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Advent 2014: 'O Oriens'

Sunday, December 21, 2014

"We are nearly there"; as a child, these were very comforting words, when sitting in the back of the car after a long journey: "We are nearly there, look for the signs". So I looked for the familiar markings in the landscape: the church-tower, a mill, an old manger. When I saw those signs, I knew that we would be home soon. I think we all have similar signs that we look for when we are travelling home.  Read more

Advent 2014: 'O Clavis David'

Saturday, December 20, 2014

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Advent 2014: 'O Radix Iesse'

Friday, December 19, 2014

O Radix Iesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem gentes deprecabuntur; veni ad liberandum nos, iam noli tardare. Read more

Advent 2014: 'O Adonai'

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Moses and the Burning Bush by Marc Chagall Read more

Advent 2014: 'O Sapientia'

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodiisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem, fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae. Read more

Third Tuesday of Advent

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

In Edinburgh, a certain cat started visiting the University library. Read more

Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete) 'Surprised By Joy'

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Virgin and Child. The Virgin and Child with St. John the Baptist, St Dominic, St Peter the Martyr and St. Thomas Aquinas- Fra Angelico c.1387-1455- in the Museo di San Marco dell'Angelico. Florence, Italy. Gaudete Sunday reminds us that true joy mustn’t become something that we take for granted. True joy is transformative, it may be fleeting in time but it continues to hit our hearts deeply. At this time in our Advent journey we come face to face with a dramatic preacher in the wilderness. St. John the Baptist reminds us that we need to be ‘Surprised by Joy’ as we wait again for the Incarnation. In order to be truly surprised therefore at this charismatic signpost, we must be willing to show and reflect upon the areas in which we are lost. Read more

Second Saturday of Advent - Coming Down

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The disciples of today’s gospel are giving good example to Dominican Student brothers! After witnessing the extraordinary moment of the Transfiguration on the solitude of Mount Tabor, they come down the mountain to take this revelation to the world, trying to make sense as they walk of their experience of God, and the contingencies of human history, in the light of revelation.  Read more

Second Friday of Advent: "Bring me flesh and bring me wine", but not yet...

Friday, December 12, 2014

Readings: Isaiah 48:17-19; Psalm 1:1-4,6; Matthew 11:16-19

Somewhat earlier than expected in Dominican life, I find myself in the awkward position of trying to avoid repeating what I’ve already said about a particular Gospel passage. A more textual reflection on today's Gospel reading, which I wrote last year, is available here.
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Second Thursday of Advent: Wandering through the Wilderness

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Readings: Isaiah 41:13-20; Matthew 11:11-15

Sometimes the spiritual life seems to be stuck on repeat. Again and again we find ourselves walking over familiar paths; we experience the same alienations, we repeat the same sins, we find ourselves asking the same questions and we might well be tempted to think that we're walking in circles. Read more

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