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Quodlibet 20 - The Rosary

Monday, May 31, 2010
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Trinity Sunday

Saturday, May 29, 2010
Readings: Proverbs 8:22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15 Read more

Finales, Finishes and Theology

Thursday, May 27, 2010
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Celebrating the May Solemnities

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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Quodlibet 19 - The Transfiguration and its Significance

Monday, May 24, 2010
During the Transfiguration, Jesus is joined by Moses and Elijah. I have always wondered if this tells us that God raised Moses and Elijah to new life before Jesus. Could this be the first resurrection? Read more

Pentecost - Jesus breathed on them

Saturday, May 22, 2010
Readings: Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 103; 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13; John 20:19-23 Read more

Pentecost Vigil at Blackfriars Oxford

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
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Dominican Pilgrimage to Walsingham 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010
This year's Dominican pilgrimage to Walsingham took place on the third Sunday of May, as usual, which happened to be the feast of the Ascension. fr Simon Gaine OP preached the homily at the Shrine's Solemn Mass, and, after a picnic in glorious sunshine, we prayed the Rosary and walked the Pilgrims' Way into Walsingham. There was over an hour for looking around the village and spending time together before Vespers and Benediction in the parish church of the Annunciation. Here are some photos from the day: Read more

Quodlibet 18 - Dominican Women

Monday, May 17, 2010
How Dominican are Dominican women, a Godzdogz reader asks.

Sr Winnie McGarry OP, secretary of Blackfriars Hall and Studium, responds with a reflection on her experience of Dominican life and ministry. Read more

St. Thomas and Limericks

Saturday, May 15, 2010
The Limerick is the cheeky and often rude member of the poetry family. It was popularised in the nineteenth-century by Edward Lear. Enthusiasts of the five line poem have dedicated time and effort to finding "prelimericks" in the works of Aristophanes, Robert Herrick, and Shakespeare. Given the reputation of the limerick it might seem surprising that it would be found in the works of the Angelic Doctor. In 1925 Msgr. Ronald Knox identified a possible prelimerick in the priestly post-mass prayer of thanksgiving in the breviary:

Sit vitiorum meorum evacuatio
Concupiscentae et libidinis exterminatio,
Caritatis et patientiae,
Humilitatis et obedientiae,
Omniumque virtutum augmentatio

Despite featuring the words concupiscentiae and libidinis St. Thomas' halo is not tarnished. It may be translated as:

Let it be for the elimination of my sins,
For the expulsion of desire and lust,
[And] for the increase of charity and patience,
Humility and obedience,
As well as all the virtues.

It is impossible to say if St, Thomas set out write a limerick or if limerick lovers have imposed the strict meter of the form upon this section. With such a great body of work, including some remarkable poetry, it would not be surprising if five-lines of St. Thomas' work did fit the limerick structure. Nevertheless R.J. Winkler proposed the following rhymed translation:

Extinguish concupiscent fires,
Eliminate lustful desires;
Give patience and love,
A plenitude of
What humble obeying requires.
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