Lectio Divina – Quotes related to the 30th Sunday of Ordinary time

Catena Aurea, Matthew 22:34-40, 30th Sunday in Ordinary time, Year A.

St. Jerome (340/2-420): The Pharisees having been themselves already confuted (in the matter of the denarius), and now seeing their adversaries also overthrown, should have taken warning to attempt no further deceit against Him; but hate and jealousy are the parents of imprudence.

St. Augustine (354-430) You are commanded to love God “with all your heart,” that is, your whole thoughts— “with all your soul,” that is, your whole life— “with all your mind,” that is, your whole understanding— so that these may be given to Him from whom you have received them, so that you may give them. Thus He has left no part of our life which may justly be un-filled with Him; but if anything else presents itself for the soul’s love, it should be absorbed into that channel in which the whole current of love runs. For man is then the most perfect when his whole life tends towards the life which is unchangeable, and clings to it with the whole purpose of his soul.

Pseudo-Chrysostom: But whoever loves man is like someone who loves God; for man is God’s image, wherein God is loved, as a King is honoured in his statue. For this reason this commandment is said to be like the first.

St. Hilary of Poitiers (300-368): Or otherwise; That the second command is like [p. 764] the first signifies that the obligation and merit of both are alike; for no love of God without Christ, or of Christ without God, can profit to salvation. It follows, “On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Rabanus Maurus (c. 780-856): For to these two commandments belongs the whole Ten Commandments; the first three commandments to the love of God, and the remaining seven to the love of our neighbour.

St. Martin de Porres Novenas

St. Martin de Porres is one of those Dominican Saints who enjoys a great popularity in Ireland. The Feast Day of St. Martin is the 3rd of November, and in honour of St. Martin many of our Dominican Priories have Novenas, Weeks of Prayer or Triduums in the coming two weeks. Please check our event calendar or with your local Dominican Church to join in prayer in honour of St. Martin and ask him to intercede for our needs.

St. Martin, please pray for us!

Vocations Icon

Last month the Vocations Icon, an Icon of St. Dominic, started a new tour of the Irish Province in Newbridge College in Newbridge to encourage prayer for vocations to the Dominican Order, and specifically the Irish Province. The Icon moved to St. Malachy’s in Dundalk last weekend, the 21st and 22nd and of October. The icon will remain in Dundalk for about four weeks before it will continue its journey to the next priory.

Please keep supporting us and pray for vocations.


Lord Jesus,
as once you called Saint Dominic to preach the Gospel,
so now, through the intercession of Our Blessed Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and patroness of the Order,
we ask you to send new preachers into your harvest.

Give them the graces necessary to preach with wisdom and courage.
May they be witnesses to your life, death and resurrection, bringing the light of the true faith into the darkness of people’s lives.
You who live and reign for ever and ever.

Amen


 

Light of Truth – 46

This week on the Light of Truth Fr. Philip Mulryne O.P. continues with Fr. Luuk O.P. with the questions in the Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas. The discussion moves to Question 14 and 16 of the Prima Parse. These questions are about knowing, the knowledge of God and on truth.

The music this week in the live program is:

  • Thy Will – Hillary Scott and the Scott Family – Love Remains
  • One True God (feat Chris Tomlin) – Steven Curtin Chapman – Worship and Belief
  • Face to Face – Tori Harris & Brian Campbell – Choose Christ (2015)

(the podcast does not have music in it)

Please send any comments or any question to lightoftruth@dominicans.ie and we will take them into account in the programs to come.

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Lectio Divina – Quotes related to the 29th Sunday of Ordinary time

Catena Aurea, Mt 22:15-21, Sunday 29A

St. Jerome (340/2-420): Lately under Caesar Augustus, Judaea, which was subject to the Romans, had been made tributary when the census was held of the whole world; and there was a great division among the people, some saying that tribute ought to be paid to the Romans in return for the security and quiet which their arms maintained for all. The Pharisees on the other hand, self-satisfied in their own righteousness, contended that the people of God who paid tithes and gave first-fruits, and did all the other things which are written in the Law, ought not to be subject to human laws. But Augustus had given the Jews as king, Herod, son of Antipater, a foreigner and proselyte; he was to exact the tribute, yet to be subject to the Roman dominion. The Pharisees therefore send their disciples with the Herodians, that is, with Herod’s soldiers, or those whom the Pharisees in mockery called Herodians, because they paid tribute to the Romans, and were not devoted to the worship of God.

Attributed to St. John Chrysostom On Matthew: He therefore calls them hypocrites, that seeing Him to be a discerner of human hearts, they might not be foolish enough to carry through their design. Observe thus how the Pharisees spoke pleasantly that they might destroy Him, but Jesus put them to shame that He might save them; for God’s wrath is more profitable to man, than man’s favour.

St. Hilary of Poitiers (300-368) On Matthew: We should also to render unto God the things that are His, namely, body, soul, and will. For Caesar’s coin is in the gold, in which His image was portrayed; but that is God’s coin, on which the Divine image is stamped. Give therefore your money to Caesar, but preserve a conscience without offence for God.

Origen (182-253/4) On Matthew: They then who without any moderation inculcate the law of God, and command us to have no care for the things required by the body, are the Pharisees, who forbade to give tribute to Caesar, “forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God has created” (1 Tim. 4:3). They, on the other hand, who allow too much indulgence to the body are the Herodians. But our Saviour wishes neither that virtue should be enfeebled by caring immoderately for the flesh; nor that our fleshly nature should be oppressed by our unremitting efforts after virtue.

 

Light of Truth – 45

This week Fr. John Harris O.P. talks with Fr. Luuk O.P. on the program the Light of Truth. Continuing with the Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas the discussion moves to Question 13 of the Prima Parse. The main concern in this question is the question itself if we can know anything about God, and that is the topic of this week.

The music this week in the live program is:

  • Breath – Jonny Diaz – Everything is Changing
  • Alive in Me – JJ Weekend Band – As Long as we can Breath
  • Christ in Me – Jeremy Camp – I Will Follow

(the podcast does not have music in it)

Please send any comments or any question to lightoftruth@dominicans.ie and we will take them into account in the programs to come.

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Dominican Pilgrimage to Knock

The

isyear the National Dominican Pilgrimage to Knock took place on Sunday the 8th of October. Each year on the second Sunday of October all branches of the Dominican Family travel to the Shrine and lead the liturgical celebrations. As always pilgrims travelled from all the various Dominicans foundations throughout the island of Ireland. Especially noted were the youth coming from the Friary Youth Club in Dundalk and the prefects from Newbridge College.

The official program began at 14:30 with the Anointing of the Sick, followed by Mass at 15:00. After the Mass there was Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and the blessing of the sick followed by the Rosary. Knock is the National Marian Shrine of Ireland. On the 21st August, 1879, fifteen people from the village of Knock witnessed an Apparition of Our Lady, St. Joseph, St. John the Evangelist, a Lamb and cross on an altar at the gable wall of the Parish Church. The witnesses while reciting the Rosary, watched the Apparition in the pouring rain for two hours. Although they themselves were saturated not a single drop of rain fell on the gable or the apparition.

Please find below a few pictures.

Our Lady of the Rosary

Today we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. It is a special feast for us as Dominicans as according to Catholic tradition, in the 13th century, Mary, the Mother of God appeared to our Holy Father St Dominic gave him the Rosary and asked him that instead of praying the psalms on the beads or knots, as was tradition in ancient times, the faithful pray the Hail Mary, Our Father and the Glory Be.  St Dominic was able to succeed in his mission to preach the gospel not by preaching alone but with the help of the rosary. He had a gift from Our Lady to help and guide him.

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Praying for Vocations with the Vocations Icon

Ultimately the call to religious life is a call by God. In order to hear this call an attentive openness to the presence of God and his direction in ones life is fundamental. The call to prayer and communion is universal. Subsequent it is only within the close relationship with God that can develop through prayer and communion that a call to give oneself in the way of the religious life is normally perceived.

But while the openness and dedication to prayer of the individual is important, it is crucial to pray for vocations too. Jesus himself said “to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest” (cf. Mat 9:38/Luke 10:2). That prayer for vocations has a profound effect is clear from the extraordinary amount of vocations after the year dedicated to prayer for vocations. The Irish Province of the Dominicans itself had thirteen novices that year, something that hadn’t been seen for decades. There should be no doubt about the value of prayer in general, and prayer for vocations in particular!

In order to foster more prayer for vocations an Icon of St. Dominic,specially commissioned to promote prayer for vocations, has travelled around the country to encourage and promote prayer in years past. We have resumed this practice and have started with the display of the icon in the Dominican Church in Newbridge College. The icon will remain here until it will be brought next to St. Malachy’s in Dundalk on the weekend of the 22nd of October.

Please support us and keep praying for vocations.


Lord Jesus,
as once you called Saint Dominic to preach the Gospel,
so now, through the intercession of Our Blessed Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and patroness of the Order,
we ask you to send new preachers into your harvest.

Give them the graces necessary to preach with wisdom and courage.
May they be witnesses to your life, death and resurrection, bringing the light of the true faith into the darkness of people’s lives.
You who live and reign for ever and ever.

Amen


 

Light of Truth – 44

This week Fr. Philip Mulryne O.P. is back with Fr. Luuk O.P. on the program the Light of Truth. Taking up again the Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas, this week the discussion is on Question 12 of the Prima Parse. The main concern in this question is “How God is known to us”, and that question will be the topic of this weeks show.

The music this week in the live program is:

  • Alive Again – Matt Maher.
  • How great is our God – Chris Tomlin
  • Even If – MercyMe

(the podcast does not have music in it)

Please send any comments or any question to lightoftruth@dominicans.ie and we will take them into account in the programs to come.

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