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Monastery News: October

We started the month by hosting the AGM of the 鈥楢ssociated Monasteries of Ireland鈥 (representing those Orders that have only one monastery in Ireland, such as ourselves). The topic for this year鈥檚 meeting was 鈥業nterculturality in Monastic Communities鈥 by Sr Chinyeaka C. Ezeani  MSHR. Her interesting and helpful presentation was much appreciated, given the growing diversity of our Communities. She has a wealth of experience in this area and has written extensively on the topic. Her newly published book 鈥淚nterculturality in Religious Life 鈥 A Blessing in Different Colours鈥 would be well worth reading.

In continuation of the work that has been going on over the
past year (see our Facebook post of the 9th of April) on the
formation of an official Association of the Dominican Monasteries of our Region
(the Polish, German, Czech and English speaking
Dominican Monasteries in Europe), the Prioresses of the Region met in Poland in
the second week […]

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Video: Abide in the hearts of Jesus and Mary through the Rosary

A Reflection on the Rosary by one of our Sisters.

Reflection: My experience of praying the Rosary

Disposed from childhood to praying the
Rosary, it has grown with me over the years or perhaps it would be more true to
say I鈥檝e grown with it. A prayer for all seasons of life, it has been my
mainstay. I think of the structure of the rosary, the saying of the beads as a
kind of enclosure, creating and protecting a sacred space, a shelter, within
which Mary and I meet with Jesus on a daily basis and she shows unto me the
blessed fruit of her womb, JESUS. This is a place where our friendship has
developed, has deepened, as I have come to understand the constancy of these
two friends of mine and the depth of God鈥檚 love revealed to me through the
life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

The simple act of taking up the beads, by virtue of habit, now聽 speaks to my mind, heart and body聽 at a level below consciousness, perhaps somewhat […]

Reflection: What the Rosary means to me

Pope
St John Paul II called the rosary his favourite prayer.  While the Mass is my favourite prayer,
the rosary is not far behind in my preference. 
If for any reason on a rare occasion I fail to say the rosary, then I
cannot sleep until I say it in full.

The
rosary is mostly centred on Jesus and Mary so for that reason, it is very
precious to me:  Jesus who is Alpha and
Omega, and Mary who is His Mother.  In
the company of these two very important people, I am always happy.

Each
mystery reveals some aspect of the life of Jesus or Mary.  In this prayer, I find my joy for Jesus
because one of us 鈥 like us in all but sin 鈥 my solace, my strength, my
comfort, my encouragement, above all my hope in a future of eternal life.  As I pray the rosary, I find I can draw from
all the various mysteries the grace […]

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    Reflection: What the Rosary means to you? What makes you pray it?

Reflection: What the Rosary means to you? What makes you pray it?

Unlike most people of my generation, as a child the Rosary was still part of our family life. We knelt at our chairs in the kitchen each night and recited it together. By the early seventies, as we grew older, activities at night demanded our time and attention and the family Rosary gradually faded into oblivion. But the example of my parents and grandparents who always prayed the Rosary daily remained. My dad always had his beads in his pocket and prayed the rosary on the bus each morning as he travelled to work. Mammy, though she told me she found it impossible not to be distracted during it, remained faithful to it until her death. In the summer months when we all attended daily mass at ten in the morning we would have to wait for ages after Mass had ended while she prayed the rosary. So what […]

Video: Rosary for Vocations

On the First Friday of every month we have a special Holy Hour (7.30p.m. to 8.30p.m.) for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. This Hour includes the Rosary. Since October is the month of the Rosary we have decided to share the Reflections that accompanied the Rosary for this month’s Holy Hour.

Video: A Life in Love with God

When Fr Paul Murray OP was here in July, to preach our Annual Retreat, we took advantage of his presence to ask him to share a few thoughts on the Dominican Nuns鈥 Vocation, which he graciously did and which we gladly share with you in this video.

Novena to St Dominic – Day 8

I
would like to reflect a little on St Dominic鈥檚 single-mindedness in his pursuit
of holiness and his mission of preaching.

As
a young man Dominic studied the liberal arts at a thriving arts faculty in
Palencia 鈥 no doubt, a brilliant future awaited him!  However, Bl Jordan tells us, very graphically,
that after a short while, Dominic 鈥渇led to the study of theology as if afraid
to waste his limited time on less fruitful study.鈥  We might ask ourselves if he had struggled
with himself to give up the study of arts? 鈥 for he had a keen intellect and
could have persuaded himself that this could be helpful for his own future
human and spiritual development.  But one
senses through the pages of the Libellus
that something deeper was drawing him or rather Someone who demanded that he
leave all aside, even good things and focus all his attention on the 鈥榦ne thing
necessary.鈥  Bl Jordan describes
Dominic鈥檚 鈥渆agerness to imbibe the […]

Novena to St. Dominic – Day 7

We
continue our Novena in honour of St Dominic

Every
saint resembles Christ in some way. This was particularly clear with Dominic
who followed Jesus in everything – in his prayer, works and miracles. 

Like
his Master, Dominic used to spend the nights in prayer to God; he would fall
asleep with his head on the altar step when he was too exhausted to continue.
St Dominic spent his life preaching the Gospel and being constantly concerned
for the salvation of the human race.

In today鈥檚 Gospel passage the gestures of Jesus as
he multiplies the loaves and fishes 鈥渢aking (the loaves)鈥, 鈥渂lessing鈥,
鈥渂reaking鈥 鈥済iving鈥 echoes the Eucharistic narrative. The disciples believed
that their only option was to send the crowd away and to find food elsewhere.
They focussed on what they lacked. But Jesus had a different perspective. His
Faith was in God鈥檚 power to look after the spiritual and material welfare of
the people gathered around him.  As we share
in our daily […]

Novena to St Dominic – Day 6

St. Dominic鈥檚 Compassion

As we continue our Novena to St Dominic, I would like to reflect on St. Dominic鈥檚 compassion for others. On his Feast Day, this Thursday, we will sing the Antiphon:

鈥淒ominic had compassion on his neighbours and ardently desired their salvation.鈥

Dominic鈥檚 compassion was not passive, not accepting
and encouraging the other in whatever it is they want to do, which seems to be
the modern understanding of compassion. His compassion required that he act for
the good of the other, even, or perhaps especially, when that meant telling
them they were doing wrong. It was out of this compassion that he established
his Order (for preaching and the salvation of souls) to bring back to God those
who had been led astray by the false, dark vision of God and the world
presented by the Albigensians (who taught, among other things, that the
material world, including human bodies, was evil, created by an evil spirit). […]