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“If you can’t give money, that’s one thing. I don’t blame people one bit for that. How many of us could be in that place with a few financial moves? Chris’s face lit up. great parents made me aware that nobody is better than Experiencing homelessness often means bouncing anybody else—and do unto others and take care of your around from place to place—some of them including brother,” Joe said. “It’s always stuck with me.” dangerous people, drug use and liquor, a circle Chris Joe is 49 years old and has built a successful real estate wanted to break from. As the two men became closer, Joe career in Denver. Chris is 42 and worked as a welder. In took a leap of faith, bought an air mattress and a sleeping another life, these two men could have been brothers. In bag, and extended an invitation for Chris to temporarily this life though, Chris live with him. lost everything; his home, “It gave me a lot of time his marriage, and his job. to sit and talk to him,” Joe In the previous year, he said. “I became like his big was also hit by a car while brother. I could hold him panhandling, and dragged accountable.” 115 feet, shattering his leg It also gave Chris a in five places, displacing a chance to see encouraging few teeth and injuring his and supportive comments shoulder. He spent two from people he never met, days in a coma. but who were connected When Joe ran out of gas, to Joe through Facebook. he was looking forward The story quickly went to seeing his college-aged viral around Christmas as As Joe helped Chris get his life back together, the story went daughter who was on her media outlets in Seattle, viral as news outlets around the country shared the story of the way home for the holidays. San Diego, Boston, New unlikely friendhip. Around the same time, York, California, Ohio, St. Chris was unpacking the backpack he carries everywhere Louis, and Florida shared the unlikely bond between the and he pulled out a bible from the bottom. He opened it two men. It made Chris cry to see how many people cared and a picture fell out. He said, “Wow, I thought I lost this. about his story. It gave him reason to take care of himself. This is the only picture I have of my daughter.” Dakota is It created a network of advocates, offering to help him get 11-years old, and Chris hasn’t seen her in six years. back on his feet. “It killed me because I’m super close with my kids,” Joe “It’s awesome,” Chris said. “I don’t have people yelling said. “I’ve been so blessed in my life, so to hear about his at me anymore to get a job. They give me two thumbs up little girl, it just broke my heart. because I’ve got this new job.” “He said he wanted to get back together with her—it was On Christmas Eve, Joe took Chris out to dinner. He all he’d pray about,” Joe added. “He wanted to get out of this bought him new boots, pants, a coat, gloves, and even a place, from these people and this rut. He misses her so much.” haircut. Joe reached out to Kelly Zara, a corporate recruiter, Danita Vigil, an interview coach, Connie Holzworth, an Chris told Joe he made 20-25 dollars a day panhandling image consultant, and Chato Vigil, a welder—and Joe’s and spent most of it on food. cousin. This new community, “Team Chris” volunteered to A PROPOSITION AND A COMMUNITY help position him for a new job. Stephanie Randall, a pro bono attorney, would work with Jefferson County services “What if I give you twenty-five dollars a day, guaranteed, to begin the process for Chris to receive visitation rights with his daughter, who was living with her grandparents 45 to work my [real estate] sign,” Joe asked. “I’ve never done miles southwest of Denver. this before so I don’t know where it’s going to go.” « CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3
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But when people drive by and look the other way, it’s like saying they’re not a part of the same human race. If there’s one thing this story has done, it’s made people notice the homeless more.”
“Everybody wants to be helpful,” Joe said. “Somebody knows somebody who knows somebody. When he gets his life together, there will be a job waiting for him. Miracles are everywhere.”
Maybe it speaks to our inner embarrassment of riches—maybe we don’t feel equipped to help. That’s more than the populations of Sacramento, Kansas City, Atlanta, Miami, Minneapolis, Cleveland, New Orleans, and St. Louis. Or worse, maybe A SETBACK we pretend not to see them because the alternative means For months, Chris avoided acknowledging how close we are starvation and bitter cold on the to the edge. That means realizing streets. But, he couldn’t escape we aren’t so far apart. the incident that kept him from According to Joe, his fully rejoining society. While he sponsorship of Chris will not be was still recovering from the car a success until Chris has a job, accident that nearly killed him, a home, a relationship with his Chris had a physical altercation daughter, and he can pass off with his mother’s abusive, the sign to someone else. When alcoholic boyfriend that resulted Chris is released from jail, Joe Chris has kept his faith as he picks up the pieces of in a warrant for Chris’s arrest. his life. A lawyer is working pro bono to help Chris said he won’t let him return to the Chris’s mother lived, and died receive visitation rights with his daugther, Dakota, street. last fall, blocks away from where who he hasn’t seen in six years. “These are people who just he was panhandling when he needed a hand up,” Joe said. “We met Joe. drive by them every day. We see For Chris to pick up the them. Sometimes we give them pieces, he had to face the past. money, but most of the people just In January, he turned himself drive by and never look at them— in and began serving a sentence which I found out is the worst for felony assault. thing. If you can’t give money, that’s “He was scared, but he was one thing. I don’t blame people one ready for it,” Joe said. “Jail bit for that. But when people drive hasn’t been a bad thing for him. by and look the other way, it’s like Before he went in he was trying saying they’re not a part of the same human race. How many to kick an alcohol problem. Being away from it and in a of us could be in that place with a few financial moves? If safe, warm place, he’s much healthier now.” there’s one thing this story has done, it’s made people notice the homeless more. Now I look and I wonder what their A SILVER LINING story is.” Through it all, Chris has kept his faith. He keeps a rosary According to the National Alliance to End Joe gave him and had blessed by Fr. Ed Ruane, O.P., pastor Homelessness, at any given time, there are more than at St. Dominic Catholic Church, where Chris and Joe 500,000 people experiencing homelessness in the United States. Most of us ignore them. That’s half a million people. attended morning Masses together. SPRING 2014 | DOMCENTRAL QUARTERLY
DOMINICAN SHRINE OF ST. JUDE THADDEUS
Making new Friends and Impacting Lives through Catholic Devotions FR. MICHAIL FORD, O.P. Dominican Friars, Central Province
ur Mission at the Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus in Chicago is twofold. First, we pray. For 85 years now, the Shrine has been interceding for millions of people who have asked for our prayers. We pray over each request and offer Masses on request. We celebrate five Solemn Novenas to St. Jude Thaddeus each year in different locations all over the country. Second, we are on our way to becoming a center for the revival of Catholic devotions in the United States. In particular we reach out to our neighbors around the country by preaching and teaching our Catholic traditions regarding patron saints, novenas, and veneration of relics in a way that makes sense in today’s world. The response so far has been tremendous. We began this new outreach during our Solemn Novena in October at St. Vincent Ferrer School in River Forest, Illinois by speaking with the 8th grade confirmation classes. During the January Solemn Novena in St. Louis, Missouri, we brought our message to five different parishes, reaching well over a thousand people. A later visit to Peoria, Illinois, allowed us to speak with 120 grade school children about a valuable Catholic tradition – asking Saints to pray with us and for us. Over 400 people attended the
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The Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus in Chicago reaches out to people all over the world. Here is where we’ve traveled recently.
Blessing Mass later that evening. In Ave Maria, Florida, we celebrated Masses, venerated the arm relic of St. Jude, and discussed the importance of Catholic devotions with hundreds of students and faculty at Ave Maria University, a college dedicated to forming Catholic leaders of the future, as well as at the Ave Maria Quasi Parish in the town center. At St. William Catholic Church in Naples, Florida, we reached an additional 300 people during and after a St. Jude Blessing Mass. In March we celebrated a Solemn Novena at St. Jude Catholic Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and visited the University of New Mexico, four grade schools and one
home-school coop. We don’t see the Dominican Shrine of St. Jude in Chicago as a destination, but rather as a launching point for our ministry of hope. We hope you will continue to join us in this ministry and we look forward to making new neighbors along the way! PRAY WITH US
The Dominican Shrine of St. Jude is located in the Church of St. Pius V at 1909 S. Ashland Ave., on Chicago’s near southwest side. • Visit us online: www.The-Shrine.org • For times of Shrine services: 312.226.0020
TO PRAISE, TO BLESS, TO PREACH
Look at me! Put the phone down for a minute! FR. ANDY McALPIN, O.P. Promoter of Vocations Central Province, USA
was recently privileged to write an article for the periodical Horizon, which is the professional publication for the Nation Religious Vocations Conference. If you are a vocation director for a religious order or congregation, men or women, you most likely belong to this group. The article is on the use of smartphones for vocation ministry. Like so many of our brothers in the Order, I have and use a smartphone all day, every day. I cannot imagine being without my cell phone. It is a tool that I find most necessary in my ministry, and I am sure many of the brothers of the Province would agree with me on this point. But as I roam through life, I am continually amazed at the utter lack of communication or even faint interest people have in each other when the cell phone is out and in-hand. In saying this, I first convict myself, since I am one who was all consumed by my cool phone and its awesome apps for so long. Then I started riding the train more often. No one looks at each other. No one talks to each other. So, unless absolutely necessary, when I travel on public transportation, including and especially airplanes, I make a concerted effort to not have my phone out and to try to pay
attention to the people around me. With this small gesture in our modern, busy lives, maybe I will be able to connect with people, talk to people, and maybe remind them that we are meant for relationships with each other and not an inanimate object. No matter how awesome that object may be, it will never replace authentic human contact and love, which is what Our Lord brought to everyone he encountered. As Dominican Friars, this is witness we bring to the world.
1216 ANNUAL FUND A GREAT SUCCESS! The 1216 Annual Fund, named for the year St. Dominic founded the Dominican Order, supports Dominican Friars serving in ministries throughout the Central Province. The fund is a personal appeal from friars ages 27 to 94. AMOUNT RAISED
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Gifts support the various needs of friars, including student brothers and elder friars in limited service. Donations help cover items such as: • Educational costs incurred by student brothers in formation including tuition, room and board, modest living expenses, and medical care. • Housing and medical care provided to friars in assisted living and limited service.
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YOUR DOMINICAN IMPACT STARTS HERE
Obligation to give evolves into a desire to help Byron Radcliffe lives in Washington, D.C. and has worked in business development for 30 years.
ow did you meet the Dominicans?
I met the Dominicans through Brother Edward van Merrienboer, O.P., in 1998 while living in St. Louis. I had previously contemplated studying for religious life and had also lived in Rome so a mutual friend thought we would have a lot in common. Through this friendship I have had the great fortune to meet and become friends with several members of the Order. What drew you to the Dominicans in particular? Growing up in a large Catholic family, we always had priests and brothers visiting the house, but I never had the opportunity to talk first hand with a Dominican until I met Brother Edward. As I learned more about the Dominicans and their preaching, it spoke to my heart and to what I had been seeking in Catholic spirituality. A void was filled for which I am forever grateful. In what ways have you developed a personal relationship with Dominicans? What impact have the Dominicans had on you? A day doesn’t pass without the Dominican Order impacting my life. I have a personal devotion to the Rosary and I also try on a daily basis to read some item of Dominican literature. Two examples are: Praying with the Dominicans by John Vidmar, O.P., and Advent and Christmas
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“Seeing the work they are doing and knowing the impact it has directly on the poor, those who are seeking faith, education, food or spirituality makes me want to support the Dominicans.” – Byron Radcliffe
Wisdom from St. Thomas Aquinas by Father Andrew Carl Wisdom, O.P., which I was given this past Advent season. For each day in Advent the book provides the words of St. Thomas Aquinas, following a passage of scripture that is related, along with a prayer and finally an “Advent Action.” I felt a great closeness with the Order by reading this book each day and in applying the “advent action” into my life. Why did you first decide to financially support the Dominican Order? Why do you still support the Dominicans? My parents encouraged us as children to always support the works of the Catholic faith and for the most part I was always a good “giver” however, that was done because I felt an obligation, not a desire to truly assist in helping a mission. As
I grew to know the Dominicans and their work for everyone no matter their faith, race, nationality, or social position, the more I understood and appreciated their mission. My feeling of giving changed from obligation to desire to help. Seeing the work they are doing and knowing the impact it has directly on the poor, those who are seeking faith, education, food or spirituality makes me want to support the Dominicans. I know my donations are being well spent and, are making a positive impact on our society. Why do you support the Central Province in particular? I see a unique and bright spirituality in the Central Province that speaks to me and where I personally find in no other region. So it is due to the wonderful work, powerful impact and loving
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spirituality that I continue to support the work of the Friars in the Central Province. The Order has given me so much in my life and made my life so much richer that I want to continue to support the Friars of the Central Province so they can continue their great work and so that others will be able to experience the love, joy and compassion that I have been able to gain from my association. What is it about the Dominicans that makes you feel your support is having an impact on the larger Catholic Church? When I began to know the Dominicans and study their approach, I began to build a deeper connection with the Catholic faith. I know my support of the Order allows it to continue the work that might touch the life of others as it did mine and bring them to a closer relationship with God. I can’t imagine a day without the Dominicans. I believe supporting them provides me with a way in which I can thank them for all that they do for so many others. PARTNER WITH US
Byron Radcliffe provides a personal story, yet it is shared by many. The impact of a Dominican in a person’s life can be personal or public, unexpected or planned, brief or for a lifetime. Visit us online at www.OPCentral.org or contact our Development Office directly to explore your desire to help. Fr. Andrew Carl Wisdom, O.P., (A.Wisdom@OPCentral.org) and Bob Dixon (B.Dixon@OPCentral.org) can also be reached at 312.243.0011.
The Challenge of Priestless Parishes: Learning from Latin America by Fr. Edward Cleary, O.P. (Paulist Press) We stand before the fact that two-thirds of Catholics live in the Global South, but two-thirds of Catholic priests reside in the Global North. How are we to read this phenomenon? And what are we to make of it?
What Are they Saying About Q? by Fr. Benedict Viviano, O.P. (Paulist Press) Q or source is thought to be one of two written sources behind the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Luke and is defined as the “common” material found in Matthew and Luke but not in their other written source, the Gospel of Mark. In this book, distinguished professor and author Bernard Viviano, OP, presents a valuable survey of scholarly research on Q, from the German Logien-Quelle, the sayings source. Acts of the 2013 General Chapter of Diffinitors The Acts of Trogir is the official documentation (Acts) of the General Chapter of the Dominican Order held at Trogir, Croatia, in 2013. It is available through New Priory Press (www.NewPrioryPress.com). Healing for Freedom: A Christian Perspective on Personhood and Psychotherapy by Fr. Benedict Ashley, O.P. (The Catholic University of America) In the midst of anti-religious sentiment,
how are Christians to accept the type of freedom offered by modern psychology? Renowned theologian Benedict Ashley presents a Christian view of the human person’s call to true freedom.
The Mission of Love, A Sacramental Journey to Marital Success by John Curtis, Ph.D., Fr. Dominic McManus, O.P. and Mike Day (New Priory Press) The Mission of Love refocuses the marriage conversation on the principle of mission, and especially the mission which married people have in the Church. The exercises in the book are all directed towards helping the couple make clear, both for themselves and for others, why they want to get married in the first place, and just what their marriage is for.
Sexuality and Morality: Answers for Modern Catholics by Fr. Charles E. Bouchard, O.P. (Liguori Publications) In candid, pastoral language and an engaging question-andanswer format, the book unpacks the tough questions and challenging issues surrounding sexuality, including topics such as sexual practices; marriage, family, and divorce; homosexuality; reproduction, family planning, and abortion; and sex and spirituality.
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Final Encounters: Brain Death and Death VERY REV. CHARLES E. BOUCHARD, O.P. Prior Provincial Central Province, USA
ahi McMath was a 12-year-old girl from Oakland, California, who died unexpectedly after routine surgery. Her parents could not accept the fact of her death. They kept her on a ventilator and clung to the hope of recovery even though she had been declared “brain dead” by doctors. In another case, a Texas woman who was brain dead was kept on a ventilator in the hope that she could give birth to the child she was carrying.
These are different cases, but both of them raise the problem of death. When are we dead? Can we face the reality of death? Are we prepared for our own death or for the death of someone we love? It also raises questions about the way we talk about death. “Brain death”, “coma” and “persistent vegetative state” (PVS) are all clinically distinct diagnoses, yet they are often used interchangeably. Sloppy use of terminology by the media leads people to think that brain death isn’t really death at all, but some kind of coma from which a patient might awake. But the fact is that brain death is death. It differs from other death only in the way we diagnose it. At the heart of this debate is the reality of encounter. In this life, we know and love God largely through our human encounters. We consider friendship and love, for example, to be “sacraments” of God’s own love. The most fulfilling human love is actually an experience of the love of God made incarnate in human relationship.
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When we die, the physical and social impediments to our knowledge of God are removed, and we see God “face to face,” as St. Paul says. This is Encounter in the fullest sense of the word. The God who made us but remained so “other” is now immediately present. This Encounter is the goal and purpose of our lives, what everything is finally all about.
We might try to find satisfaction or happiness in other things, but in the end, it is only this encounter with God that will satisfy us fully. During Holy Week, we are called closer and closer to death, until Good Friday, when we may not look away. It is the one day of the year when we must embrace death as part of the paschal mystery. We must say, “I too will die.” In the past, before we even knew about brain death or PVS, Catholics had a “Prayer for a Happy Death.” This prayer acknowledged the inevitability of death and asked God for a peaceful passing, one marked by hope and gratitude rather than fear. Perhaps during this Holy Week we can take time to pray about how we want to die. Perhaps we can meditate on death not merely as something that we can outsmart by technology but as a doorway to the ultimate Encounter, our union with the God who made us.
During Holy Week, we are called closer and closer to death, until Good Friday, when we may not look away.
It is the one day of the year when we must embrace death as part of the paschal mystery. We must say, ‘I too will die.’
FR. MATTHIAS JEROME WALSH, O.P.
FR. ROD BROWN, O.P.
ur brother, Matthias Jerome Walsh was a long time missionary in Nigeria. He arrived in Nigeria in the mid to late 1950s and worked in the Prefecture, and later, Diocese of Sokoto until after the troubles of 1966. At the time I arrived in Nigeria in 1968, Fr. Walsh was the Novice Master at the newly established novitiate for Dominican Clerical Brothers in Ibadan, in southwestern Nigeria. Matt Walsh, as he was known, was a dynamic preacher and energetic missionary. He found it easy to mix with the local people and made many friends. After serving many years as novice master in Ibadan, he was once again working in the Cathedral parish in Sokoto in the mid 1970s. He worked freely among the people, but after the coup that toppled Murtala Mohammed, someone accused him of helping plan the coup of February 1976. After many interrogations by government officials nothing was found to link him with the coup, but he was told he was not wanted in the country. Father Walsh left Nigeria finally in August 1976. After some years, his name was cleared and he did visit Nigeria one more time. His many friends still remember him.
– Contributed by Fr. Gilbert Thesing, O.P.
FR. JOHN GERLACH, O.P. 1937-2013
hen we mark the passing of a brother dear to us, we often ask ourselves, what good is the life of a friar? Our four pillars of Dominican Life are Prayer, Study, Community Life, and Preaching. Most of the time we do well in these areas, but John excelled in all of these. Many people knew him as a man of prayer. He was also a novice master and a mentor. John continued to inquire, to be curious and read until the last days of his life. He valued the friendships he had with two communities, his Dominican brothers and sisters and his family. He wrote letters assessing and evaluating the Order with a keen eye. Former preaching professor, Fr. Jim Motl, O.P., said he considered John to be the best preacher in the Central Province. John considered every word to be a treasure and sought precision in his writing and preaching. If there was anything John was clear about in his life, it was that he knew God and he made God’s name known to others. Whether it was in his preaching, his teaching, his spiritual direction or pastoral care, when we were with John, we left knowing something more about who God was. His life was a gift incarnate in him, one of a beautiful word, beautiful speaking, and beautiful consolation. For the goodness in the life of John Gerlach, we give thanks to God.
– Contributed by Very Rev. Charles E. Bouchard, O.P.
visited Rod regularly at Resurrection Life Center for over two years. Being with him was a highlight of my visits to all our brothers who live there. He was unfailingly cheerful and gracious, always interested in how others in the province were doing and praying for them. He talked realistically about his own condition and seemed to hold no resentment that at age 70 he had already been bed-ridden for over 7 years. He constantly spoke of his gratitude to God for the ministries he had been given. He considered his present ministry to be prayer. Rod was almost completely blind as a result of the multiple sclerosis that had caused his early retirement from priestly ministry in Buffalo, New York. He maintained an active telephone ministry with people from that area, however, counseling many in times of difficulties. In spite of his vision problems his major source of recreation was “watching” his favorite old movies of which he had a considerable collection. Often when I came into his room I would find him looking at a movie like “Little Lord Fauntleroy” (his favorite) or “Auntie Mame.” He would tell me what was happening on the screen from memory as he listened to the dialogue. He also enjoyed his snacks that ranged from dill pickles to Pringles to grits. The virtue he exemplified above all for me was patience. Immobilized, blind, and confined to a bed in a nursing home, he did not complain once in my presence. I have talked with others who knew him as he first began to experience the symptoms of the disease that finally took his life. I know that he was not at first as accepting of his condition as he was when I came to know him. For me this means that his was an acquired patience, not an inborn trait, which makes his final years all the more remarkable. – Contributed by Fr. Jim Motl, O.P. SPRING 2014 | DOMCENTRAL QUARTERLY
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Through our blogs, we welcome Dominican Friars and those we serve to join the conversation. Contact us if you would like to contribute your perspective. ››› Our FollowTheWhiteHabit blog includes Daily Scripture Readings, Lenten Reflections, as well as homilies preached by Dominican Friars. It’s one way we provide access to the Order’s religious life. We hope it will help build a stronger relationship between Friars, friends, and families. www.opcentral.org/ follow-the-white-habit For the friends and families impacted by Dominican Life, we created TheView FromMyPew, a blog where laypeople can share their own thoughts and experiences. In doing so, we can better listen to, and understand from each other. www.opcentral.org/ the-view-from-my-pew
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