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Great Dominicans: Blessed Humbert of Romans

Sunday, November 15, 2015

In the Fundamental Constitutions of the Friars of the Order of Preachers, we read that “the Order of Friars Preachers founded by St. Dominic ‘is known from the beginning to have been instituted especially for preaching and the salvation of souls.’” (LCO II)  Today, we have precious few documents from St. Dominic himself that would help us better understand in what this preaching consists and how the Sons of St. Dominic are to undertake this task.  However, we do have the work of Blessed Humbert of Romans, the fifth Master of the Order, with which to understand how the earliest friars viewed the preaching mission.   Read more

Laudato Si': Ecological Conversion

Saturday, November 14, 2015

This post builds on many of the themes highlighted by Br Luke in his post on ‘Education’ and looks through Dominican eyes at how ‘the rich heritage of Christian spirituality, the fruit of twenty centuries of personal and communal experience, has a precious contribution to make to the renewal of humanity’ (LS 216). What I take to be the Pope’s key point in this section of his encyclical is that such an ‘ecological conversion’ has to be a conversion of the entire person. It cannot be just an idea or a concept that we hold, it has to be a complete way of living. Read more

Great Dominicans: Bl. Innocent V

Friday, November 13, 2015

Innocent V, born in 1225, joined the Dominican Order when he was sixteen years old and, after a routine Dominican life of theological studies and serving in Church government, he was the first son of Dominic to be elected Bishop of Rome, succeeding Pope Gregory X in 1276. However Innocent did not reign long, he lived only a further five months before dying of ill-health on the 22 of June. Read more

Laudato Si': Rest

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Do you have enough hours in your day? If not, you must be a busy person. So do you have time to pray? Mother Teresa said, ‘If you’re too busy to pray, you’re too busy.' Read more

Gospel Reading of the Day reflection

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

In France, more than 500 towns and villages have 'Saint Martin' as name, and more than 3000 churches, abbeys, or sanctuaries and dedicated to 'Saint Martin'. Let's just say that the saint we celebrate today is quite popular! Why such a enthusiasm for a saint who was born 1700 years ago? Read more

Great Dominicans: St. Raymond of Penyafort

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

When a great legal mind and a deeply pastoral heart come together, something special is bound to happen. Read more

Laudato Si': Civic and Political Love

Monday, November 09, 2015

I remember in Confession a particular priest said to me that “charity is always the answer”. Charity, or caritas in Latin, is one word which is often translated simply as ‘love’ in English. St Thomas Aquinas says of caritas that it is a love extended not only to God, but also to the love of neighbour:  Read more

Laudato Si': Education

Thursday, November 05, 2015

In chapter six of Laudato Si’ Pope Francis discusses “towards a new lifestyle” and environmental education. Francis starts in §202 with “Many things have to change course, but it is we human beings above all who need to change”. The course needs to be changed, but the path of renewal is a long one with a great cultural, spiritual and educational challenge before us.  Read more

Beatitude and Warning

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Beatitude and Warning Today’s gospel opens with a beatitude and ends with a warning: but which one is addressed to us?  Read more

Confessing to Bond: a Review of Spectre

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

There are some powerful themes that touch upon religious ideas in the 24th James Bond movie Spectre. In this review I would like to explore three themes that struck me while watching the movie the other day with my some of my Dominican brothers. Read more

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