I entered the Dominican Order at 33 years old, the same age St. Catherine of Siena was completing her life and work. Born a twin and the 24th of 25 children, Caterina di Giacomo di Benincasa was raised by her parents in Siena, Italy. It was the 14th Century and much of Europe was overshadowed by the Black Plague.
We heard in the reading: When Jacob’s children see the work of God’s hands in their midst, they shall receive instruction and acquire understanding. Growing in awareness of God’s presence among them will fill them with awe, as they come to realize the Holy One’s power to redeem a world troubled by tyranny, poverty, and the evils of social injustice.
Every other Thursday night, gentle music and soft words fill the darkened STM Chapel as students briefly suspend their studies to gather in prayer. The faint glow of a few lights creates a welcoming warmth as we come together after a long day. Here our varied paths intersect, if only for a fleeting moment. We join together in Taizé prayer, an ecumenical, multilingual form of prayer that originated in 1940 in a community in Taizé, France and quickly spread around the world. It combines prayers, readings, and music with brief silences, leaving spaces for meditation and thought.