Oct 23

It is all the same mystery.

The Irish Dominicans are always fond of recalling memories of past brethren. One particular memory is that of our brother William Barden, Archbishop of Isfahan of the Latins. Archbishop William was noted for his intense spiritual life and his deep insights into the Christian mystery. One day, just before the community processed out for Christmas Mass, …

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Oct 10

The “Good” God

The Ancient Greek philosophers had concepts that Christianity assimilated into its own teaching to help penetrate deeper the mysteries of faith. One such concept is that of the Good. Aristotle said that all our actions aim at some end. The criteria for discerning the Good according to Aristotle is such that it is the final …

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Oct 03

I didn’t expect that!

Damo

In the 1990s there was a famous TV ad for an orange soft drink. It showed a man drinking the soft drink and then in a slow motion replay a small man covered in orange paint is seen running up to the man drinking, unbeknownst to him. After the man has taken a drink, the …

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Sep 26

Turning our No into Yes; Grace and Prayer.

This past weekend, a number of brothers were involved in Night Fever, this is a street outreach to people as they pass by a local church. This street evangelization initiative began in London and has spread to other cities across Europe. It is based on a very simple method. Night Fever aims to welcome and …

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Sep 23

Priestly Ordinations 2014: Video

On the 5th of July brothers Colm Mannion OP and Luuk Dominiek Jansen OP were ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Dairmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland. It was a very prayer and joyful day, of which this short video of the ordination only gives an impression.

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Sep 12

Solemn Professions 2014: photos

Opening procession

On the 7th of September six Dominican brothers made their solemn vows to the Dominican Order. The Solemn Vows are their profession to be part of the order until death. Brothers David McGovern OP, Damian Polly OP, Ronan Connolly OP, Daragh McNally OP, Conor McDonough OP and Eoin Casey OP made their profession in the hands of Fr …

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Sep 11

Two Brothers Conferred in Maynooth

Two brothers were conferred yesterday with their degrees at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Bro. Pat Desmond OP in Philosophy and Sociology and Bro. Conor McDonagh OP in Philosophy and Latin.

Sep 11

Solemn Professions 2014: video

On the 7th of September six Dominican brothers made their solemn vows to the Dominican Order. The Solemn Vows are their profession to be part of the order until death. Brothers David McGovern OP, Damian Polly OP, Ronan Connolly OP, Daragh McNally OP, Conor McDonough OP and Eoin Casey OP made their profession in the hands of Fr …

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Sep 10

Who needs to be reminded of that?

A few years ago I went to visit a friend. My friend looked at my crucifix with a certain distaste saying “You Catholics are always promoting that horrific and dark symbol of suffering, who needs to be reminded of that?”It is true that Catholics venerate and exalt the Crucifix to remind themselves of Jesus’s death …

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Sep 05

Love your neighbour as yourself

love your neighbour as yourself

Being in the Church can make life difficult. Having to throw in your lot with such a mixed bag of characters presents us with unpleasant possibilities: difficult fellow pew-dwellers, boring ceremonies, unwelcome teachings, constant demands on our charity… It’s hard not to sympathise with those who choose the more peaceful and exalted path of ‘spirituality’ …

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