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Br Alin was born in Bacau, Romania, in 1998. At the age of five, he moved to Turin, Italy, with his family. During secondary school, he felt a calling to the priesthood for the first time. It was in Bologna, whilst completing a degree in philosophy, that he first met the sons of St Dominic. The desire to live according to the words of the Doctor Angelicus, Contemplari et contemplata aliis tradere, led him to join the Order of Preachers in the Province of St Dominic, in northern Italy. He is now doing his degree in Theology in Oxford at Blackfriars Studium.

The prophet Jeremiah curses the one who puts his trust in man, and blesses the one who puts his trust

In today's Gospel, Jesus weeps over Jerusalem. Our Lord's tears have a special significance for those with a Dominican vocation.   Reading:Luke