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Choose Life Prayer

Choose Life: Prayer for the Child in the Womb Lord Jesus, you are the source and lover of life. Reawaken in us respect for every human life. Help us to see in each child the marvellous work of our Creator. Open our hearts to welcome every child as a unique and wonderful gift. Guide the work of doctors, nurses and midwives. May the life of a mother and her baby in the womb be equally cherished and respected. Help those who make our laws to uphold the uniqueness and sacredness of every human life, from the first moment of conception to natural death. Give us wisdom and generosity to build a society that cares for all. Together with Mary, your Mother, in whose womb you took on our human nature, Help us to choose life in every decision we take. We ask this in the joyful hope of eternal […]

Credo Series – 5 to 7

Our brothers’ series on the Creed, continued:This fifth talk looks at the phrase: “and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary and became man.”This sixth talk deals with Christ’s crucifixion: “for our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate. He suffered death and was buried.”  This seventh talk looks at the Resurrection: “and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.”

Credo Video Series – 1 to 4

Our Dominican brothers have prepared a very good series of talks on the Creed. They are well worth watching.This first talk gives a brief history of the Creed.This second talks looks at the first article of the creed: “I believe in one God, the Father almighty”. This third talk looks at God as “maker of heaven and earth”. This fourth talk looks at the article on Christ: “I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father.”

Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ – 23rd December

Below is the text of a reflection given by one of our sisters on today’s Magnificat Antiphon, which invokes Christ as Emmanuel (God with us).(If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below). O Emmanuel, you are our King and judgethe one whom the peoples await and their Saviour,O Come and save us, Lord our God.Emmanuel means ‘God with us’. Can we believe that God entered the womb of Mary, took flesh from her and became man? Do we really believe this? What greater thing has ever happened to all of us who believe, that Mary herself believing, received the Word concerning Him faithfully in her heart.When we to acknowledge Him in faith and obtain forgiveness for our sins, then immediately – just as God the Word and Second Person of the Blessed Trinity entered into the Virgin’s womb – even so do we receive […]

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Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ – 22nd December

Below is the text of a reflection given by one of our sisters on yesterday’s Magnificat Antiphon, which invokes Christ as King. (If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below). O King, whom all the peoples desire, you are the cornerstone which makes all one. O come and save us whom you made from clay. Maranatha. Come Lord Jesus come.Whom you made from clay. In Genesis we receive two accounts of the creation of man. “God said, Let us make man in our own image in the likeness of ourselves .God created man in the image of Himself, in the Image of God he created him”. And again it is said “God fashioned man of dust from the soil. Then he breathed into his nostrils a breath of life and thus man became a living being”. There is therefore inherent in the very fabric […]

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Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ – 21st December

Below is the text of a reflection given by one of our sisters on yesterday’s Magnificat Antiphon, which invokes Christ as the Rising Sun. (If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below). O Rising Sun, You are the splendour of eternal light and the Sun of Justice. O come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.By living in Ireland I have learned to see the Sun, even if it is raining. Our whole business in this life is to restore to health the eye of the heart whereby God can be seen.Each of the antiphons contains the words “O” and “COME”, expressive of longing, pleading, heart-felt desire. In them we beg God to BE with us and SAVE us.The longing for God expressed in the antiphons is the pale human shadow of God鈥檚 longing for us. They are […]

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Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ – 20th December

Below is the text of a reflection given by one of our sisters on today’s Magnificat Antiphon, which invokes Christ as the Key of David.(If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below). O come now key of David, come,And open wide our heavenly home,make safe the way that leads on highAnd close the path to misery.Rejoice, Rejoice!Emmanuel shall come to you O Israel.Reflecting on this Antiphon alongside today鈥檚 Gospel, (Lk.1:26-38), we have highlighted for us the Presence of God in our lives.A few verses before today鈥檚 Gospel passage, the Archangel Gabriel, tells Zachary: 鈥渕y name is Gabriel and my place is in God鈥檚 Presence. What a truly stupendous statement! Further on in the same Gospel passage, we are told of this same Archangel when he visits Mary with the tidings of the Incarnation鈥.鈥檌nto her presence the angel came鈥. (R.Knox translation)Surely we are left in […]

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Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ – 19th December

Below is the text of a reflection given by one of our sisters on today’s Magnificat Antiphon, which invokes Christ as the Root of Jesse.(If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below) O Root of Jesse, you stand as a sign for the nations;Kings fall silent before you whom the peoples acclaim.O come to deliver us, and do not delay.The Holy Spirit speaking through the prophet Isaiah over 700 years before Christ said “a shoot springs from the stump of Jesse, a scion thrusts from his roots, on him the spirit of the Lord rests”. Jesse was the father of King David. Isaiah must have seen in a vision a sapling springing from the apparently dead stump of Jesse. He lived about 300 years after David and the Davidic dynasty did not appear very hopeful. So it is on a future king that Isaiah […]

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Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ – 18th December

Below is the text of a reflection give by one of our sisters on today’s Magnificat Antiphon, which speaks of Christ appearing to Moses in the burning bush. (If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below)O Adonai and leader of Israel, you appeared to Moses in a burning bush and you gave him the Law on Sinai. O come and save us with your mighty power.Today鈥檚 鈥極 Antiphon鈥 refers to God鈥檚 coming to His people while they were living in slavery in Egypt. He reveals Himself as the 鈥楬oly One鈥, the 鈥楾ranscendent One鈥 as He calls out to Moses: 鈥淐ome no nearer. Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.鈥 Yet He is not aloof from His people鈥檚 plight. He says: 鈥淚 have seen the misery of my people. I have heard […]

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Reflection on the ‘O’ Antiphon – 17th December

Below is the text of a reflection give by one of our sisters on today’s Magnificat Antiphon, which invokes Christ as Wisdom. (If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below)O Wisdom, You come forth from the mouth of the Most High.You fill the universe and hold all things together in a strong yet gentle manner. O come, to teach us the way of truth. In the Magnificat Antiphon today we begin the first of the great 鈥淥 Antiphons鈥 rejoicing in our expectation of the Saviour鈥檚 coming and asking him to come to us under the particular manifestation of each Old Testament title. In this first Antiphon we address Christ as Wisdom and ask him to 鈥渢each us the way of truth鈥. In praying and reflecting on this text, I have been particularly struck by the fact that, as St Paul says, Christ is 鈥渙ur […]

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