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    15th August 2013 – Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary – Consecration of Ireland to the Immcaculate Heart of Mary –

15th August 2013 – Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary – Consecration of Ireland to the Immcaculate Heart of Mary –

Today at Knock Shrine Cardinal Sean Brady together with co-adjutor Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop Charles Brown – the Papal Nuncio  and the Bishops of Ireland will consecrate Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  We pray that this entrusting of our country to Mary our Mother will bear abundant fruit in holiness of life in our people.  At our Eucharist this morning we, in solidarity with the Bishops, prayed the act of consecration entrusting ourselves, our community, our Church and our country to Mary’s hands. Act of ConsecrationMost Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Refuge of Sinners, we entrust and consecrate ourselves, our family, our home and our Dioceses to Jesus through your Immaculate Heart. As your children, we promise to follow your example in our lives by doing at all times the will of God. O Mary, Spouse of the Holy […]

By |August 15th, 2013|Prayer|0 Comments

1st January – Solemnity of the Mother of God

As I reflected today on the idea of New Year鈥檚 Day, what came to me was an image of a DOOR 鈥 something similar to a door opening into a beautiful Castle or an old Country Home or the magnificent Concert Hall in Vienna where the Concert was held this morning viewed on T.V. 鈥 a world of wonder, beauty and art at its best. So starting a New Year is something like that today and in the days ahead. We are opening a door on a whole new world 鈥 a world of joys and sorrows, surprises, and disappointments etc. In the bigger world out there, there are huge Financial problems like the Fiscal Cliff the United States is facing at the moment 鈥 here at home in Ireland the aftermath of the Austerity Budget, new taxes, house tax, water tax, car tax increase and insurance also, cuts […]

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary- 8th September

Athough it is a  little late we feel it is worth while offering you this homily preached by our brother Brian Pierce, (promoter of the Dominican nuns) during a regional meeting of Dominican nuns which took place over the past week in Krakow, Poland.  We will be sharing with you some highlights of this meeting in due course.  Gospel: Mt 1:1-16, 18-23 路        Novels and short stories are two of the most popular kinds of literature. The gospel we have just heard is certainly not a short story!  In fact, it鈥檚 a very long novel-like story 鈥 one that is still being written and lived today. 路        If we read carefully, we will see that this very loooongstory has a colorful list of characters in it.  There鈥檚 a lot of brokenness and sin woven through that long list of names 鈥 but there is a lot of grace, too.  […]

By |September 10th, 2012|Liturgy|0 Comments

Our Lady鈥檚 Assumption

A Reflection by one of our Sisters, for the Solemnity of the AssumptionDaughters of Sion – Come and see the maiden of Nazareth as she is borne to Heaven, to receive the crown prepared for her on the day of her heart鈥檚 desire. (cf Song of Songs throughout).Mary, dear one, see where your Son stands behind our wall, he peers through the lattice, your Beloved lifts up his voice and says to you:鈥楥ome then my love,my lovely one, come,For see winter is past,the rains are over and gone.The flowers appear on the earth 鈥 the wheat fields are all golden for the harvest.The season of reaping has come.Ag Criost an SiolAg Chriost an Fowharin iothalin D茅.Go dtugtar sinn 鈥搃nto God鈥檚 garnering,may you, Mary, be drawn,and he, your Son, repeats his invitation with growing urgency.We can sense how God too, is yearning to have his Bride come home.Come, then my […]

The Rosary and Dominican Nuns

The following is a short reflection on my vocation as a contemplative Dominican nun, in the light of the five joyful mysteries of the Rosary – text of a presentation given recently to a group of young people .The AnnunciationSt Thomas Aquinas likes to maintain that Jesus was the first Dominican, and I鈥檓 not saying that he was wrong! But we know that St Dominic established the nuns before his brother preachers, and in the first joyful mystery, we see Mary, called by God, invited to be His mother, to be the one through whom He would come into the world, and give Himself – entirely – to us and for us. You see, Mary 鈥 before Jesus!I was thinking about this over the past while, and I think it is true to say that joining the Legion of Mary was the first thing I did for myself, […]

Mary’s sorrows

Recently one of our sisters wrote this beautiful icon of ‘The Mother of Hard Hearts’ under the guidance of Icon Master Mihai Cucu. while attending an icon course hosted by the Redemptoristine community in Drumcondra.The Mother of Hard Hearts is one of the few icon types where the Mother is shown without the Child. It is a relatively recent development in Orthodox iconography and reveals evidence of the increasing influence of Western religious painting and concepts. This iconographic type represents Mary’s meditation on the Passion of her Son and has its origins in the Western representations of the Mother of Seven Sorrows, in turn inspired by the words of Simeon to Mary during the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple …”and a sword shall pierce thy heart” (Lk 2:55).The seven swords in the icon each designate one of the following sorrows: – the prophecy of Simeon – […]

2nd Sunday Cycle C

THEYHAVE NO WINE1st Reading: Is 62:1-52nd Reading: 1Cor 12:4-11Gospel: Jn 2:1-12Reflection 1A homely scene some 2000 years agoA wedding feast at Cana.Jesus, God and man invited,His disciples too.The wine runs shortMary, God鈥檚 own Mother takes note,Her appeal to her Son bears fruit.Water is turned into wine and in abundance! And today? Jesus loves the Church, you and me, as a Bride. He conquered our sin and death by His appalling Death And glorious Resurrection.Brought us redemption; blessed us with his Spirit.Shamefully we, members of the Church, have been unfaithful.The God of love does not forsake us:鈥淣o longer are you to be named 鈥榝orsaken鈥檔or your land 鈥榓bandoned鈥檅ut you shall be called 鈥榤y delight鈥檃nd your land 鈥榯he wedded鈥橠are we once again heed God鈥檚 Mother And do what he tells us?鈥楻epent and believe the Gospel.鈥欌楲ove one […]

By |January 16th, 2010|Liturgy|0 Comments

Mary’s month

Traditionally the month of May is know as ‘Mary’s month’. Today the 8th May the Dominican family honours her under the title of Patroness of our Order. There is a lovely story told by Sr Cecilia (one of the first Dominican nuns of the monastery of San Sisto, Rome) who knew Dominic personally:Once while Dominic was praying he was caught up in spirit before God and saw the Lord and the Blessed Virgin sitting at His right. It seemed to Blessed Dominic that Our Lady was wearing a cloak the colour of saphire.As Blessed Dominic looked around, he could see religious of all the orders but his own before the throne of God. He began to weep bitterly and stood apart, not daring to approach the Lord and His Mother. Then Our Lady motioned for him to come near. But he would not dare, […]