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Regional Retreat

Fr. James Mary Sullivan, O.P.,  was the retreat master.  Fr. James prepared outstanding talks on faith, hope, and charity that were well-spiced with his trademark energetic humor and thought-provoking insights.  We were blessed with a crisp, almost autumn-like blue skies and absolutely delightful temperatures.  Arguably one of the best weekends of the summer which went quite well with the lofty themes of this retreat.   Looking around the conference room,  one saw many  new and old faces; a testimony to the strength of the growth of  the Third Order of St. Dominic in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., Metro area.  Members from 3 Maryland Chapters -- Catonsville, Silver Spring, and West River,  3 Washington, D.C., chapters, and the 2 Virginia Chapters -- Great Falls and Front Royal -- were present.


Fr. James Mary Sullivan, O.P., and Dorothy Murphy, T.O.P., Provincial President and Regional Moderator


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1999 Sister Mary Grace Thul, O.P.


Prayer of Thanksgiving to the Trinity

"O eternal Trinity, You are a deep sea in which the more I seek the more I find, and the more I find, the more I seek to know You.  You fill us insatiably, because the soul, before the abyss which You are, is always famished; and hungering for You, O eternal Trinity, it desires to behold truth in Your light.  As the thirsty heart pants after the fount of living water, so does my soul long to leave this gloomy body and see You as You are, in truth.

"O unfathomable depth!  O Deity eternal!  O deep ocean!  What more could You give me than to give me Yourself?  You are an ever-burning Fire; You consume and are not consumed.  By Your fire, You consume every trace of self-love in the soul.  You are a Fire which drives away all coldness and illumines minds with its light, and with this light You have made known Your truth.  Truly this light is a sea which feeds the soul until it is all immersed in You, O peaceful Sea, eternal Trinity!  The water of this sea is never turbid; it never causes fear, but gives knowledge of the truth.  This water is transparent and discloses hidden things; and a living faith gives such abundance of light that the soul almost attains to certitude in what it believes.

 "You are the supreme and infinite Good, good above all good; good which is joyful, incomprehensible, inestimable; beauty exceeding all other beauty; wisdom surpassing all wisdom, because You are Wisdom itself.  Food of angels, giving Yourself with fire of love to men!  You are the garment which covers our nakedness; You feed us, hungry as we are, with Your sweetness, because You are all sweetness, with no bitterness.  Clothe me, O eternal Trinity, clothe me with Yourself, so that I may pass this mortal life in true obedience and in the light of the most holy faith with which You have inebriated my soul

-- St Catherine of Siena in her Dialogue


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