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The Life of Virtue - Vows and Oaths

Friday, July 17, 2009

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The Life of Virtue - Sacrifice

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
In almost all religions the offering of sacrifice plays a prominent if not central role. We naturally and correctly perceive God, the source of all things, to be superior to us and as such it follows that we express our subjugation to Him by the offering of what Aquinas calls ‘sensible signs’. This offering of ‘sensible things’ as a recognition of God’s authority and the honour and praise which is rightly due to Him is therefore an act of natural justice. Sacrifice may be viewed broadly as being either interior or exterior; however, all exterior sacrifices really symbolize an interior sacrifice in which souls offer themselves to God as the source of all creation and as the end in whom they find their happiness. This is why all sacrifice should be, properly speaking, offered to God alone out of reverence. Aquinas, in speaking of virtue, states that “the act of any virtue takes on the character of sacrifice inasmuch as it aims at participating in this holy society with God.” Read more

The Life of Virtue - Adoration

Tuesday, July 14, 2009
For St. Thomas, adoration is primarily an interior act whereby the human being recognises his nothingness before God, comes to appreciate something of God’s greatness and is thus moved to worship him. As it requires the human being to recognise the awesome stature of God before he can adore Him, adoration first requires a certain amount of humility and right knowledge so that our natural righteous inclination to worship does not lead us to bow down to false gods and commit idolatry. Read more

The Life of Virtue - Prayer

Monday, July 13, 2009

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The Life of Virtue - Devotion

Saturday, July 11, 2009

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The Year of the Priest - New Book

Friday, July 10, 2009
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The Life of Virtue - Religion

Thursday, July 09, 2009

The Life of Virtue - Restitution

Wednesday, July 08, 2009
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The Life of Virtue - Judgement

Tuesday, July 07, 2009
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Diaconate Ordinations, 2 July 2009

Saturday, July 04, 2009
On Thursday 2 July, two Dominican Brothers, Thomas Skeats and Robert Gay, were ordained deacons by Bishop William Kenny, titular bishop of Midica and administrator of the diocese of Birmingham. Below are some photographs from the ordination. Read more
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