was another beautiful morning. We continue to have solemn liturgies,
today in English. The mass was especially solemn. The choir of the
Dominican parish of Saint Pius V helped create the solemn atmosphere.
The soloist shined with full voice and abundant enthusiasm. Also
Fr. Brian Pierce accompanied by his guitar and Fr. Marchionda's
clarinet. The definitor from the California province often cited
Fray Bartolomé de las Casas in the homily. Fray Bartolomé
dared to speak against the authorities, like a Good Samaritan, to
defend the native peoples, do we have someone today like Fray Bartolomé
de las Casas to defend those excluded by the political authorities,
so hard on them like the conquistadors?
we came out from Mass, some buses were waiting for us. We boarded
the buses according to a list and we set off for Boston. We travelled
on a highway that crossed a flat countryside, totally green, with
so many trees that it looked like a jungle, even if it was a domestic
Boston, some went to see the Fine Arts Museum, others went directly
to the convent of Saint Stephen in Dover, most went to Harvard University.
The university arranged for a student guide to show us the more
important parts of the university. The guide entertained us, telling
us that to enter Harvard it is not necessary to be very intelligent;
all you needed was some ability to play sports. There was one other
small necessity: you had to be able to spend $35,000 every year.
saw the centre for scientific studies. The most striking building
is the Memorial to the alumni of the University who died in the
war "to defend the unity of the country". The building's
tower was burned by students in the seventies. The reconstruction
work has just been finished.
also saw the library. It is the second largest library in the USA
after the Library of Congress, and is the largest US university
library. The student told us that there are many books ... dusty
and humid ... so you can see that the library is little used by
on the campus, you can see the word "veritas". You also
see it, of course, in the shield of the University. Nevertheless,
the student continues in front of the statue of the founder of the
University, there are some untruths that can be found in the statue:
neither did he found the University; nor was it founded on the date
that is etched into the statue; nor did the man represented by the
statue found the university. Some then entered into the museum of
the University, where you can admire the oldest image of Saint Dominic.
those who went to the Fine Arts Museum and those who went to the
University re-boarded the buses to go to the convent of Saint Stephen
in Dover, of the Province of Saint Joseph. We crossed places so
beautiful in a most beautiful afternoon, that the driver preferred
not to take the most direct route (some said he made a mistake).
The convent used to be the novitiate and studentate of philosophy.
Were this not earthly, it would qualify as a paradise. Now, it is
a spirituality centre. And so, spiritually our presence in the house
began with the solemn singing of verpers.
the spirituality of fraternity continued, stimulated by an abundant
and very wet bar-b-cue - American style, that the friars of the
convent prepared for all near a pool which itself so spiritual that
it was in the shape of a cross. The three hours that we spent there
were very brief. Our thanks to the friars of Saint Stephens!