One of the many benefits of belonging to a religious order as old as ours is that we get to celebrate the feast of All Saints and All Souls twice! This week on the octave days of the Church's celebration we rejoice in the saints of the Order of Preachers—all those who have gone before us, those with whom we lived or have known, that are now rejoicing in Eternal Beatitude and are interceding for us in heaven!
The Order of Preachers celebrates this day as Dominican Family Day and encourages local celebrations with the different branches of the Order. While, here at the monastery we haven't done this (difficult during the school year especially) we are united spiritually with all our brothers and sisters.
The Master of the Order, Fr. Bruno Cadore, OP, wrote us the following:
Photo: Chapel of the Blauvelt Dominican Sisters