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A Reflection for Week 3 of Advent

The first Reading of Mass is the invitation to joy. The prophet Zephaniah at the end of the seventh century B.C spoke of the city of Jerusalem and its people with the words: 鈥樷橲ing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem鈥..! The Lord your God is in your midst.鈥欌 As in the times of the Prophet Zephaniah, it is particularly to those being tested and to 鈥樷橪ife鈥檚 wounded and orphans of joy鈥欌 that God鈥檚 Word is being addressed in a special way. To transform the world, God chose a humble young girl from a village in Galilee, Mary of Nazareth, and challenged her with this greeting: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you.鈥欌 In these words lies the secret of an authentic Christmas. God repeats them to the Church, to each of us: Rejoice, the […]

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A Reflection for Week 2 of Advent

On this Sunday the liturgy presents to us the Gospel passage in which St. Luke prepares the scene on which Jesus is about to enter and begin His public ministry. The Evangelist focuses the spotlight on to John the Baptist, who was the precursor of the Messiah, and with great precision outlines the space-time coordinates of his preaching. The Evangelist evidently wanted to warn those who read or hear about it that the Gospel is not a legend but the account of a true story, that Jesus of Nazareth is a historical figure who fits into that precise context. After this ample historical introduction, the subject becomes 鈥樷檛he word of God鈥欌, presented as a power that comes down from Heaven and settles upon John the Baptist.
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By |December 9th, 2018|Advent|0 Comments

A Reflection for Week 1 of Advent

In Advent, the liturgy frequently repeats and assures us, as if to overcome our natural diffidence, that God 鈥樷檆omes鈥欌: He comes to be with us in every situation of ours, He comes to dwell among us, to live with us and within us; He comes to fill the gaps that divide and separate us; He comes to reconcile us with Him and with one another. He comes into human history to knock at the door of every man and woman of good will, to bring to individuals, families and peoples the gifts of brotherhood, harmony and peace. This is why Advent is par excellence the season of hope in which believers in Christ are invited to remain in watchful and active waiting, nourished by prayer and the effective commitment to love.
(Pope Benedict XVI)

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    A Window into our Life: Do Dominican contemplative nuns have restless hearts?

A Window into our Life: Do Dominican contemplative nuns have restless hearts?

After WMOF, it is good to come back to your own roots, to our 鈥楪randfather鈥- St Augustine, as we Dominican brothers and sisters like to call him. St Dominic adopted from him not only the Rule, but also the RESTLESSNESS of the heart.

In 鈥楥onfessions鈥 (1.1,1) he wrote:

You have made us for yourself,

聽and our heart is restless until it rests in You.

Restlessness is not bad thing, that鈥檚 what makes us searchers in life. Restlessness keeps us unsatisfied and yearning for more. That 鈥榤ore鈥 is GOD.

We are made for Him. Our real rest is unity with God. Augustine said: 鈥業 had come to delight in the truth.鈥 I hated to be wrong鈥. The love of truth was leading him beyond all the easy answers and further on to ask the real questions. He had to know the essential of things, what doesn鈥檛 聽change, what doesn鈥檛 聽disappoint, what doesn鈥檛 deceive. By […]

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Novena to St Dominic 2018 – Day 9

On this last day of the Novena, the eve of St. Dominic鈥檚 Day, I would like to speak on the humility of St Dominic. I have always admired Dominic鈥檚 humility- probably because I am so much lacking in it myself!

鈥淲e are told that in his lifetime, Dominic had wished to be treated always as 鈥榦ne of the brethren鈥- as simply 鈥楤rother Dominic鈥 and his dying wish was that he should be buried under the feet of his brethren. It is quite in accordance with his own temperament that he should live on in the Church, not as a striking individual, but in the work of preaching the Gospel, for which he instituted his Order. It is not surprising, then, that he has never been one of the popular favourites among the saints. Men and women do not keep returning to the thought of the man, Dominic, as they do […]

Novena to St Dominic – 2018 – Day 4

 

O Rose of Patience

Each night at the end of Compline we address St Dominic with the antiphon O Lumen: 鈥淥 light of the Church, teacher of truth, rose of patience, ivory of chastity, you freely poured forth the waters of wisdom, preacher of grace unite us with the blessed.聽 I would like to reflect on the title 鈥極 rose of patience.鈥

Reading through the biographical documents 鈥 the process of canonisation and the Libellus of Blessed Jordan of Saxony we notice that almost all the witnesses mention Dominic鈥檚 patience 鈥 very often his patience is linked to his humility, his kindness and compassion and his love of poverty.聽 He was patient with himself, with God and with his brothers and sisters.聽 We may ask ourselves what was the source of Dominic鈥檚 patience?聽 What was his secret that we too might learn?聽 It seems to me that his patience was the […]

Novena to St Dominic – Day 6: Exploring an Icon of St Dominic

Every one of us is a living icon of God. He created us in his likeness and in his own image.

As you can see, this Icon of St. Dominic is not yet finished. At first I was disappointed not to have completed it in time for his Feast. Then it occurred to me that there was a message for me in this. Like this icon each one of us is not quite finished. We are still on a journey from darkness into the light. It is my hope that the image of St Dominic portrayed or perhaps more accurately, revealed to us through this icon may help us to enter the hidden, inner sanctuary of his heart and there discover more deeply the depths of our Dominican vocation—WHAT WE SHOULD LOOK LIKE.

The first portrait of St. Dominic was a word picture given to us by St. Cecilia, one of […]

Novena to St Dominic – Day 7: St Dominic a man of encouragement

On this 7th day of our Novena in honour of St. Dominic, I would like to share just a few thoughts on St. Dominic as a man of Encouragement.

鈥淲hen your words came, I devoured them, your Word was my delight and the joy of my heart鈥 (Jr.15:16).

How aptly this Scripture text from the prophet Jeremiah can be applied to O.H.F. Dominic 鈥 we can just see him in our mind鈥檚 eye, contemplating from the depth of his heart with great joy and exultation, this Scripture jewel,聽 overwhelmed as he always was, with an immense love of Holy Scripture.

鈥楧ominic showed himself a man of the Gospel in word and deed鈥, we are told by those who knew him.

With his deep spirit of unceasing prayer and with the Gospel as his weapon, he聽 was fired with zeal to be an apostle of encouragement among his Nuns, his Friars and all those […]

Novena to St Dominic – Day 5: St Dominic and Body Language

My reflection is on the significance and importance of bodily posture in St Dominic鈥檚 prayer. As we know from the 鈥楴ine Ways of Prayer,鈥 St Dominic used his whole body when he prayed: bowing, prostration, reaching up to heaven.

It struck me as odd that in our time, when there is so great an awareness of the importance of body language in interpersonal communication and of how much of what is communicated is through bodily posture etc., that there should be such a widespread dismissal of any significance of our bodily posture when we pray. It is said that bodily posture doesn鈥檛 matter because God looks at the heart.

I think that this ignoring of bodily posture gives rise to a number of problems, largely because it fails to consider the impact that my body language has on my own perception of, and response to, the person that I am talking […]

Novena to St Dominic – Day 3: Dominic a man of prayer

As we continue the novena to our Father St Dominic, I鈥檇 like to read an extract from the book 鈥15 Days of Prayer with Saint Dominic鈥 by Alain Quilici O.P.

 

All of those who knew Dominic, either from near or far, as close friends of just acquaintances, attested to the intensity of his prayers. Dominic prayed like he breathed. He was not one of those who had time to write books, not even books on prayer, he just prayed. He spent the majority of his time in prayer. He entered into a state of prayer as naturally and rapidly as others fell asleep. To spontaneously fall asleep is a childhood grace. Dominic was a child according to the gospel, a child who dove into prayer whenever he had a moment, most especially during the night. For him, the night was made for prayer.

Even when he was just a young religious, […]