Saturday, 29 September 2012

Do Not Keep Your Joy To Yourself

On the Gospel of Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

26th Sunday of the Year

At the beginning of this Sunday's Gospel we see some of the disciples trying to stop a man working miracles in Jesus' name. In the second part we hear about the risk of leading ourselves or others, astray.

Jesus makes clear that there is a distinction between people who work with Him for the cause of good, and those who work against Him. This reminds us that we are all called to help to bring others to know God, it is part of our calling we received at our baptism. The man in the Gospel cast out demons in Jesus' name thereby acknowledging that it is only Jesus who can release us from the burdens of life. Giving evidence to the sayings of Jesus that "my yoke is easy, and my burden is light" (Mt 11:30) and "I will give rest" (Mt 11:28). It is in the Lord that we find this liberation which sets us free.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Habit Reception and First Professions 2012

The 14th of September, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, is the traditional day in which new novices in the Irish Province of the Dominicans receive their habit and start their noviciate year. It is then followed on the 15th of September, the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, by the simple profession of the novices who finished their noviciate year and who will subsequently move to the student house in St. Saviour's, Dublin.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Conversion is not just following the letter of the LAw

with unclean hands it is not that their hands were physically dirty, but that they didn’t observe the proper ritual. While ritual observances are not in themselves bad, and cleaning is especially good for hygienic purposes, the rituals had become an end in themselves; observance had the focus of religious practice without any connection with the original meaning of the ritual.


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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