Wednesday, 30 September 2009

My conversion story

Occasionally, people ask me about my vocation story. A good while back I wrote a brief account of my life of what happened up-to my baptism and reception into the Catholic Church. So for anybody who is interested, please read the brief account below (and if there are any comments I might elaborate it a bit):

Saturday, 26 September 2009

The life of virtue

This Sundays Gospel reading is from Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48.
What jumped out at me straight away when reading this Gospel this morning was the the beginning of the passage:
John said to him, "Teacher, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he was not following us." (Mar 9:38 RSV)
It was not necessary a pleasant experience... it was not because I thought John did it because he thought the man did something evil, something wrong and wanted to stop him for that reason. No, it was because I felt that it might be a challenge to me on the address of jealousy. Not in John's reaction, as we don't know why he tried to stop the man, but in my own encounter with the Word of God.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

The use of the internet to spread the Good News

Last Saturday it was a year since I posted the first video showing aspects of the life of the Irish Province of the Dominican.

Over the past year I have been experimenting with using the internet as a means of spreading God's message to the world, and although I don't know the fruit of it and at this stage by far convinced that it worth the sacrifice in time, I have seen through the statistics that there is a steady increase in the material I put on the net.

I just wanted to give an idea of the amount of views our video's got across the different video sites. Between the about twenty video's we have published, and across the three major video sharing sites I have used (YouTube,, Tangle and we have had a total of 37.000 views...

Keeping that in mind I am sure somebody got something out of it!

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Video of the reception of the habits on Monday the 14th September 09

The video giving an account of the reception of the habits is now finished as well. The ceremony took place in our Noviciate House, St. Mary's Pope's Quay, Cork:

Saturday, 19 September 2009

For he was teaching his disciples (Mar 9:31 RSV)

It seems that all is getting back to normal... the last two weeks have been a pleasant mix of reflection and proclamation, of quietness and busyness, but I am glad that next week we will resume into the "more normal" life with the start of college and more regular community life...

However it really was a week to remember and indeed not easy to forget. In the beginning of the week I posted the short video account of the two professions last Sunday, and I just finished the account of the reception of the habits...

But as I said, I am trying to get back to normal, so a short reflection on the Gospel of this week, from the Gospel of Mark 9:30-37. Reading it this morning, two things struck me, one regarding the first part of the reading, the second regarding the second part.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Reception of the Habits

Just back in Dublin after the "Reception of the habits" of our 13 new novices in Cork and the "Simple Profession" of two "old" novices in Limerick. While I start to look at the video footage I just wanted to put a few pictures on the blog from the event yesterday:

(The video is now published as well, please click on this link)

Monday, 14 September 2009

Video of the professions on Sunday the 13th September 09

Just a quick post with the video of the professions which took place here in St. Saviour's today. Now up to the calibration with reception of the habits in St. Mary's in Cork tomorrow...

Saturday, 12 September 2009

A busy few days after the retreat...

Well, again a quick post... all of us are just being back from a wonderful retreat! We stayed in the guest house of the Benedictine Monastery "Glenstal" near Limerick for a week of reflection, prayer and quietness. Fr. Vincent Twomey SVD was our retreat master and gave us some excellent input while the weather allowed us to walk around the silent grounds around the abbey to pounder the mysteries of our faith... truly a blessing!

Friday, 4 September 2009

And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech; (Mar 7:32 RSV)

This week the Gospel is taken from Mark 7:31-37. The first thing that engaged my curiosity is the first verse: "Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, through the region of the Decapolis." (Mk 7:31 RSV) I decided to look up the locations, and too my surprise it seems like Jesus took a long way around from Tyre to the Sea of Galilee.

There can be various reasons of course for this Journey, but in the verses before, we can read that while arriving in the region of Tyre and Sidon  "he entered a house, and would not have any one know it; yet he could not be hid." (Mk 7:24 RSV) and in the passage of this Sunday we read again that while "he charged them to tell no one; but the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it." (Mar 7:36 RSV) and also "they were astonished beyond measure" (Mar 7:37 RSV).

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction

Yesterday I was reading the bible and started the second letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians. The following few verses really struck me, so I decided to try and recapture the moment and share it:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.
If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer.
Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort. (2 Cor 1:3-7)

The last few months have been a bit of a rollercoaster. With essays running into exams at the end of the college year and then after a short break a summer course it seems that the summer just evaporated, and this not because of the good weather in Ireland...


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