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Novena to St Catherine of Siena, 2013 – Day 1

During the Novena to St Catherine, each evening before Vespers a sister shares a reflection or some extracts from her writings. We are happy to share these with our readers during the coming days.Day 1Recently we experienced the great joy of the Election of Pope Francis following the Retirement of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and as today we begin our Novena in preparation for St. Catherine鈥檚 Feast day, I was reflecting on her deep concern and zeal for the Papacy in her particular time of the Church鈥檚 history.For many eras, the Church has been truly blessed with wonderful Popes, each with his own personality and God given gifts has been one hundred per cent dedicated in responding to his high calling from God.   Pope Francis, no less than his predecessors faces  so many difficulties in our own particular historical situation both in the Church and in our world.  Surely we can […]

Dreaming with God

Some weeks ago now,  there was held in Dublin, a vocations day for the Dominican Family, at which one person from each 鈥榖ranch鈥 (i.e. friars, sisters, nuns and lay Dominicans) 鈥 spoke a little on their path to where they now are. One of the nuns (this one) I don鈥檛 know what happened to her, but not to be remembered if at all possible. It caused one of the listeners to ask 鈥楢re you happy?鈥 and I don鈥檛 know if I even answered the question 鈥 rather helplessly, I鈥檓 afraid. Something along the lines of 鈥榦ur life is needed鈥! Very lame, like a saturated sponge, pretty awful.That was a while ago, and obviously not far from my mind since, but here during our retreat, I was dreaming with the Lord in the garden 鈥 which is not unusual 鈥 and in God it was that my answer was found.We don鈥檛 鈥榞o […]

St Catherine of Siena

The following is a reflection shared by one of our sisters as part of our Novena in honour of St Catherine:Looking for inspiration and guidance in the face of the recent upheavals in the Church that have left us all a bit bewildered and shocked I turned to Catherine of Siena. The Church in her time too was in crisis and Catherine could in fact take her stand among the ranks of present day journalists exposing the sins of the Church, so strong and forthright is her condemnation of any one from Pope to pauper who was causing scandal and discrediting the Church of Christ. Indeed very few of the Church鈥檚 present critics could equal her when it comes to plain speaking. An extract from one of her letters says it all In whatever direction you turn among secular and religious priests, clerics and prelates, small and great, you […]

Response to Pope Benedict’s letter to Irish Catholics

In reponse to Pope Benedict XVI’s letter quoted below, we, as a community, are setting aside each Friday of this coming year as a day of prayer and fasting for the renewal of the Church in Ireland.Those of you who live close by our monastery are welcome to join our community for a silent holy hour each Friday of the coming year between 4.45 and 5.45 PM Each day our chapel is open from 7 am until 7 pm and all who wish are welcome to join us for the celebration of the liturgy, Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration.Extract from the Pope’s pastoral letter to the Catholics of Ireland I now invite all of you to devote your Friday penances, for a period of one year, between now and Easter 2011, to this intention. I ask you to offer up your fasting, your prayer, your reading of Scripture and your […]

Back on Line!

We are happy to announce that our internet connection is functioning again after more than two weeks – hopefully there will be no further disruption.Today we begin our novena in preparation for the feast of St Catherine of Siena. This year we are remembering in a special way the needs of Pope Bendedict XVI and the universal Church and more particularly our Irish Church – for the victims of sexual abuse and those members of the Church who have failed them, as we pray for the mercy, forgiveness and reconciliation which are so much needed. As we know, St Catherine of Siena prayed, suffered and worked tirelessly for the Pope and the Church of her day. Before Vespers each evening during these nine days of novena one sister reads an extract from Catherine’s writings – this year we will focus mainly on her writings related to the […]