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Dominican... but not as you know it

Monday, June 21, 2021

By Br Thomas-Thérèse Mannion, O.P | In the latest episode of his podcast, Light from Light, Br. Thomas asks Dr. Marystella about what a Lay Dominican is, what led her to consider becoming a Lay Dominican, what the discernment process looks like for Lay Dominicans in the modern age, and asks for some tips for discerning vocation. Read more

Many people, one Spirit | Restout's Pentecost

Saturday, May 22, 2021

By Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion, O.P | Restout's Pentecost, which hangs in the Louvre in Paris, is full of the energy and drama of an encounter with God. It helps us to see the Holy Spirit as the great gatherer, uniting us in Christ, in his Church. Read more

The Gifts, The Gospel, and the Going

Thursday, May 13, 2021

By Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion, O.P | Our Lord's words to the disciples before Ascension in today's Gospel raises some curious questions, among them: when was the last time we drank poison and were fine? It is a train of thought that helps Br Thomas explain why the Ascension is a great feast of hope. Read more

Line of Duty and the Banality of Evil

Friday, May 07, 2021

By Thomas Thérèse Mannion, O.P | [Spoiler Alert] Line of Duty's revelation of the identity of H has remarkable similarities with Hannah Arendt's observation on the 'banality of evil', a revelation which demonstrates that "every single person, not just those we think of as criminal masterminds need the grace of our saviour and redeemer, Jesus Christ." Read more

An Oasis for the Soul | Friendship, Spiritual writing and The Communion of Saints

Saturday, March 27, 2021

By Br Thomas Therese Mannion, O.P | This Lent, the student brothers invite you to discover those places that have become 'oases' in their spiritual journey, significant places in their lives where they withdraw to encounter God. Today, Br Thomas reflects on spending time among the Saints. Read more

But for Wales, Richard?

Thursday, February 18, 2021

By Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion OP | 'The Gospel asks us to deny ourselves, to cast off selfish ambition and greed. What goal are you working towards? What treasure are you gathering, that which lasts for heaven or that which fades?' Br Thomas reflects on today's gospel. Read more

Every Christian should be Poor

Saturday, January 16, 2021

By Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion, O.P.No Ifs, No Buts: every Christian should be Poor, Chaste and Obedient.
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New Podcast: Light from Light

Thursday, January 14, 2021

News | Br Thomas has recently begun a new podcast, called 'Light from Light', to help you come to know Christ and His Church better. Read more

Godzdogz Advent Retreat - Preaching

Thursday, December 24, 2020

News | Below you can find the reflections preached during our Advent Retreat (17th-23rd December) by each of the student brothers. Read more


Friday, December 04, 2020

By Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion, O.P.Br Thomas Thérèse looks at one of the lesser known roles of the late Game of Thrones and James Bond actress Dame Diana Rigg in 'House of Brede' and how perspective might help our spiritual life. Read more

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