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Novena to St Dominic – Day 5

O Wonderful Hope!  

The lands of sunrise and sunsetYou fill with your joy. (Ps64)

I hope you may hear sometimes how beautifully the birds are singing at early morning. Their singing does not create the dawn, but they are singing because the sun has risen.

At sunset when our world is wrapped in darkness, St Dominic’s daughters and sons are also singing: “O Spem miram” (O Wonderful Hope).

What they do hope
for?

We sing because CHRIST
IS RISEN!

 Like Mary Magdalena we hope to meet our Risen
Lord face to face, and ‘to know the power of his resurrection’.

‘To see God’
really means to share in his life, to enjoy his plenitude, to penetrate into
the depth of his life, to be with him, to live in his presence.

Similarly the expression ‘to know’ in biblical usage does not mean a purely intellectual process, but the union of two beings in love. We read in Genesis ‘Now Adam […]

Novena to St Dominic – Day 3

St Dominic and the Imperative of Joy

A Benedictine nun wrote:

          “I continue to believe in the efficacy of the contemplative life          which acts as a lever to raise the human heart to           truth, goodness and beauty.”

From “The Joy of God:  Collected Writings of Sr Mary David.” p.125  

It seems odd in a reflection
during our novena to St Dominic, to take inspiration from a ‘foreigner,’ so to
speak.  Nevertheless, she did seem to
capture very well, in that short expression, something of the validity of
contemplative life … if it needs validity: an answer to many who cannot
comprehend such a vocation.

And in his letter to the nuns
of the Order, away back in 1971, fr Anicetus Fernandez – then Master of the
Order of Preachers – observed that

‘this contemplative life, the “best part” of the Christian life, has always held a most important place in the Church and the Order, but […]

Monthly News – July

July was a very busy month for the Dominican Order around the world and for our own Monastery. Luckily we began the month with our ‘Community Holidays’ – a week for relaxation and renewal together, with less work so that we have more time to spend together.

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By |August 1st, 2019|News|1 Comment

Novena to St Dominic – Day 1

Our Altar with ‘Dominican Candles’

Today we start our Novena to St. Dominic. As we know, St. Dominic always spoke either to God or about God. Since we are about to talk to God, I would like to let Meister Eckhart O.P. talk about God for me:

God is a light shining in
itself in silent stillness. God is not in any place … God is not here, or
there, not in time or place.

God is better than anything
we can conceive: I say, God is somewhat, I know not what, verily I know not. He
is all that is being rather than not being, existent more than non-existent;
our highest aspirations are but groveling things falling hopelessly short of
God. He transcends heart’s desire.

… God is a word, an unspoken
word. Augustine says: “All
scripture is vain.” We say that God is unspoken, but he is unspeakable. Grant he
is somewhat: who can pronounce this word? None but the […]

Video Reflection – Our Way of Life

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A sister speaks about the special significance the Easter Alleluia has for her.

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A Reflection for Palm Sunday

WE ARE ALL FAMILIAR WITH THE PASSAGE of the Passion Narrative in St. Mathew’s Gospel in which Jesus is brought before Pilate by the chief priests and elders to condemn Him to death. Pilate is convinced of his innocence but weak in his resolve to free him. He washes his hands and declares “I am innocent of this man’s blood. It is your concern! The rabble respond “His blood be upon us and upon our children.”
Think deeply for a moment—–‘Jesus loves us and washes away our sins in his own blood.’ He poured out the very last drop of his precious blood Just to save you and me. That is the reality; his blood is upon us and our children. We are bathed in this blood particularly at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and in the Sacrament of Penance as St Catherine of Siena is so fond of […]

A St Patrick’s Day Poem

On St Patrick’s Day we usually have a little Celebration/Concert in the afternoon. This year one of our Sisters recited this poem (her own composition), which we would like to share with you.

IRELAND, DEAR IRELAND
Ireland, dear Ireland
So fair, so green,
Proud of her Mother –
Our Lady, Our Queen.
Proud of her Patron,
St. Patrick, so dear,
To each Irish heart –
Especially near.
Shepherd of souls,
God’s gift to us all,
Man of deep Prayer,
Who answered God’s Call –
A Call to bring
Gospel tidings of Joy,
Which God had taught him,
As a young Shepherd boy.
Called to teach the Irish,
In this special land,
All that God’s goodness
For them had planned –
To spread the Faith,
God’s gift beyond measure,
And to spread His Love,
A priceless treasure.
Dear Father in Heaven,
On this beautiful day
With pleading hearts,
We earnestly pray –
In this Emerald Isle,
Please strengthen anew,
The Gift of Faith,
With trusting hearts, we ‘thank You’.
Amen.