Monday, 30 April 2012

Symposium - Is Secularisation a Reality Today?

This month in our Symposium meeting here in St. Saviour's Dominican Priory in Dublin, Jim Corkery SJ talks about secularism in society.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Feature in a Dutch television program.

I took part in a Dutch television program which taken a class from secondary school. This Sunday it was turn for my class to look at the different life stories of my classmates. While it might be rather boring for non Dutch speakers I post it on my Blog anyway. The feature on St. Saviour's starts after about 35 minutes, with Fr. John (in English) saying a bit after about 44 minutes...

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Saturday, 21 April 2012

To believe... or not to believe (Part 2)

It might be an opinion held that to belief per definition means not to know. I suppose this is true, as we need to make the distinction in how we know. To believe means that we haven't personally encountered the object in which we believe. For example, if we see a cat, we can say that we know the cat is there. This is not belief, but if somebody comes to us and says "the cat is sitting outside in front of the door" then we have the choice to either believe him or not as we cannot see the cat. We don't know if the cat is really outside.

So simply said, to believe means that we accept somebodies else his witness. However, this does not exclude that we cannot reason about the fact. And I think this is something that is not often thought through. If our friend says that the cat is sitting outside we can either believe him or not. But in doing so it doesn't mean we cannot look around and see if we can see the cat. If we don't see the cat then it confirms that what our friend says is plausible.

Friday, 20 April 2012

To believe... or not... (Part 1)

During Easter week the gospel passage of the disciples on the read to Emmaus (Lk 24:13-35). In this passage two of the disciples leave Jerusalem as soon as the sabbath was over which was Easter Sunday.

On the road they meet Jesus but don't recognize Him and they explain their disappointment with the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday. But then Jesus says to them "You foolish men! So slow to belief the full message of the prophets!", and He explains the scriptures to them while they walk their way.

Last Sunday we heard the passage in which Thomas did not belief that Jesus was risen, even though the other disciples had seen Him and were witnesses. He would only belief when he would see Jesus himself, and said "unless I see the holes that the nails are in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe."

Saturday, 7 April 2012

The Passion of Our Lord

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to John. Sung on Good Friday in Saint Saviour's Dominican Church, Dublin, Ireland.

Friday, 6 April 2012

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.

Laster today we hope to have a video of a Sung Narration of the Lord Passion...

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

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Holy Thursday

We are about to 'participate' in the most important journey that ever happened.

Tonight we celebrate the Mass of the Last Supper in which Jesus instituted the priesthood and gave the Sacrament in which he gives himself to us. God came down from Heaven to take not only upon himself the sins we have committed, making our redemption possible, but also gave himself fully and truly to us allowing us even here on earth to become one with him through the gift of his body and blood!

The reality of this is mind bowing, and deserves some reflection.
Not only now off-course, but the ceremonies of the Triduum and the subsequent celebration of Easter are off course a special grace filled time to reflect on what God has done for us.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Holy Week

During this week we follow Jesus towards the Triumph of the Cross. It is a journey, a difficult journey, but it is a journey worth making. Our Prior yesterday said in his homily during the Mass of Palm Sunday that some people said that Lent went so quick this year. The two reasons he gave was that some are so engaged with Lent that it's goes quick, the other that when failing to engage at all.

It is very easy to not engage with the season, and it would hardly be worth making a specific effort now with Lent ending on Wednesday. But it is maybe worth standing still by the fact that we did or didn't engage. What was the reason? Maybe we didn't really make any resolutions for Lent, or we failed to keep them, but at the end of the day, those are not the important things. While there is a place for penance and abstinence, we are meant to do it to get closer to God. Through simplicity of life we can subsequent better appreciate life and the gifts God has given us. But it is God who is supposed to the centre, not our external actions. Lent is not about giving up external things, but about an internal conversion of heart.

A remarkable thing in today's Gospel that stuck me is that it said that the religious leaders wanted to silence Lazarus as well, because people came to belief in Jesus through the miracle of his resurrection. It shows how they were engrossed in their daily lives of protecting existing structures, prepared to kill for their preservation. Maybe we can recognise for ourselves that we are engrossed in the business of our lives without wanting God really to be a part of it. A bit like Pilate on Good Friday who is not interested in the objective Truth, but can only see his own subjective truth. God is calling us at all times, calling us to let us be surprised by Him, but we need to allow Him to enter in, and this week might be a good week to make some time and open ourselves up!

So now, still at the beginning of Holy Week I would invite any reader to try and make the journey this week with Jesus. To be with him in Bethany as we read today, to walk with him around Jerusalem and finally climb Golgotha with His cross on His back. Even if we are busy with college or with work, maybe we can make a few minutes available to be silent, to read the Gospel passage of the day, or to visit a church on our way home to let the silence settle, uniting us with God in this grace filled season. It is not always easy, but it will open our hearts more to the reality of what Jesus did for us, how He went through it out of love...


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