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Quodlibet 39: Religious Life, Youth Ministry, and Evangelisation

Wednesday, February 05, 2020
Quodlibets | A series of questions on what might be missed after taking vows, keeping in touch, and evangelising the young. Read more

Consecrated Life: Vocations

Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Last year I gave a presentation on vocations to a group of teenagers in a Catholic school. At the ‘Q&A’ session one of the pupils asked me, why can’t you just have a job as well as do what you do? I didn’t really have an answer for him, apart from “we’re not allowed to”. The fact is, he did have a point. What is it that Dominicans do all day? Or generally speaking, what is it that consecrated religious actually do? Although that seemed to be a basic question, I did not have much of an answer other than we could not be consecrated religious, if we also had full time jobs, our own homes and personal property.
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Consecrated Life: Mission

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Is mission for consecrated religious or for everyone?

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Consecrated LIfe: asceticism

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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Consecrated Life - Difficulties

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Since joining the Dominicans, a little under three years ago, one of the comments I have most often heard, from people outside the Order, is, “It’s great that you have had some experience of the real world” – this is, I presume, with reference to the seven years that I spent working as a solicitor for a City law firm and probably not the two gap years, either side of University! Read more

Consecrated Life: Joy

Sunday, June 07, 2015
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Consecrated Life and the Trinity

Friday, May 29, 2015

For a start, everything is Trinitarian. God is a Holy Trinity in Unity, and all creation is made through the Trinity (cf. Jn 1:3; Col 1:16). It should be no surprise, then, that the consecrated life is deeply Trinitarian. This was put succinctly by St John Paul II: 'The Consecrated Life, deeply rooted in the example and teaching of Christ the Lord, is a gift of God the Father to his Church through the Holy Spirit’ (Vita Consecrata, 1). Read more

Consecrated Life: What is a Charism?

Friday, May 15, 2015

I guess we all have come across charismatic people in our lives. It might have been in a personal encounter, it might have been through the media. What is it that makes them charismatic? What makes them so compellingly attractive? What is it that, when they enter a room, the atmosphere really changes? Read more

Consecrated Life: Historical Perspective

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

When examining the past we can often fall into the error of privileging a perceived ‘Golden Age’ located far in the mists of time or, on the other hand, we might, through critical historical examination, come to the conclusion that ‘it was ever thus’ and suppose that there is no real change and everything is much the same. Read more

Consecrated Life in the New Testament

Sunday, May 03, 2015

The New Testament contains many starting points for the Christian consecrated life. Read more

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