Dear Parishioners and Visitors,
To persevere in faith, hope, and charity regardless of natural disasters or human violence, including persecutions, is to live on divine saving time. One of our Dominican preachers, Fr. Tony Norton, O.P., was a chaplain in WWII in the Philippines and was taken prisoner of war where he was at hard labor for two years. He persevered in prayer and did not forsake his mission to preach and care for souls as a religious and as a priest. The call to stamina in prayer under duress was shown by FL Tony and by His teacher Jesus Christ Who reassured Fr. Tony and St. Peter, also imprisoned, and Who assures us that " ... not a hair on your head will be destroyed." Even those who are killed for their faith, will ultimately be with God and their God-given full being will participate in the resurrection. Peter prayed in his prison cell, and, like Fr. Tony after him, persevered in prayer. We belong to God and in God's divine providence we are invited to trust.
In God's loving kindness,
-fr. Chris, O.P.