This Fall we read Gaudete et Exsultate, On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World, by Pope Francis. He discussed what the universal call to holiness looks like, more practically speaking, in our world today. We discussed over a few months in small groups.
This book teaches you how to study Scripture, not just read it, by leading you through three studies comparing an Old Testament and a New Testament passage. The studies include glossaries, historical notes, and questions for comprehension and meditation. We are studying it at our June, August and September meetings.
Michael Demkovich, OP currently resides in Albuquerque as a theology consultant to Archbishop Wester. This book is written as retreat-style reflections and walks the reader, in studying the journeys of Christ in the gospels, through the many ongoing journeys of the spiritual life. We finished studying it this month.
Published by our Central Dominican Province, this collection of essays commemorates the 800th jubilee of the Order of Preachers with glimpses into the varied interests and schools of thought through the history of the Order. We will begin discussing it in December.
We started reading this book about a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in November. We are reading it slowly because there is a lot of depth for reflection, and it has led to interesting discussions about the events of Jesus' life and events in our own lives.
At our October meeting, we discussed this issue of People of God.
This month we started reading Beautiful Mercy by Matthew Kelly. The book goes through all of the traditional spiritual and corporal works of mercy with examples of how they are being lived today, and suggestions on how you could live them. Reading it together helps us to participate as a group in the Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis.
Since August, our chapter has been studying Scanning the Signs of the Times by O'Meara and Philibert. Each chapter covers one of the French Dominican theologians of the twentieth century. The essays are a readable introduction to the original thought of each Dominican and a review of how their contributions were received by the Church, with an emphasis on how their thoughts influenced the thought and documents of the Second Vatican Council.