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...


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