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Interesting Churches: Here, There and Everywhere

Saturday, June 04, 2016
As someone not particularly interested in architecture, I’m not sure I’ve ever encountered a church that I would describe as “interesting”. This is surely a problem when it comes to contributing to a blog series on interesting churches! Of course the word ‘interesting’ can be taken in many ways and perhaps I should talk about a church with a significant history - say the Lateran Basilica in Rome, or the now destroyed cathedral of St Andrew’s in Scotland. Or perhaps we can take ‘interesting’ to mean ‘architecturally significant’, such as San Clemente in Rome, where the twelfth century basilica sits on top of a fourth century church which is itself founded on second and first century houses and pagan temples.
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Palm Sunday 2016

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Christian are often exhorted to unite themselves with the Cross of Christ. We are told to ‘offer it up’ in the face of suffering and inconveniences: in all tribulation, says St John of the Cross, ‘remember Christ crucified and be silent’. It would be a mistake to see St John’s advice as a rebuke or a callous dismissal of our pains, even if the ‘offer it up’ advice of some others is precisely that. For St John, like any and every genuine mystic of the Catholic Church, knew that the Cross was anything but the Father’s callous dismissal, disinterest or even, as some Protestants claim, desertion of Christ in his suffering. 
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Year of Mercy: Magnificat

Friday, February 26, 2016

In response to the news from Gabriel that she was to bear the Son of God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Gospel of Luke tells us, declared ‘My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my saviour…’ Her words, found in Luke 1:46-55, have been sung by Christians ever since. The Magnificat (the song takes its name from the first word in the Latin translation)is undoubtedly a song of praise, thanksgiving and adoration. Read more

Dominican Martyrs of Vietnam

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Martyrdom is a strangely familiar thing. As the act of dying in witness to, and fellowship with, Christ it sits at the pinnacle of Christian experience. We talk about it a lot and yet do we expect to experience it? Read more

Great Dominicans: Bl. Innocent V

Friday, November 13, 2015

Innocent V, born in 1225, joined the Dominican Order when he was sixteen years old and, after a routine Dominican life of theological studies and serving in Church government, he was the first son of Dominic to be elected Bishop of Rome, succeeding Pope Gregory X in 1276. However Innocent did not reign long, he lived only a further five months before dying of ill-health on the 22 of June. Read more

Great Dominicans: Hugh of Saint-Cher

Monday, November 02, 2015

Hugh of Saint-Cher was, quite literally, one of the most eminent of the early Dominicans. Born in France he went on to become Provincial of that country before being named Cardinal Priest of Santa Sabina, the Dominican Order's mother house, in Rome. Read more

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