Entries by Luuk Dominiek Jansen OP

Blessed Mannes de Guzman

Feast day: 18th of August Friar, Priest and Brother of St. Dominic Optional Memorial Blessed Mannes, an older brother of Saint Dominic, was born at Caleruega, Spain, about 1170. He was among his younger brother’s first followers and later assisted in establishing the priory of Saint-Jacques at Paris in 1217. In 1219 he was entrusted […]

Saint Hyacinth of Poland

Feast day: 17th of August Friar and Priest Memorial Saint Hyacinth (Jacek) was born near Wroclaw (Breslau) in Upper Silesia, Poland, around 1185. He was ordained and became a canon of the cathedral of Krakow. On a journey to Rome in 1220 he was attracted to the Order by the holiness and preaching of Saint […]

Saint Dominic de Guzman

Feast day: 8th of August Our Holy Father Dominic Priest Solemnity Dominic de Guzman was born at Caleruega, Spain, around 1172-1173. After completing his studies at Palencia, he was ordained a priest and became a Canon Regular in the Cathedral Chapter of Osma. While on a diplomatic mission with his bishop, Diego d’Azevedo, he experienced […]

Semper paratus – always ready!

On the Gospel of Luke (12:32-48) A friend of mine who was a seminarian in America woke up every morning to a neighbour’s call of ‘are you ready’! To which he replied ‘always ready’. The words of Christ in Sunday’s gospel are strong and forceful and call for a radical way of living; to always […]

Prayer is a gift of God

On the Gospel of Luke (11:1 -13) The Gospel is taken from the Gospel of St. Luke chapter 11 (1-13). This passage begins with Jesus in prayer, and after He is finished, some of the disciples ask Him to teach them how to pray. Subsequently Jesus teaches them the “Our Father”, the same prayer that […]

Our Preaching Story

This excellent paper was presented by one of the Dominican Contemplative Nuns from the Siena Convent in Drogheda, Ireland. The occasion was the Domincain Family day, a yealy event where the different branches of the Dominican Order (Friars, Nuns, Sisters and Lay Dominicans) come together. This paper is called “Our Preaching Story”, and is a […]

The better part

On the Gospel of Luke (10:38-42) The Gospel for this 16th Sunday of ordinary time presents us with the story of the visit of Jesus to the home of the sisters Martha and Mary. Martha is a kind and caring host who, we are told, welcomes Jesus into her home. She then gets herself into […]