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St Bernardino of Siena “The Name of Jesus is the glory of preachers because the shining splendour of that Name causes His word to be proclaimed and heard.” – St Bernardino of Siena, Franciscan …More
St Bernardino of Siena
“The Name of Jesus is the glory of preachers because the shining splendour of that Name causes His word to be proclaimed and heard.” – St Bernardino of Siena, Franciscan missionary, whose feast is today (20 May). This terracotta sculpture of the saint is in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
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Christ teaching "I passed your word on to them, and the world hated them, because they belong to the world no more than I belong to the world." – John 17:14, which is part of today's Gospel at Mass. …More
Christ teaching
"I passed your word on to them, and the world hated them, because they belong to the world no more than I belong to the world." – John 17:14, which is part of today's Gospel at Mass. My homily for today can be read here. Detail from the bronze doors of the Annunciation Basilica in Nazareth.
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The Apostles "Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said: ‘Father, the hour has come: glorify your Son so that your Son may glorify you; and, through the power over all mankind that you have given him,…More
The Apostles
"Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said: ‘Father, the hour has come: glorify your Son so that your Son may glorify you; and, through the power over all mankind that you have given him, let him give eternal life to all those you have entrusted to him. And eternal life is this: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I have glorified you on earth and finished the work that you gave me to do. Now, Father, it is time for you to glorify me with that glory I had with you before ever the world was. I have made your name known to the men you took from the world to give me. They were yours and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now at last they know that all you have given me comes indeed from you; for I have given them the teaching you gave to me, and they have truly accepted this, that I came from you, and have believed that it was you who sent me. I pray for them; I am not praying for the world but for those you have given me, …More
St Paschal Baylon "God is as really present in the consecrated Host as he is in the glory of heaven." 17 May is the feast of the "Saint of the Blessed Sacrament", the Franciscan friar and porter, St …More
St Paschal Baylon
"God is as really present in the consecrated Host as he is in the glory of heaven." 17 May is the feast of the "Saint of the Blessed Sacrament", the Franciscan friar and porter, St Paschal Baylon. This statue of the saint is from the Poor Clares monastery in La Laguna, Tenerife.
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Consecrate Them in the Truth "Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said: ‘Holy Father, keep those you have given me true to your name, so that they may be one like us. While I was with them, I kept …More
Consecrate Them in the Truth
"Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said: ‘Holy Father, keep those you have given me true to your name, so that they may be one like us. While I was with them, I kept those you had given me true to your name. I have watched over them and not one is lost except the one who chose to be lost, and this was to fulfil the scriptures. But now I am coming to you and while still in the world I say these things to share my joy with them to the full. I passed your word on to them, and the world hated them, because they belong to the world no more than I belong to the world. I am not asking you to remove them from the world, but to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. Consecrate them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world, and for their sake I consecrate myself so that they too may be consecrated in truth.’" – John 7:11-19, which is today's …More
Pater Omnipotens "I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I leave the world to go to the Father." – John 16:28, which is part of today's Gospel. Stained glass detail from the …More
Pater Omnipotens
"I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I leave the world to go to the Father." – John 16:28, which is part of today's Gospel. Stained glass detail from the top of the apse windows in St Dominic's Priory, London.
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Saint Matthias "O God, who assigned Saint Matthias a place in the college of Apostles, grant us, through his intercession, that, rejoicing at how your love has been allotted to us, we may merit to …More
Saint Matthias
"O God, who assigned Saint Matthias a place in the college of Apostles, grant us, through his intercession, that, rejoicing at how your love has been allotted to us, we may merit to be numbered among the elect. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen." – Collect for the feast of St Matthias (14 May). Statue from Brussels Cathedral.
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Ascension Window "When he ascended to the height, he captured prisoners, he gave gifts to men." – Eph 4:8. Stained glass window from the Dominican monastery at Summit, NJ. Source: Lawrence OP on …More
Ascension Window
"When he ascended to the height, he captured prisoners, he gave gifts to men." – Eph 4:8. Stained glass window from the Dominican monastery at Summit, NJ.
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Ecce Ego Vobiscum "Alleluia, alleluia! Go, make disciples of all the nations. I am with you always; yes, to the end of time. Alleluia!" – Matt 28:19-20. Mosaic in Grace Church, an Episcopal church …More
Ecce Ego Vobiscum
"Alleluia, alleluia! Go, make disciples of all the nations. I am with you always; yes, to the end of time. Alleluia!" – Matt 28:19-20. Mosaic in Grace Church, an Episcopal church in New York City.
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Ascendit Deus alleluia! "God goes up with shouts of joy; the Lord goes up with trumpet blast." Fresco from the ceiling of the Spanish Chapel in the cloister of Santa Maria Novella, Florence. Source: …More
Ascendit Deus alleluia!
"God goes up with shouts of joy; the Lord goes up with trumpet blast." Fresco from the ceiling of the Spanish Chapel in the cloister of Santa Maria Novella, Florence.
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Led to the Truth "Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you now. But when the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete …More
Led to the Truth
"Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you now. But when the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth, since he will not be speaking as from himself but will say only what he has learnt; and he will tell you of the things to come. He will glorify me, since all he tells you will be taken from what is mine. Everything the Father has is mine; that is why I said: All he tells you will be taken from what is mine.’" – John 16:12-15, which is today's Gospel. View of the Rosary Basilica in Fatima from the Basilica of the Holy Trinity.
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Restoration! Having completed the restoration of our High Altar, the last fortnight has seen the restoration of our 14 Stations of the Cross, and the installation of new lights in each of the 14 …More
Restoration!
Having completed the restoration of our High Altar, the last fortnight has seen the restoration of our 14 Stations of the Cross, and the installation of new lights in each of the 14 Rosary Chapels, thus highlighting the beauty of the Rosary Shrine which displays the beauty of the Gospel through sculpture and oil paintings.
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Magnificent! DG
Death of Saint Antoninus "Human nature has great dignity, for by the death that he sustained in his human nature, Christ received the name which is above every name. As we read, ‘Therefore God has …More
Death of Saint Antoninus
"Human nature has great dignity, for by the death that he sustained in his human nature, Christ received the name which is above every name. As we read, ‘Therefore God has highly exalted him and has bestowed on him the name which is above every name.’ In this nature in which Christ suffered he is to judge all of creation, for it is written, ‘He is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead. To him all the prophets bear witness, that everyone who believes in him may receive forgiveness of sins through his name." – St Antoninus of Florence, whose feast is on 10 May. Fresco of the death of the Saint in the cloister of San Marco, Florence. This was painted by Matteo Rosselli (1578–1650).
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Love "My dear people, let us love one another since love comes from God and everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Anyone who fails to love can never have known God, because God is …More
Love
"My dear people, let us love one another since love comes from God and everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Anyone who fails to love can never have known God, because God is love". – 1 John 4:7-8, which is part of today's second reading at Mass. Stained glass window from St Alphonsus church in Windsor, Ontario.
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Advocata Nostra On 8 May, the Dominican Order celebrates the Patronage of Our Lady over the Order: "It has been the custom of the Church to invoke the Blessed Virgin Mary under titles such as …More
Advocata Nostra
On 8 May, the Dominican Order celebrates the Patronage of Our Lady over the Order: "It has been the custom of the Church to invoke the Blessed Virgin Mary under titles such as Advocate, Helper and Mediatrix, thereby indicating the continuing role of her motherhood in the economy of salvation. For ‘by many acts of intercession she continues to gain for us gifts of eternal salvation’ (Lumen Gentium 62). For indeed, as Bl. Humbert of Romans asserted, ‘She was of great help in establishing the Order ... and it is to be hoped that she will bring it to a good end’ (Opera 2, 70-1). Our Order has never ceased from its foundation to acknowledge the Patronage of the Blessed Virgin, to continuously experience it and to commend it to the hearts of the brethren and the sisters, so that encouraged by this maternal help, they might adhere more closely to their Mediator and Redeemer as they labour to carry out their mission of salvation in the world (cf. Lumen Gentium 62)." This …More
Go and Bear Fruit "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may …More
Go and Bear Fruit
"You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you." – John 15:16, which is part of today's Gospel at Mass. Stained glass detail from the apse windows of St Dominic's Priory church, the Rosary Shrine in London. It depicts Christ as the Bridegroom of the Soul, from the Song of Songs.
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Always loving your posts!
Saint Vincent Ferrer "In the countries of the West, the number of Jews and infidels increased, who by their wealth and their culture of letters exercised a fatal influence. The Last Day, the …More
Saint Vincent Ferrer
"In the countries of the West, the number of Jews and infidels increased, who by their wealth and their culture of letters exercised a fatal influence. The Last Day, the terrible Day of Judgement was almost forgotten, but Divine Providence was pleased to restore and beautify His Church by illustrious men. At a favourable moment, He sent into the world, for the salvation of the faithful, Vincent of Valencia, of the Order of Friar Preachers, a skillful professor of Sacred Theology. He professed all knowledge of the eternal Gospel. Like a vigorous athlete, he rushed to combat the errors of the Jews, the Saracens and other infidels; HE WAS THE ANGEL OF THE APOCALYPSE, flying through the heavens to announce the day of the Last Judgment, to evangelize the inhabitants of the earth, to sow the seeds of salvation among all nations, tribes, peoples and tongues and to point out the way of eternal life." – Pope Pius II writing in the Bull of Canonization about St Vincent …More
London Charterhouse "“Good Jesus, what will you do with my heart?” These were the last words – the final prayer – of Saint John Houghton, a Carthusian monk who lived a totally enclosed life of …More
London Charterhouse
"“Good Jesus, what will you do with my heart?” These were the last words – the final prayer – of Saint John Houghton, a Carthusian monk who lived a totally enclosed life of contemplative prayer, Prior of the London Charterhouse who was gruesomely executed at Tyburn with three others on this day [4 May] in 1535. St John Houghton, who is depicted in the windows in our Resurrection chapel, was the first of the 284 canonised and beatified Martyrs of the English Reformation whom we honour on this feast day... So the night before St John Houghton and his companions were arrested, in their monastery in London (not far from Smithfield where, very briefly, the last Dominican priory of the Reformation period is to be found), St John Houghton celebrated a Mass of the Holy Spirit. Because, as today’s readings remind us, it is the Holy Spirit, the personal Love of God, that inflames the martyrs with holy zeal for truth, with a burning charity that enables them to give their …More
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@Jeffrey Ade True. I will always have a small gleam of gratitude to England for giving the world the Fairbairn-Sykes.
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The three Carthusian priors were splendid men as was St Justin Newdigate, O.Cart and his Carthusian brothers.
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Relics of the English Martyrs On the 4th of May, we celebrate the feast of "the English Men and Women martyred for the Catholic Faith 1535–1680 and beatified or canonised by the Holy See. On this …More
Relics of the English Martyrs
On the 4th of May, we celebrate the feast of "the English Men and Women martyred for the Catholic Faith 1535–1680 and beatified or canonised by the Holy See. On this day in 1535 there died at Tyburn three Carthusian monks, the first of many martyrs, Catholic and Protestant, of the English reformation. Of these martyrs, forty two have been canonised and a further two hundred and forty two declared blessed, but the number of those who died on the scaffold, perished in prison, or suffered harsh persecution for their faith in the course of a century and a half cannot now be reckoned. They came from every walk of life; there are among them rich and poor, married and single, women and men. They are remembered for the example they gave of constancy in their faith, and courage in the face of persecution." The photo is of a reliquary with various relics of the English Martyrs, from the crypt at Tyburn Convent, the National Shrine of the English Martyrs.
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St James the Less "O God, who gladden us each year with the feast day of the Apostles Philip and James, grant us, through their prayers, a share in the Passion and Resurrection of your Only Begotten …More
St James the Less
"O God, who gladden us each year with the feast day of the Apostles Philip and James, grant us, through their prayers, a share in the Passion and Resurrection of your Only Begotten Son, so that we may merit to behold you for eternity. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen." – Collect for the feast of SS Philip and James. 6th-century mosaic from San Vitale in Ravenna.
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