Day of Rest
provincial presided at the Eucharist and beside him was the provincial
of India. It was very significant since the two countries continue
to be in tense negotiations. From those who were joined in the Eucharist
there arose a spontaneous prayer for peace between those two great
countries. The choir from St. Pius V parish also solemnized the
Eucharist. The musical director began the ceremony with a "Gloria"
and concluded with an "Alleluia". Friar Peter Lobo, India's
provincial, preached: the challenges of English or French, the challenges
of globalization, of the mission, of justice and peace, of the society
have been the themes of these past days, with amendments and corrections.
Today we are presented with the Christian challenge. St. Paul invites
us to look at the things above. The gospel invites us to not put
our confidence in the goods of this world. Before this challenge
of the gospel and the sacred texts that we have heard, there are
no valid amendments nor abstentions nor, even worse, negative votes.
Therefore today we have among us for the first time, total unanimity:
127 affirmative votes, 0 negative votes, 0 abstentions.
was a free day and it was needed. Each one organized one's day as
one wished. Some strolled around, enjoying the sunny day. Others
went to Boston for last minute shopping or errands or to visit places
of interest. The majority stayed home, editing the last texts, getting
translations up to date, reading the last documents, or simply resting.
The recorders and the secretary, on the other hand, had an intense
day preparing the minutes.
valiant ones, in spite of the heart, engaged in a match to see who
would win the "Dominican Soccer Cup". It was Europe against
the Rest of the World. Europe was the final victor.
unveiled a new melody for the "Salve Regina", composed
by the Secretary General of the Order, Friar Thomas McCarthy.
in the day the president (of Providence College) invited us to cocktails,
followed by a gala supper. Also present were those who form part
of the College Corporation. It was one of our most gala occasions:
with the Dominican colors of black and white everywhere, from the
napkins to the bags of gifts. The president of the College is to
be thanked for his finesse and the splendid meal. Even the necessary
speeches were brief.