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The Presentation of the Lord

Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Today we celebrate the Presentation of Christ in the temple. It is a feast that directs our gaze towards the Virgin Mary who placed her son at the beginning of his life under God’s disposal. It is a double-edged feast. On the one hand, Simeon sings his beautiful song about this child. On the other hand, he has a painful prophecy for Mary: “A sword will pierce your own soul, too” (Lk 2,35). Read more

Great Dominicans: Six Stories, Six Martyrs

Friday, January 15, 2016
Today is the day of six stories. Stories of the lives of six men who had a lot in common. They were all Spanish. They were all Dominicans. They all lived in the 17th and 18th centuries. They were all missionaries to China, and they were all killed there between 1648 and 1748. Today is the day that we remember these six Dominican martyrs of China.  Read more

Longing for God in a Railway Station

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A late evening in 2013. A group of young guys is standing in the central hall of a train station, somewhere in Germany: t-shirts, jeans, fashionable beards, one of them with a couple of bottles in his hands. Around them a few people enter and exit the station, the tannoy produces an unintelligible announcement, the last trains come and go. So far nothing unusual.   Read more

Immaculate Conception

Tuesday, December 08, 2015
December is a paradoxical month, a month of endings and beginnings. 
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Great Dominicans: St. Raymond of Penyafort

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

When a great legal mind and a deeply pastoral heart come together, something special is bound to happen. Read more

All Saints

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Amidst the multitude of gods that we in our society worship, one god seems to be particularly popular at the moment: the god called ‘fear’. 
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Watchfulness, drunkenness and the worries of life

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

In today's Gospel reading, Jesus encourages us to be watchful. What does that look like? Read more

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