Rosary on the Coast

Three Dominican Churches in Ireland will take part in the Rosary for Life and Faith on the Coast on November 26th, Solemnity of Christ the Universal King. Over 270 groups are meeting around the coast of our nation to pray the Rosary for the protection of life from conception to natural death and for an increase in faith in the Irish nation.

For those who cannot attend a group on the coastline, the rosary will be recited at 2.30pm in the following Dominican Churches.

Dominican College Chapel, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
Dominican Black Abbey, Kilkenny City.
Monastery Chapel of Siena Convent. The Twenties. Drogheda Co. Louth.

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Lectio Divina – Quotes related to the Solemnity of Christ the King

Mt 25:31-46, Christ the King

St. Jerome (340/2-420): He who was within two days to celebrate the Passover, to be delivered to the cross, and mocked by men, fitly now holds out the glory of His triumph, that He may overbalance the offences that were to follow by the promise of reward. And it is to be noted, that He who shall be seen in majesty is the Son of Man.

Origen (182-253/4): Or, we need not understand this of a local gathering together, but that the nations shall be no more dispersed in various and false dogmas concerning Him. For Christ’s divinity shall be manifested so that not even sinners shall any longer be ignorant of Him. He shall not then show Himself as Son of God in one place and not in another; as He sought to express to us by the comparison of the lightning. So as long as the wicked know neither themselves nor Christ, or the righteous “see through a glass darkly,” (1 Cor. 13:12) so long the good are not separated from the evil, but when by the manifestation of the Son of God all shall come to the knowledge of Him, then shall the Saviour divide the good from the evil; for then shall sinners see their sins, and the righteous shall see clearly to what end the seeds of righteousness in them have led. They that are saved are called sheep by reason of that mildness which they have learnt of Him who said, “Learn of me, for I am meek and lowly,” (Matt 11:29) and because they are ready to go even to death in imitation of Christ, who “was led as a sheep to the slaughter.” (Isa 53:7) The wicked are called goats, because they climb rough and rugged rocks, and walk in dangerous places.

Gloss., non occ.: Under the figure of a sheep in Scripture is signified simplicity and innocence. Beautifully then in this place are the elect denoted by sheep.

Rabanus Maurus (c. 780-856): Mystically, He who with the bread of the word and the drink of wisdom refreshes the soul hungering and thirsting after righteousness, or admits into the home of our mother the Church him who is wandering in heresy or sin, or who strengthens the weak in faith, such a one discharges the obligations of true love.

When they say, “”Lord, when saw we you?” they say it not because they distrust the Lord’s words, but they are in amazement at so great exaltation, and at the greatness of their own glory; or because the good which they have done will seem to them to be so small in comparison, according to the saying of the Apostle, “For the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that shall be revealed in us” (Rom 8:18).

Origen (182-253/4): It should be remarked, that though He had said to the Saints, “Ye blessed of my Father,” He says not now, “Ye cursed of my Father,” because of all blessing the Father is the author, but each man is the origin of his own curse.

A day in the life of the Dominican Studium

When talking about the vocation to religious life, and specifically the Dominican way of Religious Life, one of the recurring questions is what a day in the life of a Dominican Brother is like. So we took a camera into our Studium in Dublin to give a taste of what the day in the life of a student brother of the Dominican Order typically looks like.

Naturally the daily routine for the brothers who have completed their studies is slightly different as they go about their own ministries. But the general structure, where communal prayers form the hinges of the day, would be what constitutes the fundamental aspect of a day as a Dominican brother.

Our Studium, the place where we do our theological formation, is located in St. Saviour’s Priory, Dublin 1, Ireland.

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Lectio Divina – Quotes related to the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary time

Pope St. Gregory the Great (540-614): The man in travelling into a far country is our Redeemer, who ascended into heaven in that human body which He had taken upon Him. For the proper home of the human body is the earth, and it, as it were, travels into a foreign country, when it is placed by the Redeemer in heaven.

St. Jerome (340/2-420): Calling together the Apostles, He gave them the Gospel doctrine, to one more, to another less, not as of His own bounty or scanting, but as meeting the capacity of the receivers, as the Apostle says (1 Cor 3:2), that he fed with milk those that were unable to take solid food. In the five, two, and one talent, we recognise the diversity of gifts wherewith we have been entrusted. … The servant who of five talents had made ten, and he who of two had made four, are received with equal favour by the Master of the household, who looks not to the largeness of their profit, but to the disposition of their will.

Pope St. Gregory the Great (540-614): To hide one’s talent in the earth is to devote the ability we have received to worldly business.

Rabanus Maurus (c. 780-856): “Well done” is an interjection of joy; the Lord showing us therein the joy with which He invites the servant who labours well to eternal bliss; of which the Prophet speaks, “In thy presence is fulness of joy.” (Ps 16:11)

Elias Levi-Merikakis (Br. Simeon): ‘We know what the Lord thinks of servants who bury their talents out of fear of losing them. Our greatest talent and treasure is our ability to love, and in this enterprise the champion is the greatest risk taker, which means the one most willing to invest himself where the odds appear most against him The absolute victor is Jesus crucified. Love, the overflow of goodness, is, as Thomas Aquinas tells us, “diffusive of itself.” […] If a characteristic of cosmic nature is horror vacui, an “abhorrence of the [physical] void” the divine nature abhors the void of love and runs to remedy it. To be in heaven, to have one’s dwelling in the heavens, far from connoting a spiritualistic fleeing from the earth, means rather to reside in the fullness of love and to be always engaged in bestowing the benefits of love on others – to pour out one’s being into the void of others as if one were sunlight and rain.

Light of Truth – 48

This week on the Light of Truth Fr. Brian Doyle O.P. talks with Fr. Luuk O.P. about the self revelation of God in Jesus. While a few episodes back the discussion was on how we can talk about God and the fact that we can know things about God, in today’s episode we look specifically on how God has revealed Himself to us.

The music this week in the live programme is:

  • Your Love Denfends Me – Jeremy Camp
  • Worthy of Your Name (feat. Dean Curran) – Passion
  • Word of Life – Jeremy Camp

(the podcast does not have music in it)

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Lectio Divina – Quotes related to the 32th Sunday of Ordinary time

Origen (182-253/4): They that believe rightly, and live righteously, are likened to the five wise; they that profess the faith of Jesus, but prepare themselves not by good works to salvation, are likened to the five foolish.

St. Jerome (340/2-420): For there are five senses which hasten towards heavenly things, and seek after things above. Of sight, hearing, and touch, it is specially said, “That which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, and our hands have handled.” (1 John 1:1) Of taste, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Ps 34:8) Of smell, “Because of the savour of thy good ointments.” (Song of Songs 1:3) There are also other five senses which gape after earthly husks.

St. Augustine (354-430): Or, The “oil” denotes joy, according to that, “God hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness” (Ps 45:7). He then whose joy springs not from this that he is inwardly pleasing to God, has no oil with him; for they have no gladness in their continent lives, save in the praises of men. “But the wise took oil with their lamps,” that is, the gladness of good works, “in their vessels,” that is, they stored it in their heart and conscience, as the Apostle speaks, “Let every man prove himself, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself, and not in another” (Gal 6:4).

St. Jerome (340/2-420): Suddenly thus, as on a stormy night, and when all think themselves secure, at the hour when sleep is the deepest, the coming of Christ shall be proclaimed by the shout of Angels, and the trumpets of the Powers that go before Him. This is meant when it says, “Lo, the bridegroom comes, go out to meet him.”

Pope St. Gregory the Great (540-614): The lamps of the foolish virgins go out, because the works which appeared outwardly to men to be bright, are dimmed within at the coming of the Judge. That they then beg oil of the wise virgins, what is it but that at the coming of the Judge, when they find themselves empty within, they seek for witness from without?

St. Jerome (340/2-420): These wise virgins do not refuse to share out of covetousness, but out of fear. Wherefore, each man shall receive the recompense of his own works, and the virtues of one cannot atone for the vices of another in the day of judgment. Their worthy confession calling Him, “Lord, Lord,” is a mark of faith. But what avails it to confess with the mouth Him whom you deny with your works?

(Photo: The Five Wise Virgins, St. Finnbarr’s Cathedral, Cork.)

Celtic Connections: Fr. John Walsh on the Rosary

EWTN’s Celtic Connections host Kathy Sinnott had Fr John Walsh O.P. as guest on the radio program last summer.

Fr John Walsh O.P. of the Irish Dominicans shares an encouraging message on the Holy Rosary. Inspired by generations of Irish who have prayed the rosary for centuries, Fr John encourages us to renew our commitment to praying the rosary for our conversion, our loved ones and for the world. Fr John Walsh is the promoter of the Rosary Apostolate and Confraternity in Ireland.

This message was given in Ballinasloe, Galway, Ireland at a conference hosted by The Institute of Marian Studies with the World Apostolate of Fatima Ireland.

To listen to the recording, please visit the EWTN website.

Activities in Dundalk

El clasico, Dundalk style, a charity football event was held in the Friary field on Sat 4th November. The Dominican select XI, captained by former Man Utd and Norwich player Fr Philip Mulryne OP, took on the local team St Dominic’s and their select XI, captained by Liam Burns. Afterwards it was off to the Friary Church for the opening of the Novena, preached by Fr Philip who was accompanied at Mass by the new Friary choir made up of, mostly, members of the Friary Youth Club.

Twenty-four hours later people came together in the Dominican hall – next to the Church – to hear a number of speakers including Fr Philip, to launch a new course to be run by the Friary Introduction to Christianity.

All in all it was a busy, but fun week-end, in the Friary.

Saint Martin de Porres

Feast day: 3rd of November

Martin de Porres was born in Lima, Peru, in 1579 of John, a Spanish nobleman, and Anna Velasquez, a freed slave. As a boy he studied medicine which later, as a member of the Order, he put to good use in helping the poor. Martin was received as a servant at the priory of the Holy Rosary in Lima where he was finally admitted to profession as a co-operator brother in 1603. In his life of prayer, Martin was especially devoted to the Blessed Sacrament and to the passion of our Lord. He was noted for his care of the poor and the sick. He died at Lima on November 3, 1639.

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Light of Truth – 47

This week on the Light of Truth Fr. David Barrins O.P. talks with Fr. Luuk O.P. about the recent impeachement of Katie Ascough as President of the UCD Student Union. This public action against Katie shows that our personal convictions can have far fetching consequences in modern society. Wer discuss some of such consequences and the move within society in this program.

The music this week in the live program is:

  • Trust in You – Lauren Dangle – How Can it Be
  • Tell Your Heart to Beat Again – Danny Gokey – Hope in Front of Me
  • Magnify – We are Messengers – We are Messengers

(the podcast does not have music in it)

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

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