I'm visiting with my parents today, so for Mass I went to my "home" parish, St. Mary's in New Haven, which is served by the Order of Preachers.
A young deacon assisted at Mass and gave the homily. He must be a transitional deacon on summer assignment, and looking forward to priestly ordination either in the fall or spring. I was so impressed with the homily that I had to write him a note. Here's what I wrote:
May the Lord give you peace!
I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your homily at the noon Mass today.
It's not everywhere that you can go to church on a Monday in Ordinary Time and hear about the capacity of natural reason according to the teaching of [the dogmatic constitution] Dei Filius, and the doctrine of God's mercy according to St. Thérèse.
Through the intercession of our holy fathers Dominic and Francis, may God flourish your religious life and your priesthood in every way.