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Trinity Sunday

Sunday, May 31, 2015

What is the point of the covenant God makes with his people? In other words, who is God to love his people in the way he chooses to love us? Some would argue that the question is devoid of interest because God remains a mystery, and there is no point in knowing why God is like he is and does what he does. After all, God is God and we can live quietly on earth with or without him. Read more

Consecrated Life and the Trinity

Friday, May 29, 2015

For a start, everything is Trinitarian. God is a Holy Trinity in Unity, and all creation is made through the Trinity (cf. Jn 1:3; Col 1:16). It should be no surprise, then, that the consecrated life is deeply Trinitarian. This was put succinctly by St John Paul II: 'The Consecrated Life, deeply rooted in the example and teaching of Christ the Lord, is a gift of God the Father to his Church through the Holy Spirit’ (Vita Consecrata, 1). Read more

Pope Francis set to release new encyclical on the environment

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Walsingham Pilgrimage 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Each year the Dominican brethren, sisters, laity, and faithful, who are associated with our communities, make pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. This year was no exception. Events like this annual pilgrimage are a wonderful opportunity for the Dominican family from across the country to meet together in prayer and fellowship. Read more

The Ascension

Sunday, May 17, 2015
“As he said this he was lifted up while they looked on, and a cloud took him from their sight. They were still staring into the sky as he went, when suddenly two men in white were standing beside them, and they said, 'Why are you Galileans standing here looking into the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will come back in the same way as you have seen him go to heaven'” (Acts 1:9-11). Read more

Consecrated Life: What is a Charism?

Friday, May 15, 2015

I guess we all have come across charismatic people in our lives. It might have been in a personal encounter, it might have been through the media. What is it that makes them charismatic? What makes them so compellingly attractive? What is it that, when they enter a room, the atmosphere really changes? Read more

St Matthias

Thursday, May 14, 2015

We don't know many things about Matthias. The only thing that Luke says about him in the Acts of the Apostles is that he is one of the men who have accompanied the Apostles during the life of Jesus from his baptism until the ascension and that he is a witness of his resurrection (Acts 1:21-22). In fact, Luke, thanks to the person of Matthias, says more about what it is to be an Apostle. Because Matthias is indeed an apostle, added to the eleven others after the death of Judas. Read more

Consecrated Life: Historical Perspective

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

When examining the past we can often fall into the error of privileging a perceived ‘Golden Age’ located far in the mists of time or, on the other hand, we might, through critical historical examination, come to the conclusion that ‘it was ever thus’ and suppose that there is no real change and everything is much the same. Read more

The Lost Knowledge of Christ – new book by Dominic White OP

Monday, May 11, 2015

Congratulations to our brother, Fr Dominic White OP, who has just published The Lost Knowledge of Christ: Contemporary Spiritualities, Christian Cosmology and the Arts (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015) Read more

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