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A Reflection for the 5th Sunday of Lent

Do you believe this?

The Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you

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A Reflection for the 4th Sunday of Lent

We
are now in our final stretch of Lent which is a relief because, personally, I
find Lent difficult. I find the fasting hard, but I came across a quotation
from the ‘Magnificat’ which I found encouraging.

Fasting is a form of self deprivation
of and a longing for the food we really need. We fast in order to seek Him day
after day, the better to know His ways. We fast to make space for Christ, so
that He may fill our emptiness with His redeeming presence.

I
am also aware of my own sinfulness and my failures in the small things in daily
life. The line in the first reading speaks to me when God said to Samuel ‘Man
looks at appearances but the Lord looks at the heart’.  The Lord sees the desire in my heart to do
good and not my failures. Jesus fell three times under His cross on the way to
Calvary, but he got up […]

Week 3 of Lent – Reflection on this Sunday’s Gospel

This Sunday’s Gospel, John 4:5-42, is about Jesus who
made a journey to a Samaritan town (it is always He who makes first move toward
us) and was waiting at the well for the arrival of the Samaritan woman. Her
thirst and longing bring her towards Him, though she wasn’t aware of
it.  

Recently my friend, was encouraging me with these words:

Always watch the mind,
what it is thinking about, and always bring it back to Him from
wherever it wanders  off.

So often our thoughts are wandering far and wide: be
it judgment of others, anger or just looking for somebody or something what
could satisfy our thirst. 

 The Samaritan woman in the Gospel experienced it
too, she was trying to find her happiness (having 5 husbands and other man not
yet husband), and satisfy her thirst in anything but God, and because of
that her constant longing and thirst were never quenched.

When we too wander in our thoughts away from him, it
is like digging cisterns […]

Week 2 of Lent – Thoughts on Broken Lenten Resolutions

We are now in the middle of the
second week of Lent and I’m sure some of us have already broken our Lenten
Resolutions (repeatedly!!) and are feeling very discouraged about it all and
tempted to just give up the attempt and pick something easier.

But maybe we should view these
not as failures but as something that can be beneficial. It’s a bit like
distractions during prayer. You might feel, ‘oh, I didn’t pray at all, I had so
many distractions,’ but each time you realised that you had been distracted and
turned back to God that was something good; that was prayer. It can be the same
with our Lenten Resolutions.

Lent is a time to refocus and
reorient ourselves towards God. We fast to make space in our lives for God to
fill. The ‘space’ created by what we give up (e.g. TV or Social Media) should
be given to God in some way (e.g. extra prayer, daily […]

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A Reflection on the Gospel for the First Sunday of Lent

God made the
sinless one into sin, our sin, my sin, that in him we might become the goodness
of God.  And yet since the beginning of
creation we have been denying our sin, that sin for which He emptied himself of
his divinity, became man and endured His passion and death. We have been
covering our nakedness up, hiding our reality from God, from ourselves and from
one another. We don’t wish to be seen for who we are .But until we know in
every fibre of our being that we are sinners utterly in need of a Saviour,
Jesus passion and death has been in vain. How can we look on the one we have
pierced, the one we profess to love and not make it our life’s vocation to know
and own our sinfulness, that we might know and own how deeply we are loved by
God.

Fr Anselm
once said the purpose of lent was to be able […]

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    Becoming light for each other – a reflection on today’s Gospel

Becoming light for each other – a reflection on today’s Gospel

While praying my Lectio Divina for the 5th
Sunday of Ordinary Time the words that struck me were ‘Your light will shine
like the dawn and your wound quickly healed over’.

The word ‘Light’ is repeated in the
first reading, the psalm and the Gospel. Elsewhere, in St John’s Gospel, Jesus
tells us ‘I am the light of the world.’ Turning to us, his disciples, He
reminds us in today’s Gospel we too are the ‘light of the world.’

Recently, a meeting with a young
couple who were clearly letting their light shine for all to see made a
deep impression on me. They were ex-heroin addicts who were very happy to be
alive and to be together. Even though at the time I was coping with my own
darkness, I seemed to have brightened up their day – they asked me to pray with
them. They told me part of their touching story and how they came from sheer
darkness to […]

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    The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord: “Consecrate them in the Truth” – a Reflection on our Vocation

The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord: “Consecrate them in the Truth” – a Reflection on our Vocation

Consecrate them in the truth

Your word is truth.

Throughout the
centuries the Holy Spirit has raised up many different forms of consecrated
life – which can be compared to a plant, with many branches, which sinks its
roots into the Gospel and brings forth abundant fruit in every season of the
Church’s life. (cf VC 5).

When reflecting on our vocation as Dominican nuns and how we try to live the motto of our Order: TRUTH, I began to understand our consecration as being set apart for Truth.  This truth is not an abstraction or even some dogma of the Church – rather it is the Person of Christ, God-with-us, to whom we give ourselves. He is the living Word of God, to which every other word refers.  On the eve of His death He prayed: “Consecrate them in the truth” – i.e.  make us one with Christ, bind us to Christ, draw us into […]

Our New Novice

We share with you some photos taken after Melanie our postulant received the habit on the Eve of Epiphany – she is now Sr Léonie Marie.  She is pictured here with Sr Maria Breidge (our other novice) and some community sisters.

The Holy Family

The icon is not a work of the imagination
in which the artist tries to drag the onlooker inside an ideal family, but a
theological teaching that exposes something of the Truth revealed in Jesus
Christ. We do not enter into the icon, it is a sacred space delimitated by a
red line all around it. It is the people, represented inside that space, that come
to us. “The Kingdom of God is at hand”
!

The Holy Family is a real human family and,
as such, a model for all families of the earth. Nevertheless, it is more than
that, and its example is leading us towards and introducing us in the mystery
of the Trinity.

As regards the model, we must say that there is no prototype of the Holy
Family as such in the strict Byzantine tradition. Nonetheless, this icon,
created for St Peter’s parish in Drogheda, follows as faithfully as possible
the ancient canons. The figure arrangement takes great […]

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