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The Rosary: The Glorious Mysteries

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fifth Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion of Our Lord

Monday, July 28, 2014

That we Catholics so frequently see crucifixes in our homes and churches might, in a certain way, desensitize us to the horrors that it represents in a relatively sanitised form. The crucifix—which we proudly wear as a symbol of our faith and a sign of hope—is a remembrance of a gruesome and barbaric act of inhumanity, a depiction of the gravest historical injustice imaginable (simultaneously the cruel murder of a totally innocent man, perpetrated for personal expedience but enacted in the name of a fake justice, and the desecration of God’s only begotten). Read more

Book review: Green Philosophy by Roger Scruton

Saturday, July 26, 2014

There have always been different perspectives on how we interact with animals and the environment. Saint Francis loved birds landing on his arm, with animals beside him as he contemplated brother sun and sister moon. On the other hand, according to Blessed Cecilia, Saint Dominic when preaching to nuns from behind a grille in their convent, plucked the feathers from a sparrow that had flown into the church, shouting that it was the devil that had came to interrupt his sermon! Read more

Fourth Sorrowful Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross

Friday, July 25, 2014

When we pray the Fourth Sorrowful Mystery we bring to mind our Lord's anguish and pain as he carried the weight of our sins on the cross, knowing the greater sacrifice that awaited him on the summit of Calvary. Read more

Could you sponsor the Friars to help train new priests?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Today, four Dominican Friars will take the first steps on a 190-mile trek across England. This is a final plea for sponsors – many men are currently joining our Order, and we urgently need to raise money to fill a gap we have in our funds for training them. Read more

Third Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns

Monday, July 21, 2014

Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. (Luke 23:34) Read more

2nd sorrowful mystery: the scourging at the pillar

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Assisted Dying: Love vs autonomy

Thursday, July 17, 2014

In a previous post I discussed some of the issues with the proposed “Assisted Dying” legislation from a procedural perspective in a Parliamentary democracy. In today’s post I want to give some consideration to the values which underpin our society and what the implementation of the proposed legislation would mean for them. Read more

The First Sorrowful Mystery: The Agony of Our Lord in the Garden

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Matthew (26: 36-46); Luke (22: 39-46) Everyone, it is said, has their Gethsemane moment. The First Sorrowful Mystery then is a place of profound encounter. Read more

The Sorrowful Mysteries

Friday, July 11, 2014

Death, particularly a gruesome death, and the trials that lead up to it are not things that one would normally wish to contemplate; and yet, each Tuesday and Friday, millions of Catholics around the world will be thumbing their rosary beads doing exactly this. To what end? Read more

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