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Choose Life Prayer

Choose Life: Prayer for the Child in the Womb Lord Jesus, you are the source and lover of life. Reawaken in us respect for every human life. Help us to see in each child the marvellous work of our Creator. Open our hearts to welcome every child as a unique and wonderful gift. Guide the work of doctors, nurses and midwives. May the life of a mother and her baby in the womb be equally cherished and respected. Help those who make our laws to uphold the uniqueness and sacredness of every human life, from the first moment of conception to natural death. Give us wisdom and generosity to build a society that cares for all. Together with Mary, your Mother, in whose womb you took on our human nature, Help us to choose life in every decision we take. We ask this in the joyful hope of eternal life with you, and in the communion of the Blessed Trinity. Amen. Our Lady of Knock, pray for us. All the Saints of Ireland, pray for us.

Credo Series – 5 to 7

Our brothers’ series on the Creed, continued:This fifth talk looks at the phrase: “and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary and became man.”This sixth talk deals with Christ’s crucifixion: “for our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate. He suffered death and was buried.”  This seventh talk looks at the Resurrection: “and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.”

Credo Video Series – 1 to 4

Our Dominican brothers have prepared a very good series of talks on the Creed. They are well worth watching.This first talk gives a brief history of the Creed.This second talks looks at the first article of the creed: “I believe in one God, the Father almighty”. This third talk looks at God as “maker of heaven and earth”. This fourth talk looks at the article on Christ: “I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father.”

Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ – 23rd December

Below is the text of a reflection given by one of our sisters on today’s Magnificat Antiphon, which invokes Christ as Emmanuel (God with us).(If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below). O Emmanuel, you are our King and judgethe one whom the peoples await and their Saviour,O Come and save us, Lord our God.Emmanuel means ‘God with us’. Can we believe that God entered the womb of Mary, took flesh from her and became man? Do we really believe this? What greater thing has ever happened to all of us who believe, that Mary herself believing, received the Word concerning Him faithfully in her heart.When we to acknowledge Him in faith and obtain forgiveness for our sins, then immediately – just as God the Word and Second Person of the Blessed Trinity entered into the Virgin’s womb – even so do we receive the Word in us as a kind of seed.Be amazed on hearing this wondrous mystery and welcome this Word with assurance and faith. (1) St. John tells us in his Gospel, “If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him and we will come and make our home in him”. (Jn 14)If we only knew the gift that is being offered to us this Christmas night. We have a mystery in our hearts bigger than ourselves, built as we are like a tabernacle around this most Sacred Presence.(2)The longer one gazes into this mystery the more one longs to go on gazing in silent wonder. But of course, as St. Thomas told us, there is no adequate picture of God to catch our eyes and hold them spellbound. Yet the little that […]

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Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ – 22nd December

Below is the text of a reflection given by one of our sisters on yesterday’s Magnificat Antiphon, which invokes Christ as King. (If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below). 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. Maranatha. Come Lord Jesus come.Whom you made from clay. In Genesis we receive two accounts of the creation of man. “God said, Let us make man in our own image in the likeness of ourselves .God created man in the image of Himself, in the Image of God he created him”. And again it is said “God fashioned man of dust from the soil. Then he breathed into his nostrils a breath of life and thus man became a living being”. There is therefore inherent in the very fabric of our being God’s stamp, a likeness to Him, and the very breath we draw holds the memory of whence it came and the promise of its ultimate destiny. Some call it ‘Capax Dei’, others the divine spark; a secret knowledge that we are made for more than this world has to offer imprinted in us at the moment of our creation. St Augustine’s way of putting it gives voice to what many do not even realise. ‘You have made us for yourself O God and our hearts are restless until they rest in you’.In our age as in every age our hearts get set on lesser things. We think the restless ache at the core of our being will be satisfied by wealth, by power, by pleasure, by learning; but no particular good even […]

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Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ – 21st December

Below is the text of a reflection given by one of our sisters on yesterday’s Magnificat Antiphon, which invokes Christ as the Rising Sun. (If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below). O Rising Sun, You are the splendour of eternal light and the Sun of Justice. O come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.By living in Ireland I have learned to see the Sun, even if it is raining. Our whole business in this life is to restore to health the eye of the heart whereby God can be seen.Each of the antiphons contains the words “O” and “COME”, expressive of longing, pleading, heart-felt desire. In them we beg God to BE with us and SAVE us.The longing for God expressed in the antiphons is the pale human shadow of God’s longing for us. They are based on words in the Bible which promise exactly that, or even state that God has already COME and delivered us.The petition ‘’Come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death’’ echoes the Christmas reading ’’they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shone’’ ‘’The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light’’(Is 9:2) ‘’God is light’’(1Jn 1:5). And every light we know, whether a candle, or sun will eventually burn itself out in self giving. Light from light (cf. Jn 1 ) ‘’God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son,so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life’’ (Jn 3:16) Today’s antiphon brings out a special aspect of the light […]

By |December 22nd, 2011|Liturgy|1 Comment

Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ – 20th December

Below is the text of a reflection given by one of our sisters on today’s Magnificat Antiphon, which invokes Christ as the Key of David.(If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below). O come now key of David, come,And open wide our heavenly home,make safe the way that leads on highAnd close the path to misery.Rejoice, Rejoice!Emmanuel shall come to you O Israel.Reflecting on this Antiphon alongside today’s Gospel, (Lk.1:26-38), we have highlighted for us the Presence of God in our lives.A few verses before today’s Gospel passage, the Archangel Gabriel, tells Zachary: “my name is Gabriel and my place is in God’s Presence. What a truly stupendous statement! Further on in the same Gospel passage, we are told of this same Archangel when he visits Mary with the tidings of the Incarnation….’into her presence the angel came’. (R.Knox translation)Surely we are left in breathless awe, as we picture this great Archangel whose place is in the Presence of God Himself, bowing low in the presence of this humble Virgin, who never-the-less, was a creature like ourselves, as he awaited her consent to become the mother of God’s Son – the Key of David.A key we know, both locks and unlocks – and today, we are called to pray to Christ, the Key of David, to unlock, to open wide our heavenly home and to make safe the way that leads on high, where our destiny too, is to dwell in God’s Presence for all eternity.In the meantime, so long as our pilgrimage on earth lasts, we are so utterly privileged to have the Real Presence of Christ, the Key of David, continually with us in the Holy Eucharist. […]

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Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ – 19th December

Below is the text of a reflection given by one of our sisters on today’s Magnificat Antiphon, which invokes Christ as the Root of Jesse.(If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below) O Root of Jesse, you stand as a sign for the nations;Kings fall silent before you whom the peoples acclaim.O come to deliver us, and do not delay.The Holy Spirit speaking through the prophet Isaiah over 700 years before Christ said “a shoot springs from the stump of Jesse, a scion thrusts from his roots, on him the spirit of the Lord rests”. Jesse was the father of King David. Isaiah must have seen in a vision a sapling springing from the apparently dead stump of Jesse. He lived about 300 years after David and the Davidic dynasty did not appear very hopeful. So it is on a future king that Isaiah sees the Spirit of the Lord come down.This future King, whom we know to be the Lord Jesus, Son of David, is to be “a sign for the nations” but “a sign of contradiction” as Simeon prophesied about the child Jesus, which is borne out in Isaiah Chapter 53, “Like a sapling he grew up in front of us, like a root in arid ground … a thing despised and rejected by men” – as indeed he was in his Passion. In the life of Jesus the ordinary people acclaimed him. He healed and fed multitudes but the “Kings”, the authorities did not acclaim him – they were “silent before him” as the antiphon says, not acknowledging him even despising him.In our own day his Church has come under censure and is suffering. But the […]

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Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ – 18th December

Below is the text of a reflection give by one of our sisters on today’s Magnificat Antiphon, which speaks of Christ appearing to Moses in the burning bush. (If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below)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.Today’s ‘O Antiphon’ refers to God’s coming to His people while they were living in slavery in Egypt. He reveals Himself as the ‘Holy One’, the ‘Transcendent One’ as He calls out to Moses: “Come no nearer. Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Yet He is not aloof from His people’s plight. He says: “I have seen the misery of my people. I have heard their cries for help – I have come down to rescue them and bring them to a land rich and broad, a country flowing with milk and honey.” (cf Ex 3:1-6)It is this same God who approaches Mary through the Angel and asks her consent to be the mother of the “child who will be holy” (Lk1:36) and who “will save His people from their sins” (Mt 1:21). It is the same Holy One who is with us on our altar, under the signs of bread and wine – and the One whom we meet in the least of our sisters and brothers!As I reflected on this antiphon, it was the image of fire and the burning bush which held my attention. Fire cannot be hidden, cannot be contained – otherwise it is […]

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Reflection on the ‘O’ Antiphon – 17th December

Below is the text of a reflection give by one of our sisters on today’s Magnificat Antiphon, which invokes Christ as Wisdom. (If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below)O 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. In the Magnificat Antiphon today we begin the first of the great “O Antiphons” rejoicing in our expectation of the Saviour’s coming and asking him to come to us under the particular manifestation of each Old Testament title. In this first Antiphon we address Christ as Wisdom and ask him to “teach us the way of truth”. In praying and reflecting on this text, I have been particularly struck by the fact that, as St Paul says, Christ is “our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (1Cor 1:30). Is my search for wisdom and knowledge done as a search for Christ, done in his company, or is it a search for my wisdom, my knowledge, for my own satisfaction? As I prepare to welcome Christ this Christmas, do I welcome him as Wisdom – am I willing to let him teach me? Christian wisdom is not simply having great knowledge but having great knowledge in Christ; so that Christ, who is Wisdom, “lives in me” (Gal 2:20) and my life involves seeing, understanding and reacting to the world around me in union with Him and as he shows us in his life and teaching. Study etc. can give me a great knowledge of Christ but unless I am living in his presence and actively […]

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