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Dominicans and the Challenge of Thomism

Tuesday, July 06, 2010
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St. Thomas and Limericks

Saturday, May 15, 2010
The Limerick is the cheeky and often rude member of the poetry family. It was popularised in the nineteenth-century by Edward Lear. Enthusiasts of the five line poem have dedicated time and effort to finding "prelimericks" in the works of Aristophanes, Robert Herrick, and Shakespeare. Given the reputation of the limerick it might seem surprising that it would be found in the works of the Angelic Doctor. In 1925 Msgr. Ronald Knox identified a possible prelimerick in the priestly post-mass prayer of thanksgiving in the breviary:

Sit vitiorum meorum evacuatio
Concupiscentae et libidinis exterminatio,
Caritatis et patientiae,
Humilitatis et obedientiae,
Omniumque virtutum augmentatio

Despite featuring the words concupiscentiae and libidinis St. Thomas' halo is not tarnished. It may be translated as:

Let it be for the elimination of my sins,
For the expulsion of desire and lust,
[And] for the increase of charity and patience,
Humility and obedience,
As well as all the virtues.

It is impossible to say if St, Thomas set out write a limerick or if limerick lovers have imposed the strict meter of the form upon this section. With such a great body of work, including some remarkable poetry, it would not be surprising if five-lines of St. Thomas' work did fit the limerick structure. Nevertheless R.J. Winkler proposed the following rhymed translation:

Extinguish concupiscent fires,
Eliminate lustful desires;
Give patience and love,
A plenitude of
What humble obeying requires.
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793 - not out

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Today is the anniversary of the approval of the Order of Preachers in 1216. In the build-up to our celebration of the 800th anniversary, the Order is keeping a "novena" of nine themed years until the Jubilee in 2016. The past year's theme has been: "In the beginning was the Word” (Jn 1:1): St. Dominic, Preacher of Grace. The encyclical of Pope Benedict XV Fausto Appetente Die, on Our Holy Father St. Dominic, is a wonderful work which is worth reading as we prepare for another year preaching Truth. Please pray that the Order of Preachers may continue to grow and follow the example of its founder in following Christ and proclaiming Him to the world.  Read more

Almighty Questions ... and Answers

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

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Year of the Priest - Polish Friar Honoured

Saturday, November 21, 2009
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Saints This Month - 16 November: St Lucia Brocadelli of Narni

Monday, November 16, 2009
Lucia De Narnia,  Read more

Fra Bartolomeo O.P.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Another Use for Baseball Grounds

Wednesday, November 04, 2009
As the Baseball World Series is played out between the Yankees and the Phillies and the season come to an end, Pat McNamara, the Church historian and archivist, has just concluded his "Baseball Picture of the Week" series on his excellent blog. His final picture shows a Holy Name Rally from the 1940s taking place at Ebbets Field, the old Brooklyn Dodgers stadium, in New York. Read more

Beware the Litanies of the Dominicans!

Thursday, October 29, 2009
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Ordinations 2008 (Part Two)

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

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