Sunday, 29 January 2012

Audio series continued

I planned to keep up posting the Audio Series on Catherine of Siena on my blog, but as I am in the middle of my exams I have fallen behind a bit...

So if you are interested, please follow us on Dominicans Interactive.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

St Catherine of Siena: Christ the Bridge



From Ears to Hear:

This reading is a selection of excerpts from the Dialogue of St Catherine. The Dialogue is Catherine’s great work, and it’s structured, as the title suggests, as a Dialogue between God the Father and Catherine herself. In these excerpts, we meet one of Catherine’s keys to understanding the work of Christ: he is like a bridge between us and our home in heaven.

(Excerpted from 'Catherine of Siena: Passion for the Truth, Compassion for Humanity', ed. Mary O'Driscoll OP)



Saturday, 21 January 2012

New App for learning Latin, Greek and Hebrew.


The app is called iDoms Vocab, and is a continuation of the joint project between the Irish Province of the Dominicans and the St. Joseph's Province to use the new modern technologies in preaching and teaching the Gospel.

Have a look if you are studying Latin, Greek or Hebrew! It is free to download, and free to try. We do ask a small compensation for the bigger wordlists to help us cover the costs involved in our development, which are available as In-App purchases.

We have written to a few authors about permission to add in more word lists (e.g. JACT's Reading Greek and Reading Latin, and Familia Roma). As soon as we hear back we will release an update with more word lists. If you have any wordlists you would like to have added (preferably if you actually have the list in Word or Excel or so) please write to us using the contact form on the website and, pending copyright restrictions, we will add it.



Here are some more pictures:

Friday, 20 January 2012

St Catherine of Siena: Behave Like a Person in Love!


On Dominicans Interactive we have started a new Audio Series on Saint Catherine of Siena.

The reading that follows is an excerpt from St Catherine of Siena to her confessor, a Dominican friar, Bartolomeo Dominici. It highlights some of her classic images: God as a deep, peaceful sea, and God’s love as a fire.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Ears to Hear - Introduction to St Catherine of Siena


We have started a new audio series, this time on Saint Catherine of Siena.

For the full article about Saint Catherine please go to our website: http://www.dominicansinteractive.com/

or listen to the recording here below:

Sunday, 8 January 2012

The Baptism of Our Lord

On the Gospel of Mark 1:7-11





This Sunday we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. The Gospel is taken from the beginning of the Gospel according to Mark. It is a real beginning as John the Baptist specifically reveals Christ to the world, after centuries of expectation; John preached about Christ, and all those who received his teaching he baptized with water. This was a custom of the Jews which admitted converts to Judaism. It was a token of them cleansing themselves by repentance and reformation, and also of God's cleansing them both by forgiveness and by sanctification, which were the blessings promised.

It is striking how Jesus comes forward to be baptised. In the Gospel according to Matthew we can read that John protests against baptising Jesus, but Jesus firmly holds that it is necessary. Jesus really took upon himself the likeness of sinful flesh, so that, although He was perfectly pure and unspotted, He was still washed as if He had been polluted. For our sake He sanctified himself, so that we also might be sanctified, and be baptized with him (cf. Jn. 17:19). The event at the river Jordan, while revealing so much of the Father's love and of the Trinity itself was, from the worlds point of view, only something noticed by a very small group. But the encounter with God is usually small but significant I find, and we have to learn to see God working in our lives in the small but significant ways He does.

It sounds majestic when the heavens opened, and the spirit descends upon Jesus like a dove, but we too receive the Spirit, and we can perceive the Spirit descending and working in us, even if it is only a small whisper and not a loud voice. The encounter with God is an encounter that goes deeper than anything else, it always leaves us changed, but we have to allow it to go deep.

What really strikes me on the feast of the Epiphany is the verse in which the Magi left and "they departed to their own country by another way" (Matt 2:12 RSV). The Magi came a long way to see this King, and "they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy" (Matt 2:10 RSV) when they arrived. They went into the house... and they only found a little child...

But this was the encounter and "they departed to their own country by another way", they did not go back the way they came! They were changed by the encounter with the child, and their life was never the same again... this seemingly little insignificant event in the history of the world made a deep impact on their lives...

So let us allow the encounter with God, as little as it seems to be, to make a significant impact on our lives, and then, we too, as adopted children of God, will hear the words of the Father: "Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased."


Monday, 2 January 2012

Symposium - How in Heaven's name did we get from Bethlehem to here?

'How in Heaven's name did we get from Bethlehem to here?: What we can learn from the early Church'. Fr Tom McCarthy OP, a priest of the Irish Province of Dominicans, guides us through some of the main developments in early Christian theology, showing how the whole process is really an unpacking of the central Gospel event: God becoming man in Jesus Christ.

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