From the Dominican Nuns of Summit, New Jersey, we have this news:
What are we up to now? Well, really, nothing we haven’t been doing…praying! But this time Dominicans all over the world received the invitation we have been waiting for: to pray for the success of the full reconciliation of the Society of Pius X with Rome.
If you read the interview of our brother, Archbishop DiNoia, OP you might have missed the last question and answer:
Are you optimistic or pessimistic about reconciliation?
I’m neither; I just don’t know. I think it will be an act of grace.
In fact, I’m going to ask the Dominicans to start praying. I hope it’ll happen. The Pope doesn’t want this to continue — another sect, another division.
So, it wasn’t much of a surprise when we received a communication from the Archbishop via the Provincial’s office to pray the Litany of Dominican Saints and Blesseds especially this week when the SSPX is having their Chapter. We were encouraged to pray it in the months ahead!
The Dominican Litany is long and it gets longer every year! It was much shorter when it was first prayed in 1254! It continues to be a powerful prayer, as we ask the intercession of our brothers and sisters in heaven!
(Yes, these are the Nuns that make Seignadou Soaps.)
There is more to the posting, including a short history of the Dominican Litany. You’ll have to go there to read the reason for the title of this posting. The Litany of Dominican saints can also be found here.
Nota Bene: Wherever the reader may stand on relations between the SSPX and the officials of the Holy See, one thing needs to be acknowledged: prayer is a good thing. This is something that Bishop Fellay has been urging, too. Having Friars, Nuns, and Dominican tertiaries praying for canonical reconciliation cannot, we think, do any harm. And it can do much good.
And a final point… The scheming liberals that have wrought such havoc in the House of God in the last half-century have not generally been known to spread their evils by means of prayer. That the Archbishop now charged with rectifying the troubling situation of the Rome-SSPX rapprochement has called for prayer from his brethren and sisters in religion — traditional prayer, at that — is a very good sign. Imagine Yves Congar, O.P., Marie-Dominique Chenu, O.P., or Edmond Schillebeeckx, O.P., doing the same to advance their agenda. (I can just hear it: “Hey guys, we need to pray the Dominican Litany for the destruction of scholasticism and the advancement of our Neo-Modernist Nouvelle Théologie. Won’t our fuddy-duddy old brother, Reggie, hate that!”)