Truth

Through the window of a Dominican Monastery

Last month there was a little reflection on the beginning of our Constitutions.  A further word on it this month seems like a good idea and given the way the world is turning so rapidly from faith and from God – it seems even necessary to pose a question or two about the same article.

We are called to ‘live in harmony …’

The question is:           Do we in fact know how to live?

Do you know how to live?

Do you have a desire to actually live rather than merely exist?

Entering a monastery is a real ‘shock to the system’ – especially in today’s world (which sounds a bit like a cliché).  Nevertheless, so it is.  No iPhones, or smart-phones or ready access to social media … no radio or television except occasionally.

What are the benefits of that?  It’s a very relevant question for people who spend so many hours a day tuned into what people are saying ‘socially’ or ‘virtually.’

What do you discover when you turn off the noise; and stop filling your head with technological, non-stop communication?  What might happen?

Maybe … and in fact it is something that we here would all agree on.  TRUTH.  If there’s one thing you can be sure of, when you give yourself to the Lord in quiet and seeming emptiness (remember it actually isn’t emptiness) the truth bubbles up and speaks to you.

We are nuns of the Order of Truth – Veritas is our motto – so we bear witness in our silence and by our lives that TRUTH MATTERS.  More than that, it can be known and lived.  You can live the truth.  And the invitation is that you neither have to, nor are you expected to […]

A Window into Our Life

Welcome to a new ‘feature’ on our web-site …

 

We shall call it a ‘Window into the Life of a Dominican Nun,’ in a rather loose way.

 

Through this ‘window,’ we hope to give you an idea of what the life of a contemplative nun of the Order of Preachers consists in; to offer some food for thought; maybe also help you to encounter God in a more personal way; and to help any young women who might be discerning a vocation, to understand better who we are and whether how we live, is how they also seek to live, for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.

 

The beginning of our Constitutions shows how we are so closely connected to our brothers and sisters in the Dominican Family:

“… the first reason for which we are gathered together in community

is to live in harmony, having one mind and heart in God.

This unity transcends the limits of the monastery and attains its fullness in

communion with the Order and with the whole Church of Christ.”

 

One mind and one heart in God.  It is a rare, rare gift, to live in a community where everyone is intent on loving the Lord with every fibre of their being, especially in a world in which He is for the most part ‘an inconvenience’ and unwelcome.  But here we are, with like-minded and like-hearted sisters, and we each share the same fundamental and consuming desire:

That the Lord may be loved; and that everyone on earth might come to know Him and the immensity of His love for them.

Family Vocations Day

  5th April 2014 – the day is almost here!  Not to be missed!!!  As you see, we are hosting our 6th Annual Family Vocations Day – in St Saviour’s, Dublin.   It promises to be a great day, with plenty of opportunity to meet with members of the four branches of the Dominican Family – Lay Dominicans; Apostolic Sisters; Friars and Contemplative Nuns. The day will begin with an introductory presentation on Discernment, which always strikes a chord in the hearts of those who attend – even those of us who have already taken that step and embraced the OPs.There follow vocation stories from four people – each representing a different ‘branch’ of the family.  And being hosted so graciously by our beloved brethren, whose home we will be invading for the day – we get to meet some of the community and chat informally with them. Have you ever had questions that you never had the courage to ask religious?Have you ever had ‘niggles’ – maybe your faith is prompting you to explore an alternative expression?What is religious life and what is so special about the Dominicans? TRUTH – VERITAS is a motto of our Order. Why not think again?  Maybe we can help you in your discernment. You may never know unless you take the plunge! Contact Sr Niamh OP for more details.at: opfamily.vocationsday@gmail.com or phone (041) 98-38-524

Discernment Weekend

Below is an attractive (!) poster for our up-coming Discernment Weekend – 14 – 16th March, for anyone who might be wondering about where (or if?) they are being ‘called.’

April 5th is fast approaching!

To anyone interested in exploring the possibility of a Dominican Vocation ..whether to our Brothers, our apostolic Sisters, our Lay Dominican brothers and sisters, or ourselves the nuns …Doesn’t it look interesting?  Who are these people?  What do they do?  What is so attractive about being a Dominican?  And what does OP stand for?  Did you know the Dominican Family is as expansive as it is?Why not consider having your questions answered, by coming along to the day and meeting some of us?Do be sure to get in touch beforehand, as places are limited, and we can get to know you a little before you come.

By |February 18th, 2014|Vocations|0 Comments

5th Sunday of the Year

 LIGHT for the World… YOU! This morning in all the readings at Holy Mass, we heard that the effect and the fruit of all our acts of charity is light.And throughout the books of the Bible, we come across this idea or image of light as being always something by which we can see the truth, see in truth.  Light and truth, then, go together … and when we meet Jesus, at last, in the Gospels … and when we are aware of His nearness to us in our own lives – we know that Light and Truth are a Person:the One who is our God. So, God who is Light, is also the Creator of all light, and in this morning’s Gospel, Jesus said to His disciples: “You are the light of the world …No one lights a lampto put it under a tub …” These words are very striking and powerful if we put God in the place of the “one” who “lights a lamp,” because in doing so, you see … YOU are the lamp He has lit – YOU are the light of the world …  God did not ‘light’ you up so as to hide you under a tub!  God created you to shine, and to shine for everyone. So, it seems that in a world where belief in God is not often highly regarded and is at times even scorned – for us who believe, Jesus is setting before us an invitation and a challenge.    We are to believe fearlessly and unashamedly in the Light – Light that is Him, and also Him in us.  We have been so filled with Him that He cannot be contained in us.  He dares us to know, […]

By |February 9th, 2014|Liturgy|0 Comments

The Cross and Veritas

There is a very close link between the Cross and Veritas (Truth) – the motto of the Dominican Order. “The Cross verifies the truth about God and the truth about humankind”- (Pope Benedict)The truth about God: When we look at the Cross we are left in no doubt of God’s infinite love – the Cross is the epiphany of God’s infinite love for us sinful creatures – at the very moment when we are turned away from Him and lost in our own selfishness He turned as it were against himself in order to raise us up and save us. This is how God loves.The truth about humans: the Cross reveals the dignity of every person – how precious we are in God’s sight that He should die for us!But the Cross does not rob us of joy – the contrary is true as we sing in the liturgy: “through the Cross joy has come into the whole world” and with it freedom. Jesus has taken the burden of our sin on Himself and has already achieved our eternal salvation. Our task lies not in anxious striving to achieve our own perfection but in opening ourselves to receive the gift. “At the very moment when he identifies with our sin, ‘abandoned’ by the Father, Jesus ‘abandons’ himself into the hands of the Father”.(Pope John Paul II, Novo Millennio Ineunte 26). We in our turn can abandon ourselves and those we carry in our hearts to the loving mercy of our God in the sure hope that “all will be well”.