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Dear Friends, At this writing, summer isalready a distant memory and many parts of thecountry are already bracing for the coldseason. But the flame of our faith is burning brightand strong! And your loyalty andcommitment, our dear supporters, continueto be an enormous impetus. All the Friars of the Province of St. Joseph send you theirprayers and heartfelt thanks. As much as at any other time in history, thelife of the Church and society at large stand to benefit from the wisdom and power of theDominican tradition. It teaches people how to become fully human—indeed, to fulfill theirearthly destinies. For many of you, marriedlife is the vehicle. You will be heartened by aforthcoming letter by the US bishops—a draftof which just became available—on theinstitution of marriage and the many threatsand obstacles it faces in contemporary society.The bishops counsel men and women toembrace marriage as “a blessing and gift fromGod,” while condemning same-sex marriage,cohabitation and divorce as running counter“to the very meaning and purpose of marriage.” Practicing contraception, they affirm, “is an intrinsically evil action.”The Thomistic vision of human relationshipshere lends a unique dimension, with itsemphasis on teaching men and women to livelives of virtue, to exercise their God-givenfreedom in choosing to do the right thing inevery instance of their lives, large and small.This perspective gives Friars, as they counselcouples, the pastoral tools to complement theChurch’s pastoral orientations. Your support makes it possible for a new generation of Friars to receive a most solidformation of prayer, worship and study thatequips them to become powerful andeffective preachers. Once out “in the world,”these young men—now hard at work at theDominican House of Studies in Washington,D.C.—will inspire their flocks, and lead by example, as they themselves have patiently and painstakingly forged lives of virtue. Thestakes are enormously high. A great honor to the Order, Pope BenedictXVI just canonized Fr. Francisco Coll y Guitart, who founded an Order of Dominicansisters and braved the animosity of 19
-century anti-clerical Spain. Among others,the Pope also canonized Belgian priest FatherJozef de Veuster, better known as Father—Dear Colleagues: It is clear that whenreligious and laity unite, theimpact is one far greaterthan when either standsalone. This is why it is soessential for us to work together in living andspreading the faith in a world that has so little. Iencourage you to remainstrong in your prayers andefforts to support theDominican Friars, because with your continuedsupport andencouragement, the Friarscan carry on their missionin service of the faith,enlightening those aroundthem. The growth of vocations inthe Province should be agreat comfort for us...theDominicans will be there forour children, grandchildrenand beyond. However,growth does not happen without increased costs;they need our financialsupport. As Fr. Farren mentioned,please do sign up for the
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Sincerely in Christ,Ray Clark PresidentDominican Foundation
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