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Michelangelo's Angel

This muscular angel with candlestick dates to 1494/5 and it was carved by a young Michelangelo (aged 19) while he was an apprentice in Bologna. It is part of the tomb of St Dominic. Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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The Blessed Trinity Revealed

"Just as our first creation was the work of the Trinity, so our second creation [through baptism] is the work of the Trinity. The Father does nothing without the Son or the Holy Spirit, because the Father's work is also the Son's and the Son's work …
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Lille Trinity

"We acknowledge the Trinity, holy and perfect, to consist of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In this Trinity there is no intrusion of any alien element or of anything from outside, nor is the Trinity a blend of creative and created being. …
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The Hospitality of Abraham

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"Blessed be the holy Trinity and undivided Unity. Let us give praise to him, for he has shown mercy to us." In this icon mosaic of the incident in Genesis 18:1-15 when three angels came to Abraham and Sarah at the Oak of Mamre, Tradition holds that …
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St Bernardino of Siena

"One of the greatest promoters of the devotion to the Most Holy Name of Jesus was San Bernardino of Siena. He was born on September 8th, 1380, orphaned at six, and then raised by his aunts. When the plague struck Siena, he took command of the …
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Our Lady with St Dominic

Continuing the theme of Dominicans reading: this beautiful depiction of our holy father St Dominic reading and in his hand he holds the lily, a symbol of his chastity. Our Lady is shown breastfeeding, a sign of her divine Motherhood and Christ's …
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Angelicum Cloister

The Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas is the Dominican university in Rome, also known as the Angelicum. Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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Madonna at the Angelicum

Detail from the facade of the church of SS Domenico e Sisto, which is on the Angelicum University campus in Rome. The present church was built at the order of Dominican Pope St Pius V. Construction on the church began in 1569 and on a convent for …
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Tomb of Bl Hyacinth Cormier

21 May is the memorial of one of the former Masters of the Order of Preachers, whose biography can be read here. This is his tomb above the altar in the chapel of the Dominican Priory at the Angelicum in Rome. Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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The Day of Pentecost

"Yes, dear brothers and sisters, where the Spirit of God enters, he chases out fear; he makes us know and feel that we are in the hands of an Omnipotence of love: whatever happens, his infinite love will not abandon us. The witness of the martyrs, …
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St Dunstan Punishes the Devil

"Dunstan was a talented metalworker and the best known of such stories relates to the time he loved to spend in his forge at Glastonbury Abbey in Somerset (or possibly at Mayfield in Sussex). He was, at this time, having great success in his …
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Saint Dunstan

"St. Dunstan, the son of a West Saxon noble, was born in AD 909 and received his early education from the Irish monks who had settled at Glastonbury. After living for a time at the Court of King Aethelstan, he became a monk at Glastonbury and …
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Fruit of the Spirit - Peace

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control" – Galatians 5:22. Our Lady is Queen of Peace, as depicted in this stained glass detail of a window by Charles Connick in …
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Our Lady as Queen of Preachers

One of my favourite photos from this morning's photoshoot of the Chapel in the Priory of the Immaculate Conception, also known as the Dominican House of Studies. The brass statue of the Immaculata, who is pregnant with the Word of God, presides …
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Dominicans and Books III

Dominicans seek Truth so that Christ may be preached. Thus they're often reading or surrounded by books! This is one of a series of contextual portrait I made of the brethren at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC. Source: Lawrence OP …
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Dominicans and Books II

"By study the brethren consider in their heart the manifold wisdom of God and prepare themselves for the doctrinal service of the Church and of all mankind. It is all the more fitting that they should devote themselves to study, because from the …
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Dominicans and Books I

"St. Dominic included study, ordained to the ministry of salvation, as an essential part of his plan for the Order: in this was no small innovation. He, who himself always carried with him the Gospel of St. Matthew and the Epistles of Saint Paul, …
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