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A Word of Hope

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Every day, during this coronavirus pandemic, the Chicago Dominicans offer "A Word of Hope" video to bolster our faith through these trying times. You can see them here, and you can have them emailed to you each morning by signing up for our email service.

  • A Word of Hope for March 29, 2023

    In today's Gospel, Jesus tells the people of his day who claim to have God as their Father, that if that were true, they would be living as God would have them live. Fr. Dominic Holtz, OP asks us to apply this same lesson in our own lives.
  • A Word of Hope for March 28, 2023

    Fr. Dominic Holtz, OP, recalling the lifting up of the bronze serpent in the desert to heal the people bitten by serpents, is not a cruel joke of God. Rather, it teaches us that our sins are not to be overlooked but redeemed, because even our worst rebellion, when joined with God's mercy, can be a source of salvation.
  • A Word of Hope for March 27, 2023

    Fr. Yamil Samalot Rivera, OP asks us to adopt the mind and heart of Jesus, who, when confronted with a woman "caught in the very act of adultery," did not condemn her, but in mercy offered her a new life. May we, in God's mercy, also offer a new life to those who need it most.
  • A Word of Hope for March 25, 2023

    Br. Ed Van Merrienboer, OP celebrates the Annunciation of the Lord, reminding us of how our salvation only came about because of Mary's "yes" to God's invitation, and how we should likewise say "yes" to God's invitation in our own lives.
  • A Word of Hope for March 24, 2023

    Br. Ed Van Merrienboer, OP notes the controversies surrounding Jesus—Some are impressed by his miracles while others see his interpretation of Judaism as a threat—and challenges all of us not to judge others too quickly, but to celebrate the good works they do.
  • A Word of Hope for March 20, 2023

    Fr. Scott Steinkerchner, OP, on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, talks about how God's promises always work out, but not always in the way that we would think—as the family we develop as we live our lives isn't necessarily the family we are born into.
  • A Word of Hope for March 19, 2023

    Br. Joe Trout, OP confronts the reality of suffering, reminding us that we can never know the totality of God's plan, we can never fully understand the challenges and difficulties we face. But we can trust that the world is in the hands of a God who loves us, and that, in the end, all will be well.
  • A Word of Hope for March 18, 2023

    Br. Joe Trout, OP comments on why God wants love from us, rather than sacrifice. One reason is that God wants us to live our day approaching everyone we meet with the love that God has for them—the love God has shown to us.
  • A Word of Hope for March 16, 2023

    Fr. Scott Steinkerchner, OP likens the Synod on Synodality to Jesus healing a mute man so that he could speak. Just as Jesus was criticized as doing something evil for healing the man, some criticize Pope Francis for starting the Synod, and see letting people speak freely as evil and divisive.
  • A Word of Hope for March 12, 2023

    Br. Peter Lewitzke, OP breaks open the story of Jesus' encounter with the woman at the well, pointing out that Jesus neither condemns her nor approves of her life, but offers her a better way—and she accepts it and passes on the Good News to others.
  • A Word of Hope for March 11, 2023

    Fr. Luke Barder, OP, citing the words of the Prophet Micah to shepherd the poor, and the example of St. Margaret of Castello doing just that, encourages us to have a face-to-face encounter with the poor this Lent.
  • A Word of Hope for March 10, 2023

    Fr. Luke Barder, OP asks us to think about what saps our faith, and then to have the courage to take that to God in prayer, and ask God to offer us a solution, rather than trying to solve it for ourselves.
  • A Word of Hope for March 9, 2023

    Fr. Samuel Hakeem, OP challenges us to turn to our faith when times are tough, rather than to the next popular fad, and we will find solace that transcends our current struggle, opening us up to hope built for the future.
  • A Word of Hope for March 8, 2023

    Fr. Samuel Hakeem, OP points out that we are to expect suffering as part of our Christian journey, but that this is Good News, because the suffering will lead us to new life, both here on earth and in heaven.