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 […]Read More Blessed Jordan of Saxony, 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 […]Read More Blessed Reginald of Orleans, O.P.
Saint Scholastica: the twin sister of Saint Benedict. Both established monastic houses within a few miles of each other. Both dedicated their lives to God and gave top priority to deepening their relationship with him through prayer. They sacrificed some of the opportunities they would have had to be together as brother and sister in […]Read More Saint Scholastica
One of the conventions in ancient literature is that of the wise elder giving final instructions to the younger man who is setting off on a journey. Think of Polonius in Shakespeare’s Hamlet instructing his son Laertes, who is about to leave for university. King David is approaching the end of his life, and he […]Read More Thursday of Week 4 in Ordinary Time
We all have feelings, and sometimes they get in the way of our simple obedience to the Will of God. But at other times they give us direct access to the Father’s mind and heart. We’ve just heard how Our Lord was fully in touch with his feelings and responded to the needs of those […]Read More Tuesday of Week 4 in Ordinary Time
We’ve just heard how Our Lord’s disciples got caught out in a storm on the Sea of Galilee. The wind was howling, the boat was rocking and filling with water, and it was hard for the disciples to remember that Our Lord was actually with them. Desperately doing all they could to stay afloat, they […]Read More Saturday of Week 3 in Ordinary Time
Today we honour the memory of Saint Francis de Sales, a Swiss bishop who tried to re-establish the Catholic faith in Geneva which had apostatised to Protestantism. He was an avid letter writer and these letters reveal him as a man who was very much in touch with the real world. He taught against being pretentious […]Read More Saint Francis de Sales