Ash Wednesday

Lent begins today, and we commence our journey through the ‘desert’ of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving as we prepare to celebrate Our Lord’s resurrection at Easter. A desert is generally uninhabitable, full of danger, and lacking in such necessities as food and water.  So why would anyone voluntarily go into the desert?  Only, it seems, […]

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Blessed Jordan of Saxony, O.P.

Today we honour the memory of Blessed Jordan of Saxony, who succeeded Our Holy Father Dominic as Master of the Order in 1222.  Blessed Jordan was such a powerful preacher that Saint Albert the Great was moved to join the Order after hearing one of his homilies.  Blessed Jordan became an effective promoter of Dominican […]

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Blessed Reginald of Orleans, O.P.

Today we honour the memory of Blessed Reginald, an early Dominican and friend of Saint Dominic.  He was a powerful preacher and inspired many novices to join the Order in Bologna.  Dominican tradition tells us that Our Lady appeared to him in a vision and presented him with a black and white habit which members […]

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The first reading from the Book of Leviticus gives just a few of the horrible rules established by the ancient Jews to protect themselves from people who had leprosy.  In ancient times leprosy was believed to be deforming, contagious and incurable.  Lepers were ostracised by their families and neighbours, and they were forced to live […]

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