vice province of St. Vincent Ferrer in Central America and the general
vicariate of the Holy Cross in Puerto Rico were entrusted with the
Eucharistic Liturgy today. It began with the Nicaraguan Mass with
its rhythms and loving lyrics of the people; there was no organ,
nor even the noble piano, but only the simple guitar and percussion
instruments. Vice provincial Friar Pablo Iribarren presided, accompanied
by Friar Mario Rodríguez, the vicar of Puerto Rico; they
represented the lands of hurricanes and earthquakes, yet lands where
there is no lack of hope. With precise diction Mario put forth thoughts
worth meditation. The Gospel treated of the weeds which grow along
with the wheat: "let them grow up together". Let us take
care of the wheat, not worry ourselves too much about rooting out
the weeds. As Dominicans it is not up to us to exorcise but to sow
and cultivate the good seed, conscious of the reality of the weeds
that grow outside and within us. The Mass was full of the enthusiasm
and joy that is Latin America!
Commission on Challenges to the Mission: Globalization presented
their second draft. They reminded us that it is the first time for
a Chapter to treat the matter and that globalization (or the French
mundialización) affects everyone on each continent. After
describing what is understood by globalization and its consequences,
the text spoke of the challenges with which globalization confronts
the preacher. Some principal themes were: the necessity and acceptance
of interdependence; the consideration of the positive and negative
aspects of globalization; the recognition that the Dominican preacher
is a citizen of a region and of the world at the same time; the
call to a greater solidarity within the Order. This commission is
the most numerous with 18 friars from 15 countries. The report has
been titled, "The Humanization of Globalization".
document is good and very interesting and tries to respond to the
question: What can be done in the Church and in the Order about
globalization, which is already a worldly reality,? In order not
to start out with a negative concept of said phenomenon, it asks
us "why do we not globalize more, why are we not more available
to move from one place to another, feeling at home in all of them
and appreciating the flavor and reality of each place? Why have
a "small town"mentality or be provincial in a globalized
world? And the Scriptures support it: Jesus prayed " for all
to be one". With such a foundation, who can vote against it?
last part presented recommendations, petitions, and ordinances.
Among them, the internet was recommended for all. And it was ordained
to read and write books (because of the danger that the internet
might make books useless). But the ordinances were not precise about
who would help the publishers, who would make sure that the friars
receive the education in writing and speaking in public, etc...
Since the text did not specify such responsibilities it was returned
to the commission.
The afternoon session was slow and a little boring. Not even the
threat of having to continue after supper moved the debate which
was at times tangled up in questions of semantics. The document
covered almost everything in the challenges which the world offers
to us. The title is "The Call of Those Who Surround Us."
And there are many who surround us and who call us. It is concerned
with the challenges of religions and the "a-religious"
world, of fundamentalism, as much within Christianity as outside
of it. It speaks of attempts against human freedom, of social, political,
and sexual injustices; of determinism and political systems of corruption;
of the violence against life and of biotechnology.
were amendments, amendments were amended, and amendments were rejected.
Part of the commission's text was rejected. Today it didn't happen
but in the following days it will be necessary to continue after
one was in the mood for long liturgical celebrations at the end
of the session. But we did celebrate the liturgy of light in reverence.
The Latin American liturgy was once again a lively one. Sister Carmen
Villar, a nun from the monastery of Vivero, Lugo (in Spain), sang
a simple psalmody, which she had composed with Spanish psalm tones
and Friar Orlando Rueda did the hymn, "Dominic, Your Voice
the evening most of the participants enjoyed a video of the meeting
in Manila which was full of color and creativity.
in the Chapter Room...
injustice from the English text was converted into "social"
injustice in the Spanish translation. ( It is clear that this little
error did not diminish the unanimous recognition of the delicate,
steady, and polished work of the translators.)
capitular did not like the expression " the world created by
God", preferring that one speak of "the world as the body
of God". The attempted amendment did not meet with any support,
but neither was the "pantheist" burned at the stake. These
are different times than those of Giordano Bruno...
was there any support for a proposal that the record show the Dominicans'
support for the ordination of women. And the proposal did not come
from the nuns, nor the women religious, nor the Dominican laity