We share with you here the homily preached by Fr John Harris OP at Sr Regina’s Golden Jubilee celebration with her family on the 24th May 2014 – a most joyful celebration.  (In the Dominican calendar we commemorate on this day the translation of the relics of St Dominic)  We had already celebrated with her as a community on the 9th of April – the actual anniversary.Today, 24 May, we mark the anniversary of the beginning of the canonization process of St. Dominic. As part of the process, as it remains to this day, his relics had to be inspected. This all took place in 1233, 12 years after Our Holy Father had died. We know from contemporary accounts that the brethren feared that the body of St. Dominic, which had lain in a mean tomb exposed to the elements, would be found eaten by worms and giving off a foul odour. They were concerned that the faithful would be scandalized by this and that their piety towards St. Dominic and support of the Order he founded would be adversely affected. But as the accounts tell us, their fears were unfounded for as soon as the stone was taken away a wonderful odour poured out from the opening and its fragrance caused astonishment among all present. Today as we gather here we are not opening a tomb that has been closed for twelve years but in a sense we are opening a hidden life that has been lived in this monastic community for 50 years and more. For some people the hidden life of a monastic cloister is the same thing as been buried away and left to rot. For many in our materialistic and secularised […]