Many years ago, I met a man who told me how he went to visit a psychologist for help in overcoming his fear of rejection. The psychologist told him to keep a tally of all the rejections accumulated each day, and he encouraged the man to reach out to people whom he thought would reject […]Read More 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Even in a religious community we face many personal choices each day: like whether to obey the rising bell and get up on time in the morning, or try to sleep a little longer, which cereal to choose to eat for breakfast, what to tell someone seeking our advice. Such choices do more than just […]Read More Saturday of Week 19 in Ordinary Time
Today we honour the memory of Blessed Mannes, an older brother of Saint Dominic. He joined the Order and established the Convent of Saint James in Paris in 1217. A contemporary described him as “a contemplative and holy man, meek and humble, joyful and kind, and a zealous preacher”. He died in 1235 and was […]Read More Blessed Mannes, O.P.
Saint Hyacinth joined the Order of Preachers after he witnessed a miracle performed by Saint Dominic. He established the Order in his native Poland and preached the Gospel throughout Europe. Hyacinth died in 1257 and was canonised in 1594. Our Lord teaches us a profound lesson in today’s parable. The first servant fell to his […]Read More Saint Hyacinth, O.P.
Moses, who led the Hebrews out of slavery and who had struggled to keep them faithful to God, died before he had the privilege of entering the Promised Land. Some scholars have suggested that Moses was denied this privilege as a punishment from God, but the evidence to that effect in the scriptures is not […]Read More Wednesday of Week 19 in Ordinary Time
There are times when the monotony of daily living and the drudgery of dull routine sap all our energy and eat into our souls. It usually results in the weakening of our conviction that God is present and at work in our lives. We may even go so far as to doubt the possibility of […]Read More Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary