Dominican Martyrs of China

On 1st October 2000, Pope John Paul II canonised 120 Catholics martyred in China between 1648 and 1930.  Among them were six Dominicans whom we honour today: Saint Francis Fernandez and his companions.  Saint Francis was the first Catholic to suffer for the Faith in China.  May these martyrs of our Order inspire us to […]

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Friday of Week 1 in Ordinary Time

Our Lord forgave this man and healed his paralysis because he saw the faith of his friends.  It wasn’t the paralysed man’s faith that moved him; it was his friends’ faith.  These men stood with their friend and were convinced that if they could just get him to Jesus, he could be healed.  Even if it […]

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Tuesday of Week 1 in Ordinary Time

The first reading and the responsorial psalm give us before and after snapshots of Hannah that can help us understand how dramatically God changed her heart.  Hannah went from weeping bitterly to joyfully proclaiming God’s faithfulness.  But what happened in between?  Well, Hannah tells us that: “The tottering are clothed in strength”, strength from God […]

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