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Great Dominicans: Blessed Sadoc and His Companions

Friday, October 30, 2015

The saintly Dominican, Blessed Sadoc, along with his companions, were some of the earliest martyrs of the Dominican Order. Blessed Sadoc was a student at Bologna when he met St Dominic, and was received by him into the Order of Preachers. He was Slav and had a great desire to preach the Gospel especially in the north of Europe. So he set off with Paul of Hungary and eventually ended up in Sandomir, Poland. He became Prior of the Convent of St James in Sandomir, having previously been Prior in Agram, Hungary, for a period of time.  Read more

Laudato Si': Everyday ecology

Thursday, October 29, 2015
It is always difficult to write about individual-level changes that we can make to reduce our own impact on the environment. The fact is, everything has an environmental impact. The products we purchase, the mode of travel we take, the heating or cooling of our homes and places of work. It is not just down to individuals to respond to what Pope Francis discusses in Laudato Si’, but requires strong intervention at a government and corporate level.  Read more

Jubilee Video Trailer

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

As many of you will know, the Order of Preachers will soon be celebrating its 800th Jubilee. In preparation for this year long celebration, which will also coincide with the Year of Mercy promulgated by the Holy Father, the Dominican have released a video trailer, which you will find below. Read more

Gospel Reading of the Day Reflection

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Today, we celebrate two of the Twelve Apostles, namely, Simon the Cananaean and Jude Thaddeus.  Read more

Great Dominicans: St Hyacinth

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Saint Hyacinth was born around 1185 to a noble family and was one of the younger sons of Count Eustace, a renowned warrior. He received an excellent initial education at the Cathedral school in Krakow. He undertook his higher studies in Paris and Bologna, as well as at Krakow and, like the founder of the Order he was to join, initially became a Cathedral Canon.  Read more

Laudato Si': Human Dignity

Saturday, October 24, 2015

In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis employs the concept of human dignity as part of a wide appeal to all men and women. I think he does so because human dignity is something that anyone can come to recognise without faith, i.e. by the lights of human reason alone. In this post, I want to explore what human dignity means, and in particular, what it means for Christians. Read more

Laudato Si': Technological Advances

Friday, October 23, 2015
Undoubtedly the key feature that marks out our generation from previous ones is the rapid advances made in technology over the last decades.  Read more

Great Dominicans: St Peter Martyr

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Preaching is in fact a dangerous activity. The life of Peter of Verona, often called Peter Martyr, illustrates one dimension of this danger.  Read more

Watchfulness, drunkenness and the worries of life

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

In today's Gospel reading, Jesus encourages us to be watchful. What does that look like? Read more

Great Dominicans: Blessed Jordan of Saxony

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Blessed Jordan of Saxony (1190-1237) was born in Germany to a noble family and lived there until he moved to Paris to attend its famous university. It was there that he met St Dominic and, after his encounter with Reginald of Orleans, he was clothed in the habit in 1220. Only one year later he was elected by the General Chapter to succeed Dominic as Master of the Order.  Read more
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