I share these reflections for the Birth of John the Baptist from a monastery of contemplative Dominican nuns in Spain – just one of the many monasteries of our nuns around the world that my present ministry takes me to.  It is always curious that one of the questions that people frequently ask me is, “How can the Dominicans, an Order of Preachers, have contemplative, cloistered nuns in it?  Isn’t that a contradiction?  Cloistered nuns in a preaching Order?!”

Well, I actually think that it isn’t a contradiction, but in order to answer the question, I’d like to look at today’s liturgy and readings, because I think that the question that people ask about the nuns is really a question about our life as disciples of Jesus in general.

Isaiah, the prophet says in today’s first reading, “The Lord called me from birth, from my mother’s womb God gave me my name.”  A mother’s womb is an enclosed space of deep silence. Today’s scriptures speak about our being formed and called – in God’s mysterious plan – while we are still immersed in this deep, maternal silenc e .  The mystics would go even further and say that this period of silent gestation happens in the very womb of God. The Psalmist sings, “Truly you have formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made; wonderful are your works.”

I share these reflections for the Birth of John the Baptist from a monastery of contemplative Dominican nuns in Spain – just one of the many monasteries of our nuns around the world that my present ministry takes me to.  It is always curious that one of the questions that people frequently ask me is, “How can the Dominicans, an Order of Preachers, have contemplative, cloistered nuns in it?  Isn’t that a contradiction?  Cloistered nuns in a preaching Order?!”

Well, I actually think that it isn’t a contradiction, but in order to answer the question, I’d like to look at today’s liturgy and readings, because I think that the question that people ask about the nuns is really a question about our life as disciples of Jesus in general.

Isaiah, the prophet says in today’s first reading, “The Lord called me from birth, from my mother’s womb God gave me my name.”  A mother’s womb is an enclosed space of deep silence. Today’s scriptures speak about our being formed and called – in God’s mysterious plan – while we are still immersed in this deep, maternal silenc e .  The mystics would go even further and say that this period of silent gestation happens in the very womb of God. The Psalmist sings, “Truly you have formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made; wonderful are your works.”

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