Apr 12

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

     Jesus is sentenced to death, he is scourged, he carries his cross, and he is finally crucified. Besides His Mother Mary, Mary Magdalene, St John and Joseph of Arimathea, Jesus seems to have few friends left in his darkest hour. And yet, in one very important line we are told of an encounter …

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Apr 10

Online Video Review: Reason for the Season – the Easter Triduum

A well-known chocolate company is currently running an advertising campaign for bunny-shaped treats with the tagline, ‘Why wait until Easter?’ I imagine the concept of ‘Lent’ isn’t a popular one among chocolate manufacturers, but it says a lot that they could ask this rhetorical question as if there were no obvious answer. Just as Christmas …

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Apr 06

John Paul II: World Youth Day

This is the third episode of this three episode series on some of the themes in the pontificate of Blessed John Paul II. This episode focusses on the ‘World Youth Days’. The first episode looked at the ‘New Evangelisation‘ and the second on the ‘Culture of Life‘.  

Apr 05

Resurrect Your Faith


At the heart  of today’s Gospel, is the call to be unwavering in our faith. Lazarus was dead and was brought back to life, but he never would have been raised back to life had Mary and Martha not had some amount of faith. They could not have known that Jesus would raise Lazarus from …

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Mar 31

Honey for the Bees

Honey for the Bees. Every family has fond memories, ones they often recall. This is no different for the Dominican family who often recalls the ‘early days’ when the Order was taking shape. One such happy memory is the life of the magnanimous character and preacher par excellence, Jordan of Saxony. Jordan became a son …

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Mar 31

Online Video Review: Caoineadh na dTrí Mhuire

Laetare Sunday is now behind us and we are in final stretch towards Holy Week. I don’t know about you, but I always find the emotion of Holy Week quite hard to take. Perhaps it has a greater intensity in a religious community, when the whole community experiences disorientation together: familiar timetables are altered, familiar …

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Mar 29

John Paul II: The culture of life

This is the second episode of this three episode series on some of the themes in the pontificate of Blessed John Paul II. This episode focusses on the ‘Culture of Life’. The first episode looked at the ‘New Evangelisation‘ and the third on the ‘World Youth Days‘.

Mar 28

Our brokenness, an invitation for Divine Mercy

  “Rejoice Jerusalem” are the opening words we will hear this Sunday at Mass. This call to rejoice may seem strange when for the Church Lent is a time of spiritual ‘combat’ and painful self-denial against the many forces that clamour for our heart, or entice us away from God. Nevertheless the liturgy invites us to rejoice. The Gospel gives us the …

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Mar 25

The Annunciation – How to Be Ourselves

“I want to talk to you…” begins a song that was once very popular (“Grace Kelly”, by Mika). Far less formal and reverent than the archangel Gabriel’s greeting to our Blesséd Mother, “Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.” it still portrays the idea that words of great import are to come. And …

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Mar 24

Online Video Review: Dear Future Mum

In ancient Sparta, being born did not necessarily mean that a child would be cherished. The Spartan elders could decide, if they thought the child was weak or deformed in any way, to have the child exposed to the elements, cut off from the support of the community and left to die. This practice of …

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