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Dominican Seminar 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Litany of Loreto - Holy Mary

Monday, January 17, 2011
The first invocation to Our Lady in the Litany of Loreto is 'Holy Mary' and it is perhaps the most general of the invocations – all the other invocations present some specific aspect of her holiness. The Litany of Loreto is a way of contemplating Mary's holiness. Read more

Introduction to the Litany of Loreto

Saturday, January 15, 2011
Umberto Eco has said that "the list is the origin of culture. It's part of the history of art and literature. What does culture want? To make infinity comprehensible. It also wants to create order - not always, but often. And how, as a human being, does one face infinity? How does one attempt to grasp the incomprehensible? Through lists..." Read more

Movie Review: Love and Other Drugs

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
'Love and Other Drugs', which is currently screening in the cinemas, is a film starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway, and directed by Edward Zwick. If it has to be classified in a certain genre, then one might call it a 'romantic comedy', or even a "comedy romance drama" as one Catholic reviewer put it. However, nothing in the trailer, or its classification as a romantic comedy, prepared me for the satire and portrayal of true love that underlies the more superficial aspects of the movie. But having read a number of reviews concerning this movie, it would appear that it is precisely the latter that has drawn the most attention. And this is not surprising since the movie does have a considerable amount of on-screen sex, and the film does not shy from nudity. But I am dismayed that major Catholic reviews have also been so preoccupied by the nudity and casual sex, and other acts which are "morally offensive" that they fail to highlight the good, and the moral journey that is embedded in the movie. The aim of this review is to offer what I hope is a more positive take on the movie's moral merit, and if you don't want to read any spoilers, I recommend you stop reading now, watch the movie, and then come back to this afterwards! Read more

News from the Irish Province

Sunday, January 09, 2011
The nuns of the Irish Province offered a series of reflections on the 'O' antiphons just before Christmas. You will find these reflections on their blog, starting here. If you would like to find out more about the vocation of the Dominican Nun visit the website of Siena Convent, DroghedaRead more

Light in the East

Saturday, January 08, 2011
Our brothers in Macau have recently launched a new internet preaching project - you can visit it here. Read more

Province Day-Holy Cross, Leicester

Friday, January 07, 2011

Christmas Crackers 12: Solving the Puzzle

Thursday, January 06, 2011
Here is the solution to the puzzle we set you on the fifth day of Christmas. Read more

Christmas Crackers 11: Bloopers from Students' Essays

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

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Christmas Crackers 10: Cribs to make you Cringe: The Revenge

Tuesday, January 04, 2011
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