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    22nd December – 800th Anniversary of the Approval of our Order

22nd December – 800th Anniversary of the Approval of our Order

Today we unite with all our Dominican brothers and sisters throughout the world in giving thanks for the life and example of our holy father, Dominic and for all his followers over the past 800 years. On the 22nd December 1216 he obtained Papal approval for his vision of an Order of Preachers. May we his sons and daughters continue to bring the love, light, joy and hope of Christ to the people of our times.More information on Order of Preacher and 800th Jubilee can be found here

Novena to St Dominic 2015 – Day 7

Pope Francis has announced that the coming year-2016 will be a year dedicated to the Mercy of God for the whole Church, and by a happy coincidance our Order is celebrating the 800th Jubilee of its foundation. Reading through the Libellus and other documents of these early days I find that one of the most frequently mentioned characteristics of St. Dominic is his compassion, again and again we read of his long night vigils as he struggles with God to have Mercy on all His children, especially his most wayward ones.   Mercy Mercy, he cried, Lord have mercy on your children. What will become of sinners ?Dominic could resonate with the beautiful lines from the poet on mercy and this was surely his way of thinking and his way of seeing life.               “The quality of mercy is not strained—-it droppeth like […]

Novena to St Dominic 2015 – Day 4

St Dominic and the RosaryToday we reflect on our Dominican tradition of devotion to the Holy Rosary and we quote from a letter (September 1985) by Fr Damian Byrne OP when he was Master of the Order. The Dominican legend of the Rosary – “The barren land”The order was born into a barren land: dichotomized humanity, with flesh warring against the spirit, with woman downgraded and life itself despised, was unable to accept the reality of the Word made flesh, dwelling in the midst of us. There was only one answer, and it was summed up in the simple words: “Hail… the Lord is with you… you will conceive in your womb, and bear a son…” (Luke 1: 28-31).Whatever critical historians may have to say about the Legend of the Rosary, it bears witness to the charismatic gift entrusted by the Church to the Order of Preachers, a gift […]

Novena to St Dominic 2015 – Day 3

In the Fundamental Constitution of the Order we find the phase 鈥渇ollowing in the footsteps of the Saviour, speaking among themselves or their neighbours, either with God or about God.鈥  In the Process of Canonisation the Brethren indicated that this was wholly characteristic of Dominic their founder 鈥 frequently repeating that he 鈥渙nly spoke to God or about God.鈥漎et this formula is not a creation of Dominic 鈥 he borrowed it from the founder of the Order of Grandmont, St Stephen of Thiers: The virtuous man should always speak of God or with God; for in his prayer he speaks with God and with his neighbour of God鈥漈his sentence makes clear how the synthesis of the two aspects of Dominican life operate together, and transcend all dualism.  Our life will have all the more unity, when our activity is rooted and flows from our union with God.St […]

Novena to St Dominic 2015 – Day 2

On this second day of our Novena in honour of St. Dominic, I cannot help calling to mind one of the great outstanding qualities of St. Dominic, namely, that of his zeal.  The dictionary describes it as 鈥檃n  intense enthusiasm for a cause鈥, and those belonging to the family of St. Dominic are only too well  aware how well this description fits his intense enthusiasm for the salvation of souls.So much so that he spent his nights and much of his day in prayer, pleading for their salvation, even to the point of offering himself to be cut in pieces to be placed at the gates of hell to save poor sinners.  This reminds us of the words of Jesus in St. John鈥檚Gospel (Ch.2) 鈥榋eal for your house devours me鈥.Oh, how zealously St. Dominic laboured to bring Christ鈥檚 mercy and healing to the people of his time […]

Novena to St Dominic – 2015 – Day 1

  Jesus said to His disciples: 鈥淭he kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea that brings in a haul of all kinds.鈥 Mt 13:47The opening words of the Gospel reading we heard today at Mass seemed to me to be a very fitting description of the Order of Preachers 鈥 and providential, that we have been given these words at the beginning of our novena to St Dominic.In its almost 800 years of life, the Order of Preachers has proven itself to be like the dragnet Jesus spoke about 鈥 attracting to itself people of all kinds, rich in diversity; of every shape and size; from every corner of the earth 鈥 and each one has found in it a home; a place where they feel welcome and to which they belong; and a place where they have discovered they can be free to be themselves; […]