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Good Friday – Veneration of the Cross

A short video clip from our veneration of the Cross during the Commemoration of Our Lord’s Passion today.


As I wandered round our garden, a few days ago, looking sadly at our 鈥渉osts of golden daffodils鈥 which had given us so much joy and delight in recent weeks, but now were withering and dying in the bitter April winds that were sweeping across the lawns, Isaiah chapter 53 came spontaneously to mind :
鈥淪ee my Servant鈥︹

as the crowds were appalled on seeing him, so disfigured did he look that he seemed no longer human鈥

Like a sapling he grew up in front of us, like a root in arid ground.

No look to attract our eyes,

without beauty, without majesty we saw him鈥.

a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering.鈥
There, in the dying daffodils, I could visualise Jesus writhing in pain, being bent to the ground, buffeted by the wind 鈥 his skin drying up鈥. many flowers had already fallen 鈥 rejected 鈥 no longer any use to decorate our altars […]

5th Sunday of the Year

 LIGHT for the World… YOU! This morning in all the readings at Holy Mass, we heard that the effect and the fruit of all our acts of charity is light.And throughout the books of the Bible, we come across this idea or image of light as being always something by which we can see the truth, see in truth.  Light and truth, then, go together … and when we meet Jesus, at last, in the Gospels … and when we are aware of His nearness to us in our own lives – we know that Light and Truth are a Person:the One who is our God. So, God who is Light, is also the Creator of all light, and in this morning’s Gospel, Jesus said to His disciples: “You are the light of the world …No one lights a lampto put it under a tub …” These words are very striking and powerful […]

By |February 9th, 2014|Liturgy|0 Comments

The Baptism of the LORD

This is better late than never – a reflection on last Sunday’s Gospel, on the feast of the Baptism of the LORD.鈥淎nd yet you come to me.鈥 The wonder of God.  When JESUS came to John the Baptist at the Jordan, John said to Him, 鈥淚 need to be baptised by you, and yet you come to me!鈥  And yet you come to me! At the end of the season of Christmas, what after all could be a more perfect transition to the Ordinary Time of the Church鈥檚 year, than to wonder at the feast of the Baptism of the LORD?  It seems to sum up all that we had been longing for throughout all of Advent, and in each encounter with the LORD in the feast days of Christmas; and this day seems also to equip us for the journey ahead 鈥 how we must live and how we are […]

By |January 19th, 2014|Liturgy|0 Comments

First Sunday of Advent – 2013

 Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5                 Romans: 13:11-14                 Mt24:37-44 锘縏he Mass readings for this first Sunday of Advent provide us with a wake-up call: St Paul tells us 鈥測ou must wake up now鈥 and in the Gospel Jesus tells us to 鈥渟tay awake!鈥 while the Prophet Isaias invites us to 鈥渨alk in the light of the Lord.鈥  So as we begin a new Church year we are invited to come into the light 鈥 to remove the blinds from the windows of our hearts and to let the light shine in 鈥 remembering that the true Light is Jesus Himself.  He is the True Light shining on us and who desires to penetrate and posses our inmost being.  The struggle between light and darkness is a perennial one – it is the struggle in which we are all engaged 鈥 the struggle to keep our hearts free and not to allow ourselves to […]

By |December 1st, 2013|Liturgy|0 Comments

Pentecost Sunday 鈥 2013

In the Gospel for Pentecost Sunday, we hear the words 鈥渢he Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name鈥 鈥 I would like to share an extract from a recent homily of Pope Francis on praying in the name of Jesus 鈥 and as it is only through the Holy Spirit that we can do that, it is surely applicable to this great Feast.  The quotation is taken from last week鈥檚 L鈥橭sservatore Romano:鈥楯esus鈥 wounds are still open on this earth.  If we are to recognise them we must come out of ourselves and reach out to our needy brothers and sisters, to the sick, the ignorant, the poor and the exploited.  Pope Francis pointed this 鈥渆xodus鈥 out in his homily at Mass on Saturday morning, 11th May, in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.鈥淚t means coming out of ourselves鈥, made possible by […]

Novena to St Dominic – Day 7

Guy Bedouelle o.p. provided me with a starting point for my reflection on St Dominic. In his book 鈥楾he grace of the Word鈥 he has this to say:When Dante called St Dominic 鈥渢he passionate lover of the Christian Faith鈥 he referred to the entire life of the Father of Preachers, to his unflagging eagerness to bear witness to this faith, to defend it and to transmit it. If St Dominic yearned to penetrate Catholic teaching through study, to be able to expound it in persuasive terms, if he aspired to affirm it in every way in order to 鈥渟trengthen his brethren鈥, it was because his own faith was flawless and intense.鈥滺e goes on to say thatChrist is the centre of faith and its source. It is through Him that we embrace all that the Church believes. The theology of St. Dominic, if we may speak of the theology of […]

Something about JESUS

We鈥檝e come out of Retreat (well, a week ago now) and I鈥檝e noticed again how it happens that the sense that I haven鈥檛 even begun to know the Lord, is so strong. How do you meet Jesus, at that level or in that place where we most need to know Him, and to meet and be reached by Him?The Sermon on the Mount (cf Mt 5) 鈥 I decided to start again at the 鈥榖eginning鈥 and try and meet Him again. 鈥 鈥榟is fame spread throughout all Syria 鈥︹ (Mt 4:24); 鈥 鈥楢nd great crowds followed him 鈥︹ (Mt 4:25) What would it have been like to have been one of the crowd? How did it happen that a person became one of the crowd: if they followed him not because they were sick or in need of any kind of healing? What was it about Him that drew […]

Christmas Reflection

Below is the text of a Christmas reflection given by one of our sisters.(If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below). 鈥淲ith the Lord there is unfailing love; great is His power to set us free鈥 鈥 Vespers II of Christmas. The human heart longs for freedom 鈥 it is boundless in its aspirations for we were made in the image and likeness of God and are destined to live eternally with Him in love. He has made us for Himself and our hearts are restless until they rest in Him. (cf Confessions of St Augustine). A glance at our newspapers or TV news demonstrates this restlessness 鈥 this past year has witnessed the eruption of violence in many parts of our world 鈥 all seeking freedom of one sort or another. Left to ourselves, we humans, seek freedom apart […]

By |December 25th, 2011|Liturgy|1 Comment

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

The following is a homily which fr Terence Crotty OP preached during the celebration of our Sunday Eucharist in our monastery chapel – 9th January, 2011.We hear a lot about power in the Church nowadays. Laypeople say that priests have all the power in the Church while priests say the bishops have all the power and so some priests recently formed an association, the 鈥淎ssociation of Catholic Priest,鈥 so as to get their hands on a bit of it. So the bishops seem to have all the power but, you know, when you look at them they seem completely powerless. The long and the short of it is that we鈥檇 better warn the ESB to start rationing the national grid before it collapses under the strain of so many people looking for power. The Bible too speaks of power: when Jesus is about to ascend into heaven he tells […]

By |January 10th, 2011|Liturgy|0 Comments