The Beauty of Christian Friendship

 
, based on John 1:19-28

This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, ‘I am not the Messiah.’ And they asked him, ‘What then? Are you Elijah?’ He said, ‘I am not.’ ‘Are you the prophet?’ He answered, ‘No.’ Then they said to him, ‘Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?’ He said,
‘I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,
“Make straight the way of the Lord” ’,
as the prophet Isaiah said.

Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, ‘Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?’ John answered them, ‘I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.’ This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Mr. Norm Laurendeau, O.P.

About Mr. Norm Laurendeau, O.P.

Norm Laurendeau is a lay Dominican and a semi-retired professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. He publishes and conducts research in the areas of energy and environment, with a focus of the use of lasers to monitor pollutants. He has been a fully professed lay Dominican since May, 2006. While moderating the St. Mary Magdalene pro-chapter in West Lafayette, IN, he was instrumental in developing a lay preaching mission within chapter meetings, at communion services, and eventually at weekday masses every Wednesday. He is currently the representative to Interprovincial Council meetings for Lay Dominicans of the Province of St. Albert the Great. He is also heavily involved in the science-theology dialogue, and is currently exploring the relationship between science and mysticism. In 2010, he will be chairing a conference on Energy and Religion for the Institute for Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS). Most importantly, he is married to Marlene Carlos Laurendeau, who is a social worker and spiritual director. They live in Brunswick, ME, near where Norm grew up. They winter in Berkeley, CA, near where Marlene grew up.