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A Reflection for Week 4 of Advent

With the fourth Sunday of Advent, the Lord鈥檚 Birth is at hand. With the words of the prophet Micah, the Liturgy invites us to look at Bethlehem, the little town in Judea that witnessed the great event. Unfortunately, in our day, it does not represent an attained and stable peace, but rather a peace sought with effort and hope. Yet God is never resigned to this state of affairs, so that this year too, in Bethlehem and throughout the world, the mystery of Christmas will be renewed in the Church. Today, as in the times of Jesus, Christmas is not a fairy-tale for children but God鈥檚 response to the drama of humanity in search of true peace.
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By |December 23rd, 2018|Advent|1 Comment

A Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ for the 22nd of December

O King whom all the peoples desire
You are the cornerstone which makes all one.
O come and save us whom you made from clay.
 

What is my desire? Do I really have desire for this King, as today鈥檚 鈥極 Antiphon鈥 proclaimed?

鈥極 King whom all the peoples desire鈥

The desire for God is part of what we are.

Christmas time offers for us a lot of wishes鈥 But as soon as we open the gifts there will be a inevitable sense of disappointment. 鈥業s that it?鈥 the small child asks when all the presents have been unwrapped. The desire remains even if you get what you asked for, and especially, if you get what you asked for! The longing is unsatisfied鈥

Much later the child learned the lesson of Augustine and come to know that there is a space inside us that nothing but the uncontained God can fill.

I remember when in my 16th year […]

A Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ for the 21st of December

On this the shortest day of the year it is appropriate that our 鈥極 Antiphon鈥 has the theme of light bringing us hope that darkness can never overpower Eternal Light.

 

Recently while reading an article in the National Geographic on 鈥楽olar Sailing in Space鈥- which I did not fully understand! – one sentence caught my attention: scientists in the last century have discovered that 鈥渓ight is pure energy 鈥 that property in nature that makes things go, run or happen.鈥 These four words 鈥榣ight is pure energy鈥 seemed to jump out of the page and immediately all the references to light in relation to God in the Old and New Testaments flooded my mind.聽 Light is pure energy!聽 What a wonderful image of God! And how appropriate! Is it possible to describe light? 聽鈥 yet we live and move and have our being in the light.

What scientists are now discovering […]

A Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ for the 20th of December

O come now Key of David, come, and open wide our heavenly home,
Make safe the way that leads on high and close the path to misery.
Rejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you O Israel.
 

As today, we pray in our 鈥極 Antiphon鈥 鈥 鈥極 key of David, come and close the path to misery鈥 or as another translation expresses it: 鈥榗ome and lead the captive free from prison, free those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death鈥 鈥 we reflect聽 that a key both opens and locks a door.聽 What is it that keeps our hearts and lives imprisoned and locked up?聽 What door needs to be opened to free us to live peacefully and trustfully in the Presence of God in the midst of the聽 daily upsets that can occur and all the noise and turmoil of today鈥檚 world?聽聽 Very often it is FEAR in one […]

A Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ for the 18th of December

O Adonai and leader of Israel,
You appeared to Moses in a burning bush
and You gave him the Law on Sinai.
O come,
and save us with Your mighty power.
(with arm outstretched to save)

What do you want from Christmas?
 

These last days of Advent seem to intend to teach us what to ask of the LORD 鈥 maybe in order that we may truly know and understand how to be human; and above all, that our humanity is meant to be one which seeks to serve.

 

鈥溾 the Son of man came not to serve, but to serve, and to give my life as a ransom for many.鈥 ( Mk 10:45)

 

What desire in my soul at the moment of my encounter with the

Infant Saviour of the world 鈥 with God 鈥

is awakened?

What do I want from Christmas?

 

Yesterday, we called upon the LORD who is Wisdom.

This evening we call upon Him as LORD and Leader: […]

A Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ for the 17th of December

鈥淥 Wisdom,

You come forth from the mouth of the Most High.

You fill the universe

and hold all things together

in a strong yet gentle manner.

O come to teach us the way of truth.鈥

Today we will sing the first of the 鈥極 Antiphons鈥; the beautiful Magnificat Antiphons for the final days of preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas. These Antiphons address Christ by various titles/attributes and beseech him to 鈥楥ome鈥.

 

This first Antiphon addresses Christ as 鈥榃isdom鈥. It is a wonderful thing to recognise that Christ is Wisdom and to remember that 鈥渢he wisdom which comes from above is marked chiefly indeed by its purity, but also by its peacefulness; it is courteous and ready to be convinced, always taking the better part; it carries mercy with it, and a harvest of all that is good; it is uncensorious and without affectation鈥 (Jas 3:17-18).

 

Our world desperately needs such wisdom; not […]

A Reflection for Week 3 of Advent

The first Reading of Mass is the invitation to joy. The prophet Zephaniah at the end of the seventh century B.C spoke of the city of Jerusalem and its people with the words: 鈥樷橲ing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem鈥..! The Lord your God is in your midst.鈥欌 As in the times of the Prophet Zephaniah, it is particularly to those being tested and to 鈥樷橪ife鈥檚 wounded and orphans of joy鈥欌 that God鈥檚 Word is being addressed in a special way. To transform the world, God chose a humble young girl from a village in Galilee, Mary of Nazareth, and challenged her with this greeting: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you.鈥欌 In these words lies the secret of an authentic Christmas. God repeats them to the Church, to each of us: Rejoice, the […]

By |December 16th, 2018|Advent|0 Comments

A Reflection for Week 2 of Advent

On this Sunday the liturgy presents to us the Gospel passage in which St. Luke prepares the scene on which Jesus is about to enter and begin His public ministry. The Evangelist focuses the spotlight on to John the Baptist, who was the precursor of the Messiah, and with great precision outlines the space-time coordinates of his preaching. The Evangelist evidently wanted to warn those who read or hear about it that the Gospel is not a legend but the account of a true story, that Jesus of Nazareth is a historical figure who fits into that precise context. After this ample historical introduction, the subject becomes 鈥樷檛he word of God鈥欌, presented as a power that comes down from Heaven and settles upon John the Baptist.
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By |December 9th, 2018|Advent|0 Comments

A Reflection for Week 1 of Advent

In Advent, the liturgy frequently repeats and assures us, as if to overcome our natural diffidence, that God 鈥樷檆omes鈥欌: He comes to be with us in every situation of ours, He comes to dwell among us, to live with us and within us; He comes to fill the gaps that divide and separate us; He comes to reconcile us with Him and with one another. He comes into human history to knock at the door of every man and woman of good will, to bring to individuals, families and peoples the gifts of brotherhood, harmony and peace. This is why Advent is par excellence the season of hope in which believers in Christ are invited to remain in watchful and active waiting, nourished by prayer and the effective commitment to love.
(Pope Benedict XVI)

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    A Window into our Life: Do Dominican contemplative nuns have restless hearts?

A Window into our Life: Do Dominican contemplative nuns have restless hearts?

After WMOF, it is good to come back to your own roots, to our 鈥楪randfather鈥- St Augustine, as we Dominican brothers and sisters like to call him. St Dominic adopted from him not only the Rule, but also the RESTLESSNESS of the heart.

In 鈥楥onfessions鈥 (1.1,1) he wrote:

You have made us for yourself,

聽and our heart is restless until it rests in You.

Restlessness is not bad thing, that鈥檚 what makes us searchers in life. Restlessness keeps us unsatisfied and yearning for more. That 鈥榤ore鈥 is GOD.

We are made for Him. Our real rest is unity with God. Augustine said: 鈥業 had come to delight in the truth.鈥 I hated to be wrong鈥. The love of truth was leading him beyond all the easy answers and further on to ask the real questions. He had to know the essential of things, what doesn鈥檛 聽change, what doesn鈥檛 聽disappoint, what doesn鈥檛 deceive. By […]

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