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Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict’s Homily During Recent Visit to Dominican Cloister

“You Were Consecrated to Jesus, to Belong to Him Exclusively”The following is the homily of Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to the Dominican cloistered nuns of Santa Maria del Rosario in Rome’s Monte Mario district. He lightlights the values and importance of our contemplative life. (Zenit.org).- Dear Sisters,I address to each one of you the words of Psalm 124 (125), which we just prayed: “Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts!” (v. 4). I greet you above all with this wish: the goodness of the Lord be upon you. In particular, I greet your Mother Prioress and thank her from my heart for the kind expressions she addressed to me in the name of the community. With great joy I accepted the invitation to visit this convent, to be able to pause with you at […]

Pope Benedict XVI on St Thomas Aquinas

We share with our readers Pope’s Benedict’s catechesis on the great Dominican saint and doctor of the Church, St Thomas Aquinas. It is worth quoting in full: After a few catecheses on the priesthood and my latest trips, we return today to our principal theme, namely, to the meditation on some of the great thinkers of the Middle Ages. We saw recently the great figure of St. Bonaventure, Franciscan, and today I would like to speak of him whom the Church calls the Doctor Communis, namely St. Thomas Aquinas. In his encyclical “Fides et Ratio,” my venerated predecessor, Pope John Paul II recalled that “the Church has been justified in consistently proposing St. Thomas a master of thought and a model of the right way to do theology” (No. 43). It is not surprising that, after St. Augustine, among the writers mentioned in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, […]

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 […]

Holy Week

The following is the text of Pope Benedict’s homily yesterday on Palm Sunday as published by Zenith news. Many young people participated in the celebration, which also marked this year’s World Youth Day, held on a diocesan level worldwide.”The Cross Is Part of the Ascent toward the Height of Jesus Christ”Dear Brothers and Sisters,Dear Young People!The Gospel for the blessing of the palms that we have listened to together here in St. Peter’s Square begins with the phrase: “Jesus went ahead of everyone going up to Jerusalem” (Luke 19:28). Immediately at the beginning of the liturgy this day, the Church anticipates her response to the Gospel, saying, “Let us follow the Lord.” With that the theme of Palm Sunday is clearly expressed. It is about following. Being Christian means seeing the way of Jesus Christ as the right way of being human — as that way that leads to […]

They left everything and followed Him

Mass Readings for the 5th Sunday cycle C1st Reading – Isaias 6:1-82nd Reading – 1Cor 15:1-11Gospel – Luke 5:1-11The 1st reading and the Gospel present us with accounts of vocation stories – the call of Isaias in the Temple and the call of Peter and the first disciples by the sea shore. The Gospel tells us: “They left everything and followed Him”.On the feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple – 2nd of February – the day devoted to celebrating the vocation to consecrated life, Pope Benedict XVI gave a very beautiful homily which we have abridged slightly and share with our readers as a commentary on today’s readings: Consecrated Life “A School of Trust in the Mercy of God”Venerable John Paul II, beginning in 1997, wished that the whole Church should celebrate a special Day of Consecrated […]

Pope Benedict XVI on St Dominic

Pope Benedict XVI devoted last Wednesday’s audience to speaking about St Dominic – perhaps the text of this address may interest our readers. At the end he refers to monasteries of cloistered Dominican nuns and their place in the Order of Preachers:St. Dominic “He Always Spoke With God and About God”Last week I presented the luminous figure of Francis of Assisi; today I would like to speak to you of another saint who, in the same period, made an essential contribution to the renewal of the Church of his time. It is St. Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers, known also as the Dominican Friars. His successor in the leadership of the order, Blessed Jordan of Saxony, gives a complete portrait of St. Dominic in the text of a famous prayer: “Inflamed by zeal for God and supernatural ardour, by your limitless charity and […]

Vocation Sunday

Here in Ireland, today – Vocation Sunday – marks the close of the special 鈥榊ear of Vocation鈥 which commenced on Vocation Sunday 2008. Throughout the country there were various prayer services at monastic sites last evening while this evening the closing Mass for the Year of Vocation and Launch of Religious/Diocesan DVD was scheduled for 5.30 pm in Armagh Cathedral with Cardinal Sean Brady as celebrant. The Dominicans marked the close of the year at the 11.30 a.m. Mass in St Saviour鈥檚 church, Dublin. As we come to the close of this special year which focused attention on the theme of vocation in the Church, Pope Benedict鈥檚 message for Vocation Sunday is an apt reminder to us to continually pray and entrust this urgent intention to the provident care of our loving God. Here I give a few highlights but the full message can be downloaded from […]