Monday, 28 June 2010

Diaconate Ordination David Barrins OP

Here is the video of the Diaconate Ordination of bro. David Barrins OP:

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Friday, 25 June 2010

The Presence of Jesus

This week’s Gospel is again taken from the Gospel of Luke chapter nine (Lk 9:51-62). The time is drawing near that Jesus will be taken up to Heaven and He sets His eyes on Jerusalem. At the end of the opening paragraph we read that “he set his face to go to Jerusalem” (Luk 9:51 RSV). The use of the word ‘ face’ or ‘presence’ (προσωπον) seems interesting here. ‘ Face’ here can be denoting the physical face of a body, but also a presence. In the Gospels of Luke, where the word is used as face, it always has to do with the presence of the person.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

The Dominican Priesthood: Talk 2 by Father Paul Murray OP

This is the recording of the second paper given on the day to celebrate the Dominican Priesthood last week. The paper was given by Father Paul Murray OP, and as with the paper of Bishop Anthony Fisher OP had as its subject the Dominican Priesthood.

Both talks can be found on our new website, (or directly for Bishop Fishers OP  or Father Murray's talk).

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Jesus is teaching His disciples

The Gospel of Sunday 18th of June 2010 is taken from the Gospel of Luke (9:18-24). The gospel start with the following scenario. Jesus is praying alone, but it happened that "the disciples were with him;" (Luk 9:18 RSV). Jesus then asks the disciples who the people say He is and the disciples reply. At least two things seem striking in this opening passage. The first is that Jesus is praying alone, but that the disciples are with him, and the second that Jesus asks them who the people say He is.

On the first point, there are different ways of reading this line. It can be taken that Jesus was praying alone, and that this disciples were with Him as read above. This could be an example of praying together in community, and be a model for praying together as for example a family. But because of the use of the middle voice (προσευχόμενον) it seems possible to be taken that the disciples came to Jesus while he was praying alone. In both ways, the fact is that we once more get a little glimpse of the importance of prayer, something Luke makes us often aware of when he mentions Jesus' prayer. It shows the importance of the balance between the outward discourse with the world, when for example Jesus is going around to preach the Good News and is healing the sick, and the inward discourse with God himself, the time when we spent time with God in the inmost parts of our hearts.

Regarding the second point, it seems that the fact that Jesus is asking this question must have a reason. Other passages in the Gospel show clearly that Jesus has divine knowledge of people's thought. An example of this is a line from the Gospel of last week when the Pharisee said to himself "If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner." (Luk 7:39 RSV) and we read that "Jesus answering said to him..." (Luk 7:40 RSV). The Pharisee did not utter his thoughts openly, but still Jesus knew what was in his heart. So here Jesus asks the disciples who the people think He is, but surely He already knows.

But putting the two together it is possible to see a model how dialogue with God is often going, and how God can act in our lives and through us in lives of others. From an inward conversation with God flows Jesus' question of who people say He is. An opportunity is given as the disciples approach Him. The moment of prayer and contemplation flows into a moment of an opportunity and of action. Subsequent the question Jesus asks His disciples is in itself not remarkable, and as said, in a way maybe useless if we consider that Jesus already knows the answer. However, we can see that it leads to a deeper understanding, and as such Jesus now gently guides His disciples to the teaching which follows, the teaching that "the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised." (Luk 9:22 RSV) and also that following Him will mean the same for us: "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." (Luk 9:23 RSV)

There is a direct link with the first reading taken from the prophesy of Zechariah where it says "when they look on him whom they have pierced" (Zec 12:10 RSV). Jesus is here preparing His disciples for the moment when this is happening so they can remember that it is all as God has it ordained. He prophesies to them as Zechariah did, that what is in stock is maybe not exactly what they expect from "The Christ of God" (Luk 9:20 RSV).

Finally, an another aspect, the taking up our cross daily also means that Jesus is asking us daily who we say He is. Do we answer with St. Peter "The Christ of God." (Luk 9:20 RSV)? Or is the answer maybe not as complete and do we see Jesus as a good teacher, a prophet or maybe even just a good example? But it is a question that is asked daily of us, and at seems that it is important to at least try to give the right answer and realise that Jesus is our Lord and our God.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

The Dominican Priesthood

As promised, here is the recording of Bishop Anthony Fisher OP and his paper on the Dominican Priesthood.

The Full text of this excellent paper can be found on our new website, (or directly by following this link).

Monday, 14 June 2010

Closing of the Year of the Priest

The Irish Province of the Dominican Order celebrated a day as our own closing of the Year of the Priests.

The day consisted of two talks, given by Bishop Anthony Fisher OP and Fr. Paul Murray OP, on the priesthood and the Dominican Vocation. The brothers present also shared in an hour of Eucharistic Adoration, there were some personal testimonies and the day was closed with Mass and Vespers celebrated by Bishop Fisher OP.

Please see the pictures of this memorable event.
Recordings of the excellent talks will be available in the next day or two...

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Her sins are forgiven, for she loved much

As you might have read in my previous post, the annual Youth Conference is on this weekend, and we have to go down back in a few moments.

But I just want to note the Gospel. Today is a relatively long Gospel: Luke 7:36-8:3. It's main focus is about forgiveness and love and the close connection between the two. The story is probably quite well known. Jesus is invited to eat with a Pharisee and while he is there a woman comes up to Him and starts wiping it feet with her hair while wetting them with her tears. The Pharisee is thinking to himself "If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner." (Luk 7:39 RSV). But Jesus explains that it is not just about sin, but that it is about a conversion of heart.

I think it is interesting that Jesus confirms that this woman is a sinner as He says "her sins, which are many, are forgiven" (Luk 7:47 RSV). God is not really interested in our past, in what we have done. God is interested in who we are, now and at this moment, and who we are going to be in the future.

Therefore, I think this gospel can help us to realise that we sometimes have to let go of the past. It can be very hard to forgive ourselves for the mistakes we have made. But whatever about the effect on ourselves and other, and off course these are important to consider, we should not loose sight of God's mercy. We should not despair, but hope in God's love. On Good Friday/Holy Saturday Judas gave up hope, but Peter trusted in Gods mercy. And by doing so, he grew in love and became the leader of the Church... God is interested who we are, and who we are meant to be. He is inviting us to repent and follow him.

 "The Hope that never disappoints is Jesus Christ" (The theme of the weekend)

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Friday, 11 June 2010

Catholic Youth Conference 2010

Just a small plug (for readers in Ireland and even if a bit late) for the Legion of Mary Youth Conference, which is going to be held in All Hollows College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, this weekend from the 12th - 13th of June.

"The Hope that never disappoints is Jesus Christ" 
- Pope Benedict XVI

I would anybody who is free the weekend, and be able to make it up to Dublin, encourage to come!

There is a cost of €50 (non-residential) and €75 (residential) to cover the cost of meals etc. It is defiantly worth attending, as the talks are always brilliant, there is mass, a guided holy hour and off course a lot of people to talk with about our faith! It will start at 10:00 on Saturday morning.

For more information please contact Liam (086 8888918) or Louise (087 2451877)

Archbishop Dolan's lecture in Maynooth

Archbishop Timothy Dolan gave a lecture on Thursday 27th of May in St Patrick's College, Maynooth on the theme 'God is the only treasure people desire to find in a priest'.

The highlights of Archbishop Dolan's lecture are published on the Website of the Irish Bishops Conference. It is really worth having a look at this!

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Ordination Father Fergus Ryan O.P.

Here is the long overdue video of Fr. Fergus Ryan OP:

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Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Ordination of Fr. Patrick O'Donoghue

This weekend I attended the ordination of Fr. Patrick O'Donoghue (in the middle in the picture). It truly was a great event and a great blessing. I really enjoyed the two days, and it was amazing to see the support, especially from the local parish as they put a lot of effort to make it a memorable event.

Please keep Father Patrick in your prayers while he is awaiting his first assignation in the Galway diocese.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

The Feast of Corpus Christi

In countries where the great feast of Corpus Christi is moved to the Sunday, as in Ireland, the Gospel is taken from Luke 9:11-17.

The first line that struck me is "Send the crowd away [...] for we are here in a lonely place" (Luk 9:12 RSV). It is not because it is specifically striking on itself, but because it is often used in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke when Jesus is going to a place to be alone with God. Strictly speaking the word (ἔρημος) means 'dessert place' or 'uninhabited place', and it is clear that it is not a 'lonely place' in the strict sense as "there were about five thousand men"  (Luk 9:14 RSV).

But as it unfolds it might maybe not be a silent place Jesus often went to in order to pray to the Father, it became defiantly a place of an intimate encounter with God. It is an 'ordinary' encounter, as it is an ordinary setting and it involves basic human needs as bread and fish. But it it is also an extraordinary encounter, both because Jesus miraculously multiplies the five loaves and two fish, apparently without anybody being initially consciously aware of it, but also because it foreshadows the extraordinary encounter being made available to us by the Holy Eucharist.


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