Sunday, 25 December 2011

Happy Christmas!

Today we celebrate the nativity of our Lord! Let us rejoice, be glad, and reflect on the gift that is given. Jesus did not come to us to save us because we merited it, as we can hear in the reading of the Dawn Mass, but come to us because he loves us! Let us respond to His love by embracing the gifts He is giving us!

Please listen to a part of a sermon by Pope St Leo the Great in our Ears to Hear series::

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Ears to Hear 9: Sermon by St Augustine

It’s nearly Christmas! After weeks of waiting, the day of the Birth of our Lord is just around the corner. Today’s reading is a reminder then, to get things in perspective. If you have been absorbed recently in the commercial side of Christmas, St Augustine’s reading reminds us of the true meaning of the season: ‘Wake up, O man’, he says, ‘it was for you that God was made man!’

Please listen:

Ears to Hear 8: Homily of St Bernard (141)

Throughout the twenty centuries of Christianity, writers and preachers have been falling over each other trying to do justice to Mary, the Mother of God. Perhaps the most successful in this regard is St Bernard of Clairvaux. He was a Cistercian monk and he had an enormous impact on the Europe of his day. Here, though, we see his tender side, as he addresses our blessed Mother. Appropriately for this stage of Advent, he turns to the moment when the Word became flesh, when Mary said Yes to what God was asking of her.

Please listen:

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Ears to Hear 7: Epistle to Diognetus

The Letter to Diognetus is one of the most interesting documents we have from the early Church. It was probably written in the second century, and is an example of early Christian apologetics, that is, explaining the Christian faith to pagans. We don’t know who wrote this text, the author refers to himself only as ‘a disciple’. In the segment we will hear today, the writer reflects on how the coming into the world of the Son of God is a revelation of God’s love for us.

Please listen:

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Credo Series Preview

We are currently in the process of recording a series which explains the Nicene Creed, as recited during Mass on Sundays. The Creed expounds the fundamentals of our faith. This series is aimed to give an easy to understand explanation of the different articles of our faith. Have a look at the preview:

Friday, 16 December 2011

Youth 2000 Christmas retreat in Newbridge!

For anybody in Ireland who is still considering to com to the Youth 2000 Chrsitmass retreat in Newbridge: DO, come and join us! More info on the Y2k website!

This is a recording of the retreat two years ago:

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Ears to Hear 6 - Augustine on the Psalms (98)

We continue our series of Advent readings today with another excerpt from St Augustine’s writings – I warned you that he wrote a lot! Today he’s talking about one of his favourite topics: desire! For Augustine, having desire in our hearts is a good thing, but it must be desire for the right things. Ultimately, he thinks, desire will lead us to God, who alone can satisfy us completely. In the meantime, we should be like lovers yearning for the presence of the Beloved. And so, as the days get darker, our yearning for the light of Bethlehem grows stronger and stronger.

Please listen:

Monday, 12 December 2011

Symposium - Friendship, Religion and the Spread of Darwinism

In this episode of St. Saviour's Symposium we have Dr Miguel DeArce giving a presentation on 'Friendship, Religion and the Spread of Darwinism'.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Ears to Hear 5: Sermon by Augustine

We hear again this week from St Augustine, the great teacher of the Christian West. In today’s reading, he’s comparing the figures of John the Baptist and Christ. John the Baptist is a great Advent figure. He reminds us that preparing for Christmas involves not only buying presents, but also a spiritual preparation: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord’ he says! He teaches us also the great virtue of humility too – he wished only to stand aside when Christ arrived on the scene. This is the humility with which we should be approaching the Christ-child in the cradle...

Please listen:

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Ears to Hear 4: Augustine on the Psalms

St Augustine was a Roman African who lived in the dying days of the Roman Empire, he was a bishop, a theologian, and one of the greatest minds of the early Church. He wrote and preached an enormous amount of material, and we hear today a selection from his teaching on the book of Psalms.

Please listen:

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Maranatha - Come Lord Jesus!

The Gospel today is taken form the beginning of the Gospel according to Mark. Here, at the very beginning, Mark situates the historical events of the incarnation Word of God in the Old Testament tradition, making sure that there can be no doubt of who Jesus really is:

“I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”
“a voice of one calling in the wilderness, 

‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”

This Sunday focusses on John the Baptist. John gives us the promise of 'the one to come'. And while that promise was historically towards the start of the ministry of Jesus here on earth, it is always a promise which is alive and active!

God has promised us that He will come, in the second coming, the time when the promise of Heaven will become a reality for all of us. But the fact that the promise will be fulfilled, and the hope this gives us during our lives does not take away from the fact that God is alive and active in our live now and then.

The fact that God promises to come does not mean He is not with us now! He has sent us the spirit to console us, to guide us, to be with us every monument of the day. God is active in our lives, always tries to help us, and is always seeking to deepen the relationship He has with us.

There might be a tendency nowadays to think that 'even if God exists' that God is not actively involved in creation. A philosophy which can be excused, I guess, as we can see the devastation and sufferings all around us, but an indication of a poor understanding of our possible closeness to God. We can indeed live a life where God is distant, a God who just kicked the ball into the air at the beginning of time, and who is not with us during our lifetime. Even if we are firm believers, this can give us the hope which makes life worth living. But God is offering us so much more! He is offering us a friendship, a personal friendship, inviting us to walk close to Him, to walk with Him during our lives. To make part of the fullness of Joy which we will enjoy in His presence in Heaven might already be fulfilled in our lives here on earth!

This is a reality, a reality to which millions of people testify! And so, an invitation during this time of Advent can be to reflect on this possibility, to review what our 'attitude' is towards God's friendship in our lives... Do we want this friendship, do we want to walk close to God, and are we prepared to spend the time in prayer to build up this friendship? Are we ready to quite our own voices to listen to the little voice in our heart, the Holy Spirit whispering encouragement to us?

It is only when we allow God to be near to us that we can really discover the fullness of life! This is a fact, a fact that can be seen in the lives of so many who have accepted God's gracious gift!

Maranatha - Come Lord Jesus!

New audio series!

The students of the Dominican Order in Ireland have begun an audio series, called 'Ears to Hear' (taken from Revelation). Currently, the series has little reading appropriate to the session of Advent. I wilt try from now on to post them on my Blog.

Of course you can also see them on the website 'Dominicans Interactive' or use our iPhone/iPad App to follow us!

Introduction to Ears to Hear:

Ears to Hear - Advent 1:

Ears to Hear - Advent 2:

Ears to Hear - Advent 3:

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival (27th November 2011)

I only wrote a few lines on the start of Advent this week, trying to get the balance between work, study and prayer, where it will be obvious from reading the reflection that I am tipping a bit over towards the first two at the moment:

But while my reflection is a bit short and rushed, I would like to point to some other resources we have been working on. On our website 'Dominicans Interactive' we have started an audio series, currently with readings and reflection pertaining to Advent. We will post an audio podcast twice a week!

You can listen to the podcast on the website, of course, but also in the next day or two by subscribing to our iTunes Podcast or using the Dominican iDoms Reader App:

The iDoms Reader can be
downloaded from the App StoreSM

There is also ussually a Gospel reflection on our website 'Dominicans Interactive'!

Also have a look at our other video's, we are on iTunes as well with Podcasts

Sunday Snippets–A Catholic Carnival is a weekly opportunity to share our best posts with the wider Catholic blogging community. To participate, create a post named "Sunday Snippets - A Catholic Carnival" highlighting posts of the last week that would be of interest to Catholics and link to the host post . Then go to the host blog and leave a comment giving a link to your post.

Advent has come... already!

The old has gone, the new has come... another liturgical year has once more finished: time really flies. It was only a realisation which slowly seeped into my conscious since we celebrated first Vespers of Advent yesterday. I can remember last year that I already anticipated the comping, of advent, my reflection of the week before looking towards the year that was finishing up, the reflection of Advent to what is ahead.

Si in the last week you might have reflected on the last year, and especially what has happened in our lives over the last year. You might have, I didn't... as mentioned above, advent kind of 'sprung' on me, maybe a reflection on how well I am tuned into the more 'spiritual side' of life at the moment.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Good and faithful servant, come and join in your Masters happiness!

The Gospel this week is from Matthew 25:14-30. It is the parable of the the man who goes abroad for a long time, and entrusts his servants with some of his resources. According to their ability he gives three servants five, two and one talent respectively. The first servant, with five talents used his talent (it is actually nice in English that the name for the coin talent is the same as talent in the sense of ability), and earns another five and similar for the second servant who received two talents and doubles his amount. But the third servant does not use the talent that was given, and instead hides it until the return of his Master.

There are a few things that struck me while meditating on this passage. First of all, it seems that we should not take the parable literal. This will result in some kind of confusion, at least on my part, as the dealing of the Master with the third servant does not seem fair at all if the reading is taken at face value.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Discussion on WYD - 2011

This is a recording of a discussion in which the students of the Irish Dominicans had to look back on World Youth Day in Madrid last August.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

World Youth Day Madrid - 2011

A short video of the Irish Dominican Pilgrimage to Madrid - 2011, starting with the visit to Caleruega, Salamanca, Avila, Toledo and then Madrid.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Called to Be True Witnesses

On the Gospel according to Matthew 23:1-12

The Gospel this week speaks about the difference between 'to preach' and 'to practice'. Jesus is addressing the people and his disciples and tells them that they should respect the authority which the Pharisees had by virtue of 'the chair of Moses'. With the chair of Moses Jesus means the authority to explain and interpret the teachings of Moses, or the Law as we can also call it. However, Jesus continues to explain that while respecting the authority of the Pharisees the people should not imitate how they actually apply what they teach to their own lives, as the way they live does not reflect what they teach.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Discussion about World Youth Day in Madrid - 2011

This is a recording of a discussion in which the students of the Irish Dominicans had to look back on World Youth Day in Madrid last August.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Symposium - Facebook, Loneliness and Bonhoeffer's 'Life Together'

There are two speakers in this second Symposium of this academic year. This is the first part in which Kevin Hargaden speaks about the phenomenon of the social networks like Facebook.

Saint Saviour's Symposium is a monthly meeting with presentation and discussion around popular topics connected to the Catholic faith.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Just two little thoughts I had during the week, but I left writing a reflection too late...
In the Gospel of today the Pharasees try to catch-out Jesus by being clever. If Jesus would have denied paying tribute to Ceasar he would have been in trouble with the local authorities, would he have said it is ok to pay taxes, his opponents would have charged him with that.

But Jesus does not only see through their trap, but also makes clear the distinction between our duties to God and our duties towards society.

But another aspect is that we should not try to 'outwit' God. God looks at our inmost hearts, and as is clear from the reflection, knows exactly what we are really up too! Be therefore honest with God, and ask His help if needed instead of trying to be cleaver!

Saturday, 8 October 2011

God has a banquet prepared for us!

This weeks gospel speaks about a king who is calling his guests to the wedding feast of his son. However, when he sent his servant to gather the invited guests to join in the feast, they do not come. Even after sending more servants they refused to come, and even maltreated them and killed them.

When reading this Gospel I initially felt the tendency to dwell on the historical aspect. It is possible to see how God sending messages to Israel in order that they might repent and come back to Him. However, they often did not listen to the prophets God sent, and even killed some of them. And while this historical aspect can help us somewhat in our reflection on the passage of scripture, it does not directly connect with my own daily life, making it a remote story instead of a changing reality.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Jesus prophesies His own death

Just a little note on todays Gospel. It seems quite clear that Jesus in the parable of the Vineyard is aiming at the religious leaders at the time. The servants were mistreated and killed, as were the prophets, and finally the son was killed, representing Jesus...

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Ordinations 2011

The archbishop of Dublin, Most Rev Diarmuid Martin, ordained Fr Denis Murphy OP and Fr Maurice Colgan OP during the celebration of Mass which was attended by many Dominican friars, family and friends of the two brothers and parishioners of Dominick Street parish. Please have a look at the short clip below:

Monday, 26 September 2011

Reception of the Habits and Simple Professions 2011

On the 14th September 2011, the Feast of The Triumph of The Cross, five men received the Dominican Habit and were received in the Irish province of Dominicans. On the 15th September, the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, Br. Paul Hughes OP made his simple Profession.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

God leads us in the right way...

This week just a very quick note, as I left writing the reflection a bit to late... hopefully I get a chance to write a bit a longer post in the coming week; I intend to follow up on my reflection on my vocation, especially now all is 'back to normal' and classes have started.

I guess that although there are possibly multiple themes in this Sunday's Gospel, what stands out is the contrast on the response to God's call between the officials and the people. The man in the parable, with two sons, asks both sons to do some work in the vineyard. Whereas the first doesn't feel like it and voices this, he goes anyway after reflection and does the fathers will. The second however gives an affirmative answer, but does not go.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Two brothers ordained priests

A bit late, but I just want to put up a few pictures of the Ordination of Fr. Denis Murphy OP and Fr. Maurice Colgan OP. The ordinations took place last Sunday. It has been a very blessed time for the Irish Province with the celebration of three priestly ordinations, three solemn professions, two simple professions and six men who have started their novitiate and received th habit in the last month!

The archbishop lays hands on Brothers Denis and Maurice.

Thanks to Fr. Gerard Dunne OP for the pictures!

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Solemn Profession

Last Sunday I made my Solemn Profession. In the meanwhile I have had a blessed week with my parents, and just arrived back in Dublin yesterday. Below are some pictures of the Mass at which the profession took place.

Today we celebrate the ordination of Bros. Denis Murphy OP and Maurice Colgan OP tot he priesthood, so please keep them in your prayers!


 Thank for Fr. Gerard OP for providing the pictures: 

Saturday, 10 September 2011

My religious vocation... (4)

This will be my final brief reflection on my short series on my vocation. I am still struggling in wording what I really want to say, and as such might become a bitt repetitive. I guess it is only a fool who tries to describe what love is...

So I will make a final analogy, that falling in love with God seems to me, in my experience, not that dissimilar with falling in love with any other person. But in particular it seems that it is an experience which is not that dissimilar from falling in love with somebody who answers this love. I just wanted to indicate the contrast between the experience of observing somebody, or meeting somebody, and experience a sudden fancy, sometimes maybe described as feeling 'butterflies', and a deep mutual love. The mutual love between two people is much deeper than this initial sensual experience, and so is the love with God. Actually, in the case of God it is unique, as God always loves us, and as such it is the love of God for us which we can answer to. Love for God is automatically mutual. God loved us first, and God always loves us.

Friday, 9 September 2011

God is full of mercy!

On the Gospel of Matthew 18:21-35

Peter asks Jesus how often he should forgive his brother if he sins against him, and suggests seven times. Jesus however answers that he should forgive not just seven times, but seventy seven times, a whole new dimension of magnitude. This is illustrated by the parable Jesus puts before his disciples, which shows the abundant love for God for us.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

My religious vocation... (3)

There is not that much time left for number three of my reflections on my vocation. The time until all method of communication will go in retreat mode is coming very close... suspended for the week!

My intention was to elaborate a small bit on the day-by-day living out of my vocation. There seems to be two aspects of our relationship with God. The one is the supernatural, the great encounter and the deep communion which I have tried to describe in my previous posts. Closeness to God can be seen as a deep grounding, a feeling of belonging, of something being 'right' which settles deep down in our soul. This disposition is not something which easily changes, even if things are not always going the way we like them.

Ordination Fr. Brian Doyle OP

Yesterday Fr. Brian Doyle OP was ordination to the priesthood. Fr Brian was ordained in the church of Saint Catherine, Murrintown, Co. Wexford. The bishop of Ferns, Dr Denis Brennan ordained Fr Brian. This is the first of three priestly ordinations for the Irish Dominicans during the month of September as our brothers Maurice Colgan OP and Denis Murphy OP will also be ordained priests in two weeks time.

Have a look at our website Dominicans Interactive, or Fr. Gerard OP's Blog for some more pictures!

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

My Religious Vocation... (2)

In my last post I tried to explain a bit of the experience of God in my life using the scriptures of the day which where very appropriate. In this post I will try and come back to the question how I know I am called to be a religious, something quite appropriate to discuss with my solemn vows (vows until death) coming up in a good weeks time.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Priestly ordination Fr. David Barrins OP

Fr. David Barrins OP was ordained to the priesthood on the Feast of Christ the King, 2010. This short clip gives a summary of the Mass, and I realised I didn't post it on my blog yet...

Sunday, 28 August 2011

My religious vocation...

As I mentioned in my previous post, a few young people during WYD in Madrid asked about my vocation; why I choose to be a Dominican and how I knew God was calling me.

As I will make my Solemn Profession on the 11th of September, and so is bro. Colm and bro. Matthew does today in Trinidad, I feel it is maybe time to offer some short reflections in the next few days on this matter, time allowing... (and off course any comments and questions are welcome, which I will include and try to answer)

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Keep following Jesus!

The last two weeks have been very eventful. WYD in Madrid was a great experience and, thanks be to God, a great way of being able to be a witness for God by even just being there and being able to wear the habit. There were so many positive reactions towards us brother as being young and standing up for our faith, daring to be counter cultural. There were also some very interesting questions being asked about God, the reason why I choose religious life or how one can discern where God is calling you.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Starting again...

I guess I have lost most of my regular readers, but just wanted to write a quick post to announce that I intent to take up posting regularly on this Blog again.

I have missed writing on a regular basis, and it seems important to keep this up. Especially the experience of WYD in Madrid has made a big impression on me, and made me realise that sharing the experience of our faith is very important.

So stay tuned!


Saturday, 23 July 2011

The encounter with God is worth more than any treasure

On the Gospel of Matthew 13:44-52

17th Sunday of Ordinary Time 
The first thing that struck me when reading this Gospel was the first paragraph. Jesus tells the crowd that the “Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off happy, sells everything he owns and buys the field”. The surprising fact is that the person hides the treasure again and, then, sells everything and buys the field before taking possession of it. I think the inclination of most would be to take the treasure, and to think to themselves that it is 'the finder’s keep', maybe not even considering that it belongs to the owner of the field.

Friday, 22 July 2011

It is all revealed at harvest time...

On the Gospel of Matthew 13:24-43
16th Sunday of Ordinary Time
The Gospel this week is a continuation of the Gospel of last week and gives a second parable of the seed being sown. Last week Jesus showed how different people receive the gift of God's Word, how some accept it with joy, while others are indifferent or even close their ears and shut their eyes “for fear they should see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their heart, and be converted…”.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Video of the Solemn Profession of Sr Mary Teresa OP

On the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, there was great joy for the enclosed Dominican nuns who are based in Drogheda, Co. Louth, and for the wider Dominican family in Ireland, as Sr Mary Teresa Dunphy OP made her solemn profession. Final profession, called "solemn profession" among Dominicans, is the final commitment a man or woman makes to remaining a Dominican brother or sister for life.

Originally from County Laois, Sr M.Teresa entered the Dominican monastery in 2005 at the age of 26, after having qualified and worked as a chartered accountant.

She and the Dominican community of nuns in Drogheda, Co Louth were joined by family, friends and members of the Dominican Order for 12.30 p.m.  Mass during which the profession ceremony took place.

Sister M.Teresa is the second Dominican nun to make solemn profession in her monastery in 13 months, Sr Niamh Muireann Galvin having made solemn profession in 2010. The monastery currently has one sister in formation as a novice.

Friday, 8 July 2011

The Sower

On the Gospel of Matthew 13:1-23

15th Sunday of Ordinary Time

In the middle of this Sunday’s Gospel we find Jesus quoting the following prophecy of Isaiah: ‘You will listen and listen again, but not understand, see and see again, but not perceive. For the heart of this nation has grown coarse, Their ears are dull of hearing, and they have shut their eyes, For fear they should see with their eyes, hear with their eyes, Understand with their heart, and be converted and be healed by me’.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

The Feast of Corpus Christi (Jn. 6:51-58)

The Feast of Corpus Christi invites us to meditate on the most precious gift that is given to us.  Not a gift in the usual sense that one is given, but from the point of view that it is the gift of the invitation by God to full communion with Him.  God invites us to become one with Him, as He becomes one with us, when we receive the Body and Blood of Christ: “he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him” (Jn. 6:56). This is a mystery that is beyond our full comprehension, and a reality that we cannot just simply pass by or skip over!  It is the most important and beautiful reality on earth.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

The Conversion of the Baptized

On May 1, Pope Benedict beatified his predecessor, John Paul II. John Paul's legacy will be analysed by historians for years to come, but perhaps the best way we can honour his memory is to study and his teachings. With this in mind, the topic of this symposium is "The Conversion of the Baptised in the Thought of John Paul II". Dr Carole Brown gave the lecture, based on her recent doctoral research. Dr Brown has been involved in many aspects of the New Evangelisation in the US, Ireland and elsewhere. She was director of evangelistic outreach in Franciscan University, Steubenville and in more recent times has been an important figure in Youth 2000 Ireland, Kerygma Teams and Spirit Radio (

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Dominican iPhone/iPad App

On January 24th this year, Pope Benedict XVI released his comments for the 45th World Communications Day. In that message, he reminds all Catholics of the need to witness the truth in this new digital age of internet communication and social networking. He reminds us that, "there exists a Christian way of being present in the digital world: this takes the form of a communication which is honest and open, responsible and respectful of others."

The new iDoms Reader is a way of continuing to respond to the Pope's call for evangelization in the digital age. The iDoms reader provides access to articles and videos aggregated from the various websites of the Dominican Order. Future updates of the application will provide access to a wider variety of content and will introduce extra functionality. Plans for this summer include a much wider offering of video material, full articles in the reader and possibly also a version suitable for Android based mobile phones and tablets.

This new app was created jointly by Friars from St. Joseph Province and the Province of Ireland and is suitable for both the iPhone/iTouch and the iPad. So, if you have an iPhone/iTouch or iPad, download the new iDoms Reader app.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Discussion on the Pope's message for World Youth Day

The above video shows a discussion of the student brothers in Dominican Stadium in Saint Saviour's, Dublin, on the message of PopeBenedict XVI for WYD 2011.

(please click on 'Read more...' for the full message)

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Palm Sunday 2011: Matthew 21:1-11

On Palm Sunday, at the start of Mass, we read the Gospel of the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. Five days before His sacrifice on the cross, Jesus sent two disciples to the nearby village in order to find a colt and to bring it to him (Mat 21:2 RSV). Jesus then sits on the colt and starts His triumphant entrance into Jerusalem. We read that ‘most of the crowd spread their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road’ (Mat 21:8 RSV) shouting ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!’ (Mat 21:9 RSV). We can so easily hear the prophecy of Zechariah ringing in our ears:
‘Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on an ass, on a colt the foal of an ass.’ (Zec 9:9 RSV)
There is a sense of something extraordinary happening.

Just before this Palm Sunday many Jews started to believe in Jesus, especially after He had raised Lazarus from the dead (Jn 11:45). Everything seemed to be going well for Jesus and his followers.
While at the same time there is the suggestion of division, as on hearing the news of Jesus’ arrival in the Holy City the priests want to kill Jesus, forcing Jesus to go away “in hiding". Thus at the same time there is both a tension and an expectation. The people are wondering what is going to happen and if Jesus would come to the festival (Jn 11:56). But with the entry into Jerusalem there must have been a great joy among the people who were with Jesus.

However, as we know now and will discover during the coming week, things take a sudden turn.
Imagine going through this all, it feels like a roller coaster, going up one moment, going down the next, swerving left and then suddenly right. One moment Jesus is being hailed as the Son of David the next he is being hunted.

Life can be a bit like this, one moment it seems difficult when suddenly everything seems to come together, prayers are answered and the excitement is tangible. But then suddenly, even though everything seemed to go the right way, it does not materialize, and after some time of hope and anticipation the excitement wears off and we seem to be back at the start, our hopes evaporated and our prayers are seemingly unanswered.

However, this is just our human understanding. This Holy Week is a good time to meditate on what really happened nearly two thousand years ago. It shows us that we should be patient with God and ourselves, acknowledging we don't know everything, and that the purpose of everything is not instantly clear to us. Never-mind the human perception but let us trust in God, the divine perception. As we travel through this week the human perspective sees only defeat, failure, betrayal and denial but the greatest accomplishment in heaven and earth occurs in the middle of it all, the triumph of love! However it goes unnoticed by everyone bar the few: but we must remember that in these events Jesus purchased eternal life for us!

As there might have been a relatively small group who witnessed the spectacle of Jesus entry into Jerusalem, so also only a small group may have witnessed the events as they unfolded. But the world would never be the same again, and even though it seemed like everything was a failure from the outside, within the bigger picture of God saving the world unalterable changes have occurred!
So too we must learn to reflect on our lives, and see the bigger picture, God’s picture and learn to trust God, as Jesus did.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

We have released our fist App: iDoms Reader

Just a quick note on the fact that we have released out first iPhone/iPad/iTouch App. It is only a simple application to start with, showing articles from various Dominican Websites around the world, but the functionality will hopefully extend in the future!

Search in the App Store for 'iDoms' or 'Dominican Order': View in App Store 

Any feedback is off course really appreciated so we can take comments and especially suggestions on how to move forward in using these modern media techniques to spread the message of the Gospel.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Reason for the Season - The Easter Triduum

This episode of Reason for the Season focuses on the Triduum, from Holy Thursday till the Easter Vigil. It explains why and what we celebrate during this highlight of the liturgical year.

Have a look at Dominicans Interactive for more video's!

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Symposium - The idea of the University by Newman

This month in the Saint Saviour's Symposium we have Angelo Bottone who gave a lecture on Blessed Henry Cardinal Newman on the idea of the University, especially in relation to the time Newman was in Dublin to setup the Catholic University.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Monday, 7 March 2011

Being called by God...

"He helps us in all our trouble, so that we are able to help those who have all kinds of troubles using the same help that we ourselves have received from God" (2 Cor 1:3-4)
God can for many people be a very abstract idea. It is a deeper knowledge of the something unknown, lingering in the hidden depth of the soul, not being known until it is vividly activated. And even then it is often not recognized as He who make all things.

But how to describe it? Only the experience itself can explain the marvelous encounter with God. As the gaze of two lovers meet, the eyes locked into each other, the physicality of the world disappears and time seem to stand still. So the same the soul loses itself if encountering the Gaze of Him who is infinite; infinite love and infinite time. The lost is lost in adoration for eternity, not able to resist the attraction of the everything that is, and everything that will ever be. Pure bliss is the entering of eternal contemplation.

Here on earth those moment are short, and few, but nevertheless profound and deep, even when sensual experience ceases again departing to the depths of the soul and only a faint mammary remains fading the something that once was.
But as lovers can move on and forget each other, the touch of God's love is always there, making an unalterable impression on the soul. The love of God is never failing, and most importantly is is always real!

It is a reality, and it seems a reality that would not be just reserved for the few. Whereas it seems that God calls people for specific tasks, and everybody is given specific gifts, God does not have favorites. We all share the same human nature, and we are all made in the image and likeness of God, we all long for the divine touch of the encounter of God, even if we don't realize it.

The promise of God is not beyonds anybody with a willing heart, searching for the God of his or her life. The invitation is always there , the mystery lingering just beyond the already know, ready to discovered. The path is there and the difficult parts of the path only help us to desire more what is to be desired most. Our vocation is to help others on the way as they help us, walking together towards the happiness which is pledged to us, the happiness which can taste her on earth and will have our eternal fill in Heaven.

The soul is filled with grace, and the pledge of future glory is given to us... Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus!

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Reading the Creation account in Genesis

The St Saviour's Symposium is a group of Catholics who are eager to understand the Catholic faith, and, drawing inspiration from that tradition, to think about the 'big ideas' that underpin our culture.

This time we have Fr. Terence Crotty O.P. in our Symposium series, giving a lecture on Creation in Genesis. Do we read the creation accounts as a literal text or is there more under the surface?

Monday, 21 February 2011

Did you see the tumbleweed?

Yes, this blog hasn't had much posts in the last while, and I just want to write a post to explain why...

We have entered our second term of this university year, and my last term Philosophy before hitting Theology. This includes for us the writing of a dissertation and it takes quite a bit of time, apart from the normal study load. So I try to focus on that at the moment.

There are off course some other projects on the go as well, and I hope to have some video's launched soon. We have started recording a series explaining the Creed, and two 'preview' episodes should be available online soon. We also had a talk on 'the Dictatorship of Relativism' by David Quinn last week of which the editing is almost done, and last night a talk on the reading of the book of Genesis as part of our monthly Symposium here in St. Saviour's.

There is still Fr. David Barrins OP's ordination to come online as well. and we are also working on an iPhone App, and I hope it will become available in the next month or so, development of a first version is almost finished, and it is waiting for the developer license from Apple to start some serious testing.

Well, just a boring post on some of the projects going on here in St. Saviour's, but I just felt I should at least make some comment on the blog... for anybody who is interesting to follow us Dominicans, Dominicans Interactive is the site where we are focusing our attention on at the moment.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

The Humble Intelligence of the Heart

Fr. Allan White O.P., socius to the Master of the Dominican Order, gave a lecture in honor of the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, in the Irish Dominican Studium here in Dublin. The talk was entitle "the Humble Intelligence of the Heart" about study in the Dominican Order.

Friday, 28 January 2011

You shall be satisfied...

The Beatitudes (Mt 5:1-12)

Last week the prophesy of Isaiah resounded, “the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light had dawned” (Is 9:1-2). This week“[Jesus] went up the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them” (Mt 5:1-2). The great light is poured out, as the Word proclaims the Word, the encounter with God himself as prophesied by Isaiah.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Diaconate Ordinations 2011

On the 2nd of January 2011, brothers Denis Murphy OP, Maurice Colgan OP and Brian Doyle OP were ordained as deacons in preparation for priestly ordination in the near future. Below is a video of the even, which took place in St. Saviour's Priory, Dublin.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Irish Lay Dominicans receive new members

Sheena Darcy and Monica Rapeanu (in the middle) were officially received as new members of the Lay Dominicans in Ireland during the celebration of the Eucharist at Saint Saviour's priory, Dublin, on the feast of the conversion of Saint Paul. Sheena and Monica were joined by friends, colleagues, members of the lay Dominicans and a number of the friars of the community for the celebration. Left and right of Sheena and Monica are Geraldine Flanagan (president of lay Dominicans in Ireland and Jacinta O' Donnell (president of lay Dominican chapter, Athy).

The lay Dominican vocation is an integral part of the the vocation of the whole Dominican family. As lay men and women they are not living a form of consecrated life but form communities who live by the spirit and charism of Saint Dominic, and are incorporated into the Order by a special commitment according to statutes and laws of their own.

Thanks to Fr. Gerard Dunne OP the photo's

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Dominican Salve Regina and O Lumen Ecclesiae

This is a recording of the Salve procession after First Vespers of a Sunday in St. Mary's Church, Pope's Quay, Cork, Ireland. This is the Dominican version of the Salve Regina, which is followed by the O Lumen Ecclesiae (O light of the Church) which is the Magnificat Antiphon of the feast of Saint Dominic.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Happy New Year!!!

I want to wish all the readers of my Blog a very Blessed New Year! We will see what the New Year will bring, without a doubt, it will be a very important one for me, and exciting!

We here in the Irish Province had a very happy start as three brothers were ordained deacons by the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. 

Brothers Denis Murphy OP, Maurice Colgan OP and Brian Doyle OP were ordained as deacons in preparation for priestly ordination in the near future. Below are some pictures taken during the celebration, and I would like to thank Fr. Gerard Dunne OP (Irish Dominican Vocations blog
) for so promptly making them available to us.


The Irish Dominicans have a website called Dominicans Interactive with online resources. We also have an iPhone/iPad App, which can be found in the iTunes App Store.


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